Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wine tasting in the Languedoc-Roussillon

Where vines meet the sea...
Languedoc-Roussillon is a large and diverse wine region in the south of France, covering an area that stretches from Nimes and Montpellier in the east, around the Gulf of Lyon to the Spanish border. About a quarter of all the wine-producing vines in France are located in Languedoc-Roussillon. While on a recent trip to Collioure, we tasted wines from the AOC's (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) Collioure and Banyuls in the Roussillon (although Languedoc and Roussillon are associated together, they are two seperate regions). Before we get into the tasting, its important and interesting to note three technical characteristics of this AOC. 

1) Bush Vines

Most vines that you may come across lean against a trellis, actual stakes, posts or wires (or other structures/systems of support) that the grape vines are attached to. Because the vines in both Collioure and Banyuls grow in an extremely hot/dry climate and non-fertile soil, the vines are not against a trellis, and are allowed to grow free standing without any attachment to a trellising structure. This method of growing reduces evaporation of water from the fruit and foliage. This method is called, "Gobelet" literally translating to 'goblet' and is one of the most ancient methods of vine training. The trunk of the vine is kept short at about 0.5m, and it is crowned by a gnarled lump of old wood. Vines trained in this manner, referred to as 'head training', essentially resemble a small bush or shrub, and they may be described by some as 'bush vines' (see photo above). 

2) Cultivation done by hand

For both Collioure and Banyuls, vineyards are planted on steep rolling hills that make up the base of the Pyrennees mountains. The steep hillside is made up of schist rock terraces (overlooking the sea). The vines are constantly exposed to 5 different types of fierce and wily winds. One of the strongest of the group is known as the “Tramontane". These constant winds do not only ensure naturally low yields, but they also keep the grapes free of mildew with little need for pesticides or copper sulfate. The vineyards are so steep that cultivation must be done by hand! Extensive irrigation canals and walls (all made from the schist rock) are their only prevention against soil erosion, although there is almost no soil left to recede. These canals snake down the hillsides, separating the parcels. At harvest, the grapes are carried up and down the mountain in baskets. This method of farming, while extremely challenging, preserves ancient traditions of their ancestors (BUT imagine how difficult and backbreaking that would be!). 

3) Schist terroir

The "soil" or a more accurate word, "terroir" of these two AOC's, is made up of a type of rock called Schist. Schist is a medium-grade metamorphic rock composed of minerals derived mostly from clay. Schist is also what we know as "slate". The laminated, crystalline rock based soil retains heat well and is rich in magnesium and potassium but is poor in organic nutrients and nitrogens.

Schist! Look at all that Schist!
Wine tasting: Domaine de La Rectorie  

Banyuls on the left and Collioure on the right! Sweet vs dry! All a winner in my book.
We spent the morning tasting at the Domaine de La Rectorie with the wine producer/owner, Thierry Parce. Thierry and his brother Marc founded the Domaine de la Rectorie in 1984 , after having retired from the cooperative cellarToday the estate is managed by Thierry and his son Jean Emmanuel. The domain's name is linked to the history of the Romanesque chapel, the Rectorie, located in Banyuls-sur-Mer. The vines are mainly Grenache (in its three colors), along with Carignan , Syrah and Mourvèdre

Nothing like 9 bottles of tasting at 10:00 am! Monsieur Parce was extremely hospitable and informative! 

Domaine de La Rectorie produces wines from both the AOC of Collioure and Banyuls. Although produced from the same estate, the these two AOC's could not taste any more different. The Banyuls and Banyuls Grand Cru designations are sweet wines (made using mutage, the addition of neutral wine alcohol to the must after pressing, in order to stop the fermentation and thus conserve part of the natural grape sugar), while the Collioure designation are dry wines. Banyuls wine pairs well with chocolate, but it can also be useful when pairing desserts that contain berries, toffee and caramel, and coffee. If you want to pair Banyuls wine with a savory dish, duck is a great option.  

Because I was tasting with the Chaudière family, wine producers and owners of the estate Château Pesquié, deciding on which wines to bring home required a serious group decision (They don't mess around when it comes to wine! 6 bottles of each is always a wise choice!) 

