Simploring 2020 (73) Ghosts of Jericho

Back in 2016 and 2017 I visited Follow Your Bliss (read here, here and here). In 2018 I visited Nantes (read here) and the Nantes Gallery (read here). Why do I list these entries? All these places were created by Elizabeth Jewell (elizabethnantesjewell), who still ownes Nantes and Fusion City (located above Fleur de Sel), which is also home of Nantes Gallery.
On Saturday, October 3rd, I got an invitation to visit “Ghosts of Jericho“, a sim built by Elizabeth at “Sim Quarterly“.

Sim Quarterly is a sim and initiative of Electric Monday:
Art and the virtual world, Second Life© are very similar — you are able to both find yourself and immerse yourself (and maybe even lose yourself) in something totally unlike what you already know. The experiences you gain help you grow and form new opinions about the world. That is what I hope this sim can provide over time. I am very excited to bring to you a quarterly art project by way of The Sim Quarterly.
The project features one creator every 3 months (every quarter) as an artist in residence. The purpose of the sim is so that residents can experience something new and even create a community.
Sim Quarterly has an own website.

The current installation “Ghosts of Jericho” is “a scenic installation designed, curated, and posed by by Elizabeth Jewell (elizabethnantesjewell), with an original soundscape concept and experience by Electric Monday.” According the the concet of Sim Quarterly it should stay open until the end of this year. I recommend to read about “Ghosts of Jericho” on the Sim Quarterly website here.

“Ghosts of Jericho” – Landing and welcome platform

The landing at “Ghosts of Jericho” is on a seperate platform above the sim itself – and it is already impressive. You get a notecard and some instructions about the settings: Advanced Lighting activated, Sun and Projector enabled, ambient sound on and preferably high or ultra high graphics settings. You also get a notecard with background information about the installation and about Sim Quarterly. I took some quite nice pictures already at the landing platform. You need to sit in the boat nearby (the ferry) to get to the sim itself.

Overview and orientation map of “Ghosts of Jericho” / at the landing pier

The first views of Ghosts of Jericho are impressive. You land at a fishermen pier. At the end of the pier is a house used for fish processing and to the fishermen to change and take a break from work. Outside you find some rack with drying fish. The view from the pier to the rocky island with its trees and to the neighbour island is breathtaking. Fog is rising from the ground and from the flattened sea. Nearby is a larger waterfall.

Impressions of “Ghosts of Jericho” (1) – the fishermen’s pier

I went cross country and came to the bridge connecting the two islands, but stayed on the main island and walked on to the lighthouse. On my way I heard voicea .. and I read in the public chat:
Ghosts of Jericho: When will you be back?
Ghosts of Jericho: Do you think it was one of the wolves?
Ghosts of Jericho: There’s SOMETHING in the cave…
I didn’t see any wolf or and ghost but I enjoyed the views. The windlight setting and the environment is really great for taking pictures!

Impressions of “Ghosts of Jericho” (2) – the lighthouse

I continued my simploring tour and walked to the other side of the main island. There you find one inhabited residential house with a nice porch to sit and furnished with love for the detail. I stayed there for a while and enjoyed the view.

Impressions of “Ghosts of Jericho” (3) – at the residential house

Following the shoreline I came the the entrance of a cave. The light insight is very well set up and provides another great place for taking extraordinairy pictures. Yet I didn’t see any ghost nor “SOMETHING” .. I might have to return and have a more detailed look at every corner

Impressions of “Ghosts of Jericho” (4) – the cave

My first simploring tour to “Ghosts of Jericho” ended with a visit of the smaller island. There is a hut with a panorama window from where you have a great view on the lighthouse. And I heard a voice and read in mainchat .. “Ghosts of Jericho: She was there…” … Who? Some questions remain unanswered.
Don’t miss the views on the main island from the smaller island, they are just intriguing.

Impressions of “Ghosts of Jericho” (5) – the smaller island

Ghosts of Jericho” convinces with its great windlicht settings and with the atmosphere it provides. You can immerse yourself into another, lonely world and enjoy. I did enjoy my visit and I took lots of pictures again. A very well made, artfully created place, that showcases what can be done within Second Life. Thank you very much, Elizabeth Jewell (elizabethnantesjewell) for this sim. Thank you Electric Monday for the Sim Quarterly initiative.

