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,
Author:David Parsons Phone: 802-922-8768 Dated: September 30th 2014 Views: 190 About David: ...
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