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Visiting the Cloisters

One Saturday morning, I woke up early and decided to spend the day venturing out into the city, further beyond than I’d ever traveled before. So two trains and an hour and a half ride later, I was at 190th street in Inwood (The Bronx).

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Fort Tryon Park surrounds The Cloisters, a Medieval style castle that pieces together “ecclesiastical and secular spaces arranged in chronological order.” The motif itself is very religious, so be prepared to see relics, paintings, and sculptures dedicated to worship. However, there are secular aspects, such as the beautifully embroidered tapestry with images of a group of men and dogs attacking a…unicorn. The word cloisters itself means enclosure and it’s meant to represent the closed off lifestyle of worshiping monks. Other than religious motifs, there are beautiful courtyards and gardens, all which evoke a sense of peace, serenity, and unity with nature. Enjoying a lunch among the old stone courtyard almost makes you forget that you’re really just minutes away from one of the busiest cities in the world.

 
You can view a short documentary about the history of the Cloisters here

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Photo Manhattan Course: Week 2

Blogged while listening to the best Whitney Houston

This week we were asked to go somewhere we’ve never been before. The Brooklyn Heights Promenade has one of the best views of the city. I’ve been there before, but my hubby hadn’t. We took the opportunity to go and gloomy weather didn’t stop us from getting some amazing shots. I was encouraged to explore outside of close-ups and though I didn’t stay away 100%, I think I did pretty well. The last two shots were mostly us playing around with the shutter speed of the camera.

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Photo Collection: Autumn in New York

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