On Sunday, we got up early and at 7 am, walked to St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Downtown Manhattan is just about deserted at this time and, in no time, we were there.
The Cathedral is so large and grand that you and many others are at the back taking pictures, while they hold mass upfront. When you exit the Cathedral, you are face-to-face with the statue of Atlas, which you would have seen with the Rockefeller tour . We stayed there about an hour and then walked back to the Red Flame Diner for breakfast.
Then at 10 am, we took the subway to the Cloisters – truly a spectacular collection. In 1925, J.D. Rockefeller acquired a medieval art collection from George Barnard, so built the Cloisters to hold it.
You have about a 20 minute walk from the subway, with uphill once you enter the park. We enjoyed the walk - if you do not want to walk, just take a yellow cab from the subway.
We paid $10 (pay what you want) and lunch was $20 – very quiet at the Cloisters, cause your cell phone is not allowed to ring, never mind taking a call, not even in the covered patio/restaurant.
Again, a 20 minute walk back, but downhill, and then took the subway back to rest at the hotel.
About 7 pm, we took the subway to Central Park (to use up the last of our tokens) and went on a horse-drawn carriage ride. The carriage driver was very good about stopping at different spots to take pictures, and I think we were talking to a dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker. We passed a band shell, carousel, a different view of Loeb’s Boathouse, sports fields and lots of runners.