We crossed the New York state line with our ‘Little Guy’ trailer in tow via the Burlington-Port Kent Bridge into Vermont right over the top of Lake Champlain. Eddie was admiring the lake (he has a little romance going on with all large bodies of water) and although I was concerned about his driving, I was still checking my itinerary and getting ready to spend the day in Burlington, VT.
I was strangely excited about seeing the ‘Flying Monkeys of Burlington’ and had my map ready to track them all! Eddie was about as excited to see them as he’d been to see the ‘Twilight’ sights in Forks WA. (That little venture scored about a 1.5 on a 1-10 scale, but I was undeterred). Locating all of these ‘Flying Monkeys’ (who had all landed on tops of local buildings) left us feeling a little like we’d just been on the set of The Wizard of Oz, but also gave us a thorough tour of downtown Burlington and we learned a great deal about the town’s buildings and their history as well as some local art.
Although I’ll leave it to you to learn about Burlington’s ‘Flying Monkeys’ – which you can find easily online – I genuinely feel that to really experience a place, one needs to understand its past as well as its present. Its homes, churches, art and buildings tell the stories.
I think that it’s important to be able to identify at least some of the basic architectural features of the buildings, homes or churches that you’ll be coming across in your travels. Identifying these styles will help you put these structures, works of art and sculptures into their place on history’s timeline and can therefore help you to understand why things look like they do and what was going on at the time of their construction or creation.
Stay with me as we detail and learn a little about specific art and architectural styles in future posts!