French Riviera Christmas

I like Christmas, because you can have a good time with right people and you don’t have to worry about your work or studies. Some people choose to visit a new country every year. So I will tell you about my choice.

My family and I went to the French Riviera this Christmas. This is one of the best places to go if you like warm weather and palms but at the same time you don’t want to forget about winter and Christmas. There is a lot to see there and you have a wide range of places to go to. Just imagine: every place, every street, every cafe has New Year decorations so it feels like you are in a fairy tale of your dreams.

My family and I have visited some new cities in the Riviera: Saint-Raphael, Mandelieu, Theoule-sur-Mer, Sanremo.

But my favourite way to spend a day should be like this:

☀In the morning I go to Starbucks to get my favourite frappuccino and then go to the beach. I like watching the waves  sitting on the Promenade des Anglais. It helps me to think about my plans and my future.

🛍In the afternoon it is great to meet a friend near the Palace of Festivals and Congresses of Cannes and go shopping to  boutiques on the Croisette or you can go to the Marché de Noël.

🍹The evening is a time when you can enjoy your holiday tasty food relaxing in my favourite Movida Lounge. The French Riviera offers you a great opportunity to find what you want, because there are no problems to pick up a cozy place to eat. You can enjoy French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese cuisine etc. I prefer Caffé Roma

🌃In the night it is up to you where to go. You can go to High Club and party there or you can go home to take a very long nap. I prefer parties on holidays. 

I hope now you see why I am so enthusiastic about coming to the French Riviera every Christmas…

NOTES:

Frappuccino is a trademarked brand of the Starbucks Corporation for a line of iced, blended coffee drinks.

Marché de Noël (“Christmas market”) is an outdoor market associated with the celebration of Christmas and which is traditionally held during Advent.

The Promenade des Anglais is an avenue along the seaside in the Baie des Anges, in Nice.

Movida Lounge is a bar-lounge at the seaside in Nice.

Caffé Roma is in the heart of the city, opposite the Palais des Festivals, it has been a Cannes institution for 25 years.

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(from “Mastories”, short stories by Mary Zhukova)

Gaming Our Lives

As you know gaming makes life of a lot of people happier nowadays. But I should point out pros and cons of gaming.

You might consider gaming as a type of entertainment. Lots of people spend their free time driving, flying, killing, creating and what not escaping the reality. Games can be educational, funny, they can teach skills such as strategic thinking, interpretative analysis and problem solving.

However, gaming can be very addictive and make children become accustomed to violence. Furthermore, as you can see around you video games have negative effects on children and distract them from school homework and doing sports.

To sum up, it is up to you to decide whether you play video games or not, if you want to use gaming as a kind of entertainment or to avoid danger of it. Choose what you love, as to me I devote my free time to education, sport, family and friends.

  • (from “MIIT: Mary's Incredible InfoTech”, short reviews by Mary Zhukova)

iApple of My Eye

I am happy to use this device
 because it makes my life easier and better!

I can take beautiful photos to make my own history with the help of “dual 12MP Wide and Telephoto cameras”. It is amazing!

 

It is more convenient to use your own phone with face ID. Every time you take your it-friend, it recognises you. 

The using of your iPhone XS max lasts up to 1.5 hours longer than iPhone X (previous model).

Water resistant to a depth of 2 meters for up to 30 minutes.

You can use not just animals emoji. You can create your own. It will look like you and recreate your emotions.

If you can not stand usual white mode and you are in the mood for something else, you can choose dark mode. (I enjoy it much more!)

Glass and stainless steel design. You can choose colour: space gray, gold or silver.

This model has 6.5 Super Retina HD display.

Job Application in a Dream

The other day I had a dream. No wonder! I have been studying the best way to apply for an IT job. So in my dream I was writing a letter of application.

Cannes 130174
Avenue Beausejour, 8
25.11.2027

Marine Chevaleyre
82 Parfois Street 
Paris 237820

Dear Marine Chevaleyre,

I am writing to apply for the position of web developer which was advertised at itworld.com.

After I degreed from Computer Science and Web developing, University of Nice, I completed a course in computer hardware, science and networking at the Cybernetics College in Antibes. Two years ago I did a course on web design at the University pf Strasbourg: HTML, Java and Space Communications between global web sites.Then I got online diploma in the best web-based technology for business (www.elearnbusiness.com).

For the May 2025 – December 2026 I worked as IT consultant at an IT company, specialising in e-commerce and IT strategies of creating business and artificial intelligence. 

Since January 2027 I have been working as Part-time Web developer at www.itspacesites.com; responsible for updating the site and planning website layouts and navigation. 

I have social, organisational skills and good communication skills. I can speak French, English, Russian and Ukrainian.

I really enjoy working on the Web and I want to be a part of your IT world.

In my free time I like doing web surfing, listening to music, doing sports, reading books in paper and travelling to distant picturesque places.

I enclose a curriculum vitae and samples of my work. 

