Mulholland Drive Scenic Overlooks

If you still do not know why so many people want to live in LA, just take a look at this scenery
Mulholland Drive Scenic Overlooks

I haven’t even dreamed about driving through such beautiful place every day.  Continue reading

The Entirely Different Malibu

Every decent Los Angeles resident has to wear Uggs with shorts, use his own bags for grocery shopping and every weekend wake up at 6 am for a morning hike. Just in case you don’t know, a hike is a walk (or, for those who are sporty, run) in hilly areas. Demanding on stamina and miserable from consistently eating too much cheesecake, a hike can be from 1 to 15 miles long and have many variations of complexity.

Malibu Creek State Park

Recently one international team of amateur hikers went to explore some places they have never hiked before. The team consisted of an American English language teacher, a Russian photographer and a Turkish student. We expected to see frugal hills and a thin forest, but we stumbled on the beautiful Bavarian landscape, shining like a piece of a jeweled lake framed with spectacular rocky mountains. Continue reading


If you are in Paris, it is mandatory for you to go to the very top of the Eiffel tower.

Planet Paris

This article’s headline is the excuse for the first picture and, in particular, for the forlornly tilted horizon. Photographers, take notes  :)

The idea of climbing the metallic construction in freezing and windy 41*F weather didn’t attract me much. But there was no choice. My cousin, Tatiana, is a big traditionalist. For her to be in Paris and not to climb the Eiffel Tower would be the same crime as for a decent communist to be in Moscow and to omit the Mausoleum. So I had no option to escape. Continue reading