The Domaine de la Rectorie hours are from 10am-12pm and 4pm-7pm (reservations to taste are recommended). Another great Domaine in the area is Coume del Mas

After a morning of wine tasting it was time to get something in our bellies. We went to a wonderful sea side restaurant which overlooks Plage des Elmes, in Banyuls-sur-Mer called La-littorine

Gerald Desmulliers proposes a contemporary marriage between seafood and Catalan local products
La-littorine serves amazing sea food against an incredible setting. Of course it also offers a wine list with local Collioure and Banyuls wines including la Rectorie. Bon Appétit et santé! 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Collioure, France

Situated in the very south of France, (approx. 15 miles) from the Spanish border, this picturesque town of Collioure sits in the foothills of the Pyrenees and is an idyllic place to visit. Set on the rocky coastline, nestling in an unspoiled, protected environment, Collioure offers a little something for everyone. Collioure is what many look for when they head to the French Riviera (Côte d'Azur) — a sunny, relaxing splash in the Mediterranean, however after living in the Côte d'Azur for two months, its clear that Collioure is markedly cheaper and a bit less glitzy (a winning combination for a relaxing weekend or week-long holiday).

This port town has had a long and rich history. Large numbers of Phocaeans, Roman and Greek seafarers made Collioure their destination and left behind a rich archaeological heritage. From 981 onwards, the Counts of Roussillon and the Kings of Majorca began to develop Collioure and build a fortress which became the summer residence of the Kings of Majorca from 1276 to 1344.
Chapel, Collioure

Throughout the 13th century, many religious crusaders passed through Collioure, such as the Order of Knights Templar (hence the famous legend of the Knights of the Templar's treasure) in 1207, the Cistercians in 1242, and the Dominicans in 1280. Later, the discovery of America in the 15th century led to a gradual decline in the port of Collioure's activities. From 1462 to 1493, Collioure came under French occupation during the reign of Louis XI. In 1642, having freed themselves from Spanish colonisation, the Catalans fell under the occupation of French troops again. During this period, Vauban altered the fortifications giving Collioure its current appearance. In 1659, the Treaty of the Pyrenees was to attach the Roussillon region to the French crown permanently.
Beautiful stone walkways and brightly painted houses!
In the early 20th century Collioure became a center of artistic activity, with several Fauve artists making it their gathering place. Thus Collioure has been accredited to being one of the birth places of Fauvism. Artists André DerainGeorges Braque, Henri MatissePablo PicassoJames Dickson Innes and Charles Rennie Mackintosh have all been inspired by Collioure's royal castle, medieval streets, its lighthouse (converted into the church of Notre-Dame-des-Anges) and its typical and beautiful Mediterranean bay.
Postcard setting port lined with wonderful seafood restaurants.
One can see how an artist would be inspired by the blue green of the Mediterranean against a backdrop of green hills covered with vines and the ports brightly colored houses. With a strong influence of Spanish architecture, food and culture, one truly feels as though they are at the crossroads of both France and Spain. 

A super charming little street with great bars, galleries and restaurants: Rue de la Fraternité
Many small streets are lined with little galleries which offer a variety of different styles of art. From the town's celebrated Fauvism to more contemporary works, there are many different choices for the art enthusiast. 

The further you climb up the hills of the city, you will find yourself among lemon trees, beautiful bougainvillea covered stone cottages and grapevines (not to mention incredible views of the city and sea).

The Mediterranean--a great place to kayak or snorkel too!  

When going in the sea, be prepared! The beaches are beautiful but do not have a sandy bottom (or beach) and it can be a bit treacherous! The beaches are filled with rocks and pebbles so having the right footwear when entering sea makes a big difference! "Aqua shoes" don't exactly scream sexy, but your feet will thank you for the extra protection! 

Because Collioure attracts hundreds of visitors a year, the center of the town is filled with touristy shops, Catalan/French restaurants and bars. There are several open air terraces which over look the sea and harbor.

