Simploring 2019 (105) Furillen

The name “Furillen” might sound familiar for many people in Second Life who like to explore this virtual world. Furillen.org is the website of Serene Footman where you find information about Serene’s outstanding places in Second Life. All of there creations have a strong connection with places in the physical world, places that not many people know or can get to easily. And these places always have something mysterious and a particular atmosphere.

Serene’s first creation was Furillen (at least as far as I know) and I visited it back in 2016, Of course I wrote a blogpost about it and I will add it below. And now Furillen is back! This gives those who missed seeing it the opportunity to discover and explore it. And for others it is very enjoyable to see it again.

Furillen October 2019: landing loint (upper left) / in the office (lower left) / in the hotel (upper right) / in the factory (lower right)

I’m not sure if the whole sim is exactly the same as in 2016. For example I can’t remember the dining table on the roof terrace of the old plant site. But perhaps I missed it during my visit in 2016. I recognized a lot though.

Impressions of Furillen October 2019 – upper right shows the dining place on the roof terrace of the factory

 

I recommend to read Serene’s text about Furillen at his website Furillen.org before visiting. Knowing the background about Furillen makes the visit even more interesting.

Here’s my blogpost from 2016…

Furillen in Second Life

Saturday, November 5th, I looked up the SL destination guide and came across Furillen. Somehow the name rang a bell, but more about this later. The description read very tempting for me “Furillen depicts an island off the north-east coast of Sweden containing abandoned industrial builds that were once part of a former limestone factory. Remote, bleak and beautiful, this is a Second Life photographers haven.”
Once I arrived at Furillen and saw the cold, snowy, dismal island with the ruins of a former insudstry, I began to do some research about Furillen.

Furillen (older spelling Furilden) is an island in Rute on the northeast coast of Gotland, Sweden. For most of the 20th century, there was a limestone industry on the island until it was closed to the public by the Swedish military in the 1970s–90s, when radar installations became operational. The north part of Furillen is a nature reserve and a Natura 2000 area. Since 2000, the old factory buildings from the limestone industry have been used as hotel and conference venues by the Fabriken Furillen (the Furillen Factory) company, owned by photographer and entrepreneur Jonas Hellström. He started out using the abandoned factory and its surroundings as a backdrop for commercials and rock videos. (source Wikipedia)

November 5th – Furillen in Second Life: Arrving at Furillen

There’s a website about this sim furillen.org and I recommend visiting it first. The following information is en excerpt taken from furillen.org. The sim is owned and was created by Serene Footman in Ocotber 2015. Serene is an university professor in the UK in RL and the author of several books. “I originally ventured into Second Life as a researcher. I have always found creative sims to be the most compelling aspect of Second Life. By creating Furillen, I wanted to provide an environment in which photographers and Second Life wanderers would feel welcomed and inspired.
The virtual Furillen was designed to retain some of the most distinct and recognisable features of the real Furillen: the airstream, the tree line and pier, for example, together with the large slag heaps that still exist as a reminder of the old quarry. In addition, there are several buildings, the main being a hotel that – on the virtual Furillen – doubles up as an art space with a series of rooms featuring minimalist installations.


Furillen became quite a social space. It is, especially, a place for photographers. Serene has also staged events over the past year, most memorably those devoted to Bowie, Radiohead and Pink Floyd – and it is the Pink Floyd event that rang a bell for me. I’ve visited Furillen before together with Mistress Jenny during this event, not konowing about the background of Furillen. You can read in this blog about the Pink Floyd event in the article “Pink“.
It is amazing how perfectly Serene succeeded in making the virtual Furillen looking similar to the real island as you can see when you compare the pictures from wikipedia with the pictures taken in Second Life – chapeau! One of the old buildings is used for exhibitions and right now there’s an exhibition called “Birds” with photographs from Laura.


I roamed over the island and climbed on the structures and was impressed how intense you feel to be in a real abandoned industry ruin. The highlight of my visit was the hotel which is placed just behind the tree line. The tree line looks really misplaced on this island in this dismal environment but is also just reflecting the real Furillen. In the hotel each room is a different piece of art, mostly surreal and a heaven for photograhers.

