Simploring 2019 (2) Maison de L’amitié

Simploring 2019 (2) Maison de L’amitié

Inspired by several entries and pictures on SL Destinations I decided to visit Maison de L’amitié. I had visited Maison de L’amitié in April 2017 the last time (read Simploring 2017 (28) Maison de L’amitié). It was during Spring and it was a complete different sim at that time. Maison de L’amitié is a homestead owned by Corina Wonder. Maison de L’amitié is French and translates to house of friendship.

La Maison de L’amitié – overview

As often I started my visit with a bird’s eye view of the sim. Formed like the letter “U”, the layout is quite unusal. One part of the “U” is connected to the surrounding mountains, the other part faces the sea and inbetween is a fjord with steep rocks. What looks a bit strange fom the bird’s eye view is very smart when you’re on the ground. From there the simsurround fits perfect and provides a pure and natural impression of Winter in the mountains.

La Maison de L’amitié – the ice Skating area

The landing is in the Northwest close to a ice skating area, with a snowman in the center and some deers laying on the ice. There’s an gazebo nearby and the view from the gazebo over the water is really nice. Along the whole West coast is a promenade. It is illuminated with laterns and again you can see some deers. The only house on the West coast is decorated for the season. The promenade leads to the South cap of Maison de L’amitié from where you can see the lighthouse. A truck with Christmas trees is stuck in a snowdrift right at the South cap.

La Maison de L’amitié – along the West coast

La Maison de L’amitié – the South cap

If you follow the road you get to the fjord. Along the road are several places to sit and enjoy. In the fjord you can watch birds and seals. And at the end of the fjord is a waterfall, but you can’t go there on foot as the road ends at another house with a fantasic view over the fjord. The house is decorated for the season as well and I had a look inside – and no surprise the living room is decoarted as well and looks really cosy.

La Maison de L’amitié – the fjord house

I continued my simploring tour and climbed up to the high plateau of Maison de L’amitié. In the South is a hut and one single gondola, maybe a leftover from an old gondola lift. The hut itself is empty but close to it is a nice campfire under a natural roof with a log to sit.

La Maison de L’amitié – the fjord and the high plateau

Maison de L’amitié is a dream with a really picturesque Winter atmosphere. Exploring it is fun and there’re enough spots to sit and enjoy. I liked in particular the way how it melts into the sim surrounding, just perfect. Thank you Corina Wonder for sharing the Winter world with the public. I enjoyed my visit.

Landmark to Maison de L’amitié
Flickr page of Maison de L’amitié

Simploring 2019 (1) Ponto Cabana

For my simploring tour on Christmas I selected Ponto Cabana from SL Destinations. Ponto Cabana is owned and created by Iska (sablina) and this name did ring a bell. I visited La Virevolte in December 2017 and wrote a blogpost, that was published January 5th, 2018 – read here. And really, Ponto Cabana is built where La Virevolte was.

Ponto Cabana – overviews

Ponto Cabana is a moderate homestead. It consists of three islands, the two bigger islands are connected by a bridge. It’s a winter wonderland fantasy village and offers a lot of great views for visitors. The landing is on the frozen sea and I first walked on foot to the smallest island that has just room enough for one house. The view from there to the other two islands is just great. I also liked the ice bear family walking over the frozen sea to the North pole.

Impressions of Ponto Cabana (1)

The two bigger islands both offer a lot to explore. One island is covered with quite some buildings along one road and one unused railroad track. It is snowing there. The buildings are all furnished more or less, I just had a look into some of them. There are a lot of animals, mainly birds and squirrels. The little town looks very peaceful.

Impressions of Ponto Cabana (2)

The other island offers a long promenade along the frozen shore and a park, layed out on terraces, mainly covered with snow. On the highest terrace are two houses and their front garden is decorated nicely for the season. Again you’ll see a lot of animals there, in and outside. One of the houses is inhabited by chicken, squirrels and suricate – cute!

Impressions of Ponto Cabana (3)

Ponto Cabana is embedded into a very fitting sim sourrounding. Thus the views you get for taking pictures are just picturesque. Iska once again lures us into a wonderful snowy winterworld. Thank you for creating and sharing your world, Iska!

