Welcome back to Borussia, lets get started!
We ride the rails on out of Branaugh Wood station.
The tracks take us through the farms outside of our next stop, Stretford.
Our train drops us off at the Stretford station. Walking up the stairs we get a view of a local landmark, the old Prince's House.
The House was built in the 1600s by the island's prince when Stretford was just farms and huts. Now it serves as the city's town hall.
Just past the station is the home pitch of the local soccer team, Stretford Town FC. The "North Enders" have a proud fanbase, but haven't competed in the top flight for 30 years. STFC has still done well in domestic cup competitions, beating the bigger clubs quite often. Fans will usually go to all of the shops around the field after games, as most businesses are in walking distance.
The highway that connects Stretford to the urban areas of Bannockburn is lined with businesses that try to lure in customers.
And just off the highway are the homes of the citizens.
Being in close proximity to the Bannockburn metro area has lead to some growth, but not nearly as much as other towns.
The slow growth hasn't stopped this farm from nearly being surrounded, though.
After stopping for some food we take the highway north (or down in the picture).
Stretford, in almost whole
The highway merges into two lanes as we approach more rural areas.
The highway winds in a straight line through some more farmland.
We approach an intersection.
Just down the road lies the homes of some locals. There's no available room for new housing in Bishop Hill so new homes are built downhill. Most homes here are for those of lower income.
The dirt path takes us by the local docks.
The end of the dirt road puts us back on the highway right outside of Bishop Hill. The General Store has a 2 for one deal on Dr. Pepper today!
Bishop Hill in whole.
We first pass by the town market and some shops.
Across the road from the shops lies St. James Park, the home of Bishop Hill FC. BHFC may have one of the top flight's smallest fields, but that hasn't stopped the team from being competitive and being full of fans every gameday. The Saints won titles in 2005 and 2007 before falling to mid-table the last four seasons.
Wall to wall buildings line the north and west side of the stadium.
Main street is also lined with buildings.
No tour of Bishop Hill is complete though without stopping at the cathedral. Borussian Catholics built the cathedral when the hill was under German control around 1257. The Catholic cathedral is the westernmost Catholic Cathedral in all of Borussia as most West Borussians are Orthodox.
We pull into an inn on the main street and call it a day. Here is the Bishop Hill area in whole.
Thank you for viewing and come back next time as we tour more of Borussia!