|11:12 pm - It's Christmastime in the city . . .|
Spent most of the day bopping around Manhattan, enjoying Yuletide in the city.
Started off by meeting anarchist_nomad, squeektoy42 and a bunch of other friends at the Onassis Cultural Center to see an exhibition of Greek art from Athens and Sparta. Many of the pieces were traveling outside of Greece for the first time ever and it was great to be able to see things like statues of Kore, Artemis, Apollo and Athena and kylixes not as pictures in a book or on the web, but right in front of me. While some of the artifacts were heavily reconstructed from fragments, others were in remarkably pristine condition. I found a small marble head of Athena in a war helmet to be my favorite of all the pieces I saw there. There were quite a few things that had been left as votive offerings at various shrines and sacred places, including a helmet with several bashes in it that had been given as a thank-offering to Athena and tossed down her sacred well.
After leaving the exhibit, we went out to a local Indian restaurant where we had a buffet lunch. This place also had excellent rosewater lassi, so I indulged by having two of them, since most Indian restaurants here only offer either sweet or mango lassis, not rose-flavoured ones.
After lunch, the group split into two and I went off with anarchist_nomad, squeektoy42 and a few others to enjoy the sights of Manhattan at Christmas. We had planned on seeing a Broadway show, but found nothing we were interested in seeing was available once we got to the window to get tickets, so instead we went to Rockefeller Center and saw the big Christmas tree there, which looked absolutely splendid all lit up, and took pictures of it and the angels that decorated the lane in front of it.
We also went on a tour of the department store window decorations, something I have not done since I was a child. The windows at Saks and Macy's were OK, but I like the ones for Lord and Taylor's the best -- they were quite classy, depicting NYC Christmases through the years. Macy's did two themed sets, one of which was "Miracle on 34th Street", which was nice, and the other set was rather imaginative, including scenes underwater and featuring the Lion laying down with the Lamb as well as having a huge polar bear licking a candy cane. The Saks one, by contrast, featured a rather insipid story that was easy to mock about being a "unique snowflake" -- just like all the other unique snowflakes . . .
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Music: "Silver Bells" -- Bob Hope