"Square du Vert-Galant" Square du Vert Galant Tip by Jefie

Square du Vert Galant, Paris: 3 reviews and 6 photos

  Square du Vert-Galant, on Ile de la Cité
by Jefie

This little park is located on the very tip of l'Ile de la Cite and is probably the best place in Paris for a picnic - and there happens to be quite a few good places where to buy a sandwich on Ile de la Cite, mostly on Boulevard du Palais. The Square is really nice and usually fairly quiet during the day, and you can lie down on the grass to feel the sun on your face or sit underneath a tree to read in the shade. From there you'll have a great view of the Louvre and of Le Pont-Neuf (the New Bridge) which, despite its name, happens to be the oldest standing bridge in Paris. One thing that might be a little difficult to believe nowadays is that less than 80 years ago, fishermen gathered at the Square du Vert-Galant each day to catch some fish in the Seine. In his memoir of Paris, Ernest Hemingway wrote: "...it always made me happy that there were men fishing in the city itself, having sound, serious fishing and taking a few fritures home to their families." I wouldn't eat anything that comes out of the Seine today, but the Vert-Galant sure is a great place to think about the old days!

Address: 1er arrondissment, 75001 Paris, France
Directions: On Ile de la Cité, next to Le Pont Neuf (metro Cité).
Phone: +33-0-1-46-33-98-38
Website: http://www.vedettesdupontneuf.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 4, 2007
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