November 5th – Furillen in Second Life: The hotel behind the tree line

I know I am by far not the first writing about Furillen. There’s a long list of articles on furillen.org. Nonetheless I wanted to keep something for this diary and to inspire others to have a look at Furillen. Thank you so much Serene for providing this sim to the public!

end of my original post 2016 about Furillen (I only updated the landmark)

Thank you so much Serene for bringing back Furillen. I enjoyed my (re-)visit at lot!

Link to my original post Furillen in Second Life
https://themaurers.me/2016/11/08/furillen-in-second-life/
Landmark to Furillen
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Arcole/163/117/23
Flickr group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/furillen/
Serene’s website furillen.org
https://furillen.org/
Furillen entry in Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furillen

Simploring 2019 (104) Fox Road

I cam across Fox Road looking up a place for a simploring tour at scoop.it SL Destinations. The landmark description is inviting “Fox Road was designed with love, for pleasure from rough nature. All are welcomed to hangout, explore, or spend time here.

Fox Road – overview

Fox Road is a moderate homestead owned by lu (Vertiline Colter). It consists of two parts that are connected by a wooden bridge. The smaller part is a piece of land at the foot of mountains. It is used as a showroom for lu’s store Little Fox, that provides female apparel. The main part, where you also land, is and island and it is dedicated just to pleasure. It is coined by a rough nature. There are some huts. On a high plateau is a former event or fair place, that looks as if it was abandoned long ago.

Impressions of Fox Road (1)

A former greenhouse is now a cosy place full of decorations and plants. There are more places at Fox Road just to chill and enjoy. At the water tower is a tent with a bed and instead of a beach you can sit on a wooden deck overlooking the sea.

Impressions of Fox Road (2) – the Showroom, the old fairy place and in the greenhouse

What might keep in my memory are 2 groups of 3 chairs. They are placed twice on the highplateau and standing there in the rough environment almost out of the blue makes them kind of art.

Impressions of Fox Road (3)

Fox Road is a place to chill, a place to enjoy a quite natural environment. Nothing there is overdesigned, it’s rural and simple (except of the chairs of course). I enjoyed my visit and exploring it. I always appreciate when business is combined with an extra. Thank you very much lu (Vertiline Colter) for sharing your place with the public. I had a good time.

Landmark to Fox Road
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Meropis/101/111/21
Little Fox on SL Marketplace
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/160772

Simploring 2019 (103) Twilight Doors – part II

For my simploring tour on Thursday, September 26th, I selected Twilight Doors from scoop.it SL Destinations. Twilight Doors is located on a 1/4 of a full adult sim. It is owned by Bo Zano (Bozanonl Resident). The landmark description reveals a bit of what Twilight Doors is about: “Studio for quality scenes and back drops”

Twilight Doors provides 17 different different backdrops, scences and artistically designed installations. In yesterday’s post “Simploring 2019 (102) Twilight Doors – part I” https://themaurers.me/2019/10/09/simploring-2019-102-twilight-doors-part-i/ I wrote about the destinations Flesh, Dolphins Cry, Rise, Snow White, Flowery Nightmares, Birds and Bees and Royal Hunters.
Today’s part II is about the remaning 10 other destinations: Skybox Scenes Light, Skybox Scenes Dark, Angel Falls, Key to Survival, Two Moons, Aww Cute, Twilight Dolphins, White Serenity, Autumn Leaves and Alien Flames.

Skybox Scenes Dark and Skybox Scenes Light is exactly what you expect: Furnished skyboxes. Skybox Scenes Light provides light rooms, nicely and stylish furnished while Skybox Scenes Dark provides darker rooms, that might be part of old manors aor castles, with candelabra and candles.

Twilight Doors – Skybox Scenes Dark (right) and Light (left)

Angel Falls is a fantasy scenery. In the center is a statue of an Angel surrounded by waterfalls to the left and to the right of the statue, the statue is guarded by two warriors.
Key of Survival again is a scenery which I can’t really classify, something between fantasy and art installation. There’s a key and 3 mysterious monks, a big fantasy castle is in the background. I fail to interpret it.