Landmark to Ponto Cabana

Simploring 2018 (110) Wild Edge

For my simploring tour on Saturday, December 22nd, I picked Wild Edge from SL Destinations. Wild Edge is a moderate homestead sim owned by Funky Banana (funkybananas). He describes it as “a calm and relaxing wilderness to enjoy, explore and escape“.
What caught my eyes first was that just about one-third of the island is inhabited and cultivated, the rest of the island is occupied by snow covered hills.

On the first view wild edge looks like an outpost somewhere near the Artic or Anartic. In the bird’s eye view of Wild Edge you see a gravel runway for small planes, a radio antenna, a water storage, quite large inlet and a few buildings. Most of the shore is rocky but there’re some beaches too. I began my simploring tour at the antenna.

Impressions of Wild Edge (1) – Antenna, chicken farm, Christmas tree farm

Next to it is the wrack of a plane. Walking along the shore you get to a small residential home with some chickens outside, a small chicken farm. I continued walking along the shore and came to a Christmas tree farm just at the end of the cultivated area where the snowy hills begin. Honestly, I was surprised finding a Christmas tree farm here. Who the heck buys Christmas tree’s here?

Impressions of Wild Edge (2) – the residential house

From there I went to the only larger residential home at Wild Edge. A really nice house which is fully furnished and decorated for the season inside. Close to the residential house is a grainfield with a tractor.
My next stop was a fishing and hunting hut at the end of the inlet and from there I walked along the shore of the inlet. I found a nice place to sit and watch just close to the fishing and hunting hut. And I raptor which had just caught a fish. At the entrance of the inlet is a rock, that attracts a lot of birds. I walked back along the inlet and explored the beach with it’s campfire and fishing pier.

Impressions of Wild Edge (3) – grainfield and fishing hut

And I saw a raptor which had just caught a fish. At the entrance of the inlet is a rock, that attracts a lot of birds. I walked back along the inlet and explored the beach with it’s campfire and fishing pier.

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Impressions of Wild Edge (4) – the raptor, the bird’s rock and the fishing pier

I ended my visit at the gravel runway and had a look into the garage and at the plane parked there.

Impressions of Wild Edge (5) – around the gravel runway

Wild Edge is layed out as an outpost, most probably used for hunting and fishing or just to watch flora and fauna of a wilderness. I really enjoyed my visit and the concept. In my opinion just the Christmas tree farm, the small chicken farm and the grainfield with the tractor don’t really fit in. I’d prefer a few more hunting huts to make it a pure outpost.
For sure, you can take some great pictures at Wild Edge and enjoy nature and simplicity. Thank you Funky Banana (funkybananas) for sharing your place with the public!

Landmark to Wild Edge
Pictures on Flickr

Simploring 2018 (109) Matanzas

On Wednesday, December 19th and Thursday, December 20th, I visited Matanzas. I had got an invitation from Skate Foss, the owner of Matanzas, together with a short description and a quite detailed visitor guide notecard as a teaser. Skate wrote:
Mantanzas is created as a tropical island with only a few rental homes to cover tier. Most of the island is wild and uninhabited. Theres 3 (custom made) waterfalls, 2 forests, one which is a rain forest and several ‘public’ buildings, one is the island greenhouse thats decorated every Halloween and Christmas. Theres an old Spanish Chapel from when the island was a colonial sugar plantation. Some houses are remnants of the Spanish, others are newer owned by the ex pats that live here.”

Matanzas overview

Actually there are not just a few rental homes but quite some more. The balance between public and commonly used space and private rental homes is fair nonetheless and really leaves enough to explore and discover. The landing point is on the pier in the East of the island, just where you would arrive when visiting an island. When you walk on the island you get to the cafe and dance floor and the public lounge. The cafe is really nice and detailled and a place where you’d like to stay for a bit.

Impressions of Matanzas (1) – the landing point pier, the cafe and the lounge

If you turn West from the lounge you’ll get to the only bigger house that is public, Matanzas house. I explored the outside with the pool, the nice terrace overlooking the ocean and the garden pavillion with it’s view into the rain forest. I also looked inside through the windows but didn’t walk inside as the doors were closed.

Impressions of Matanzas (2) – around the Matanzas house

I walked back to the lounge and further to the greenhouse, that is just like Skate wrote, decorated for the season outside and inside with many poinsettias and presents. Right opposed to the greenhouse is the main waterfall, that offers some places to sit and mediate, read or just enjoy the environment. There’re many animals at Matanzas: flamingos, parrots, butterflies, seagulls, Koi carps, red fox, dragon flies and many more.

