Simploring 2020 (68) La Vie (September 2020)

For my simploring tour on Thursday, September 3rd, I picked La Vie from scoop.it SL Destinations. The name did ring a bell as I visited the predecessor sims back in 2016, 2017 and 2018. My last vbisit was to La Vie in Winter (read here).

The entry on led scoop.it SL Destinations led to a post from Maddy Gynoid “Simtipp: La Vie (September 2020)” (in German), which I read before visiting.

La Vie (September 2020) – Orientation map and at the landing point

La Vie is an adult homestead owned by Krys Vita and her partner CarterNolan. As far as Maddy found out, Krys and her partner designed La Vie. The sim must have been quite new at the time of my visit as there was no landmark description, no tip jar, no boards nor notecard giver. That might have changed when this post will be published.

Impressions of La Vie (September 2020) (1) – walking to the lighthouse

La Vie is a litte sailing and vacation paradies together with a bird colony and bird preservation area. The selected windlight is quite particular diving the scenery into red and yellow tones. Sometimes it looks a bit kitchy – but nature can be like this sometimes. I kept the windlight but had to play with the time of day and the angle of the sun to get nice pictures.

Impressions of La Vie (September 2020) (2) – the marshland and the observation tower

The landing at La Vie is at one corner of the sime and wooden walkways lead from there over sandbank and marshland. The sound of birds is almost omnipresent. The views are breathtaking. Next to the wooden walkways you can find some nice places to sit and watch. You can also go to be beach for a sunbath. I walked to the lighthouse first.

Impressions of La Vie (September 2020) (3) – observation tower / entering harbour town

From there I walked along and through the marshland where you find more cosy places until I reached a big wooden tower. I think this tower was build to observe all the birds that fly around this tower. The upper level of the tower is furnished and I made a short break there and enjoyed the view over the sim.

Impressions of La Vie (September 2020) (4) – harbour master / harbour town

For me the absolute hightlight of La Vie is the harbour town, a real sailor’s paradise. The boards and ads there provide the impression being in New England or Martha’s vineyard. There are several beautiful arranged houses built on piers: the harbour master, restaurants and clubhouses as well as the harbour town fitness center and a tackle shop for the sailors. Two large sailing yachts are in the harbour as well as a fishing boat. The whole scene is just picturesque.

Impressions of La Vie (September 2020) (5) – harbour town / yacht harbour

Next to the harbour town is a shipyard and a private home with a large motor yacht at the peir. The doors were locked, hence I assume it must be a private place. I enjoyed another great view on the town from a shed a bit aside.

Impressions of La Vie (September 2020) (5) – ship yard / private home / shed / harbour town

La Vie offers a lot of spectacular views, a place to take many many pictures or a place to wind down and to simply listen to the sounds of the birds. I enjoyed my visit a lot. Thank you Krys Vita and CarterNolan. I intend to come back.

Landmark to La Vie
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/La%20Vie/18/238/21
Maddy Gynoid’s “Simtipp: La Vie (September 2020)”
http://echtvirtuell.blogspot.com/2020/09/simtipp-la-vie-september-2020.html

Simploring 2019 (87) Carolina

For my simploring tour on Tuesday, July 23rd, I picked “Carolina” from scoop.it SL Destinations. From what I saw there it seemed to be the perfect place to visit on a really hot Summer day in RL.

Carolina is a moderate homestead owned by Arol Lightfoot. The name rang a bell to me and looking up my own blog I found out that Arol was also involved in La Vie, a place that I visited 3 times, but it was always different (Simploring 2018 (1) La Vie in Winter / La Vie in Second Life / Simploring 2017 (83) La Vie in Autumn). Carolina is described in the landmark profile as a place with “warm sandy shores and a tropical environment, filled with wildlife, relaxing beaches, and grassy areas“. I couldn’t sum it up any better.

Carolina – overview

Carolina offers a lot of beaches, only interrupted by some smaller rocks. There are many opportunities to sit and cuddle and to watch the wildlife. Besides seagulls, you’ll find many other birds, seals, a pair of playing dogs, flamingos, horses, donkeys and ducks, just to name a few. As most of them are animated it is fun to look at them or to wait for the right moment for a picture.

Impressions of Carolina (1) – upper pictures show the green house

In the center of California is a residential house, which is fully furnished and free to visit. As far as I could find out there’re no restricted areas at Carolina. At this house in the center is a funny sign that made me smile “Notice: Protect your food. Management cannot replace food stolen by seagulls“. And two seagulls are sitting on this sign!

Impressions of Carolina (2) – the playing dogs / the boathouse

Further in the North is another house with a workshop at the beach. Obviously it is also used for repairing small boats. But this boathouse (I called it boathouse) offers also a nice living room with seaview as well as a decking for bbq’s and for socializing behind of it.

The North of Carolina is a bit greener. And there’s an old rollercoaster, which offers a particular motif for pictures.

Impressions of Carolina (3) – the rollercoaster, the flamingos and the house with the decking

Finally there’s a lighthouse and a crashed small plane. It is seen best from the decking of the third house in Carolina. This decking has the best views of the island in my personal opinion. It is close to the flamingos, you can see some seals from there, you can look over to the lighthouse and the rollercoaster and you can look along the inlet that almost leads to the house in the center.

