Hello! Welcome to Pichets in Paris Publishing. Here you will find travel stories and photos, the occasional Book Review and fictional piece based in Paris or France. ALL IMAGES ARE BY L'AUSSIE IMAGES (owned by Denise Covey). Contact me for permission to copy my images.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Who is Pichets in Paris? Paris as 'muse.'

Paris as muse

Who is Pichets in Paris?

By now most of you know I’m an Aussie who loves to travel, and especially travel to Paris. Paris is my ‘muse.’

As writers we have an ability to find stories in what we see, hear, experience and imagine. Historically this has been considered a product of some external force – can’t we be creative on our own? Did you know Greek mythology includes nine muses who are responsible for all creative endeavours? These sisters had the power both to inspire and to remove the ability for creative thought.

Many writers credit their muses with the spark that makes a creative work move beyond the ordinary into the extraordinary. I often come across the term 'muse' in the blogosphere. Personally I feel the muse is the part of writers that maintains a supersensitive awareness of our environment. I believe anything can be a source of story ideas, whether large or small. Maybe something as simple as an overheard fragment of a conversation, the way the light falls on a tree's leaves, or how a wine tastes on the tongue, or some amazing food to savour, or simply the feel of a fabric on your fingers.

Paris has been considered a ‘muse’ by artistic types for centuries, and my first trip to this breathtaking city showed me why. It’s not just the architectural beauty, the setting along the Seine, or the way Paris has been romanticised on paper and film. Paris, for me, heightens emotions; there is a story on every street, in every courtyard, in every museum. I feel it soaking into my pores every time I visit.

As a writer I use my senses to absorb information. And I like to be alone with my thoughts as hidden beneath is a pool of images, ideas and fragments that surface when needed to form stories that I hope readers will enjoy.

This is the Paris I want to share with you – in pictures and words. I hope you enjoy the journey.

Wherever I’m travelling in the world, or whether I’m sitting at my computer in Brisbane, the thought of sipping pichetsinparis (a measure of wine) is never far from my mind.


  1. 'Ello mate! Nice of you to visit my 'shabby' little blog. I have been a bit busy the last week trying to get some work going (money makes the world go around, right?)and finishing my first largeish order from my etsy shop. I have not had time to indulge myself with a nice cuppa and a good read of the over 700 blog postings I need to catch up on. Hopefully today will provide some time for that. After all it is Rednesday, and I always try to post about some redness.
    Your pictures of Paris are gorg. I used to visit there a lot as a child when I did the exchange student bit. Another reason for making some good moola: being able to go back to Blighty to visit Mum and do a bit of travelling.

    Cheerio for now,

  2. Lovely of you to visit Anne (La Vie en Rose). You are so funny! Hope you are working your way through the blog postings.Thanks for commenting on my nice Paris pix. They still call it the old Blighty, eh?

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