Impressions of Matanzas (3) – around and inside of the greenhouse

The rain forest is really something particular. Of course it rains and you can hear the sound of the waterfall mixed with the noise of the rain. To sit in the rainforest is something you won’t get often and again you can watch some animals or just enjoy the atmopshere. And in Second Life you won’t even get wet *winks*.

Impressions of Matanzas (4) – the rain forest

I continued my tour walking further to the other end of Matanzas, saw the chapel and the West coach beach, walked along the beach and finally reach the waterfall in the South, that offers again places to sit. At the left side of this waterfall is a stair that leads to the hilltop forest, which is quite a contrast to the rain forest and also offers places to sit and stay for a bit. I had fun watching the dragon flies at the pond there.

Impressions of Matanzas (5) – the chapel, the West coast and the South coast waterfall

Matanzas is another example of a really thoughtfully created sim where you can rent fullly furnished residential homes and become part of a community or just enjoy to have a lovely environment at home. I visited one house, lot 10, that was available for renting when I visited. All other houses were rented out. Obviously Matanzas is popular and the renters love the environment. For visitors there’s really enough public space to explore and discover or take pictures. The private homes are not secured, so please respect the privacy of the renters if you go exploring Matanzas yourself.

Impressions of Matanzas (6) – the hilltop forest and the residential home lot 10

I enjoyed my two visits, maybe also because it was such a contrast to real life with it’s bad weather, winds, storms, rain and snow at this time of the year and also a contrast to all the (also lovely) sims that are decorated for the season (like our sim is as well). Hence it was like a short visit into Caribean Summer. Thank you Skate Foss for creating Matanzas and for sharing the public parts. I personally appreciate concepts like this and I hope they are and will be successfull.

Landmark to Matanza

Simploring 2018 (108) 6 artists – new exhibition at La Maison d’Aneli

The latest exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli opened on December 12th and will stay open for the public until mid of January 2019. It presents gives insight into the art of Patrick Moya, Lam Erin, Chapichapo Delvalle, Layachi Ihnen, Bump Squeegee and Renoir Adder.

I started my visit on December 16th, with the corner presenting Patrick Moya’s art, which provides an impression of Patrick Moya’s (moya janus) art in Second Life and in Real Life. I came across Patrick Moya in 2017 when I visited his Moya Land (read Simploring 2017 (56) Moya).
Patrick Moya (born 1955 in Troyes, France), is a French artist. He is a part of the artistic movement “Ecole de Nice”. Moya has been at the forefront since the 1970s of straddling the latest forms of media and technology to benefit art rather than rendering it extinct.
(excerpt from wikipedia).
He is an early pioneer of video art and is active with his art in Second Life since 2007 in addition to his work in the physical world. The barriers between the two worlds do blur in his artistic work. Moya Patrick (moya janus) has also a website with tons of information about his work and about Moya in Second Life. Unfortunately it is in French only.

Patrick Moya (moya janus) at La Maison d’Aneli

Lam Erin is specialised in landscapes and artistic depictions of scenes and avatars. He writes about his art:
My art and photography works are known for two elements:
a. “Realism”: the pics of landscapes and avatars for which such effect is used, look “real”.
b. “Painterly effect”: the pics on which such effect is used look like paintings.
At La Maison d’Aneli Liam presents pictures that were processed to look like paintings. I personally think that these pictures are great examples to prove how the virtual and physical world are more and more interlocking.
You can see more of Liam’s art on flickr here,

Liam Erin at La Maison d’Aneli

chapichapo Delvalle is a French artist and he’s connected to Patrick Moya. The exhibtion at La Maison d’Aneli has two parts. First there’re the pictures. Some of them look like pictures taken in real life, some others seem to be processed pictures taken in Second Life. Honestly, I can’t tell. What I can tell is that they are artful and intriguing. The second part of chapichapo Delvalle work can be accessed by the stairs in his exhibition area. chapichapo Delvalle makes moving colourful spirals and kaleidoscopes and there’s also a room where you can literally walk into a kaleidoscope.
You can see more of chapichapo Delvalle work on flickr here.

chapichapo Delvalle at La Maison d’Aneli

Layachi Hamidouche (Layachi Ihnen) is an artist from Algeria, born in 1947, hence he’s over 70 years old. Although he’s for sure not a native digital he began to work with computers and integrated digital elements into his work since 1999. He also runs his own gallery in Second Life LAYACHI ART GALLERY. His website is in French. And he is connected to Patrick Moya (moya janus) as well. The pictures presented at La Maison d’Aneli look like ancient paintings on the first view, but there’s a lot to discover in them if you look at them in more detail.

