Simploring 2020 (33) MEDITERRANEO Coffee & Lounge Bar

I visited MEDITERRANEO Coffee & Lounge Bar after I got a friendly invitation from Franz Markstein: “After “Otium” (read here), “The island that is not there” (read here) and some other sims, I would like to introduce you to the last island that I had fun doing.

MEDITERRANEO Coffee & Lounge Bar – overview

MEDITERRANEO Coffee & Lounge Bar is built on a half moderate homestead and owned and created by Franz Markstein. The landmark description contains the tags: “Cafe Relax Lounge Bar Coffee Chillout Ocean View Music Hangout Beach Sail Art Photography Friendship Chat Sailing Regattas Explore Black Sea”

MEDITERRANEO Coffee & Lounge Bar – a look inside

MEDITERRANEO Coffee & Lounge Bar is a place to met with friends or to simply chill. It consists of a beach, a large building where you from the Coffee & Lounge Bar, a connected residential home wiht 3 fully furnished room, that are publicly accessible and a pier with a large sailing yacht.

MEDITERRANEO Coffee & Lounge Bar – the 2nd Floor / the patio connecting the building parts / inside the residential wing

The club itself is very stylish and inviting for a stay. There’s also a 2nd floor in the Coffee & Lounge Bar from where you have a great look outside. Also the rooms of the connected residential part of the building are designed with love for the detail. I liked in particular the messy room – what looks messy in Second Life is always placed with great care as opposed to real life *winks*

MEDITERRANEO Coffee & Lounge Bar – some more impressions

A really nice place to hang out! Thank you Franz for creating and for sharing with the public.

Landmark to MEDITERRANEO Coffee & Lounge Bar
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Campignon%20DesOs%20Isle/87/184/28

Simploring 2019 (100) The Island That Is Not There

For my simploring tour on Tuesday, September 10th, I picked “The Island That Is Not There” from scoop.it SL Destinations, mostly because the name of it caught my attention immediately.

The Island That Is Not There is a moderate homestead, owned by a group with the same name. Founder of the group is Franz Markstein and many objects are owned by him, but I saw many other objects, mainly the houses, are owned by Coralile, who also has The Island That Is Not There in her picks. I even found some other owners. I suspect that Franz Markstein and Coralile are the main builders of The Island That Is Not There and most probably at least co-owning it.

The Island That Is Not There – bird eye overview

The landmark description fits to the name: “Second star to the right and straight on till morning, this is the way to the island that is not there.
There are no saints nor heroes, no hatred or violence, no thieves or soldiers, just fantasy. I agree with you, this is the island that is not there.

The Island That Is Not There consists of one main island, where the landing point is located and 2 smaller islands. One of the smaller islands is used as a party or event island, as there’s a dj’s desk and there’re dancing animations. The other smaller island is just large enough for one residential house, which is nicely furnished by the way. At this island you’ll find also a small beach. I named this island the cosy island.

Impressions of The Island That Is Not There (1) – main island

Exploring the main island and the many houses there is fun. All houses are furnished with an eye for little details. From every house you have a different view on the island and is is really peaceful. And yes I saw no soldier *winks*. I enjoyed having a look into almost all houses, trying out seats and I went to the cathredal ruins which is another great place for taking pictures.

Impressions of The Island That Is Not There (2) – cathedral ruins and cosy island

In the sea nearby The Island That Is Not There two yachts are sailing along the shores. You can easily get on board (just hoover your mouse above them and sit) and take some extraordinairy pictures or you can also just sit on the deck and enjoy the atmosphere. Also quite unusal is the plane flying over The Island That Is Not There. It does not move but you can get on board of it as well and take a selfie pretending you were flying it. i had fun doing so.

Impressions of The Island That Is Not There (3) – exploring and enjoying

The Island That Is Not There is there! It just doesn’t exist in the physical world, but it does exist in the virtual world of Second Life. The name reminded me that we retreat into our own virtual world when we explore and socialize in Second Life. For me persoanlly this escape is very helpful to load my batteries and at least the impressions and memories I gather virtually are very real for me and part of my real life. We should aspire to make the physical world a bit more like Second Life (ok, without teleporting and flying, but I’m open for that as well!)

Impressions of The Island That Is Not There (4) – the party Island and enjoying the peace

Thank you for creating The Island That Is Not There and for sharing it with the public, Franz Markstein. I had a great time visiting.

Landmark to The Island that is not there
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Serena%20Wonderland/153/83/29

A visit to Otium

Exploring sims: OTIUM

Exploring sims: Otium

The “Living in a modemworld”-blog of Inara Pey provides me with places to visit. This time I visited Otium, first alone and then together with Jenny.
The name of this sim has a meaning that I looked up at Wikipedia for a correct description:
Otium, a Latin abstract term, has a variety of meanings, including leisure time in which a person can enjoy eating, playing, resting, contemplation and academic endeavors. It sometimes, but not always, relates to a time in a person’s retirement after previous service to the public or private sector, opposing “active public life”. Otium can be a temporary time of leisure, that is sporadic. It can have intellectual, virtuous or immoral implications. It originally had the idea of withdrawing from one’s daily business (negotium) or affairs to engage in activities that were considered to be artistically valuable or enlightening (i.e. speaking, writing, philosophy). It had particular meaning to businessmen, diplomats, philosophers and poets
(see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otium).

What you can experience at Otium fits perfect to the name. First of all there is a Mediterranean village with small alleys, lots of cosy places, benches and pavement cafes. And the village is not empty. There are little shops and the houses can be rented. Where you land when arriving at Otium, there’s a gallery. The exhibtion there shows Giovanna Cerise’s art and is called “LINE”. This Exhibition isn’t restricted to the gallery itself but is spread over the whole island. Giovanna herself wrote about her permanent exhibition “Creation of a path-research on the infinite freedom hidden in two-dimensional and three-dimensional size. The line, with its lightness incisive, inspired the Transposition of the complexity of the solid structures of some of my work in new areas, expression of pure essentiality.”

"LINE" exhibition permanent of Giovanna Cerise

“LINE” exhibition permanent of Giovanna Cerise

When exploring Otium you will come across Giovanna’s art everywhere, her filigrane “line”-art is non physical, thus you can walk through it and it changes it’s look depending from which angel you look at it. The art provides a perfect background for creating your own photo art, something to publish at deviantart. At the beach there’re other 3 dimensional pieces of her, of which some are also changing permanently. All of Giovanna Cerise’s art can be purchased directly. And I’m pretty sure that I saw her art before at some other places. I consider to get a piece for our island as well.

"LINE" exhibition permanent of Giovanna Cerise in the streets of Otium

“LINE” exhibition permanent of Giovanna Cerise in the streets of Otium

Coming back to the name of the Island: Otium. I visited Otium together with Jenny and after roaming through the alleys we walked down to the beach which offers some places to cuddle, to watch the waves of the ocean and even for sport activities like Taichi. Thus Otium provides everything to recover, to enjoy simply being yourself or to refresh your mind with art: relax, unwind, soothe your soul. The name Otium does really fit.

Taichi at the Otium beach

Taichi at the Otium beach

Jenny and Diomita enjoying at Otium beach

Jenny and Diomita enjoying at Otium beach

Otium is owned by Franz Markstein. Thank you, for your hospitality.