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29 April 2010 @ 12:29 am
Planes, Manuscripts, and Volcanos  

Today began entirely too early. I'm fine with 4AM as a bedtime, but it's a rough time to be getting up. :p

However, I was getting up in the name of a good cause - I caught the 5:30AM flight to New York for a long weekend of geektastic glee. It is my prezzie to myself for finishing my formulary and happily made financially feasible by April being a three-paycheck-month. Yay! Adventure! I've been having some serious wanderlust, so hopefully this little jaunt will help.

I'll probably do a more proper post when I get home, complete with pictures, links, and such, but the highlights of the day included:

* The Pierpoint Morgan Library, where I saw much of the Hours of Catherine of Cleves, it currently being unbound, a fine selection of other Flemish manuscripts, a 1217 copy of the Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible, and a really fascinating statue of a German Saint. I was not expecting the Magna Carta, but apparently it was on loan in NYC from the Bodelian and could not be returned as scheduled due to the air travel disruption. It's at the Morgan temporarily until new arrangements can be made. It's probably one of the few good bits of fallout from the E15 eruption...

* Visited La Lame, a fabulous fabric retailer, specializing in ecclesiastical brocade. I did not buy much, but they gave me amazing samples of fabric with real gold threads and I purchased a remnant of a $250/yard brocade. (And, no, that's not missing a decimal.)

* Checked into my hostel.

* Went to Brick Lane Curry and took their Phall Challenge. They claim it is the hottest curry in the world and have a "bet you can't eat it" contest. Three people failed while I was there. I didn't. :D

* Spent some quality time poring over my one book acquision for the day. (I want others, but they are readily available online and I'm hoping to not check baggage on the return trip either.) For the record "The Hours of Henry VIII" by Wieck, et al, is most worthwhile and may be ordered inexpensively from the Morgan's website.

Ok... Bedtime now - I'm on to The Cloisters tomorrow!

Kumakumakun on April 29th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)
Ahhh...The Cloisters, so near my old stomping ground. I do miss being able to go over there whenever the mood strikes me.
carrot_khan on April 29th, 2010 12:15 pm (UTC)
Wracked with envy.

Especially about your fabric score. Pics?