Layachi Hamidouche (Layachi Ihnen) at La Maison d’Aneli

Bump Squeegee is an artist and retired art educator from Oklahoma, USA. His work has numerous received awards and has been shown in galleries and museums in Boston MA, St. Louis MO, Los Angeles CA, Lincoln NB, his native Oklahoma, as well as numerous online exhibitions and across the SL grid (information from the provided notecard at the exhibition).
At La Maison d’Aneli he presents digital assemblages, that are derived from a number of sources like scans from old books, magazines, the web, as well as scans of original photos and drawings. And the result are pictures in which you will discover new elements each time you look at them – intriguing!

Bump Squeegee at La Maison d’Aneli

I didn’t find out a lot about Renoir Adder. I assume that he’s Italian. The paintings shown at La Maison d’Aneli are created by vangogh Rembranch and owned by Renoir Adder. In the notecard that is provided by La Maison d’Aneli, Renoir Adder writes:
Vangogh Rembranch is an artist who deserves a special place: it is a longtime friend and a generous supporter of our charity project ‘Harambee Gwassi-Kenya’ and he often dedicates the sales of his paintings to support our Schools project! His paintings are real works“.
I couldn’t find out more about the artist so far and the website that was provided didn’t work. But I can say, that the work presented at La Maison d’Aneli is worth looking at. Some of the pictures have an Asian touch, some are clearly impressions of the Mediterrean. When you compare these pictures, that are taken from real paintings according to Renoir Adder with the digital “paintings” presented by Layachi Hamidouche (Layachi Ihnen) or Lam Erin it is hard to tell what’s real and what’s digital.

Renoir Adder / vangogh Rembranch at La Maison d’Aneli

La Maison d’Aneli is owned by Aneli Abeyante. Through her gallery she brings together all forms of creativity in RL and SL and the featured artists come from around the globe. Aneli’s intention is to “put her gallery in the service of artists, so that the world can be better, exchanges and meetings probably contribute even though it seems to be particles.”
Thank you for this new joined exhibtion, Aneli. I enjoyed my visit a lot again.

Landmark to La Maison d’Aneli

Further information and links used in this blog post:

Moya Patrick (moya janus) website
Landmark to Moya Land
My visit to Moya Land “Simploring 2017 (56) Moya”
About Patrick Moya in Wikipedia

Liam erin’s art on flickr

chapichapo Delvalle art on flickr

Layachi Hamidouche (Layachi Ihnen) website

Renoir Adder / vangogh Rembranch website (the site didn’t work for me)

Simploring 2018 (107) Season of Joy

Once again I picked the destination for my simploring tour on Saturday, December 1st, from SL Destinations. I visited Season of Joy. Season of Joy is a homestead created and owned by Lauren Grace (Daisy Kwon). The landmark description and the tags describe perfectly what you’re going to see and to do there: “Welcome to Season of Joy decorated for the holidays. Please enjoy this public sim designed for exploring, photography, and romance. Ice skating, sledding, romance, love, Christmas, Santa, Dancing, date, romance, love

Season of Joy – overview

Upon landing I got a notecard with a more detail list of attractions, that you shouldn’t miss when visiting Season of Joy:
– Sledding hill with ski lift
– Ice skating
– Santa’s workshop
– Take a photo on Santa’s lap
– Visit the winery, dance on the balcony
– snuggle up in the two cottages or at many other places
– Take a ride with Santa Claus and his reindeer
– Christmas tree farm
– Gift wrap station
– Dining

Impressions of “Season of Joy” (1) – around the landing point

Impressions of “Season of Joy” (2) – Snow angel, Chapel, Romance and Christmas tree farm

I did all of the above and took some nice pictures. Season of Joy has all what it takes for a seasonal installation and the above listed activities provide fun and great opportunities for taking pictures. The only fun that didn’t work for me for whatever reason was the ride with Santa Claus and his reindeers. You get into the sleigh by looking up into the skies and sitting in it. But when I did, Santa Claus stopped his reindeers and simply hoovered above the Christmas market on one position.

