A novel might have taken me to Coventry, but by a strange symmetry it was after visiting Colchester I began reading a novel that mentions, even features, some of the places I saw in the original capital of Roman Britain.
I had unfortunately sprained my ankle just a few days beforehand, so my explorations were not quite as extensive as I should have liked. Still it gives me a good excuse to return.
I have visited many other parts of Essex, and even celebrated a birthday in and around Wivenhoe a few years ago when friends joined me for an easy eight mile walk which started, middled and ended at the pub.
Colchester boasts an impressive castle, a ruined abbey, and an astounding building that is home to the Museum of Modern Art.
Ann, a Blue Badge Guide lead us on a great tour of the castle which is almost next door to the tourist office and surrouned by splendid gardens.
I took a photograph of this inn before starting to read Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent, and got that little thrill of excitement to find it featured in the novel.
There are half-timbered buildings, but most exciting of all, these elephants adorned the High Street, so I felt completely at home!