Simploring 2020 (4) Valium Creek, Valium Creek Art Park, Relax Club and Kekeland – Bardeco

I came across Valium Creek following Inara Pey’s blog and her post “Time at Valium Creek in Second Life

Valium Creek is a moderate full region, owned and operated by Vally Lavender (Valium Lavender). Roughly 3/4 of Valium Creek is dedicated to residential usage, about 1/4 is public. The landing is in the public area, which includes a coffee shop hangout, a local bar, church and other interesting features. Valium Creek was designed/built by Jacky MacPherson and Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington).

Valium Creek – overview

The public area offers a lot of nice views and great backgrounds for pictures. I had fun exploring. To enter the residential area you need to be a group member. And of course you could decide to live here, the houses are rented out by Vally. Part of the group join fees are donated to the Nature Conservancy, an international conservation group. Vally also has a website for Valium Creek.

Impressions of Valium Creek – public part

But that’s by far not all. Vally also owns Broken Vessels, another moderate full region right next to Valium Creek and connected to it with a bridge. The Valium Creek Public Area is being extended over to almost 1/2 of the Broken Vessels and is home for the Valium Creek Art Park. When I visited the first time the Art Park on January 8th it was full of place holders for future art objects. When I visited again on Tuesday, January 14th, the Valium Creek Art Park presented it’s first exhibition featuring the art of Mistero Hifeng.

Broken Vessels – overview

Impressions of Valium Creek Art Park

The remainder of the Broken Vessels sim, is occupied by Kekeland – Bardeco and Relax Club. Kekeland – Bardeco rang a bell. I visited it back in 2018 (see Simploring 2018 (21) Bardeco & Kekeland). Kekeland – Bardeco is owned by Belle des Champs (Bridget Genna) and was also built by Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington). At it’s new location it is split between what you see on the ground and the club itself that is located on a sky platform. Kekeland – Bardeco is for sure on my list of places to visit in the near future.

Mistero Hifeng’s art featured at Valium Creek Art Park (1)

Mistero Hifeng’s art featured at Valium Creek Art Park (2)

The Relax Club is group owned and I assume that the group founder Night A. (Nightattack Guardian) owns the club. I didn’t do much research so far. The Relax Club has a own website – www.relaxclub.pt, is running since 2013, offers music (Club, Tech, Deep, Techno, Soul, Funky, House) everyday between 10 AM and 6 PM.

Thank you Vally (Valium Lavender), Jacky Macpherson, Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington), Belle des Champs (Bridget Genna) and Night A. (Nightattack Guardian) for these two joined sims, that offer a lot for everybody: residential houses for rent, an art park, places to hang out and a music venue. It was for sure not my last visit.

Landmark to Valium Creek
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/valium%20creek/157/131/24
Valium Creek Art Park
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Broken%20Vessels/166/59/22
Landmark to Relax Club
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Broken%20Vessels/181/230/23
Landmark to Kekeland – Bardeco (skyplatform)
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Broken%20Vessels/65/159/3002
Valium Creek Art Park Flickr-group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/valium/
Valium Creek website
https://valiumcreek.com
Nature Conservancy
https://www.nature.org/en-us/
Inara Pey’s blog post “Time at Valium Creek in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2020/01/07/time-at-valium-creek-in-second-life/

Simploring 2018 (21) Bardeco & Kekeland

I had time for another simploring tour, Monday February 26th, and selected “Bardeco & Kekeland” from scoop.it SL Destinations. Bardeco & Kekeland is a full (moderate) sim, consisting of several islands. On the main island is a town, some parts and a larger peninsula are only land are is only developed to a lower level. But very everything is run down and looks dirty, broken and shabby. I recently found the expression “shabby vintage”, that fits to Bardecon & Kekeland as well.

Bardeco & Kekeland – overview

The sim is owner by Belle des Champs (Bridget Genna) and was built by Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington). Exploring and discovering Bardeco & Kekeland takes up some time as there is a lot to see. Many of the bulidings are not just facades but you can walk in and often they are furnished down to the last detail. There are two larger bars “Bardeco’s”. One is on a seperate island, where you’ll also find an old industrial complex, a small beach and a houseboat. You reach this “Bardeco” from the town walking over a steel bridge. Just the sign “Coffee Shop” indicates that there’s a bar.

Impressions of Bardeco & Kekeland – around the landing Point

Impressions of Bardeco & Kekeland – around the “Coffee Shop”

The second Bardeco is easy to find from a bird eye’s view. It is located underneath the town and has access to the water. The entrance is at the main street though, from where you walk downstairs to the bar, which is quite cosy. I met Dandy Warhlol, who built “Bardeco & Kekeland” there and we had a short chat.

Impressions of Bardeco & Kekeland – the Bardeco underneath the town

Also worth a visit is the abandoned villa on the peninsula. It does not only look abandoned from the outside but also from inside. It reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Pyscho” villa, just the motel is not close by. There’s a thick layer of dust on the furniture and many spiderwebs. It looks as if none stepped inside for years, well done.
The little details make the difference. On my way to the abandoned villa a saw an old bicycle laying just close by the way in a bush. All these little details make Bardeco & Kekeland particular – and there’re many more, but I haven’t seen most of them.

Impressions of Bardeco & Kekeland – the abandoned “Psycho” villa

Bardeco & Kekeland offers a lot of good views for taking pictures, it offers also many possibilities to sit and watch or chat. It has the “shabby vintage” charme as well as it offers the two nice bars. And Dandy told me that they do have events in the bars sometimes.

Various impressions of Bardeco & Kekeland – the industry complex with the house boat (upper and lower left) / the brocken lighthouse (upper right) / Diomita releaxing in a backyard (lower right)

I can recommend a visit as there’s so much to see. Thank you Bridget Genna for providing the sim to everyone, thank you Terry Fotherington for building it. Well done!

Landmark to Bardeco & Kekeland
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chestnut%20Valley/128/211/31