Falling In Love With Burlington Again

Falling In Love With Burlington Again

Having grown up in the Old North End, I spent my entire childhood in Burlington.  Way back then, I loved exploring the hidden secrets of my neighborhood and beyond.  That search would often lead to places like Battery Park or Texaco Beach, as we knew it as kids.  Being that my backyard lead down an embankment we were constantly exploring the railroad tracks, even venturing through the train tunnel under North Avenue.  God we were so scared running through the tunnel fearing a train would kill us any second.  As time went on Burlington started to grow up right alongside me.  Seeing construction going on brought a new excitement, be it the Beltline or the Church Street Marketplace.  I will never forget the sea of plywood bridges on Church Street as merchants scrambled to stay open during the massive transformation. 

Flash forward to today.  Nearly 30 years had passed since I last lived right in downtown Burlington.  As a Colchester resident I of course ventured into Burlington on a regular basis, taking in  restaurant or a performance at the Flynn.  But now that I live in a condo on St Paul Street it is like I am discovering Burlington for the first time.  Everything is within walking distance and talk about new discoveries, they are at every turn.  If I walk the lowest block of Church Street I come across a wall of massive photos on the side of an old house, an artist studio no doubt.  I find you have a sweeping view of Lake Champlain just behind Kerry’s Quick Stop.  I get to explore new neighborhood grocery stores like King Street Deli that makes gluten free tuna melts.  Or how about the restaurants near Lawson Lane like Blue Cat, Magnolias or even Sherpa Kitchen on College Street. 

I find my eyes drawn down twisting alleyways like the one near Burlington Town Center that leads towards the waterfront.  Speaking of the waterfront, the light that bounces of the lake is forever changing, much like the mood of the surroundings.   I find myself taking it all in with eyes wide open, not unlike when I was that young boy rambling through construction sites like I was king of the universe.  Yes indeed, I have fallen in love with Burlington, again.


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