A few times during my travels it was possible to choose whether to do a tour around an historic place with a guide or do a self guided tour with the aid of an audio-guide. I'd choose the guide any day of the week. The audio units would be better if they were standardised but each one is different and I found most of them to be a bit of a challenge. Rather than concentrating on what I was seeing, most of my time was spent figuring out which button to press next, which meant putting my glasses on to see the numbers and taking them off to see where I was going. I really must learn to wear bifocals.
Each guide I was lucky enough to spend time with seemed to me to be a bit eccentric and quite endearing in their enthusiasm for their monument. Our guide to the Roman Baths was possibly the most enthusiastic of them all. He really added to my enjoyment of seeing one of the
best-preserved ancient Roman spas in the world. I even remember a couple of things he told us. Which is surprising because I was constantly distracted from listening by looking around me and being overwhelmed by the history and age of everything. I had difficulty comprehending that I was standing where what I'm looking at was first started in 69AD. (That sentance could be a test in comprehension.)
A contrast in headwear
Can't blame the cellphones!
Bath is the oldest of England’s principal tourist destinations and
has been welcoming visitors for centuries. They do it well. My brother and I enjoyed the sights from a well organised bus tour (with audio guide).
That soft creamy coloured stone I mentioned yesterday is evident here, too and adds to the elegance of the Georgian period's stately streets and crescents.
The formatting of this post is all over the place. I've been fiddling, should have left things alone. Hopefully, I can fix it. Soon. Maybe.