Walking is the best way to see Boston. The narrow, twisting streets that make driving such a headache are a treat for pedestrians, who are always close to something worth seeing. The central city is compact -- walking quickly from one end to the other takes about an hour -- and abounds with historically and architecturally interesting buildings and neighborhoods.

Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, and if you're not inclined to pay designer prices for designer water, bring your own bottle and fill it at your hotel.

It's All French to Me -- As you explore the Boston area, you may hear the name of sculptor Daniel Chester French. French (1850-1931) was responsible for the gorgeous doors on the Dartmouth Street side of the Boston Public Library, the statue of John Harvard in Harvard Yard, and the Minute Man statue near the North Bridge in Concord. If you're not a parochial Bostonian, you probably know him best as the sculptor of the seated Abraham Lincoln in the presidential memorial in Washington.

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