Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Victorian Boardwalk

Whenever I'm strolling around Paradise Pier, I wonder what it must have been like to have experienced those classic Victorian seaside theme parks of the turn of the last century, with those bright, twinkling lights, screams of fun and excitement, and elegantly dressed patrons, strolling along the ocean.  It was certainly a different era back then.  Wooden roller coasters were marking their first heyday, and a trip to the beach was a more formal affair.  Though I'm sure it's not quite as romantic as I imagine it, I still think it would have been wonderful and memorable experience.  Alas, we'll have to make do today with recreations like Paradise Pier!

Looking forward past the entrance of Paradise Pier.

Ariel's Grotto stands shimmering at night.

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