This is not what I had in mind when I got on the plane to Nice, France, in the fall of 2015, mind you. But, after much bemoaning and bewailing about having to downsize, I actually am enjoying my little corner of the Côte. No, I don’t have a Sea view. No, I don’t have a mountain view.  This is my view – from the living room, from my bedroom/office, and looking up. (Sigh.) 


That said, I have a huge patio with lots of potential. As you can see, I have already started positioning plants. Some were here when I arrived; some I purchased. But, remember, it is winter!! This is the “before”. Wait until Spring arrives!! I will keep you posted re the “after”.  I plan to have flowers and plants everywhere – a beautiful garden for all my “neighbors” to enjoy (Inside joke – Andrea, Slav, Kate, and Richard will know what I mean!  Haha!)


PLUS, I entertain – the birds!! Haha.  This Bird Bath was here. I cleaned it up and fill it with water.   The birds come! Fun!! 


 I am still trying to figure out who is throwing cake crumbs on my patio for the pigeons.  That and cigarette butts. Ugh. Oh, well, people stand out on their patios, and …. I clean it up. It doesn’t happen a lot, actually. 

The inside of my apartment is beginning to feel like home.  I am not sure whether the change was internal or external. Once I quit resisting change, my surroundings started fitting my new life style. What is my new life style, you ask? Well, it changes from week to week (haha), but as best as I know – it is filled with a lot of walking and writing and reading and dining – 


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and taking photographs. I have a list of projects – books, blogs, Journals, linking, connecting, golfing – that keep me busy.  Thus, I need my home base to be comfortable.  This gives you an idea.  I have been here – in this apartment, for four months.


There is a large entry at the front door. It leads into the living room/kitchen, and a long hallway to the bathroom, “toilette”, and bedroom/office/dressing room (haha). For one person, it’s fine.  Actually, I think guests would find it comfortable, too, …with a garden right outside their door. The sofa in the living room is convertible.  The price is right.


All in all, it is a lifestyle that allows me time to work – very different from my life in the U.S.  Every morning, I wake up with ideas and plans. First thing, I check to see if my eye whites are still white, not red. Yes!! Great!! It’s a new day!

Best, Jay


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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