If I had an afternoon and could only visit one museum in NYC it would be the Cloisters. The medieval art off-shoot of the Metropolitan Museum, the Cloisters is pretty much as far uptown as you can go. Take the “A” to practically the end of the earth and walk for 20-minutes, you’ll see the Hudson River and suddenly a castle on a hill and you’ll know you’re there. Because it takes a while to get to–even on the express A trains–and it’s a bit far from the action tucked as it is into Fort Tryon Park, the Cloisters isn’t overwhelmed with visitors and believe it or not, it’s a space where you can actually get a bit of calm and quiet amid the nuttiness of Manhattan. It’s also stunning. Actual bits of medieval and Renaissance architecture–mostly French–were painstakingly removed and reconstructed (come on, let’s argue the ethics of that in the comments, it’ll be fun!) and reassembled into a pseudo-monastery. It’s perfect. And luckily I have fantastic photos of it, not because I’m a decent photographer, because I’m not, but because my sister is. So, while most of my posts feature images taken by me, this one is special because it’s entirely illustrated with photos by my sister, Abbie Graham. Hallelujah for sisters and “borrowed” medieval buildings!