The Mummies (and Cousins) / Las Momias (y Primos)

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I MET MY eldest cousin at Times Square (46th Street) last Wednesday morning and we spent a couple of hours together before heading north to 81st Street and the Metropolitan Museum of Art to meet our aunt (“Kid Sister” to My Mother the Dowager Duchess — the youngest of seven siblings) and her son, my youngest cousin (16 cousins in our generation; 24 in the next; I have no clue after that). We got culture, had a delicious meal at the museum’s restaurant, and then got some more culture. There’s more to come on Times Square, our walk up Fifth Avenue, and other sights around The City.

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ME REUNÍ CON mi prima mayor en Times Square (46th Street) el pasado miércoles por la mañana y pasamos unas horas juntos antes de dirigirnos al norte hacia 81st Street y el Museo Metropolitano de Arte para encontrarnos con nuestra tía (“Hermanita” de Mi Madre La Duquesa Viuda — la más joven de siete hermanos) y su hijo, mi primo más joven (16 primos en nuestra generación; 24 en la próxima; no tengo idea después de eso). Tenemos cultura, tuvimos una comida deliciosa en el restaurante del museo, y luego obtuvimos algo más de cultura. Hay más por venir en Times Square, nuestro paseo por Fifth Avenue, y otros lugares de interés alrededor de la ciudad.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art at noon.
El Museo Metropolitano de Arte a mediodía.
“Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll.” Cousin the Younger wondered why Ringo’s drums, from 1963, looked so new. I looked it up: He used a drum set made in 1964 more than any other for both recording and touring, although this first drum set made a comeback in 1965 during a UK tour.

“Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll”. Primo Menor se preguntó por qué los tambores de Ringo, de 1963, parecían tan nuevos. Lo busqué: utilizó una batería hecha en 1964 más que ninguna otra para grabar y hacer giras, aunque esta primera batería regresó en 1965 durante una gira por el Reino Unido.
The American Wing, built as a free-standing addition in 1924 and incorporated into the main museum in 1970.
The American Wing (El Ala Americano) construido como una adición independiente en 1924 e incorporado al museo principal en 1970.
Temple of Dendur: Moved from Egypt (south of Aswan) in 1963 and reconstructed here in 1978. (A gift from Egypt.)
Templo de Dendur: se mudó de Egipto (sur de Asuán) en 1963 y se reconstruyó aquí en 1978. (Un regalo de Egipto).
THE MUMMIES. Left to right, top: Cousin the Elder and Aunt Kid Sister, and other mummies.
LAS MOMIAS. De izquierda a derecha, arriba: Prima Mayor y Tía Hermanita, y otras momias.
Cousin the Younger’s octopus.
El pulpo del Primo el Menor.
My crab cakes.
Mis pasteles de cangrejo.
My molten lava cake.
Mi tarta de lava fundida.
The mummies shared a small dessert plate — because neither wanted to eat too much.
Las momias “compartieron un pequeño plato de postre — porque ninguna quería comer demasiado.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art at 3:15.
El Museo Metropolitano del Arte a las 15:15.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

26 thoughts on “The Mummies (and Cousins) / Las Momias (y Primos)”

  1. I saw a prince guitar. and ringo’s drum kit (swoon, ringo is my fave beatle). and I ADORE crab cakes! and those petite desserts!

    1. Anne Marie,
      Ringo is my least favorite Beatle. Sorry. And I can’t really say why. And, yes, the crab cakes. I adore them, too, and these were brilliant!

    1. Jim,
      This was one of the most touristy visits I’ve had. I recommend it… if you have to go the USA these days.

    1. Mistress Maddie,
      Ugh, Times Square! I had never been to the restaurant before, but it’s the only way my aunt will go. She likes to see the ladies who lunch. (Aren’t they a gas?) I was impressed. The best chocolate lava cake I’ve ever had… and I’ve had a few.

  2. The Brooklyn Museum is obviously not a museum that specializes in the borough of Brooklyn, so, given how it has both Ringo’s drums and Egyptian mummies, is it just an anything and everything museum?

    1. Kirk,
      This was the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan and the Beatles set-up was part of a special exhibit that displayed the artistry of the musical instruments. The Brooklyn Museum is an art museum with a hugely varied collection of art and design throughout history, too.

  3. Wonderful post.
    Love the desert on the tray to the right. Looks like a mummy cake with a sad or crabby face.
    parsnip

  4. Hey! Cool! I was right in that room with the sculptures (first photo after the guitars) last time I was in NY (well, I was all over the museum, but I recognize that room… café over to the left, right?). Did you go into the rooms with the Stickley furniture, and the Tiffany objects, and all of that Arts & Crafts era furniture and rooms? I hadn’t been to the Met in decades… wonderful visit!

    1. Judy,
      We didn’t go into the American Wing, no time for it all, but it’s one of my favorites. Our house in San Diego was a mint condition California Craftsman (Spanish style). Oh how I love that style.

  5. Did you notice the woman flipping you off? With the peace sign, I mean. Who is the “guy” in the last photo? Incan or Mayan? I can’t quite place him, but know I’ve seen this before.

    1. Susan,
      I should have read the info on that last sculpture. I shared it to express my feelings. That woman with the peace sign. I won’t tell you what I muttered when she walked into my frame, but it wasn’t peace out!

  6. I’ve been thinking that the next time I go home, I’d like to spend a night or two in Manhattan. Now I want to even more. I don’t know if I’d get to the Metropolitan Museum, but here are some of the things I’d like to do: walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Visit the WTC site, see Hudson Yards, maybe walk the high line. And I’m also thinking I should see more of Brooklyn. Yikes! I need more trips.

    1. Walt the Fourth,
      I know the feeling. Not enough time or money to do it all… and not get homesick. I got to walk the high line on a cold and raw day several years ago, which was good… it was crowded even then. Walking the Brooklyn Bridge 2 years ago was my first time. I wasn’t disappointed. Haven’t been to Hudson Yards. And you should see Brooklyn Bridge Park! Brooklyn is a great place to visit these days.

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