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)

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)

Turkish Tapestry of My Emotions

of My Emotions

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It is my last day on a balcony in Turkey. I am sitting and watching a sunset. And I am asking myself: “What interesting  happened this week?” Oh… so much!! The reality was much more beautiful than my previous expectations. 

I spent a lot of time on the beach. The sea was splendid and calm, so you could enjoy your drinks, sunbathe and spend as much time as you want in the water.

I found friends so I could enjoy their company eating ice-cream and having fun in the pool. Also our evening ritual was going to the club at night. Every night was interesting and joyfulness. We were dancing till 2 a.m., then we went to the night bar to drink or to eat. At dawn we went to the pool, but we didn’t swim. We were just sitting on sun loungers, watching the shady palms around and speaking about future and dreams. 

I love this travel with all my heart!! So many emotions, so much sunshine, so much new memories. I wish every my summer was like this. Enjoy your life!

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

Subjects of My Life

Universal of Mine

I am just sitting at the table right now, drinking my coffee and thinking about courses that I should choose when I go to the university.

 In my list there should be Data Design,  Management of Creative Projects and Prototyping Interactive Technologies.

But I don’t want to be a narrow specialist, so I would choose one or two more minor subjects apart of my major. Multimedia is everywhere now. So you must be at home with art & design.

          That’s why I feel like taking up some courses related to these areas. I want to learn lots of stuff to be good at my job and obtain specific skills. For example “Communication and graphic design” and “Journalism, PR, media and publishing”.

I hope my schedule will allow me to start practise on my own, maybe it’s gonna be a kind of freelance. It will help me realise.

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

Internet Issues

There is no life without internet now.
So we all should know about its issues.

the illegal copy and distribution of copyrighted software, games or music files

pretending that someone else’s work is your own 

implies spreading of destructive / intrusive software such as PC viruses, worms, scareware, adware, spyware, ransomware, Trojan horses as well as other forms of malicious programs.

getting passwords for online bank accounts or credit card numbers by using emails that look like they are from real organizations, but are in fact fake; people believe the message is from their bank and send their security details.

making one computer look like another in order to gain unauthorized access.

online harassment or abuse, mainly in chat rooms or newsgroups

 taking, making, circulation, and possession with a view to distribution of any indecent photographs.

Use the Internet with benefit.
Don't allow the issues to disturb you.
Learn all information about them to prevent problems.

  • (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)

A Life-jacket of a Helping Hand

You shouldn’t stay up bottling up your emotions if you feel bad. If you’re in a difficult situation right now it’s better for you to have people who can cheer you up. These people ARE very important in everyone’s life. If you feel not freshen up, if you have lots of heavy thoughts, please go and have a bath, go to massage, take a walk. After these little things you’ll sure feel better. Be good people: if you see acquaintances in a bad mood you should back them up. Problems will always crop up so you need to stay a strong person. Be happy!

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

Dima the Saviour

My friend Maria was in a hurry and I had to walk fast to keep up with her. She intended to be home on time because we didn’t want to frustrate her mother for her mom had to bring up her children alone. It was a nasty day so we turned up our collars not to be frozen. Our friend Dime phoned and said that he had already arrived. When we came home we could not open the door because of the chair which got in our way. But Dima saved the situation by drawing up the chair nearer to the wall to open the door. Mother was sleeping when we came so she didn’t even look up. We decided to watch a film. We didn’t need to get up early next morning. After the film we looked up information about schools breaking up for the summer holiday on the Internet. It was a good and cosy day together with my favourite friends Maria and Dima!

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