Twilight Doors – Angel Falls (left) and Key of Survival (right)

Two Moons is a light and art installation dominated by two moons who shed their light on flieds of lowers. The atmosphere is really special and offers great motifs for taking pictures.
Aww Cute is for those who love cute animals, dofs, cats and bunnies, they are cute! Aww Cute provides backdrops with the animals. It’s not my favourite among all the destination, but that’s due to my personal likings.

Twilight Doors – Two Moons (left) and Aww Cute (right)

Twilight Dolphins and White Serenity are fantasy scenes. Twilight Dolphins features an unicorn and a wolf. In the center 2 dolphins are jumping through a door.  White Serenity is a a romantic scene offering a backdrop for lovers. The white pigeon is a feature for scenes with the theme peace.

Twilight Doors – Twilight Dolphins (left) and White Serenity (right)

 

Autumn Leaves provides a forest in autumn. With the hazy windlight it looks quite realistic. Many golden and yellow leaves cover the ground. I took one picture with another windlicht setting and it changed the impression a lot.

Twilight Doors – Autumn Leaves

One of my favourite destinations at Twilight Doors was Alien Flames, another art and light installation. Many bruning matchsticks (yes no tea lights!) are swimming on a calm pond producing wonderful reflections. I took a close up picture of the flames as well as an overview picture. From every angle and distance you get a different (great) view. Amazing!

Twilight Doors – Alien Flames

Twilight Doors provide a lot to explore and discover. It is a paradise for those who like taking pictures and it is perfect if you look for outstanding backdrops and scenes. I really enjoyed visiting. Thank you, Bo Zano (Bozanonl Resident), for providing and sharing all the scenes for everybody!

Landmark to Twilight Doors
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beats/26/17/1001

Simploring 2019 (103) Twilight Doors – part I

For my simploring tour on Thursday, September 26th, I selected Twilight Doors from scoop.it SL Destinations. Twilight Doors is located on a 1/4 of a full adult sim. It is owned by Bo Zano (Bozanonl Resident). The landmark description reveals a bit of what Twilight Doors is about: “Studio for quality scenes and back drops

You land in a night scenery, it is raining and you see lightenings as well as clouds and stars. The moon lightens the scene, the floor is flooded and the lights reflect on the surface of the water. You see many doors, some flowers, ravens sitting on the door frames, other animals, dogs, cats and a flying dolphin liven up the scenery. The whole set up is really artistic in my personal opinion and worth a visit for itself.

Twilight Doors – Landing in the scenery with the doors

Each door represents the entrance into another scene. The doors function as teleporter to 17 different backdrops, scences and artistically designed installations, 3 more doors don’t lead to another scene (yet?) . I visited all 17 desitinations and some of them did really impress me. Above each door you find the name of the according destination.
I classified the destinations into landscapes (Autumn Leaves, Royal Hunters, Brids and Bees), indoor backdrops (Skybox Scenes Dark and Light), art and light installations (Flowery Nightmares, Flesh, Rise, Alien Flames, Two Moons), fantasy (Dolpins Cry, Twighlight Dolphins, White Serenity, Angel Falls, Snow White) and others (Aww Cute, Key to Survival).

Of course I made pictures of every destination. And it really wasn’t easy to select single pictures or destinations, hence I decided to present all 17 destinations to provide an impression of what to expect when visiting Twilight Doors. In addition I liked them almost all and wanted to keep the pictures for myself as a memory in this blog. I present the different destinations in the order in which I visited them. I split my blogpost into 2 parts. This part (part I) presents the destinations: Flesh, Dolphins Cry, Rise, Snow White, Flowery Nightmares, Birds and Bees and Royal Hunters.

Flesh is an art installation with a demon head in the center, blood is running out of the demon’s eyes as if it were a fountain. It’s a bit scary but nonetheless tantalizing.
Dolphins Cry is an underwater fantasy installation with dolphins, jellyfishs, seahorses and mussels, some pillars and ruins from the ancient world are used as a decoration.

