The Park.  The Monastery.  The garden.  The ancient city.  It is all there – up the hill from my house.  A mere bus ride away.  In the park, there is a track  that circles it.  Runner, walkers, bicyclists, all use the track.  And, in doing so, they pass the remains of the ancient Roman city of Cemenelum, at the heart of a splendid olive grove.  The Matisse Museum is also there, as well as Matisse’s grave.  Matisse is buried in the Cemetery next to the Monastery, which is next to the Park.  And, next to all of it is one of the most beautiful Gardens that I have ever seen with roses galore!!




When Steve and I moved there in October 2015, little did we know how we both would come to love it!  It became “home” to us, and we were happy.  Little did we know that the Universe had other plans for us.  Before my move down into town, I spent two wonderful years by the park.  I went there almost daily.  But, since my move, I have hesitated to revisit. Why?  I am not sure.  It is a mere bus ride up the hill.


On Friday, I went back for a short visit.  My new knee doctor’s office is up there and also the anaesthesiologist’s.  Also, the new hospital – St. George, and the Convalescence Center – La Serena.  It was a beautiful day, so I got off the bus at the Park and went to the Cafe to get a sandwich after my appointment with the anaesthesiologist. It all felt very familiar.  And, sad.  Yet, wonderful.  Emotions galore!   I started taking photos.  YES!  I remember doing this!  YES!  I wanted to visit the garden, but I will have to save that for another day.  Walking is still a work-in-progress.  Stay tuned.  Here are some of my favorites….. 


It was wonderful to be back!!    And, while there, I realized that I have moved on.  Really moved on.  I now have new dreams and plans and new things I love and want to do.  That said, I will ALWAYS love Cimiez and Steve.  SO, I got my camera handy so that I could take some photographs.  It is time to “get a grip”.  Let go of “knee-jerk reactions”.  Get use to taking pictures with a cane.  It is still going to be around a bit longer. AND,  time’s a-fleeting.  AND, no one is coming to save me – literally, not aesthetically.  Damn!


I love trees.  Always have.  Anyway, it was fun to be there with my wonderful memories.  More to come.

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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