5 Places in Paris to Inspire Creativity

The Fontaine Saint Michael. Photo courtesy of Denise Grover Swank

Fontaine Saint-Michel

Somehow I missed this fountain on my first two trips, but once I found it, I made sure to see it twice the third time I visited. Located in the Latin Quarter, it’s surrounded by tourists, but the stop is worth the crowd. Apparently, the central figure has been changed several times, but it currently features the Archangel Michael defeating the devil, an image that might inspire your inner muse to conquer your own demons.

St. Etienne in Paris
St. Etienne. Photo courtesy of Denise Grover Swank

Saint-Étienne-du-Mont Church

While most tourists wait for up to an hour or more to enter Notre Dame Cathedral, you’ll find an equally beautiful church only a few blocks south. Saint-Étienne-du-Mont isn’t nearly as old, but the original structure was started around 1492 – when Christopher Columbus was discovering the New World – and it’s a beautiful example of French Gothic architecture. It’s a cool, quiet place to rest if you’re visiting in the hot summer months while you take in the architecture and the elegant statutes.


About the Author: Denise Grover Swank is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 27 novels for adults and teens, including ONE PARIS SUMMER (June 7, 2016; HarperCollins/Blink). She frequently speaks on the topics of writing, publishing, and building a career as an author. While she’s written in multiple genres, ONE PARIS SUMMER is her first contemporary Young Adult novel. Denise resides in Lee’s Summit, MO with her children. Connect with Denise at www.denisegroverswank.com.