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Square du Vert-Galant, Paris

Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 90+ reviews on the web
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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  • Right in the middle of the city, this is the best place to be in Paris (if not at the Eiffel). You have to see how students flock the place in late evenings, make merry, dance and sing to get the vibe...  read more »
  • Small square, although frequent but very nice place in Bank of the seine. Scenery if you you installed on the edge of the square.
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  • Is that triangular square at the end of the Pont Neuf, an oasis of tranquility amidst the hustle and bustle. Small, bucolic, ideal for a picnic or to sit on the edge and admire the Louvre and the Rive Droite. The name comes from one of the nicknames of King Henri IV, young-vert (green) and flirtatious-galant. There the Grand Master of the Templars, was burned at the stake, cursing the Kings.
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  • This small green space is located on the western tip of the Ile-de-la cité. Great photos!
  • This little park at the other side of the island where the Notre Dame stands on, is a very quiet spot in Paris. Although you can hear the city in the background a lot of people come here to enjoy warm summer days/evenings. You can sit on the side of the river Seine and enjoy the view out. A lot of boats will pass you!
  • 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!
  • If you have just walked yourself to exhaustion, or if you have just landed and are jet lagged but don't want to go to bed, grab a picnic lunch and head to the Vert-Galant. This very, very small park is the perfect place to just sit and relax and watch the world go by. If you bring a bottle of wine, be discreet, the guard will come scold you.
  • A great picnic spot. On nice days there are always lots of people.
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