Our morning saw us chugging to the dingy dock and nudging our way into this busy parking area.
We met Robert for an early lunch at Mirabelles , my favorite Burlington eatery at 198 Main Street. It is the perfect place for breakfast or lunch with fresh baked breads and pastries daily. Allison, the proprietor, was there and we were able to visit in snatches during her busy schedule. Their website is http://www.mirabellescafe.com/
The Central Fire Station is located just around the corner from Mirabelles and we admired the shiny firehouse poles and wondered just how often they are really used. This time saving device was developed by Chicago Firehouse 21 in 1878. The bottom floor of the firehouse held the horses and equipment, the mid floor housed the firemen while the top floor was used as a hayloft. During transport the hay was held secure by a long pole that was then stored with the hay on the top floor. One enterprising fireman used the pole to slide down when responding to a fire alarm and later convinced his chief to install a pole permanently. The other firehouses ridiculed them mercilessly until they realized Firehouse 21 was always first on the scene. The rest, as they say, is history.
I got to browse Burlington to my heart’s content as Dan met with our AXA agent, Charles Dinklage, and reviewed some of our financial planning. That was not on my birthday agenda!
I talked to so many of my friends and family, calling with birthday wishes. Thanks to all of you!
Back on the Quest for the evening we had some lovely sushi, just setting on our deck and watching the boating world go by. Nice day!!