Twilight Doors – Flesh (upper left) and Dolphins Cry

Rise is another art installation and difficult to describe. It is a mountain moon landscape in the back ground with rising, lighted keys in the foreground. For sure you can take outstanding pictures with this backdrop.
Snow White is a white winter fantasy world with a gazebo inthe center and 2 unicorns.

Twilight Doors – Rise (left) and Snow White (right)

Flowery Nightmares is an art and light installation that really facinated me. Two fields of flowers and one field of skulls (hence the name) are place into a dark blue environment and lighted very artistic.

Twilight Doors – Flowery Nightmares

Birds and Bees appeared to me being very small on the first glance. And I first just saw a deer in a forest. After I get closer and closer I saw 2 brids and a bug and the different sizes of them provide a facinating depth to 2-dimensional pictures.

Twilight Doors – Birds and Bees

Royal Hunters seemingly take you into a British forest, a foggy and hazy environment. I thought I could almost hear the royal hunters.

Twilight Doors – Royal Hunters

Twilight Doors provides a lot to explore and discover. It is a paradise for those who like taking pictures and it is perfect if you look for outstanding backdrops and scenes. I really enjoyed visiting. Thank you, Bo Zano (Bozanonl Resident), for providing and sharing all the scenes for everybody!

More about the other destinations of Twilight Doors in tomorrow’s post “Twilight Doors – part II”

Landmark to Twilight Doors
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beats/26/17/1001

Diary 2019 (154) October 3rd – A tour with Kitty to Autumn in SL

Thursday, October 3rd, I had some time for simploring in the morning as we had a national holiday in Germany. Kitty was inworld and we chatted in IM. I hadn’t yet decided where to go. Spontaneously I took Kitty with me on an Autumn tour to places that I had seen before. We started at “The Beguinage of Bruges“, a place that I had visited in November 2018 the first time (read Simploring 2018 (100) The Beguinage of Bruges). The place has not changed much and I enjoyed seeing it again. Kitty and I talked about Bruges and Kitty told me about her visit to Bruges in RL. We enjoyed the colours of Autumn and walked around a bit.

October 3rd – A tour with Kitty to Autumn in SL: The Beguinage of Bruges

Then we went on to Authors Point, that I had visited in Spring 2019 (read Simploring 2019 (36) Authors Point). Just recently I saw some posts about Authors Point again showing it in Autumn and I had seen it only in Spring so far. What changed with the season is the Fantasy plateau, where the leaves of the many trees glow in Autumn colours. Just lovely! Kitty found a new friend there, a unicorn that followed her as long as we were on the plateau. We had fun!

October 3rd – A tour with Kitty to Autumn in SL: Authors Point

Finally I took Kitty to Fleur Nederland [Dutch] (read Simploring 2019 (102) Fleur Nederland [Dutch]), a place I had visited just a few days before.

October 3rd – A tour with Kitty to Autumn in SL: Fleur Nederland [Dutch] (1)

I gave a quick tour to Kitty, we had a drink at the dinner hut and we visited the town & harbour. To my surprise, there was a change since my visit -we came across an haunted house, an addition for Halloween. We didn’t go in there though as my time was up and I had to return to RL.
And that’s it about my Kitty-Autumn-morning.

October 3rd – A tour with Kitty to Autumn in SL: Fleur Nederland [Dutch] (2)

Many thanks to Jaysun Dagger (The Beguinage of Bruges), to Weed Bombastic (Authors Point), and to Sammy Recreant (Fleur Nederland [Dutch]) for creating and sharing your lovely (Autumn) places.

Landmark to The Beguinage of Bruges
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dagger%20Bay/136/239/26
Landmark to Authors Point
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Authors%20Point/108/76/43
Landmark to Fleur Nederland [Dutch]
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woodland%20Trail/83/224/21

Simploring 2019 (102) Fleur Nederland [Dutch]

For my simploring tour on Monday, September 30th, I picked Fleur Nederland [Dutch] from scoop.it SL Destinations. It has become autumn in RL and the foliage arrived in Second Life.

