Simploring 2020 (26) Floville

I picked Floville from scoop.it SL Destinations for my simploring trip on Sunday, March 22nd. The landmark description is quite Fitting:
Floville consist of Flo’s Diner 50, 60, & 70’s music, Bowling Alley, Drive In, Live Event Stage. A BBQ Barn also a Country Music Venue. A quiet country sim to just come to relax, dance and play some greedy.

Floville – bird’s eye overview

Floville is a moderate full region owned by Flo (sweetfloxo) and her partner Alex Giovane (alex1920). In Flo’s profile I found the link to a video that was taken on the occasion of the opening to the public a few weeks ago. The link to the video didn’t work in my country but it might work in yours.

Impressions of Floville (1) – Yacht Harbour and Flo’s Diner

The landing is close to a yacht harbour from where it is just a short walk to Flo’s diner. Everything is held in the style of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The place in front of the diner is a large event area, the vinyl disc on the floor contain dancing animations. I went in the diner itself and was very happy about the prices for burgers and other meals *winks* – well around 70 years ago already!

Impressions of Floville (2) – Flo’s diner and the gas station

Next the the diner is a gas station, a garage and a bowling center. I have to keep the bowling center in mind for when I want to play again some time. And next to the bowling center there’s a movie theatre.

Impressions of Floville (3) – Bowling and movie theatre

There’s more to discover. I went to the barbecue barn and could almost smell the big Texas steaks. Next to the barn is another place to party. Opposed to the barbecue barn is the cowboy bar, another place to party and also furnished according to the time.

Impressions of Floville (4) – Barbecue barn

Floville also offers quite some places to sit and enjoy, to watch the pets that run around free or to spend some time with a friend or loved one. I tried out a cuddle place at the pier of the residential home clase to the landing and another beind the cowboy bar.

Impressions of Floville (5) – Cowboy bar

Everything looks quite natural and big. I felt like being in the countraside of the US. That feeling was intensified by the country music that is played when you turn music on. Floville is devided in two parts by a large mountain range. Beyond the range you need a group membership, I guess it is Flo’s and Alex’ private aread. But the public area is by far large enough and offers a lot of fun.

Impressions of Floville (6) – Office (upper left), residential house (lower left), a rest behind the Cowboy bar (upper right), outdoor area of the Cowboy bar (lower right)

Thank you Flo and Alex for sharing Floville with the public. I enjoyed my visit to the countryside.

Landmark to Floville
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Giovane/95/27/22
Link to the video of the opening event
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiZtkuaIlC0&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR13VkDK27PmU2h1Y-p5s4f3mQwZPSgNgvTbwNYfoq99ffrvvYhSJCtsEII

Simploring 2020 (25 B) PixelArt Photogardens

As mentioned in my post before about Mole Lido I got a notecard from the neighbour plot “PixelArt Photogardens” and went exploring it subsequent to visit of Mole Lido.

PixelArt Photogardens is a free to use (moderate) place to take – surprise – pictures. It is owned by Nessie Naidoo, who herself owns two shops. Under the label “Tipster’s” she offers a broad variety of tip jar’s and under the label “PixelArt Pose Props” you can get a selection of photo pose props, pose scenes, pose huds, picture frames and more.

Impressions of PixelArt Photogardens (ground Level) – lower right picture shows the available teleports

From the garden you can teleport either to the shop area or to a platform where you can rez different scenes and backgrounds for taking pictures. Another teleport point leads to a classroom. According to the notecard monthly classes are offered free of charge on improving your Second Life photography – at the time of my visit though the classroom was torn down and the platform was empty.

Impressions of PixelArt Photogardens – Tipster’s and PixelArt Pose Props Shops (left pictures) / available scenes (upper right) / at the Old Gas Station (lower right)

I explored the platform with the scenes and rezzed some of them. The available scenes include: Winter Forest, Summer Forest, Waterfall, Stone Courtyard, Old Gas Station, Pier, Stable, Dreamland, White Boudoir and City Rain.

Some scenes of PixelArt Photogardens – Pier (upper left) / Dreamland (upper right) / Winter Forest (lower left) / City Rain (lower right)

It was fun to visit the PixelArt Photogardens and I’ll keep in mind that it is a great place for pictures. Once again, I appreciated that shop owners provide space for their customers – and in this case you can try out the poses and props you have bought right away at the PixelArt Photogardens. Thank you Nessie for providing this space!