Collioure is famous not only for its scenery and heritage, but also for its delicious cuisine and specialties including anchovies and AOC wines. Back in medieval times Collioure’s reputation revolved around the salting of anchovies, sardines and tuna. Salting is a hard way of making a living and, generation by generation, the anchovy salting families have become fewer and fewer. In 1870 there were 140 boats and 800 fishermen. Now, in Collioure, only two anchovy salting families remain: Ets Roque and Ets DesclauxNow, anchovies may not sound that appealing, but the anchovies of Collioure are a must try. Typically not a major fan I was surprised at how much I enjoyed them and we stocked up on some before heading home. My particular favorite Collioure anchovies are the local specialty (laundered in vinegar) and can be found in most restaurants

Ets Desclaux: Since 1903
Every type of locally prepared anchovies!
Just remember to put them in the refrigerator within 3 hours!
 A place to stay in Collioure: Hotel Relais des 3 Mas 

Entrance to Relais es 3 Mas
There are several options when staying in Collioure, but we stayed at a family favorite called The Relais des Trois Mas. With 23 rooms, the intimate but unpretentious hotel’s location couldn’t be any more perfect. The hotel overlooks the harbor of Collioure, one of the gems of the region. The hotel says, you actually have “les pieds dans l'eau” when staying there. In short, your feet can touch the water. Whilst the rooms of the Relais des Trois Mas are on the smallish side, they are nevertheless well decorated with some nice touches, including lovely wooden ornamentation on the headboards. To highlight the hotel’s artistic sensibilities a few rooms are named after painters whose works appear on the bathroom tiles (we stayed in the Dali room). Prices range between 100.00 euro to 475.00 euro a night. 
Hot tub and sauna look over the sea and port! 
Direct foot path along the sea from the hotel to the heart of the village
Places to Eat in Collioure:

1) Le Neptune

Locally farmed chicken tajine. Yum yum. 
Beautiful seeing, especially at sunset!
2) Restaurant La Balette at Relais des 3 Mas

Anchovies done Relais des 3 Mas style!
The meal at La Balette was so unbelievably good, we ate there two nights in a row. Everything was delicate and delicious--the perfect mixture between gastronomy and art! They also had a good wine list! 

An insane flavor sensation with this fresh strawberry macaroon balsamic reduction basel creation!
With nightly sunsets like this in Collioure, we can see why the Fauvist artists came here to find color and be inspired....

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Spotlight - Model Citizen: Cindy Hetzel

Hmmm...why do I get the sudden urge to drink Nespresso when I see this splendid face? Perhaps its because I saw it peering down at me from a billboard high above the streets of NYC, enticing me to drink those colorful capsule shots of caffeine. This model citizen has not only graced the billboards of NYC, but has also been represented in several forms including runway, commercial, every type of high fashion print and editorial. Although, if you are an avid reader of page 6, you may have seen that marvelous mug and long limbs walking down the street with one of entertainments' hottest new thing. And who is this face you might ask? Her name is Cindy Hetzel. A leading model in New York since the 90's, Fräulein Hetzel is more than a lovely face. This delightful human being couldnt be any more humble if she tried and is one of the most lovely, charming, approachable and chilled out human beings. We met several years ago in Los Angeles as we both share a sister-like friend and we hit it off from the start. We got to catch up while I was in NYC and spend a sun-filled afternoon drinking Mexican beer in Brooklyn's Habana Outpost. Originally from Detroit, this half Korean, half German beauty bomb is a practicing buddhist and does her best to keep balance in her bustling life in the Big Apple. I can image being a model in NYC is not easy, but Cindy takes it all in stride and she does it all with a smile. 


KG: How were you discovered?

CH: I was discovered at an open call with a model scout company that was called, "Manhattan model search"! Sounds like a scam (laughs) but turned out to be legit. I was still in high school but I got picked up by an agent that summer and never looked back!

KG: How long have you been modeling in NYC?

CH: I am way past my shelf life for modeling as I've been doing it for several years plus! However,  I have been lucky with half Asian genes (she winks and smiles as she says this). The height of most models career takes place between the age of 16-23 and then usually fades or as in my case, just becomes more commercial.

KG: How has modeling changed in NYC from when you first started two decades ago to now?

CH: Modeling has changed a lot from when I started. Now a days you see a lot more celebrities and reality stars gracing the covers of magazines and doing major campaigns. That wasn't so much the case in the beginning of my career. Also the concept of beauty has become a lot more diverse (I like that change).

KG: What was your favorite model memory or job?

CH: My favorite gig was after I had been spending a lot of time in Milan Italy, enjoying the Italian lifestyle. I had to return to NYC only to be flown back to Italy on a direct booking for an underwear campaign where they made me a pin up girl! I was shocked because I didn't feel I fit that role at all, but it was one of the first memories where I really felt like I made it as a model to get a direct booking like that! They transformed me to look like a real pin up! It was for a lot of money too..I was thrilled.