I will be available for an interview at any time.

I look forward  to hearing from you!

Yours faithfully,
Maria  Zhukova

  • (from “MIIT: Mary's Incredible InfoTech”, short reviews by Mary Zhukova)

My Experience with Computers

First I met a computer at the age of seven. It was a laptop running Windows XP. I knew nothing about these magical IT devices and about the Internet at all!

My first computer game was a language learning multimedia one. As far as  remember it was EuroTalk 15 languages. I used it to expand my English vocabulary.

It’s been a long time since my first cyber experience.  Now I am a happy owner of an Apple iMac and still learning everything about computers & coding with the best teacher in the world. 

In the future I want to work in this area and take part in creating the wonderful digital age!

  • (from “MIIT: Mary's Incredible InfoTech”, short reviews by Mary Zhukova)

Successful Coding

Earlier I wrote about making a perfect website and it is time to share what I have learned about creating a program. I believe this is a marvellous example of successful workflow.

  • Make a flowchart of the program.
  • Write instructions in a programming language.
  • Compile the program.
  • Test and debug the problem.
  • Prepare documentation.
  • (from “MIIT: Mary's Incredible InfoTech”, short reviews by Mary Zhukova)

Seven Lucky Steps To Your Website

I will tell you how to create the website of your dreams. It is not so difficult as you think. Just let your mind generate new ideas and may your arms type on & on.

  • Have an idea.
  • Decide the content and structure for the website.
  • Write text and choose pictures.
  • Link related pages to each other using hyperlinks.
  • Publish posts.
  • Keep the website updated.
  • Look for new ideas.

The way I follow these rules can  be seen all over my website.

Good Luck!

P. S. Don’t forget to improve your skills gradually!

 

  • (from “MIIT: Mary's Incredible InfoTech”, short reviews by Mary Zhukova)

Are You a Cyberperson?

Here is the way to find out
how technological you are:

  • What kind of information do you get on the Web?
  • Do you create and design your own web pages?
  • Do you know how to compress and decompress files?
  • Have you ever booked your holiday on the Net?
  • Have you ever bought things over the Net?
  • Have you ever played games online?
  • Do you text your friends?
  • Have you got an anti-virus program?
  • Have you got a lot of contacts on your account list?
  • Have you ever played music online?
  • What do you use more: phone or computer?
  • What is your favourite Website?

If you've got 5-6 positive answers, then you are on your way to Infotech.

But if the number of positive answers is ten or more, then you are a real cyberperson.

Congratulations!!!

  • (from “MIIT: Mary's Incredible InfoTech”, short reviews by Mary Zhukova)

«Three Worlds»: Cyber&Virtual&Techno

Virtual cafe = 3D virtual reality
People of all ages, organic and vegan food and drinks, learning tutorials, the newest devices, wifi-access, two halls: working and relaxing, lounge sofas, computer desks, computer chairs, swimming pools, nice music, regulations, working/relaxing atmosphere, pleasant aroma, comfort, software: iOS, Windows 10, cloud subscription, wireless and extra fast internet connection.
Cyber cafe = hardware + desktops
Computer desks, computer chairs, relax with device, wireless and extra fast internet connection, software: iOS, windows 10; cloud subscription, computers, monitors, TVs, gaming consoles, webcams, printers, pleasant aroma, organic and vegan food and drinks, learning tutorials, the newest devices, wifi-access, a working hall.
Techno cafe = relax / lounge
People of all ages, Ibiza Spain, organic and vegan food and drinks, learning tutorials, the newest devices, wifi-access, a relaxing halls, lounge sofas, computer desks, computer chairs, swimming pools nice music, regulations, relaxing atmosphere, pleasant aroma, comfort computers, monitors, TVs, gaming consoles, webcams.
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Saturday’s My Funday

So today i am going to tell you about my Saturday, a favourite day of the whole week.

My morning starts from waking up in the sun. This gives me energy for all my day. I wake up and understand that I slept well. I am ready to live my best life and give positive mood to people around me. Then I go to the bathroom and do my beauty routine. Putting all beauty products on my face makes me calm. After the bathroom I go to the kitchen to have my best morning breakfast. Two products that I love the most are coffee and chocolate. Sometimes my breakfast consists of them, but on other days I have healthy breakfast full of vitamins to feel well all work/learning day long.

After food I go to the swimming pool. I listen to my favourite music, dance and swim there. This is necessary. Firstly, my body feels super after workout. Secondly, my soul feels happy after fun music. After swimming I like walking about the garden. I spend time with the nature and the sun. It is my type of meditation. It is a very pleasant feeling to receive energy from the ground.

Very often I just meet with my bestie. We spend time together going somewhere or just staying at home and watching films. On some Saturdays we get together to communicate with our parents.

In the end I should say, please, love your life. Today is everything you have! Do everything for life of your dreams!

(from “Mastories”, short stories by Mary Zhukova)