Landmark to PixelArt Photogardens
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bhima/187/85/43

Simploring 2020 (25 A) Mole Lido

For my simploring tour on Wednesday, March 18th, I picked “Mole Lido” from scoop.it SL Destinations because the building on the picture along with entry caught my attention.

Mole Lido

Mole Lido in a plot (rated moderate) on mainland and upon my landing I got a notecard from PixelArt Photogardens, the plot right next to Mole Lido. I visited Mole Lido first but then extended my simploring tour to PixelArt Photogardens.

There’s not that much to see at Mole Lido except of the really outstanding building that is open at all sides. To me it looked more like a memorial. The building is surrounded by a water basin and a modern garden where you can sit and enjoy the view. I explored the builidng itself. “Inside” are three pictures exhibited but they can’t really attract your attention as the building is to dominant.  In the center of the building is a sculpture in the form of a double helix and a wall with a water curtain.

Impressions of the Mole Lido building

I walked up to the roof and had a look around and I explored the little modern garden and sat down there.

Mole Lido is owned by the Linden Department of Public Works (LDPW): “The LDPW will organise teams of resident builders, artists and scripters to create new content for use by Linden Lab, and for the SL community. Resident builders (“moles”) will be provided with specific build projects and will oversee progress before taking ownership of the content once work is completed.

Impressions of the surrounding of the Mole Lido building

Mole Lido was build by Musical Misty Mole (Misty Mole), as far as I understand she’s employed by or a contractor of Linden Labs: “I’m Misty, one of the Linden Moles, building new places and new things. I write music for the moles, including the music for Linden Realms” (taken from Misty Mole’s profile).

For my pictures I had to reduce the drawing distance to blind out the surrounding. Thank you Misty for this very interesting building /memorial.

Landmark to Mole Lido
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bhima/145/77/42

Simploring 2020 (24) Opium Beach and music hall

For my simploring tour on Thursday, March 5th, I picked Opium Beach and music hall from scoop.it SL Destinations, a place tagged with “photo, relax, beach, romantic, hotel, country, tuscany house, river, cave, live music, nude, voice open, chillout”

Opium is a larger part of a full adult region and consist of two plots “Opium Beach and music hall” and “Opium Sex”. I will furtheron refer to it just as Opium.

Opium – overview

Opium is owned by Mr Robb (robbaccia) and the name rang a bell. I had visited “Amandia” in 2017 (read Simploring 2017 (29) Bella Italia – Amandia), which was also owned by Mr Robb (robbaccia) but is gone in the meanwhile.

Impressions of Opium (1) – around the central court

As mentioned before Opium is devided into two plots on the ground level but you won’t really notice it. The landing is at a market place, just next to a little town center and everything look very Mediterranean, yes maybe Italien. The central court at the town is a great motif for taking pictures. There’s also a nice bar and restaurant to sit and enjoy. Or you can walk out into the sea on the two long piers, just for the nice view.

Impressions of Opium (2)

But the sim has more to offer. Close to the central court is an orientation map. It is a bit outdated but still good enough for orientation. You can enjoy the long beaches or you walk and explore the rest of Opium, the farm, the hotel, the villa (in the orientation map still named with “Agri tourism”) or the public pool (Thermae). I didn’t find the Sea Farm for example and I couldn’t find out why one residential house is named “Crazy home”. I recommend to have a look inside of the villa. It is furnished quite luxurious. Opium is a great place to chill, to enjoy the picturesque town or to take photos, for example of the horse that is lost in the pool *winks*

Impressions of Opium (3) – art from Mistero Hifeng (upper left), the orse in the pool (upper right), the villa (lower left and right)

There’s also an adult area on the ground level of Opium, just below of the villa you find a cave (Grotta Azzur) with some adult (bdsm) furniture. This part is not yet full finished.

For getting around you can also use a teleporter network. That will bring you also to other parts in the skies, in particular to the Tuscany square, a really romantic spot where you feel like being in holidays. At that level is also an aread for games and a phot studio, that is open to the public. I was missing the “music hall” that is mentioned in the sim name. Currently there’s no music hall but a big club named “Redd’s” where events can be held. The club is quite stylish inside in my personal opinion.

Impressions of Opium (4) – the Tuscany Square and the music club “Redd’s”

The teleporter network brings you also to more adult areas – Candle room and Opium Sex. The candle room is a stylish night club, a place for erotic hours while Opium Sex is a big room with table dance, sofas, beds and some BDSM furniture. I couldn’t resist and tried out table dancing *winks*.

Impressions of Opium (5) – Candle room and Opium Sex

Opium has something for everyone, its a beautiful Italien town by the sea with great views, nicely furnished houses and long beaches. And it offers a nice music event space and several (stylish) areas for adult fun.
Thank you Mr Robb (robbaccia) for sharing your place.

Landmark to Opium Beach and music hall
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ANGELICA/56/88/25

 

Simploring 2020 (23) Obscura Harmonium & Obscura Arboreous

For my simploring tour on Sunday, February 23rd, I picked “Obscura Harmonium” from scoop.it SL Destinations. Obscura Harmonium is a plot of a (moderate) full region. It is connected with a bridge to Obscura Arboreous. Both build one large plot and are owned by Aengel (Angelkitty Skizm) and Phyre (Lotus Wemyss). A flying whale is circling above Obscura Harmonium & Obscura Arboreous adds a touch of fantasy to both places. In the landmark description it is tagged with “Photography, Music, Hangout, Romance, Live Singers

Obscura Harmonium & Obscura Arboreous – bird’s eye overview

Obscura Harmonium is the place I landed, right in front ot a large building, supposedly an opera house from 1852, that is named Obscura Harmonium. At the court in front of building 2 scuptures of Mistero Hifeng caught my eye “Due Minuti” and “Io e Te”. His art is quite unique and easily to recognize.
Inside of the opera house you find a big event area, a bar, more art and you can walk to the adjacent building and enjoy a winter garden. The opera house looks very stylish.

Impressions of Obscura Harmonium (1) – at the landing point / a view inside ot the opera house

Impressions of Obscura Harmonium (2) – inside ot the opera house and in the winter garden

The second building on the Obscura Harmonium parcel is a radio station “OH Radio”. I strongly recommend to have a look inside. The architecture is clearly from the 1920ies or 1930ies with a nice touch of Bauhaus.

Impressions of Obscura Harmonium (3) – OH Radio (upper pictures) and the bridge leading to Obscura Arboreous

Obscura Harmonium is connected by a bridge to Obscura Arboreous, which has a lovely, peaceful and romantic setting. Coming from the bridge you reach a little court with a cafe, a gazebo with another piece of art from Mistero Hifeng (Non potra’  mai finire), another gazebo in the center and a library building. This court is the heart of the Obscura Arboreous community. The court and all the connecting paths are public as well as a very nice place to sit and cuddle by the shore with a prefect view to the lighthouse.

Impressions of Obscura Arboreous (1) – the court with the library (upper and lower left), the cafe and the scupture of Mistero Hifeng, the center gazebo

Aengel (Angelkitty Skizm) writes about Obscura Harmonium & Obscura Arboreous in her profile: “This is my baby, I create it with my bestfriend Phyre. We change it up and add as we find new things to showcase. Perhaps, inspire another creator to make more things we can collect. Come, visit my heart. Stay, and cling to the community that’s budded from ashes.

Impressions of Obscura Arboreous (2) – A place to dream and a place to live

And in Phyre (Lotus Wemyss)’s profile I found this text about Obscura Harmonium & Obscura Arboreous: “Home, Sanctuary. Not always perfect, but perfectly suited for quirkyness. Not a club, just a dream of the possibility of bringing the music culture, art, and fashion together as one. We attemept to provide a place for anyone to use, to present music or art in a fashion that shows the passion behind, the story. The mind. A place to hang out, take pictures, use the facility or crash if you need a temporary home

I enjoyed my visit to Obscura Harmonium & Obscura Arboreous, a perfect time out for a Sunday morning. A place to hang out and dream or just to take a few  (in my case many) pictures. Thank you Aengel and Phyre for keeping up your place and your community.

Landmark to Obscura Harmonium (and Obscura Arboreous)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Heartstring/198/70/31
Flickr page
https://www.flickr.com/groups/4583437@N24/

Simploring 2020 (22) Rocca Sorrentina, 1790: Italy and the “Grand Tour”

I picked Rocca Sorrentina for my simploring tour on Tuesday, February 18th, from scoop.it SL Destinations. What caught my eye was a picture of it in a blogpost written in Japanese. I checked if there were other blogposts about Rocca Sorrentina – and there were many! Inara Pey has visited it back in 2016 “A visit to the 18th Century in Second Life” and wrote that her “only regret is that it has taken me five years to discover it“. Hence it took over 9 years for me to discover this classic place in Second Life.

Rocca Sorrentina is a project of Brown University, featuring a representation of a fictitious but historically-plausible 18th century island community, located in the Bay of Naples, off the coast of the Sorrento region in southern Italy. Rocca Sorrentina is an approach to interpret and better understand various aspects of the Enlightenment and the era of the “Grand Tour” as they were manifested in Italy in the latter part of the 1700’s.

Rocca Sorrentina splits into three areas:
– a skybox with the information center and changing exhibitions
– the island, a fictitious but historically-plausible 18th century island community
– the surrounding Bay of Naples

I started my visit in the skybox where I landed next to a information board that gives out 9 (!) notecards packed with information. I used a lot of this information in my blogpost. But there’s more to discover in the landing skybox. I first visited an exhibition named “Nettuno”, which is Neptune in Italian.

Rocca Sorrentina – in the landing skybox: Information board, entrance to the Information Center (upper left) / Impressions of the exhibtion “Nettuno”

Ancient gods and goddesses of mythology still capture the imagination.  The title of our latest exhibit, Nettuno, is Neptune in Italian. Neptune, the Roman God of the sea, is known as Poseidon in Greek mythology.  Neptune was also the god of horses and the patron of horse racing. Often in mythology, gods were paired with female consorts. In Neptune’s case his Roman consort was named Salacia. Curiously, much of the research done for this exhibit show Salacia paired with Neptune but using her Greek name of Amphitrite. The exhibit contains a small sampling of various works of art showing Neptune’s godly power – and you can grab more ingormation about the exhibits by notecards.

There’s another exhibtion in the landing skybox, the “Grand Tour” and I visited this one next. I personally never heard about the “Grand Tour” before. The “Grand Tour” meant different things to different people over time.  As it is most commonly understood, it was a coming-of-age educational experience involving extended travel to the continent – mostly through France and Italy – that primarily benefited young, affluent Englishmen from the late 17th century until the time of the French Revolution.

Rocca Sorrentina – in the landing skybox: The “Grand Tour” – a very educational exhibtion

The “Grand Tour” provides a lot of information about the journeys of young people through Italy and France in the 17th and 18th century. Actually just visiting this exhibit will occupy you for at least an hour if not more, just like a visit to a museum in real Life. Honestly I postponed a longer visit.

Rocca Sorrentina – Information center in the landing skybox (upper pictures) / landing at the island (lower pictures)

Finally I went to the Information Center where you could spent a lot of time as well getting even more information. I decided to start my visit to Rocca Sorrentina on the ground level. In one of the information notecards, actually in the first from the information board is an orientation map of Rocca Sorrentina and I matched it with a bird eye view. The Harbor Master Island and the Lighthouse Island belong to the neighour sim “Bay of Naples”.

Rocca Sorrentina – orientation map and bird eye view

The buildings on the island  reflect the complex society and the diverse architecture of southern Italy in the 1780’s and 1790’s. There are the small shops of 18th century tradesmen, a dock area displaying merchant ships of the period, ancient ruins, fortifications, a grand villa (with chambers underneath which house a set of “En Garde” pistes that all are welcome to use), an underground cavern and lake, and a number of private residences that are marked with a “Residenza Privata” sign. You’re asked not to enter these private areas.

Rocca Sorrentina is not a roleplay sim, although there is roleplay activity. If you take part of roleplays you’re asked to wear a human avatar and appropriate 18th century clothing (well, anything else wouldn’t make any sense *winks*). I just visited and kept my sexy black latex outfit, but I was all alone during my visit aside of the figures that are used to liven up the scenery at Rocca Sorrentina.

Rocca Sorrentina – The Villa Vesuviana

I first went to the largest and dominating building: The Villa Vesuviana, a grand house residence inspired by Andrea Palladio’s famous Villa Capra La Rotonda and its surrounding gardens, which functions as a government house and main public building for events. The villa is very impressive with it big cupola and all the paintings at the walls. It clearly documents the wealth of at least some citizens of that time. Please be aware that there are also private apartments on the second floor.