Impressions of “Season of Joy” (3) – Some places to cuddle / Look at the funny board: “Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints”

Impressions of “Season of Joy” (4) – Winery, Ice skating, Cottage

Everything at Season of Joy is a few numbers smaller than in full sims like the Calas Galadhon yearly seasonal installation. Season of Joy is a homestead and as such doesn’t have as much ressources as a full sim. But you get all the fun at Season of Joy that you expect for the season. And it is quite lag free as there are less visitors. I admire how wisely Lauren has used the limited ressources and managed to get all the activities realized and still provides that many spots to cuddle and simply enjoy.

Impressions of “Season of Joy” (5) – Winter fun

The winery is a building that you won’t expect in a seasonal installation, at least I didn’t. Of course wine is a nice gift, so why not? I liked visiting the winery and seeing how the products are presented there.

Impressions of “Season of Joy” (6) – at the Christmas market

Hence when you’re looking for a smaller place for seasonal fun, have a look at Season of Joy. Thank you Lauren Grace (Daisy Kwon) for providing your place to the public. I enjoyed my visit at lot!

Landmark to Season of Joy

Simploring 2018 (106) :nostos:deer:

For my simploring tour on Thursday, December 6th, I picked :nostos:deer: from SL Destinations, mainly because there was not much information about it. The landmark description didn’t reveal much neither, a list of tags that fits to store: “Yard, Sale, Gacha, Gift, Church, mountain, Sea, beach, Boathouse, Lighthouse, embankment, Canoe, river, Salmon, marsh, Snow, rain, Furniture, house, Rosary, Rosario, Nature, garden, resort, Japan, Nippon, Nihon, swan boat“. But the picture on SL Destinations looked nice.

:nostos:deer: overview

:nostos:deer: is an island, actually two islands that are connected by a bridge. :nostos:deer: is owned by owner dora Nacht and as far as I could find out also by her partner hide Mint. The landing is at a lonely train station. The train takes you from the station to the other end of the island. The railroad tracks lead further to a broken bridge and at it’s end there’s a train blocking the way into the sea. The train I took turned before reaching the broken brige and brought me back to the station.

Impressions of :nostos:deer: (1) – The train

The train travels slowly, you can leave it easily by stepping out and continue exploring on foot, which I did. The island is really meagre and there’s not that much to see: A lovely beach, a beach bar, a lighthouse and a residential house. An old railroad trail winds up in serpentines to a mountain and on the top of the the mountain is a church. The church is quite interesting as it is so different from the many churches I saw in Second Life.

Impressions of :nostos:deer: (2)

Right across the bridge connecting the two islands is the entrance to what looks like a mine. Actually it is a teleporter that takes you to a platform in the skies. The platform is the show space for a store, “Little Hopper”. As far as I could find out, the store offers a lot of everything, amoung other items bumper cars. You can try them out on the platform. It is fun! From the platform you can walk down to the store itself. “Little Hopper” sells the swan paddle boat that I have seen so many times already on my simploring tours. You can get an overview about the items sold by Litte Hopper on the marketplace here.

Impressions of :nostos:deer: (3) – lower left is the teleport from the Island to “Little Hopper”, lower right is the entrance to the store

I returned back to the island and exploring the second island. Again, there’s not that much to discover either: A compfire with chairs for kids (funny to sit on them as an adult – just as funny as in RL), I saw a lonely deer and I found a peer with several swan boats.

Impressions of :nostos:deer: (4) – bumper cars, the store, the kid’s campfire, meeting the deer

Now after exploring :nostos:deer: I assume that :nostos:deer: is the island with the train. The second island is dedicated to the store “Little Hopper”. I looked up the profiles of dora Nacht and hide Mint. They are both from Japan.

Impressions of :nostos:deer: (5)

:nostos:deer: convinces with it’s simplicity. Some places offer nice views and invite to stay. The train is funny and trying out the bumper cars is fun. Now I also know the origin of the swan boats in Second Life. Thank you dora and hide for providing the :nostos:deer: to the public. I enjoyed my visit!

landmark to :nostos:deer:
Little Hopper on the marketplace

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