There are many different ways of seeing a town for the first time. One of them is to walk around it, guide-book in hand. Of course, we may study with our guide-books the history and special developments of a town and get to know them . But then, if we take our time and stay in a town for a while, we may get to know it better. When we look at it as a whole, we begin to have some questions, which even the best guide-books do not answer. Why is the town just like this, this shape, this plan, this size? Why do its streets run in this particular way, and not in any other way?
Here even the best guide-book fails us. One can’t find in it the information about how a town has developed to the present appearance. It may not describe the original design of a town. However, one may get some idea of what I used to look like by walking around the town. One can also imagine how the town was first planned and built. Then one can learn more about in what direction the town continues to develop.
What is the point of studying towns in the way? For me, it is simply that one gets a greater depth of pleasure by visiting and seeing a town with one’s own eyes. A personal visit to a town may help one better understand why it is attractive than just reading about it in a guide-book.