Thursday – What An English Lesson – Touring Monopoli

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OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING

Thursday began in the breathtaking setting of the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. Rita brought her students to meet us for a field trip, so they could practice English in an ‘old world’  setting. We began with a group photo at the fountain. Then we proceeded on a  lively tour of Monopoli. We visited the  historical centre of the city to the church of the Madonna Della Madia. There were many conversations with everyone chatting excitedly as we meandered through the streets – conversational English at its best.  On the steps of the Duomo we listened to a presentation by one of the students who told the history of the Cathedral of the Virgin and the significance of the Icon arriving at the port.  Inside, we quietly admired the architecture of the sanctuary and actually touched a piece the actual wooden raft carrying the Madonna. Then we viewed the Madonna, ornately displayed on the High Altar.

When we returned to the street, a volunteer was speaking to one of the boys about how well he  sang in class.  He replied by joking around and singing “skin a ma rinky dink”. The relaxed atmosphere was an excellent forum and the students seemed to open up and felt  inclined to participate. We felt it was a positive experience even for those who did more listening than speaking.

 We passed a few other churches during the next hour stopping by the beautiful shore at Porta Vecchia.- the “Old Port” which was the door to the city. This seemed to be a popular area for sunbathers, and, the students told us it was very busy during the summer months. One of the students gave a presentation in front of the castle of Charles V- “Castello Carlo Cinque”.

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Lunch At The Piazza Girabaldi

We ended the field trip back at the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele. After a wonderful lunch at the Piazza Garibaldi -and warding off the pigeons – my partner and I had an exceptionally good tutoring sessions with our adult students.

The was the  day for my first swim in the Adriatic sea – La dolce vita!

 

LeeAnn
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