KG: What is different about modeling in NYC than LA (or abroad?)

CH: Most models who start off in NYC have a huge advantage for the prestige factor. You can basically model anywhere else if your main agent is in NYC. Paris, Milan and London are the next high fashion markets. Every other place is really fun, but considered as secondary markets. Working other countries has been amazing but the real money and biggest gigs are in NYC.

KG: Where are your favorite hang outs in NYC?

CH: Well, they used to be clubs. In my earlier years in NYC, when I was new to the city's night life, I was a regular on the club scene. All the big clubs really catered to models -- free entrance, free drinks, all the star studded beautiful was so exciting and enticing. Although, that gets old over time and now I prefer to hang out in more low key environments or try to attend to special events that support my friends and/or a good cause. NYC offers so many great things. You've got the theater, galleries, concerts, amazing food, extravagant parties, great hole in the walls that are super fun... it's hard to say I like any particular one -- the beauty of NYC!

KG: For models moving to NYC, any tips or words of advice?

CH: Advice to models starting off in NY? Save your money!! It's easy to blow money when you make a lot if it quickly and you are young. Take the time to take care of your mind, body and soul. It's easy to get caught up in the superficialities which can mess with a lot of girls after time. Build a strong support system, you're going to need it when you are traveling around so much. Be the leader of your career and be professional. Agents don't always have your best interest in mind. You need them for sure but they are not your boss:)

Friday, June 20, 2014

A lovely afternoon in the Meatpacking District - NYC

Map of Meatpacking District
In the 1820's the Meatpacking District of New York was primarily a residential area mixed in with a few markets. People also moved into tenements in the Meatpacking District in the 1800s to escape epidemics in what was then the main part of New York. By the early 1900's, 250 slaughterhouses and packing plants filled the district; by the 1930s, those houses produced the nation's third-largest volume of dressed meats. During this time the trendiest thing worn in the meatpacking district was a blood-stained apron accessorized with a butchers knife. Although the meatpacking companies still operate in the district, the Meat Packing district (or Gansevoort Market as the district is officially known) has become one of New York City's most cutting edge and hip neighborhoods. Littered with chic restaurants, fashionable (not cheap) boutiques and exclusive clubs. I mean, Samantha Jones wouldn't just move into any old neighborhood right?! While I was in NYC I got to reconnect up with a wonderful friend and former Venetian (Venice Beach that is) named Jessey. Although he lives in Soho, he works and plays in the Meat Packing district and we spent the afternoon catching up while visiting some of his favorite spots! 

2:00 PM:  Soho House 

Truly an oasis in New NYC's urban jungle. 
No photos allowed! Snapped a pic before I knew the rules!

I met Jessey at his second office, the Soho House. Although I have visited a few of the other Soho House locations, I found the New York house to be A funhouse for adults, the membership only Soho House offers a variety of activities. I could have spent hours exploring the library room, watching a film in the screening room, rummaging through the Pantry bar (a meat and cheese counter with self service candy bar), drinking an old fashioned at the club bar or could have just played some pool in the drawing room (not to mention taken a million photos in their retro photo booth!). However, I was happy to lay by the pool and sip my "green juice" (some sort of delicious healthy tonic concocted by the mixologists at the House), while Jessey indulged in a mouthwatering creation from the rooftop salad bar. Although I saw a few famous faces, no one was paying much attention to them and the general population was just happy doing their own thing. It was a very relaxing non-pretentious vibe and people were enjoying lunch, swimming in the pool and basking in the sun. 

4:00 PM: Coffee and stroll through The High Line
Bella Donovan - Heavy, comforting, deeply fruited
After the Soho House Jessey and I took a short stroll over to the High Line. Designed by Field Operations with Diller Scofidio + Renfros, the High Line is a one-mile-long public park built on an elevated railway that hovers over the meatpacking district. Opened to the public in June 2009, just a few years ago the High Line's demolition seemed imminent. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that the High Line's restoration is at the "core of the administration's plans to revitalize the Far West Side," forming "a necklace of dynamic waterfront communities, each with their own assets." Along the public park are many different gourmet food carts as well as ice cream vendors. I was excited to see one of my favorite coffee roasters, Oakland based Blue Bottle Coffee Co. I picked up a cup of joe as well as a bag of freshly ground beans and Jessey and I set off on our walk. 

