NORFOLK-- Surrounded by swaying bamboo, I savored the night underneath an oriental decorated canopy.
I gazed out at moonlight shimmering across the Elizabeth river and enjoyed a live guitarist.
The Pagoda is a close getaway for a Friday night.
It's right in the Freemason neighborhood, but you feel like you're on the other side of the world.
More than 25 years ago, the Taiwanese and Chinese governments donated the Pagoda.
All materials to build it came from Taiwan.
The Friends of Pagoda and Oriental Foundation, a nonprofit group, raises money to preserve the house and gardens.
You can visit its website for more information.