«A wonderful tour to Colchester» Plan: 1. Introduction 2. Across the Colchester park a) The Nature b) The Roman wall c) The Rye Gate 3. On the way to the station. a)The Dutch Quater. b)The Orthodox Church of St. Helena. c)The pub «Castle». d) The Monastery of St. Botolph. e) The Augustian Monastery. Colchester is the oldest city in the British Isles. Colchester is a city with a population of more than a hundred thousand people, located in the county of Essex to the north-east of London on the bank of the river Colne . It is also the oldest Roman settlement in the UK. Such celebrities as a writer Daniel Defoe, a mathematician Roger Penrose and a famous painter John Constable lived here. Just imagine that some year ago you could see the notorious Margaret Thatcher, who worked as a chemist nearby. The main attraction of the city is the Norman castle, built in the XI century by the order of William the Conqueror. All this, and something else, I'll show you now. I offer you to begin our tour from the park near Colchester Castle. As in any good English park, you can meet the squirrels and the pigeons completely accustomed to the presence of humans. How beautiful the blooming snowdrops are! To my mind, none of us can see such great number of them. There are many benches with the special tables in the park. For example – in honour of the beloved aunt. One section of Roman wall, a couple of hundred meters long is preserved in park. Parallel to it, a few hundred meters away , the river Colne is flowing. It provided additional protection against attacks, so this side of the Roman fortifications could be considered the most secure. The Wall close-up. Park pond in winter looks a little sad, but I'm sure in summer it is a great beauty. Come up to the place near the River Colne, where there used to be a mill. Today it is not particularly interesting, so we will move towards the exit of the park. "Rye Gate" is considered to be the main gate of the park. The original gate was called "River Gate", that is “leading to the river. Now, we are in the so-called Dutch Quarter. In the second half of the XVI century weavers had emigrated here. The windows on the ground floor were of a big size because they were the only sources of light. Moreover the street was the only entertainment for weavers. The area is famous for the fact that the poet Jane Taylor lived here. She is famous for her lyrics to the lovely lullaby “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”. Twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are! Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky! Do you see the dark band on the brick pavement? This place was a Roman amphitheater for up to three thousand people. Not far from here you’ll see the Orthodox Church of St. Helena. After a long trip you can have a bite at this pub called "The Castle". Enjoy yourself with the "peasant lunch": bread, thick slices of ham and cheese, butter, pickled onions and cucumbers. On the way to the station we must visit the Monastery of St. Botolph (St Botolph's priory). Its roof is seen from here. The first monastery of the Augustinian in England was founded in Colchester at the end of the XI century Most of the buildings were destroyed during the Civil War in 1648. It's amazing how these ruins have survived to the nowadays. That's the whole story of Colchester, it's time to leave this beautiful ancient city. Literature: 1. http://www.visitcolchester.com/ 2. http://london-guides.ru 3. ttp://adelanta.info/encyclopaedia/city/england/colchester/ 4. Английский язык: учеб. Для общеобразоват. учреждений/ [О. В. Афанасьева, Д. Дули, И.В. Михеева и др.]. – 5-е изд. – М. : Express Publishing : Просвещение, 2014. – 248 с. : ил. – (Английский в фокусе). – ISBN 978-5-09-029135-4. 5. Planet of English : учебник английского языка для учреждений СПО / [Г.Т. Безкоровайная, Н.И. Соколова, Е.А. Койранская, Г. В. Лаврик]. – 4-е изд., испр. – М. : Издательский центр «Академия», 2015. – 256 с. : ил.