Rocca Sorrentina – vineyard, Villa vigna, curch and obelisk

I visited the vineyard, the Villa vigna, the curch and the great lawn with the obelisk before I had a look at the Accademia di Sorrentina with its lecture hall and library (through which electronic versions of important 18th century publications may be accessed). On the second floor you find the Cabinet of Curiosities, representing the broad range of interests being studied by enlightenment-era scholars and gifted amateurs.

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Rocca Sorrentina – The Accademia di Sorrentina

I explored the harbour area and docks along with several shops and the taverna. The shops depict 18th century trades and wares, some of which sell era-appropriate items. There are also SL shops which sell 18th century clothing, home furnishings, and other items appropriate for life on the island. I saw the Shrine of Santa Maria Stella Maris and visited the Anfiteatro, inspired by the Bosco Parassio in Rome, where concerts, plays and poetry readings may be presented. And I went to beach, the fountains “The Cascade”, the Fortezza (a late Renaissance Spanish fortification), the watch tower and the Coffee House.

Rocca Sorrentina – The Cascade, the Shrine of Santa Maria Stella Maris, the Anfiteatro and the taverna

Finally I visited the Lighthouse island and went up to the lighthouse tower where you have a great view over Rocca Sorrentina and the Bay of Naples. I also played with the windlight setting and took a few pictures at night, which changed the atmosphere quite impressively.
I’m still a bit surprised that it took more then 9 years for me to come across Rocca Sorrentina considering how much you can learn and discover there. Once again the variety and the possiblities of Second Life impressed me.

Rocca Sorrentina – view from the Lighthouse Island and 2 pictures of Rocca Sorrentina at night

Rocca Sorrentina was originally the result of the vision, creativity and hard work of CapabilityTodd Elswitt and Blue Revolution. They are, however, no longer the owners. The current owners and managers who may be contacted with questions and comments, or for rental inquiries are: Aldo Stern, Serenek Timeless, Lady Leena Fandango, Candace Ducatillon, Nimue Brezoianu and Una (unalunaqat). Thank you all for your passionate work to keep Rocca Sorrentina available to the SL community. I did enjoy my first extended visit a lot.

Landmark to Rocca Sorrentina (Skybox with information center and exhibitions)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rocca%20Sorrentina/86/162/2802
Landmark to Rocca Sorrentina docks
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rocca%20Sorrentina/56/232/22
Inara Pey’s post “A visit to the 18th Century in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2016/03/29/a-visit-to-the-18th-century-in-second-life/

Simploring 2020 (21) The Getaway – Nutmeg

Following Inara Pey’s blog I came across “The Getaway – Nutmeg“. The landmark description is short but very fitting: “A quiet, serene place, where you can reconnect with nature, listen to soothing music, and truly clear your mind.

“The Getaway – Nutmeg” – bird eye overview

The Getaway – Nutmeg is a moderate homestead. As far as I could find out it is owned by Keon Xenga and Neva Xenga (nevacrystall). The Getaway – Nutmeg has been landscaped by Jacky Macpherson.

First impressions of “The Getaway – Nutmeg” – around the Landing point

There’s really not much to write about The Getaway – Nutmeg. In the bird eye view you can see that it consists of two islands that are connected by two small bridges. On the main island, where you land, is one residential house and a shed used for a flea market. You will find quite some opportunities to sit and look around and to chill.

Impressions of “The Getaway – Nutmeg” – the residential house and the flea market

In Keon Xenga’s profile I found the following: “If you ever yearn to feel at peace in the midst of our frenzied, hectic world, The Getaway is calling your name. Feel free to wander and explore.

Impressions of “The Getaway – Nutmeg” – enjoying the view and the peace

The Getaway – Nutmeg is very peaceful, it offers natural views and just invites to stay a bit and to dream. You can fill up your batteries there. Thank you Keon, Neva and Jacky for sharing this getaway with the public. I enjoyed my visit.

“The Getaway – Nutmeg”

Landmark to The Getaway – Nutmeg
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Getaway/168/158/24
Inara Pey’s blogpost “A Nutmeg Getaway in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2020/03/12/a-nutmeg-getaway-in-second-life/

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