Fleur Nederland [Dutch] is a moderate homestead, owned and created by Sam (Sammy Recreant). As the sim is supposed to be in the Netherlands the landmark’s description is in Dutch but provides an English translation. For me as a German I could understand it without the translation *winks* “Magisch en kleurrijk dat is herfst op Fleur, welkom op Fleur, onze muziek is altijd goed – Magical and colorfull that is autumn at Fleur, you are welcome to visit, the music is always good”

Fleur Nederland [Dutch] – overview and around landing point

The landing point is at the entrance gate of a residential house. The gate is decorated for the autumn. What caught my eye was a tree with a trunk formed like a woman. As there were no “Private” signs I went over to the house and had a look inside. The house is not only decorated for autumn on the outside but also inside where you find some decorative pumkins and some colourful leaves beside a very cosy interior with many other details. I could sense that Sam has selected the furniture and decoration with love for the detail.

Impressions of Fleur Nederland [Dutch] (1) – the residential house and the dining hut

Exploring Fleur was a particular fun. The leaves of the the trees were overwhelmingly colorful and I took many pictures. The next place I visited was a pond with a larger hut used for dining, maybe for weddings or other celebrations. Outside the trees were illuminated as well as the terrace where I sat down, had a drink and enjoyed the view. I turned my windlight to night to see the nice illumination.

Impressions of Fleur Nederland [Dutch] (2) – at the dining hut, the Chapel and along the shore

Illuminations and fantasy elements as well as some pieces of art are spread over the sim. You also find many spots to sit and enjoy. There’s a gazebo, of course decorated for autumn and it is raining there, which makes sitting dry inside even more cosy. On my way through the forest I also saw some animals and some birds.

Impressions of Fleur Nederland [Dutch] (3) – gazebo and Stonehedge

Finally I got to an ensemble of foundlings arranged in a circle like Stonehedge. Again there’s illumiantion and according to the place Sam added some magic fantasy elements and people. It does look peaceful and it is not too much.

I enjoyed walking through the forest surrounded by the colourful leaves, I visited the chapel, came along another hut and a caravan, saw art and simply had fun. Fleur is wonderfully designed for autumn!

Impressions of Fleur Nederland [Dutch] (4) – wounderful autumn

The Dutch touch comes with the little town and harbour in the south of the island. A large court, again decorated according to the season, some Dutch flags (so that you know where you are), many opportunities to sit and enjoy invite to explore and discover. Have a look inside of the houses, one houseboat is used for the local radio station. The ambient sound is fitting and changing depending where you are and you can listen to easy listening music if you like.

Impressions of Fleur Nederland [Dutch] (5) – town & harbour

I really liked Fleur Nederland [Dutch]. I could feel all the love that went into its design and the result is just beautiful. For me personally a perfect start into autumn. Someone else wrote: “Fleur celebrates autumn with a touch of magic!”
Thank you Sam (Sammy Recreant) for sharing your world with the public!

Landmark Fleur Nederland [Dutch]
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Woodland%20Trail/83/224/21

Simploring 2019 (101) La Gaspésie (Canada)

My simploring tour on Wednesday, September 18th, led me to La Gaspésie (Canada). I found it on scoop.it SL Destinations and I read Inara Pey’s blogpost “La Gaspesie – inspired by a corner of Canada” before I went there myself.

La Gaspésie (Canada) is an adult homestead owned by Kayla (Tzooki) and Xavier (xavierjacques). The landmark description is an invitation “Welcome to the Gaspésie in Québec Canada. Hope you will enjoy your stay. Bienvenue et en espérant que vous aller apprécier votre visite 🙂.” The landmark description also contains the link to a 26 minutes long chill music stream.
Upon landing you are welcomed by a greeter “Diomita, welcome to La Gaspesie. Please enjoy your stay. We truly appreciate you visiting our home. Kayla and Xavier“.
I felt welcomed.

