followed by :
Some hints about relationships with women of Ukraine or Russia
(Texts and photo fully copyrighted)
(apart exceptions, all photo are for sale in high resolution)
We'd much appreciate your help to correct and achieve the translation of this site!
You may volunteer to the adress above. Thanks !
Trip to the East
When I travel, the sight of landscapes and astounding scenes is not enough for me. There is always that moment when I wonder what is in the mind of that guy, around my age, who is speeding to his work or picking up his children at school. What is his perception of the world around him. But I am afraid that I shall never understand a chinese, japanese or indian guy. They seem to live in a too far world.
On the contrary, the worlds of Ukraine, Belarus and Western Russia are just far enough. They provided the western world some writers whose books are still on our shelves, and composers whose style is easily understandable.
Among the cities of the ex-sovietic block, Odessa is one of the most western-styled - but with its specific character. First steps there are destabilizing, among the cupolas of the orthodox churches, the cyrillic pannels, the little street shops - and no one may help you, because those who studied during the communist period speak as well english as you speak Latin and ancient Greek. You understand very quickly that you are in another world. But when you ramble around in the city center, when you walk in this « passaj » which looks so much like the Choiseul walkway in the 2nd district of Paris, or near this opera with its ultra classical architecture, you get the feeling that the keys to the city are within your reach.