Some days, when you're too exhausted to function and the sky looks all foreboding and unpleasant, the last thing you want to do is go out exploring. But you know you really should go out and live a little, so you go. That's what happened this past Sunday when one of my roommates suggested that we go climb up the Pagoda. While these tiered towers are usually of the Asian variety, the one in Baltimore's Patterson Park is the product of Victorian sensibilities. So how could I refuse?!
With its charming stained glass and whimsical details, the Pagoda is the only example of Victorian architecture left standing in the park. As it turns out, Victorian buildings like the glass Conservatory and octagonal Music Pavilion, which according to a plaque was "the scene of countless concerts and romantic trysts," were the victims of decay and fire respectively. Pardonnez-moi, but I want a romantic tryst in a Victorian music pavilion! If only! Still, the renovated Pagoda is a true gem and it offers spectacular panoramic views of the city, which was a breathtaking surprise. And how fun to play tourist in your own neighborhood? To have something Victorian in your own neighborhood? The moral of the story is, go exploring. You just might stumble across a free and memorable time warp where your thoughts will stray to being wooed there by a boots of a man on a blustery autumn day!