In the physcial world, the Gaspésie (official name), or Gaspé Peninsula, the Gaspé or Gaspesia, is a peninsula along the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River to the east of the Matapedia Valley in Quebec, Canada, that extends into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. It is separated from New Brunswick on its southern side by the Baie des Chaleurs (Chaleur Bay) and the Restigouche River. The name Gaspé comes from the Mi’kmaq word gespe’g, meaning “end”, referring to the end of the land.

Map and pictures of La Gaspésie (Canada)

The Gaspé Peninsula is slightly larger than Belgium, the population is with about 140,000 a lot smaller though. It is also the only region outside the Channel Islands to contain native speakers of Jersey Norman.
Sea cliffs dominate the peninsula’s northern shore along the St. Lawrence River. Cap Gaspé, jutting into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, is the easternmost point of the peninsula. Percé Rock (or Rocher Percé), an island pierced by a natural arch, is located just offshore of the peninsula’s eastern end. The peninsula’s interior is a rugged northward continuation of the Appalachian Mountains. The peninsula is one of Quebec’s most popular tourism regions with 3 National parks (Gaspé National Park, Forillon National Park and Bonaventure National Park)
(excerpt from wikipedia)

La Gaspésie (Canada) – overview

In Second Life La Gaspésie (Canada) consists of several islands that are connected by bridges. Along it’s shoreline are wide wooden walkways, that can be used to explore the sim on foot or riding a moped.

The landing point is in the center of the sim right next to a teleport board leading to the points of interest and right next to a rezzer for mopeds. Looking around you see two boats in the nearby bay and more in the distance two lighthouses, a water tower and the Percé Rock (or Rocher Percé), which seems to be the peninsula’s landmark.

Impressions of a Gaspesie (Canada) (1) – around the landing point

I used the teleport board and visited all spots. Unfortunately there’s no teleporter back to the landing, hence I had to walk back each time. At the end of my visit I took a moped and had a ride around the whole sim using wooden walkways.

La Gaspesie (Canada) offers a lot of nice views for those who like taking pictures in SL like myself. There are quite some houses and huts spread around the sim and all are open for the public. Some of them are only sparsely furnished, at least one is fully furnished (I didn’t look into every building). While exploring I found innumerable places to sit and enjoy the environment.

Impressions of a Gaspesie (Canada) (2)

Like in RL La Gaspesie (Canada) in SL has some cliffs and rocks as well as areas with a more dense vegetation. And there’re animals, horses, seals and birds. Don’t miss visiting the gazebo which is home for several flamingos which is why I named it flamingo gazebo. Of course you also must visit the Percé Rock.

Impressions of a Gaspesie (Canada) (3) – the flamingo gazebo, fine outdoor dining, covered bridge

I enjoyed the beautiful views and sitting in front of hut on the top of a cliff, I tried out the outdoor dining table, I relaxed on a roof top terrace, I visited the water tower and the two lighthouses, I had a break sitting under an apple tree, I visited a camp site and I listened to the birds and the wind sitting at the beach. La Gaspesie (Canada) is a place you can enjoy for a short time out, be it alone or with your loved one.

Impressions of a Gaspesie (Canada) (4) – lower right shows the Percé Rock in the background

I enjoyed my visit a lot and once again a sim in Second Life gave reason for some research about the place in RL that was the inspiration for the sim. Now I know a little bit more about Canada and in particular of the Gaspé Peninsula. Thank you Kayla (Tzooki) and Xavier (xavierjacques) for creating La Gaspesie (Canada) and for sharing your home with the public.

Landmark to La Gaspésie (Canada)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Half%20Moon%20Acres/144/106/22
chill music stream
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbmbmcNw920&list=RDCbmbmcNw920&start_radio=1#t=162
Inara Pey’s blogpost “La Gaspesie – inspired by a corner of Canada”
https://modemworld.me/2019/09/17/la-gaspesie-inspired-by-a-corner-of-canada/
Kayla (Tzooki)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/182108891@N05/
La Gaspésie (Canada) on wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaspé_Peninsula

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