Recently, I found myself in the historic town of Bishop's Stortford, England. I had the morning to myself so the perfect opportunity to grab my camera and wander the streets!
A good place to start is the town square. There was a visitor's center to get some historical information and purchase some postcards. I learned that Bishop's Stortford was a thriving market town during the Middle Ages. It is situated an hour north of London.
From there I wandered up the hill to St. Michael's Church. I was able to roam the grounds and also take a peak inside their beautiful sanctuary.
By this time, I was ready for a cuppa so I strolled down through the streets to make my way back to the main street. I was able to capture a glimpse of some of the locals' English gardens.
While in England, I noticed every town had a home named "the vicarage". These were not necessarily present day vicarages, but I found them interesting since at the time I was reading Agatha Christie's Murder at the Vicarage. My imagination allowed me to picture Miss Marple scurrying down the lane to tell the vicar the latest clue she had discovered while spying on her neighbors.
I also stumbled across the local bookstore and couldn't resist a quick stop to browse the shelves. This store also had a lovely second story cafe with window seating overlooking the main street.
I eventually made my way to South Street Pantry where I settled in with a strong cup of English tea and crumpets with jam. I felt purely "English" while I sat in the local tea shop knitting and writing my postcards.
There was more I wanted to see, but my time in Bishop's Stortford had come to an end and it was time to make my way to the Cotswolds. (you can find my post on the Cotswolds here)