Some more Impressions of Carolina

I enjoyed more than an hour exploring Carolina and I had fun to try out some of the places to sit and relax. I wonder if Arol Lightfoot did name the island “Carolina” because of North and South Carolina in the US. Some views did remind me of the outer banks in North Carolina. Anyway, if you seek a place to wind down at a beach or to for a short virtual vacation, you should visit Carolina. Thank you Arol for sharing your sim with the public. I had a great time there.

Landmark to Carolina
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Margarita%20Isle/185/50/25
flickr group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/14671177@N22/

Simploring 2018 (1) La Vie in Winter

December 26th, 2017 I made another simploring tour. I looked up the SL desination guide and scrolled through the recently added sims. There I found La Vie on page 2: “La Vie…formerly a bright sunny beach and then a colorful autumn paradise has now been snowed in. Come play in the snow in this photogenic spot before it’s gone

La Vie in Winter – Overview

It’s my 3rd visit to La Vie, which is owned by designed by Krys Vita and Arol Lightfoot. I visited it in Summer in June 2016 (read here) and in Autumn in October 2017 (read here). La Vie seems to become a regular simploring destination for me.

La Vie in Winter – the house by the landing point

Again La Vie has changed a lot. It didn’t just snow and become cold. The whole island was redesigned. In the center of the winterly island is a pond, the shores are mostly rocky. There are a few houses spreaded over the island. Each looks cosy and inviting and is furnished and decorated for the season inside and outside. One road leads from the landing spot to another house and a Christmas tree sale. A chaple is located on the highest rock overlooking the island, but it’s hard to reach, you need to climb up the rocks.

Impressions of La Vie in Winter (1)

Impressions of La Vie in Winter (2)

There’re some opportunities to sit and cuddle and to enjoy, for example in a sleigh or even in Santa’s sleigh. La Vie sim offers lovely views and is another Winter paradise for those who love taking pictures like me. Completely new is a ski lift, which does not lead up to a mountain, there just 4 or 5 poles, but you can take a picture from a perspective where you don’t see that it doesn’t lead up to a mountain. And there’s one of these big snow vehicles that are used to prepare the slopes. And I even saw another visitor skiing. This way I got a little foretaste for my upcoming ski trip in RL.

La Vie in Winter – a SL foretaste of skiing in RL

La Vie is jsut beautiful and another example of the possibilites for building your own dream in Second Life. Thank you for sharing your sim with the public, Kyra Vita and Arol Lightfoot. I enjoyed my visit to winterly La Vie.

Landmark to La Vie
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/La%20Vie/143/157/23

Simploring 2017 (83) La Vie in Autumn

Last summer, June 2016, I visited “La Vie” the first time (read here). When I saw Inara Pey’s blog post “Autumn comes to La Vie in Second Life” it rang a bell that I’ve been there before and of course I went exploring it again.

October 13th/14th: Impressions of La Vie in Autumn (1)

Compared to my visit last summer she island has been completely refurbished, it is not just a seasonal change. La Vie sim invites you to roam around and to enjoy the views. Some farmhouses are scattered over the island, there are birds, horses and other farm animals around and you find several spots to sit and relax. Of course the leaves are coloured and provide pretty nice opportunities to take pictures. The pictures look like watercolour pieces of art, very peaceful and do express what I felt when visiting La Vie.

October 13th/14th: Impressions of La Vie in Autumn (2)

While I visited, Ocotber 13th and 14th, we had beautiful late summer days where I live and I also enjoyed the nature in the physcial world. La Vie is French and translates to “The Life”, fitting to the title of this post “La Vie in Autumn”. I share some pictures of Autumn that I took these days just close to where I live – it’s Autumn in both worlds.

October 13th/14th: Impressions of La Vie in Autumn in RL

Thank you Krys Vita for providing your sim to the public. I spent a lovely time.

Inara Pey’s blog “Autumn comes to La Vie in Second Life”
http://modemworld.me/2017/10/10/autumn-comes-to-la-vie-in-second-life/
Landmark to La Vie
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/La%20Vie/137/142/25

La Vie in Second Life

La Vie is a lovely island, a place with many spots to sit and to cuddle. When I went there tonight, some spots were occupied but there were still enough to sit and enjoy. Even the bar at the beach was open and some people were having a drink. I turned the music on (coutry Music) and enjoyed some moments of pure peace. The sim also provided some ideas for me for the further development of our sim. My visit to La Vie was a great way to start into the weekend …

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Thank you Inara, for another advice where to go to .. and thank you Krys Vita for providing your place to the public.

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

La Vie; Inara Pey, June 2016, on FlickrLa Vie – click any image for full size

“This is actually one I did over a year ago now; I’ve made changes, and decided to reopen it,” Krys Vita informed me when I dropped in to see La Vie, a long-standing region she recently opened to public access, albeit on a temporary basis. “Tre [TreMeldazis] and I did this one together,” she continued, “It’s just too pretty not to share for a while :)”.

“Pretty” is actually too small a term for this beautifully landscaped and presented homestead region. I’d actually be inclined towards “idyllic”. The sandy landscape rises gently from waters which appear to have done much to sculpt its shape, dunes gently inclined across the centre of the landscape from the flat western beach to slightly higher, rocky eastern side, two bays cutting deeply into the land on the north and south sides, wasping the land’s…

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