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Square du Vert-Galant, Paris

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From its very beginning, Square du Vert-Galant had a bit of a romantic reputation, named, as it was, for a prominent "vert-galant," or "lusty gentleman," of the time--King Henry IV. Henry was known for many things: being a Protestant who converted to Catholicism to ascend to the French throne; issuing the Edict of Nantes, which gave Protestants almost equal rights to Catholics; and having a bevy of mistresses well into his old age. Today a statue of Henry atop a horse keeps watch on the triangular park, which is often the sight of romantic picnics and marriage proposals. It's also the departure point for several boats that tour the Seine. Make Square du Vert-Galant part of your personalized Paris itinerary using our Paris vacation planner.
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  • I've often looked down at this small, lovely, public park when walking across Pont Neuf and vowed to take a closer look at the grassy expanse someday. On a recent visit to Paris, I finally descended t...  more »
  • You'll find this pretty square down below the Port Nerf and the statue of Henri IV. Lovely views of the Seine, Louvre and several bridges. Romantic. It floods when the level of the Seine is high.  more »
  • The name refers to King Enrique IV, and his habit of leaving all lift (her favorite color) green dress by these gardens, close to the Royal Palace. There are who claim that this is the origin of the expression "Old green".
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  • This is the place to go at sundown, with a bottle of chilled white wine, a baguette and some smelly cheese. Sit on the edge of the park and watch the boats go by. Lots of other people will have the same idea, unfortunately, so get there a bit early and bag your spot.
  • I don't think there's anywhere in the world I'd rather be than Square du Vert-Galant on a balmy summer evening. BYO wine, cheese and meat, and be serenaded by gifted saxophonists and guitarists whilst you wave to excited tourists on the boats that speed past.
  • Incredible place in Paris at the end of the Île de ma Cité, where the two parts of the Seine river join
  • A great picnic spot. On nice days there are always lots of people.
  • Nestled in the center of Paris is this serene park. Grab a meal to go from one of the nearby cafes and bring it here to soak up the sun and beautiful Paris views!