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Speech 101 March 27 2002 TOPIC Mistretta Italy General Purpose To inform my audience about Mistretta Italy Specific Purpose To inform my audience about the houses and peoples way of life today in Mistretta Italy Central Idea The town and its peoples way of life has not changed very much since the 1800s Opening Statement I have traveled to many different interesting countries during my sixteen-year stint in Europe Some of the places I have seen are France Spain Greece England and Holland But out of all the places I have been none compare to a small town located in Sicily on top of a mountain approximately 9000 feet above sea level overlooking the crystal blue Adriatic ocean It just so happens to be my wifes hometown too All of her family still lives there in what we would call the past By this I mean the houses appear to be modern day but in the 1800s and their way of life has not changed much either The name of the town is Mistretta Italy The modern day life as we Americans tend to envision has not reached this town The houses were constructed in the 1800s and look old on the outside they were really scary on my first visit They are constructed of normal lime stone type rocks and mortar The rocks are not cut in squares to resemble bricks so the walls are not straight and perfect You can tell that there was not a level used when these houses were constructed They have very small doorways and windows But as soon as you take the first step in side the house it all changes you have been beamed to another location On the inside they have marble floors and walls and are just so beautiful The furniture is very modest but elegant in style Most attention is paid to the kitchens They tend to be the largest
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