SEATREK-1, IN THE FALL

“SeaTrek” is Jayspeak for those times when I walk from my home to the Sea – wherever it is feasible. In Los Angeles, I walked from our home in Westwood to the palisades park in Santa Monica, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. That was approximately eight miles. Once I arrived at my destination, I would call Steve to meet me for brunch. After brunch on the Promenade, he would drive us home. Last Saturday, I walked from our home in Cimiez – now my home – to the Mediterranean Sea. Luckily, the distance was only three miles. And, a bus brought me home. Steve and I had talked about doing it together. And, it was on our list. I carried the torch without him. Not the same, but doable.

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I started out around 8:30 a.m. There was very little traffic at that point. And, the sky was crystal clear. Good day for a walk. I walked past the monastery and the park, crossed the street, and headed down the Boulevard de Cimiez toward town – taking pictures along the way.

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My plan was to take short cuts at the bottom of the hill to get to the main drag – Avenue Jean Médecin. Then, walk to my destination – breakfast. And, I wanted to check out the parking lot at the Carrefour Supermarket at the bottom of the hill. I have wanted to shop there, but did not know about parking. (Parking is always a consideration in Nice.) After making note of the parking lot, I cut through Avenue Notre Dame to Avenue Jean Médecin, taking a picture of everything in sight, including the beautiful Notre-Dame de l’Assomption.

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For breakfast, I wanted to try a cafe that I had read about, named Mama delices – good reviews and served breakfast. I wanted to give it a try. Maybe they had omelets. No omelets, even on a good day. And, by the time I got there, the only thing they had left was one small croissant and orange juice. Plus, coffee. Always coffee. Not what I had in mind. The French are not big on breakfast, I have discovered. If you want breakfast, you must go to the Hard Rock Café on the Promenade, or some such place, to get petit déjeuner Anglais. Otherwise, breakfast is a croissant, orange juice, and coffee – if they aren’t out of croissants. Or yogurt. So, after my orange juice, small baguette with butter and apricot marmalade, and coffee, I started walking to the Sea – down the block.

Then, it happened. I spied a hair salon across the pathway. I “walked in” and asked if someone could “trim” my hair. Miracle of miracle, the lady said yes. So, two hours later, I walked out – butchered. One girl shampooed my hair, massaging so much that I knew it must be extra. Then, another woman blow-dried my hair. Curious, I asked who was going to “trim” my hair. Apparently, Thierry Antoine, from Paris. That was when I wondered why I had not asked the price up front. And, now, it was too late. Damn. How would I pay for it? Credit card? Did I have to tip these people? Damn. As it turned out, it wasn’t too expensive, and I did not tip anyone. I figured they could blame it on damn Americans. But, to be honest, I like my haircut. Nothing about it is a “trim”, but I don’t care. Easier to do in the mornings. I got his card.

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More pictures by the sea, a selfie or two, and on to the Flower Market. I wanted a yellow chrysanthemum for my patio. By then, it was lunch time, and I was hungry. So, I went to La Voglia, another favorite, and got their salad and a glass of wine – Cote de Provence whatever. Always good. On to the bus stop. Back through the park to home. All in all, I walked approximately six miles. Great day. Only thing missing was Steve.

I took a lot of pictures – too many to post. I put some on Facebook and some on Instagram. Not all the same. And, here, other selections. Some may be the same, but most are new. AND, I still have ones I am not posting. Anyway, enjoy.

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Best, Jay

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Published by jjaywmac

Jay W. MacIntosh (born Janet Tallulah Jewell) is a retired attorney, actress, and writer from the United States, living in Paris, France. She is a member of the California Bar and selected to the 2018, 2019, 2020 Southern California Super Lawyers list. She holds a Master’s Degree in Drama from the University of Georgia and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Zodiac Scholastic Society. As an actress, she is a member of The Actors Studio, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), SAG-AFTRA, and ASCAP, performing in film and television in the United States and France. Her published works include Journal of Janet Tallulah, Volume 1, Journal of Janet Tallulah, Volume 2, The Origins of George Bernard Shaw’s Life Force Philosophy, Moments in Time, Capturing Beauty, JAYSPEAK on the Côte d’Azur, and Janet Tallulah.

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