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Shut up and listen to the guide

I love a guided trip.  Any city I visit a guided tour is a must.  I get the history, the layout of the city and see the highlights There’s only one problem with a guided tour and that is some of the participants.
They wander off on their own agenda, ignore the guide, don’t listen properly and then ask stupid questions.
Case in point.  A visit to the old Roman Amphitheatre in Avignon.  Our guide commented that the layout of the stadium is very similar to the typical football or hockey stadium of today.  Steps going down to the seats and hallways which circle the entrance areas.  These, she told us, were handy areas for when it was very hot and spectators could come and get something to eat or drink.  Similar to today where you would see popcorn and Coca Cola.
Oh!  Suddenly our touring companion has woken up.  “Did they really have popcorn and Coca Cola in those days”.
I am sure that was a good one for the guide when she got together with her fellow tour guides.    Probably earned her at least a beer or two!
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