A variety of Art along the skyline park! 
The 35-foot-high structure blends plant life with long, narrow planks, forming a smooth, linear, virtually seamless walking surface. It features viewing platforms, sun decks, restaurants, and gathering areas used for performances, art exhibitions, and educational programs.

Walk,  talk and breathe in the purple lavender! 
In the summer the High Line is open daily from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM and even hosts free evenings of music and dancing! 

A wonderful marriage of nature and urban life, a beautiful urbanscape!
Have your lunch and see what tales unfold at the High Line's urban theater!
High line also offers an "Urban theater" at 10th Avenue and 17th Street: a window over the avenue provides the viewer an unusual perspective of the neighborhood, its inhabitants and it's on goings. 

6:00 PM:  Oysters at  Chelsea Market 

In 1912 Nabisco sandwiched the Oreo here!
Originally the headquarters of the Nabisco corporation (and the birthplace of the Oreo cookie), the block-width Chelsea Market now houses the city’s biggest collection of gourmet-food retailers. An 800-foot-long concourse burrows through the heart of an old baking factory filled with fountains, sculptures, and a woozy array of shops. It also houses one of my new favorite sea food stops, the Lobster Place

Clams, Cockles and shrimp to name a few! A fabulous variety of the fruits from the sea!

Eat at the bar or grab some sushi to go!
Inside the Lobster Place is a fantastic sushi bar. They even deliver! ($150 minimum). 

I'll take one of each please! 
However, my favorite part of Lobster Place is the Oyster bar! A mixture of East Coast and West Coast Oysters, the no frills bar is a wonderful place to pop a squat and try a variety of fresh and delicious goodies. 

The perfect way to end a special and lovely afternoon in the Meat Packing district! 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Get lost in NYC's Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art or simply known as “The Met”, is located in New York City and is the largest art museum in the United States. The Met was founded in 1870 by a group of American citizens including businessmen, financiers as well as leading artists and thinkers of the day. These initial founders hoped to open a museum to bring art and art education to the American peoples. Its permanent collection contains more than two million works. Seventeen curatorial departments study, exhibit, and care for the objects in the Museum's collection. The main building, located on the eastern edge of Central Park along Manhattan's Museum Mile, is by area one of the world's largest art galleries. There is also a much smaller second location at "The Cloisters" in Upper Manhattan that features medieval art. One could spend endless hours at the Museum! However, I only had four of them so I had to be selective in which galleries I visited (so much art and so little time!).

Yummmm NYC hot dogs and art! 
As a first time visitor, I was initially surprised at the absence of an entry line into the museum. Unlike the Louvre (which I have often heard the Met compared to) there wasn't a stream of people waiting to get inside of the museum and we could literally walk right in! I was also surprised to learn that the museum was open seven days a week (10-5pm Thursday-Sunday and 10-9pm Friday-Saturday) and is FREE to the public! Yes people -- a fun cultural activity that doesn’t cost any money in New York City! ;) The museum does however recommend a $25.00 donation for adults (all members are free). Once you give your cash donation, you will receive an M sticker which serves as your entry ticket (the museum just shed their use of metal admission tags which have been used since 1971). You are advised to wear this M sticker throughout your visit.

"M" Met admission sticker! 
The first gallery we had to check out was the newly renovated Costume Institute which had on exhibit the beautiful collection of legendary twentieth-century Anglo-American couturier Charles James (1906–1978).  The exhibition is presented in two locationsspecial exhibition galleries on the Museum's first floor and The Costume Institute's Anna Wintour Costume Center on the ground floor. The exhibition explores the Charles James's design process, specifically his use of sculptural, scientific, and mathematical approaches to construct revolutionary ball gowns and innovative tailoring that continue to influence designers today. The retrospective features approximately sixty-five of the most notable designs James produced over the course of his career, from the 1920s until his death in 1978. For the Couturier designer (or for anyone who appreciates beautifully engineered things) this exhibition is a must see. 

The 2014 Met Gala celebrated the opening of the Charles James: Beyond fashion exhibition 
(On view from May 8–August 10, 2014)
1954, Ball Gown. Emerald green silk satin.
1937, Pneumatic Coat. Satin. 
True, true Monsieur James!
Yes  please! 

As a result of being away from France for nearly a month, I had to sweeten my visual palate and take in some gilded baroque. We made our way to the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts wing. The museum’s collection of European sculpture and decorative arts reflect the development of a number of art forms in Western European countries from the early fifteenth through the early twentieth century. What the museum possess is impressive. The holdings include sculpture in many sizes and media, woodwork and furniture, ceramics and glass, metalwork and jewelry, horological and mathematical instruments, and tapestries and textiles. The curators did an amazing job of laying out the decorative arts and re-creating salons, dining rooms and writing rooms.

Gallery 528 - French Decorative Arts: Tessé Room

Because I was in the largest museum in the Unites States, I thought it only fitting to follow my patriotic heart to the American Wing. Ever since its establishment in 1870 the Museum has acquired important examples of American Art. 


Gallery 753, George Washington. Gilbert Stuart, 1795. Oil on Canvas. 

The American Wing houses some seventeen thousand works of fine and decorative art. Monumental sculpture, stained glass, and architectural elements are installed in the Charles Engelhard Court; decorative art objects of silver, gold, glass, and ceramics on the courtyard balconies. The story of American domestic architecture and furnishings, 1680–1915, is told in twenty historic interiors or period rooms. American paintings, beginning with colonial portraits and ending with the early twentieth-century Ash Can School, occupy their own suite of galleries.

As I spend a majority of my days in the Egyptian galleries at the Louvre Museum, I could not leave the Met without exploring the museums Egyptian Art. The Met has an astounding collection that Napoleon himself would envy. The collection of ancient Egyptian art consists of approximately twenty-six thousand objects of artistic, historical, and cultural importance, dating from the Paleolithic to the Roman period (ca. 300,000 B.C.A.D. 4th century). More than half of the collection is derived from the Museum's thirty-five years of archaeological work in Egypt, initiated in 1906 in response to increasing Western interest in the culture of ancient Egypt. Of course I had to visit one of the most popular rooms in the in the Egyptian galleries, the Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.

Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing.

I wanted to visit the Tempe of Dendur in the Sackler Wing for its historical significance (the temple was built about 15 B.C. by the Roman emperor Augustus, who had succeeded Cleopatra VII, the last of the Ptolemaic rulers of Egypt, the temple was dedicated to the great goddess Isis and to two sons of a local Nubian ruler who had aided the Romans in their wars with the queen of Meroe to the south), BUT I also HAD to visit because one of my favorite cinematic images takes places in this room (When Harry Met Sally, 1989). Yes, I am guilty of being a film induced tourist!

After spending a few hours inside the museum, my sister and I thought we should get some fresh air and head up to the roof garden on top of the museum. Perched high above the trees of New York City is an oasis of calm. There are chairs to take a load off, but most people choose to sit on the faux grass. On the rooftop garden you will find more than faux grass and a killer panoramic view of NYC, as there is also a Zagat rated roof top garden café and martini bar. Open Sunday–Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–8:15 p.m. (Martini Bar opens at 5:30 p.m.). It’s a great place to refresh. 

Views from the rooftop of the Met

If a rest is not what you are looking for, not to fret as there is an installation by artist Dan Graham. This installation is the second in a new series of site-specific commissions for the Museum's Roof Garden. Comprising curves of steel and two-way mirrored glass set between ivy hedgerows, Graham's structure is part garden maze, part modernist skyscraper facade. Viewers who enter the work are transformed into performers; in glimpsing their own reflections, they are also made acutely aware of the act of looking. The rooftop garden is located on the Fifth floor via the elevator in the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts galleries.

Dan Graham installation & New York City skyline in the reflection (not to mention two hot babes ;)!  

Although I have spent almost 10 years working in museums, that fact doesn't take away from the excitement of visiting a museum bookstore/gift shop. I love them! The Met has an enormous gift store filled with all things “The Met” as well as paintings, prints, books etc. As I love a good deal, I was thrilled to find a clearance museum store separate from the main gift shop! Located on the ground floor near the coat check and the school group entrance is a smaller museum shop with items ranging from 30-50 percent off. There you can find books, jewelry, scarves and more! If you are a member to the Met, you get an additional 10% off. I definitely picked up a few keepsakes after a very satisfying day in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The clearance jewelry is not only beautiful but a great bargain to boot! 

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