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Given its rich and complex history, Boston is surprisingly compact. It is possible to stroll across the central area in little more than an hour, and whether you saunter through gracious Beacon Hill or the stately boulevards of Back Bay, the dimensions of the city ...

Given its rich and complex history, Boston is surprisingly compact. It is possible to stroll across the central area in little more than an hour, and whether you saunter through gracious Beacon Hill or the stately boulevards of Back Bay, the dimensions of the city often seem more European than American. 

With its bookstores, cafés and antique shops, Charles Street recalls Paris, while fashionable Newberry Street bears a resemblance to London's posh Mayfair district. Not to be missed is an evening at Symphony Hall, where the instrumentalists create magic with the building's legendary acoustics. Another mandatory stop is the Museum of Fine Arts, housing an amazing collection of Oriental sculptures and ceramics, as well as a superb array of American paintings. I also recommend the Peabody Museum adjacent to Harvard Yard, which displays artifacts acquired by the Lewis and Clark expedition. 

The beautiful Common and adjoining Public Garden remain the principal focal point of the city. Their tree-shaded green spaces slope gently up to Beacon Hill, where the State House provides a symbol of Boston's illustrious past.

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