Reportedly the oldest church in Paris (founded in 542), the courtyard of Église Saint Germain des Prés on the north side displays some of the recovered architecture from this church which was destroyed many times over the centuries. In the foreground on the right is a Picasso sculpture of Dora Maar in memory of Guillame Apollinaire, the French poet, art critic, and playwright.

This quiet little courtyard, Square Laurent Prache, is just a small jump from Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots. As we walked past these benches several times a day en juin, we found the square a quiet place of contemplation and free of graffiti.