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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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  • This little park is located on the western edge of the Ile de la Cité (where you can find Notre-Dame). It's not very crowded (mind you didn't go on a hot summer day) and therefore can be quite peacefu...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • It's a pretty unique and spectacular place to sit out at. Make sure you get there early though to avoid the crowds.
  • Quiet and friendly, a good stop for lunch or just a sit down.
  • 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.
  • Looks like cool place to chill all day!
  • Lots of people picnic here ! You should too