.. one last picture 🙂

Landmark to Ghosts of Jericho
Simquarterly website
Blogpost about Ghosts of Jericho on Simquarterly

Simploring 2018 (76) Nantes Gallery – Fin de siecle by Gabrielle Swindlehurst

I made a short simploring tour on Saturday, September 1st, late night and went to Nantes Gallery. Ms. Nantes (elizabethnantes) had sent out a group message about the opening of the newest exhibition there – “Fin de siecle” by Gabrielle Swindlehurst. Nantes Gallery is a small gallery at Nantes (read here).

The exhibited pictures have one thing in common, they show scenes, portraits and living at the turrn of the 19th to 20th century. They are taken in Second Life and might have been a bit processed. They do fit well into the gallery. I didn’t find much information about Gabrielle Swindlehurst and her profile doesn’t reveal anything about her art, just that she seems to like the aera of the early 20th century.

Impressions of “Fin de siecle” by Gabrielle Swindlehurst at Nantes Gallery

Have a look at Nantes Gallery. Thank you Ms. Nantes for providing space for the art.

Landmark to Nantes Gallery

Simploring 2018 (65) Nantes

In 2016 and 2017 I had 3 blogpost about “Follow your Bliss” (“Happy Easter – Follow your bliss“, “Simploring 2017 (5) Follow your Bliss” and “Simploring 2017 (50) Follow Your Bliss (II)“). Sadly “Follow your Bliss” is longer existent. In the virtual world of Second Life places appear, change and vanish quite quickly sometimes. Hence it is good to keep some memories because they stay. But on the other side, the changes provide countless opportunities to discover and explore, the creativity in Second Life seems to be endless, which is not surprising as people from all over the world live out their dreams virtually. “Follow your Bliss” was created and owned by Ms. Nantes (elizabethnantes).

Nantes – an overview

As I still was a member of the according group, I got a message that Ms. Nantes has build a new place – Nantes. “I am opening a new sim, reminiscent of the original Follow your Bliss (+FYB+). Nantes will be group access only and there will be a small fee for the group to help offset the cost of staying open, I loved sharing +FYB+ with all of you and I hope you will enjoy Nantes as well.” The opening of Nantes was on July, 25th and I visited it July 26th/27th.

The landing point of Nantes is in a small hut by the sea. Here you can join the group in order to be able to visit. The fee, Ms. Nantes mentioned above, is 250 L$ (approx. 1 US$) and will contribute to keep the sim alive. From here you can either start exploring on foot or you take the teleporter to Nantes Gallery or to Ms. Nantes store, e.posEd. The store is located in a skybox above Nantes and offers animations. The Nantes Gallery is located on the sim itself. I decided to explore on foot and not far from the landing hut I found a teleporter map, that gave me a nice overview. Yet I continued simploring on foot.

Impressions of Nantes (1) – Benson House (upper left) / House by the beach (upper right) / Prodigy Brew (lower left and right)

Nantes is a group of islands connected by bridges, clearly dedicated for vacation or simply for relaxing and unwinding. It offers a nice beach with several different opportunities to sit (and cuddle). On a offshore sandbank (“Hamilton Surf Beach”) you also find several roofed wicker beach chairs, that are typical for Northern Germany and gave me a feeling of home *winks*. But there’s more. For example an outdoor cinema where you can watch youtube clips laying in the sun, called “Magic Movie Cove”. Or there is the “Lake Joliva”, a little lake with some toys and with animals to watch.

Impressions of Nantes (2) – The Nantes Gallery presenting “L’amuse Bouch”

Nantes has 3 major buildings and you can visit them all. The “Benson House” is a fully furnished residential house, the “Prodigy Brew & Boathouse” is a place to meet and chat in a nice and comfy environment, and the Nantes Gallery. The current exhibition at the Nantes Gallery is called “L’amuse Bouche”. L’amuse Bouch is French and means appetizer. What a great title for a first exhibition, that features the picture of several different artists. I admit that none of the names were familiar for me, but that might change in future.

Impressions of Nantes (3) – Magic Movie Cove (upper left) / at the Lake Joliva (upper right and lower left) / Diamond River Retreat (lower right)

I finished me first visit to Nantes with a boat tour. There’s a peddleboat rezzer at “Taslin Bay”. And I was really not dressed appropriate for the peddleboating nor for the whole visit. Next time I’ll dress casually again and will wear my simploring sneakers!

