I had wanted to visit the Cloisters, but it was so far away that it never seemed convenient to go.
Paul had wanted to visit Barcade, but the lack of a direct train route from Bay Ridge would make that a pain, too.
So what did we do? We decided to make both inconvenient journeys in one day.
First, a little explanation.
The Cloisters is a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, it's in the far northwest reaches of Manhattan, and you can only get their by subway followed by a bus or a 10-minute walk. It's small but is well-known for its tapestries and architectural displays.
Barcade is a (what else?) cross between a bar and an arcade. It has a wide selection of microbrews that regularly changes along with about 30 old arcade games you can play for a quarter apiece.
So with the Saturday newspaper in hand, we boarded a subway after lunch and made the 90-minute ride to the Cloisters. I knew it was on the edge of a park, but I didn't realize we would also have beautiful views from the museum of the Hudson River below. I had never seen it, aside from out an airplane window.
As for the museum, I especially like the stained glass windows and the unicorn tapestries, like this one. Obviously, the doorways, archways and exhibits were beautiful.
We were at Barcade in time for happy hour. I don't know if Paul was more excited about the beer or the games. We sampled them both. I watched him play a Mario Brothers, Marble Madness and a couple games I had never heard of but which he assured me helped form his childhood. I played a couple of games of Frogger and found out that I'm not nearly as good as I was 20 years ago.
We capped off the night at a Polish restaurant, where I ordered the potato pancakes and some delicious blueberry pierogis.
After that: home. And it didn't take as long as we had anticipated. I guess we'll be going back to Barcade after all.