Impressions of Nantes (4) – at Hamiltion Surf Beach (upper left and right) / peddleboating (lower left and right)

Nantes is, similar to “Follow your Bliss”, a place to unwind, to chat, to cuddle or for taking nice pictures. It’s a lovely place and I can only recommend visiting. I might return for another visit of the Nantes Gallery, if there’s an exhibtion that I want to see.
Thank you Ms. Nantes (elizabethnantes) for providing Nantes to the public!

Landmark to Nantes
Landmark to Nantes Gallery

P.S.: I got a group message from Ms. Nantes (elizabethnantes) a few days after visiting Nantes: “Hey everyone, i moved the gallery and store and group joiner is now in the sky.”
The Landmark I provided for Nantes in the above post will reroute you to the a welcome skybox with the group joiner. I’ll add this one here too:

Landmark to the new welcome skybox of Nantes

Simploring 2017 (50) Follow Your Bliss (II)

I recently got a message that Follow Your Bliss has been closed for remodelling. Today, Saturday, June 24th, Follow Your Bliss was reopened. I was several times at Follow Your Bliss before and I wrote about it already twice, one time in 2016 (read here) and one time this year (read here) – hence this is the 3rd simploring blog post about Follow Your Bliss.

Follow Your Bliss is still “a place to relax, dream, breathe..” as it was before remodelling. But the character of the islands changed. Now it is a Japanese group of islands. The islands are all connected by land or by small brigdes and in the middle of the islands is a large laguna. The landing spot is in a modern Japanese style house, which is not yet furnished as the remodelling isn’t finished yet. I noticed a picture at the wall from Susan Mortonwold. It might be just a favourite of Sushi (elizabethnantes), who owns Follow Your Bliss, or it might be planned to exhibit more at – I don’t know.

Impressions of Follow Your Bliss remodelled (1)

As before you can explore Follow Your Bliss either on foot or with a boat, a Japanese boat of course. I explored on foot this time. Follow Your Bliss is a sim for dreamers, for those who love to sit and relax, to watch and observe or to mediate or to take pictures (what is my passion). And the Japanese style adds a bit of exotic to me as an European. There are some colourful bushes, pants and trees. The houses along the way are far enough apart from eachother so that you can enjoy some privacy when you sit on a terrace overlooking the laguna or the sea.

Impressions of Follow Your Bliss remodelled (2)

The character changes on the other side of the laguna. There are several houses, that are still empty. There’s a large barbecue site and several bars and small food stops. Then you can walk up on a hill and on its top is a big Buddha statue. Just some steps away is a tall Japanese Pagoda, that dominates this corner of the islands like a light house.

Impressions of Follow Your Bliss remodelled (3)

I ended my first visit to the remodelled Follow Your Bliss with a boat tour across the laguna. Form what I saw Follow Your Bliss is still the place to find some quietness and to relax as it was before although the character did really change. It’s new and unique. Thank you Sushi (elizabethnantes) for your work and for providing the sim to the public.

Landmark to Follow Your Bliss

Happy Easter – Follow your bliss

What to do on a Easter Sunday morning when the weather outside isn’t nice in RL? Follow your bliss 🙂

March 27th, Easter 2016 - Follow your bliss (1)

March 27th, Easter 2016 – Follow your bliss (1)

I intended to do a bit of simploring this morning.
I decided to visit Follow your bliss, again inspired by Inara Pey’s Living in a modemworld blog. Her post about this sim is titeled “Follow your Bliss in Second Life“. Inara’s description is very detailled as it is always, so I recommend reading it. Follow your bliss is just lovely. It is a world of cosy islands of which some are connected by bridges, others can be reached by using a boat. Thank you Elizabeth (ElizabethNantes), for providing this place for us all.
During my visit I was alone and enjoyed being on myself. There are many many many places to sit and cuddle, full of power and tranquility, perfect for letting go and unwinding. And that is what I did.

March 27th, Easter 2016 - Follow your bliss (2)

March 27th, Easter 2016 – Follow your bliss (2)

Sitting and winding down, enjoying the environment, hearing the sounds of the see, enjoying the peace and feeling the bliss. Happy Easter!

March 27th, Easter 2016 - Follow your bliss (3)

March 27th, Easter 2016 – Follow your bliss (3)

March 27th, Easter 2016 - Follow your bliss (4)

March 27th, Easter 2016 – Follow your bliss (4)

Landmark “Follow your bliss”:

Related link in Inara Pey’s Living in a Modemworld blog: