Simploring 2019 (101) La Gaspésie (Canada)

My simploring tour on Wednesday, September 18th, led me to La Gaspésie (Canada). I found it on scoop.it SL Destinations and I read Inara Pey’s blogpost “La Gaspesie – inspired by a corner of Canada” before I went there myself.

La Gaspésie (Canada) is an adult homestead owned by Kayla (Tzooki) and Xavier (xavierjacques). The landmark description is an invitation “Welcome to the Gaspésie in Québec Canada. Hope you will enjoy your stay. Bienvenue et en espérant que vous aller apprécier votre visite 🙂.” The landmark description also contains the link to a 26 minutes long chill music stream.
Upon landing you are welcomed by a greeter “Diomita, welcome to La Gaspesie. Please enjoy your stay. We truly appreciate you visiting our home. Kayla and Xavier“.
I felt welcomed.

In the physcial world, the Gaspésie (official name), or Gaspé Peninsula, the Gaspé or Gaspesia, is a peninsula along the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River to the east of the Matapedia Valley in Quebec, Canada, that extends into the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. It is separated from New Brunswick on its southern side by the Baie des Chaleurs (Chaleur Bay) and the Restigouche River. The name Gaspé comes from the Mi’kmaq word gespe’g, meaning “end”, referring to the end of the land.

Map and pictures of La Gaspésie (Canada)

The Gaspé Peninsula is slightly larger than Belgium, the population is with about 140,000 a lot smaller though. It is also the only region outside the Channel Islands to contain native speakers of Jersey Norman.
Sea cliffs dominate the peninsula’s northern shore along the St. Lawrence River. Cap Gaspé, jutting into the Gulf of St. Lawrence, is the easternmost point of the peninsula. Percé Rock (or Rocher Percé), an island pierced by a natural arch, is located just offshore of the peninsula’s eastern end. The peninsula’s interior is a rugged northward continuation of the Appalachian Mountains. The peninsula is one of Quebec’s most popular tourism regions with 3 National parks (Gaspé National Park, Forillon National Park and Bonaventure National Park)
(excerpt from wikipedia)

La Gaspésie (Canada) – overview

In Second Life La Gaspésie (Canada) consists of several islands that are connected by bridges. Along it’s shoreline are wide wooden walkways, that can be used to explore the sim on foot or riding a moped.

The landing point is in the center of the sim right next to a teleport board leading to the points of interest and right next to a rezzer for mopeds. Looking around you see two boats in the nearby bay and more in the distance two lighthouses, a water tower and the Percé Rock (or Rocher Percé), which seems to be the peninsula’s landmark.

Impressions of a Gaspesie (Canada) (1) – around the landing point

I used the teleport board and visited all spots. Unfortunately there’s no teleporter back to the landing, hence I had to walk back each time. At the end of my visit I took a moped and had a ride around the whole sim using wooden walkways.

La Gaspesie (Canada) offers a lot of nice views for those who like taking pictures in SL like myself. There are quite some houses and huts spread around the sim and all are open for the public. Some of them are only sparsely furnished, at least one is fully furnished (I didn’t look into every building). While exploring I found innumerable places to sit and enjoy the environment.

Impressions of a Gaspesie (Canada) (2)

Like in RL La Gaspesie (Canada) in SL has some cliffs and rocks as well as areas with a more dense vegetation. And there’re animals, horses, seals and birds. Don’t miss visiting the gazebo which is home for several flamingos which is why I named it flamingo gazebo. Of course you also must visit the Percé Rock.

Impressions of a Gaspesie (Canada) (3) – the flamingo gazebo, fine outdoor dining, covered bridge

I enjoyed the beautiful views and sitting in front of hut on the top of a cliff, I tried out the outdoor dining table, I relaxed on a roof top terrace, I visited the water tower and the two lighthouses, I had a break sitting under an apple tree, I visited a camp site and I listened to the birds and the wind sitting at the beach. La Gaspesie (Canada) is a place you can enjoy for a short time out, be it alone or with your loved one.

Impressions of a Gaspesie (Canada) (4) – lower right shows the Percé Rock in the background

I enjoyed my visit a lot and once again a sim in Second Life gave reason for some research about the place in RL that was the inspiration for the sim. Now I know a little bit more about Canada and in particular of the Gaspé Peninsula. Thank you Kayla (Tzooki) and Xavier (xavierjacques) for creating La Gaspesie (Canada) and for sharing your home with the public.

Landmark to La Gaspésie (Canada)
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Calm%20City/146/105/23
chill music stream
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbmbmcNw920&list=RDCbmbmcNw920&start_radio=1#t=162
Inara Pey’s blogpost “La Gaspesie – inspired by a corner of Canada”
https://modemworld.me/2019/09/17/la-gaspesie-inspired-by-a-corner-of-canada/
Kayla (Tzooki)’s flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/182108891@N05/
La Gaspésie (Canada) on wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaspé_Peninsula

Simploring 2019 (99) A trail ride at Broken

I picked “Broken” from scoop.it SL Destinations for my simploring tour on Monday, September 2nd. The pictures I saw were tempting, the landmark description however sounds a bit sad, or at least melancholy “For anyone who has lost someone they loved.” I also read Inara Pey’s blogpost “Broken’s summer beauty in Second Life” about Broken before I went there myself.

Broken bird’s eye view

Broken is a moderate homestead owned by Talia (Natalia Corvale). It consists of seven islands, some of them are connected by bridges, some can only be reached with a boat.

Impressions of Broken (1)

There’s not that much to see at Broken on the first glance, there’s just a few houses, a light house, a lot of grass and green, some trees. But the vastness of the green meadows is impressing and develops it’s own atmosphere. Right next to the landing point is a barn and there I found a horse. I had read in Inara Pey’s post about the horses at Broken and that you can ride them. And so I did! It works perfect, a saddle and all the needed gear is attached to the horse …. and there I could ride. And it is great fun.

Impressions of Broken (2)

With the horse, exploring Broken was even more fun. I visited the few houses. All of them are furnished with love for the detail. I didn’t see any sign that they are not open for visiting. I visited all seven islands and the horse carried me even over the water (well I got more than just wet feet). I found some very nice spots to sit and to enjoy the view where you could also cuddle with your loved one. But mostly I enjoyed riding.

Impressions of Broken (3)

Behind some trees I found an little open air slideshow with a few chairs, a projector and a screen, showing pictures of a couple, most probably the pictures are to the landmark’s description about the loss of someone loved. But it didn’t affect my mood luckily, I just enjoyed the simple but beautiful environment.

Impressions of Broken (4)

Broken is a beautiful sim that convinces with it simplicity, with the vastness of the green meadows, with its space. The few houses are decorated and furnished inside with love and there’re more than enough opportunities to enjoy togetherness.  For me personally the riding was big fun. Thank you, Talia (Natalia Corvale) for sharing your place with the public. I enjoyed my visit (and horse riding) a lot.

Landmark to Broken
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Farron/152/133/23
Inara Pey’s blogpost “Broken’s summer beauty in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/08/19/brokens-summer-beauty-in-second-life/

Simploring 2019 (98) Frogmore

For my simploring tour on Sunday, September 1st, I picked Frogmore from scoop.it SL Destinations. Before visitng myself I also read Inara Pey’s blogpost “Frogmore: Swedish childhood memories in Second Life“, which I recommend to read. The landmark description is also providing an idea of what you can see in Frogmore:
Frogmore Gamla Stan is a memory of life as a child in Öregrund, Sweden.  The air is filled with the scent of the sea, old fishing boats, and smoked herring. A simple life filled with love and laughter.”
It sounded like the perfect place for a short trip to Sweden on a rainy Sunday morning for me.

Frogmore overview and first impressions around the landing point

Upon my arrival I was welcomed “Welcome to Frogmore Gamla Stan, designed by Terry Fotherington. We hope you enjoy your visit to our little bit of Sweden and please come back again soon!
I have visited some sims that were designed by Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington) lately. He seems to be quite active lately. Frogmore is owned by Tolla Fell (bengta).

Impressions of Frogmore (1)

There’s not much to say, write or read about Öregrund in Sweden. It is a small town of 1,500 people in Uppsala County. Nowadays it belongs to the Östhammar Municipality. In Summer Öregrund flourishes due to small sailboats, pleasure boats and tourists. And for sure growing up there is quite different from a childhood in a more urban environment.

Impressions of Frogmore (2)

Frogmore in Second Life is a very picturesque place. The colourful wooden houses made me feel like being in Scandinavia immediately. It consists of 4 islands. The landing is on the largest island with the town center and most of the nice houses. The main island is connected by a wooden bridge with another island with some more houses and a chapel. To reach the other two island you’ll need to rezz a paddleboat. One island has a camping site (with a nice view on the other islands) and a place to dance with a dj’s tent. On the smallest island you can visit the lighthouse.

Impressions of Frogmore (3)

Although the houses are not furnished there’s still a lot to discover at Frogmore. In particular I couldnt get enough from the picturesque views and I tried out some different windlight settings for my pictures. If you like Scandinavia and the nature up there, Frogmore is a place you shouldn’t miss to visit.

Impressions of Frogmore (4)

I wonder if the name Frogmore as any special meaning for Tolla Fell (bengta). Is it just a coincidence that Frogmore is also the home park adjoining Windsor Castle in England with the Frogmore house and the Frogmore Cottage?
Anyway, I enjoyed my Sunday morning trip. Thank you, Tolla, for sharing your place with the public and thank you Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington) for designing it.

Landmark to Frogmore
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Solerno%20Sands/78/221/22
Inara Pey’s blog post: “Frogmore: Swedish childhood memories in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/08/29/frogmore-swedish-childhood-memories-in-second-life/
Information about Öregrund, Sweden in Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Öregrund

Simploring 2019 (96) { P A P P A D O }

For my simploring tour on Sunday, Augut 25th, I picked { P A P P A D O } from scoop.it SL Destinations and I read Inara Pey’s blog post “On the waterfront at Pappado in Second Life” before I visited myself.

{ P A P P A D O } is built on 1/4 sim but the plot is long and narrow. This layout is used to build a land waterfront, with a long beach, 2 lighthouses at both ends, one street along the waterfront with shops and cafés and a nice promenade.

{ P A P P A D O } – overview showing the unusal layout

Behind the houses at the waterfront is a second row of houses that is built against the steep rocks that limit the the parcel. With the right setting for your drawing distance you don’t see anything of the neighbour parcel, but even is you do, you just see some trees, so this is not really disturbing the impression of being at the waterfront of a lille town in …. ?

Impressions of { P A P P A D O } (1)

I can’t answer this question and Inara couldn’t answer it as well. There’re some European cars parked, there’re vespas which indicates that the picturesque town is somewhere in Europe, maybe in Italy as the group, who is owning { P A P P A D O }, is named “La Vita E’ Bella”. But at the other end of { P A P P A D O } where you find a residential home, a shop for surfers and some sheds, you see American cars. And the colourful houses would fit to the Caribbean… Be it as it is – { P A P P A D O } is a nice and beautiful place …. somewhere.

Impressions of { P A P P A D O } (2)

There’re (of course) a lot of possibilities to sit at the beach and to enjoy the environment, or to sit in a cafe and to look over the waterfront and beach. I personally like the lane between the front row and the second row. There you find some shadow and it looks really cosy, neat and peaceful.

Impressions of { P A P P A D O } (3)

At the pink (!) bus stop I found a model pose and I had to try it out. That was fun. For my pictures I kept the given windlight setting “Barcelona”, which provides a very colourful, blueish light.

Impressions of { P A P P A D O } (4)

As mentioned above { P A P P A D O } is owned by a group, which was founded by Lana Doux (Svetlana Pexie). I suspect that she owns the place. The design was made by Dandy Warhlol (Terry Fotherington). I enjoyed my visit and had fun exploring! I really like this layout. It was another short vacation.

Landmark to { P A P P A D O }
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Duat/215/233/23
Inara Pey’s blog post “On the waterfront at Pappado in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/08/20/on-the-waterfront-at-pappado-in-second-life

Simploring 2019 (93) Highland Hills

Following Inara Pey’s blogpost “Wandering Highland Hills in Second Life” I selected Highland Hills for my simploring tour on Saturday, August 17th.

Highland Hills – overview

Highland Hills is a quarter of a full sim rated moderate. It is owned and created by Elo Moon (eloiseblake). The landmark’s description provides already an idea what to expect: “Haste Ye Back – Highlands of Scotland. A forgotten era. Ruined, rural and rustic. Where nature has claimed it’s home. Photography. Castle. Nature. Beach. Wild. Explore. Photos. Ruins.

Impressions of Highland Hills (1) – around the landing point / at the “cow beach”

The landing point is by a cow stable close to the beach, which I named “cow beach” because someone must have forgotten to close the gate and the cows enjoy beach life. Highland Hills is a very green and fertile place. From the landing point you can follow different paths. I first explored the cow beach and then walked to the only residential house at Highland Hills. There were many animals around and along my way: deers, goats, cats, birds and many more.

Impressions of Highland Hills (2) – the cow stable, the shoreline, the rain Island and the seal’s island

From the house I went to the tower, that offers a nice background for taking pictures and you can enjoy the view on the seal’s island from there. Highland Hills is fully packed with things to discover, be is all the spots where you can sit and relax, have a picnic or just enjoy the peace or be it details like the sign “Watch your head” before entering the tower. Exploring Highland Hills I came across a whole battery of beehives, I saw spots with blooming flowers and a broken wind mill, that is next to the path from the cow stable to the house.

Impressions of Highland Hills (3) – at the shore, at the tower and at the beehives

Surrounded by other ruins the castle is the main building at Highland Hills. The walls are that thick that nothing could tear them down. I didn’t find much exciting inside but you can walk up to the roof for the view over the sim. This is also the place an artist has choosen for painting. On the roof I encountered a funny little cat carrying 3 blue birds. The 4 jumped and walked happily around. Two more details caught my eye, firstly another sign at the main entrance to the castle “Once upon a time” (you can spin your own fantasy around that) and secondly a plant pot in the form of a butt.

Impressions of Highland Hills (4) – the castle and the ruins, the particular plant pot and the cat with the birds

The ruins around the castle are great for taking pictures as well as the nature around the waterfall. From the waterfall I climbed up to an unfinished house. Just 3 walls were built, then the owner moved on or decided to built the house somewhere else. Next to this unfinished house I noticed an umbrella that got tangled up in power lines. All these little details add to the fun of exploring Highland Hills. I was also intrigued by the “rain island” opposed to the cow beach. Dark clouds hang over the island and it is raining. I played a bit with my windlight and made several pictures.

Impressions of Highland Hills (5) – the Castle, the unfinsihed hosue, the broken wind mill, the waterfall and the entangled umbreally

Highland Hills is a very well made place with a lot to discover. I sensed all the work and love for the detail that went into this sim. I’m still amazed about all the creativity within Second Life. Thank you, Elo Moon (eloiseblake), for creating and for sharing your place with the public. I had fun exploring and enjoyed the peace and the nature of the Highlands of Scotland. “Haste ye back!” is Scotish and means come back soon … I intend to came back.

Landmark to Highland Hills
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Crossroads%20Event/232/86/26
Inara Pey’s blogpost “Wandering Highland Hills in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/08/15/wandering-highland-hills-in-second-life/

Simploring 2019 (84) ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba

Following Inara Pey’s blog I visited “][Octopussy][ goes Cuba” (read her post here) on Friday, July 12th.

][Octopussy][ goes Cuba – overview

][Octopussy][ goes Cuba is an adult homestead owned and created by Rosinchen (fleurlarosa) and Will Thos (willkinthos). Upon landing you’ll get a notecard with a description and some rules to follow: “][ Octopussy ][ goes Cuba is a themed hang-out and chill-out island with a colorful, small cuban village surrounded by rocks, palms and flowers, with sensual beaches, numerous photogenic and nature spots. Walkways lead you through reed zones with the sound and observation of many animals.”

][Octopussy][ goes Cuba – Landing Point and ][Octopussy][ lounge

][Octopussy][ goes Cuba is also home for a quite unique bar and event place called ][Octopussy][ lounge. The entrance to this lounge is right at the landing point and it was the first thing I explored on my tour. It is built into a large aquarium with fishes, whales, mantas and dolphins. It offers quite particular views and is stylished furnished. Of course there’re also octopussies. Apropos octopussies, you’ll find them everywhere at ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba and often they also provide animations for dancing.

Impressions of ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba (1)

After visiting the aquarium longue I walked upstairs and followed the path that leads along and around the big rock and ends in a little town. Along the path you get wonderful views, there’re many nice places to take a rest and you can see some animals (also octopussies) and some very colourful blooming flowers. Together with the palms you get the feeling of being in the Caribbean. The town clearly fits to this feeling. I’ve never been in Cuba in RL, but that is how I picture it. Old cars, colourful houses, chicken and donkeys running around, a stage with a singer and a saxophonist, street cafes and a very relaxed atmosphere. Time stood still for decades. I turned the music on and listened to latino music. Rosinchen and Will selected a radio station with music that fits to ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba.

Impressions of ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba (2)

I continued walking around the big rock and came back to the landing point. From there a few steps lead down to the beach. It’s not just a beach with many places to sit and watch, with a beach bar, and stands to get a cool drink. Long wooden piers reach out into the sea with reed zones. The piers almost build a network. Countless chairs and seats, blankets and benches invite you to sit down and to watch the birds, to simply inhale the Caribbean feeling or to enjoy the view to the island. One of these piers lead to a nice dancing area, with group dances. I also tried out a bumper paddle boat and got into a group of flamingos.

Impressions of ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba (3)

During my visit I was not alone at ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba. Many others were there exploring or just chilling. Although ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba is an adult place you shouldn’t run around naked. Nudity is only allowed during sexual activities.

Impressions of ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba (4)

I enjoyed exploring ][Octopussy][ goes Cuba and getting the feeling of a visit to the Caribbean. The sim is designed with love for the detail, it offers countless romantic spots as well as many many fantastic views. The aquarium bar is unique and the always present octopussies are kind of a trademark for the place.
Thank you Rosinchen (fleurlarosa) and Will Thos (willkinthos) for creating this Caribbean island and for sharing it with the public. I enjoyed my visit a lot.

Landmark to Octopussy goes Cuba
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Libera/139/92/30
Inara Pey’s blogpost “][Octopussy][ goes Cuba in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/07/10/octopussy-goes-cuba-in-second-life/

Simploring 2019 (82) Scarlett Isle

Following Inara Pey’s blog post “The natural beauty of Scarlett Isle in Second Life” I visited Scarlett Isle.

Scarlett Isle is a moderate homestead and the home of Grace & Ziggy Sixpence & Tempest Rosca (Grace Sixpence, Zigmal, Tempest Rosca). It was designed and landscaped by Staubi Reilig (engelsstaub).

Scarlett Isle – overview

Back in 2018 I visited Achill Island, which was Grace and Ziggy’s home that time (Simploring 2018 (99) Achill Island). Achill Island doesn’t exist anymore. I assume that Scarlett Isle is the replacement for it. Grace Sixpence is also involved and co-owning Mystic Timbers which I visit last month (see Simploring 2019 (65) Mystic Timbers  and Simploring 2019 (66) Mystic Timbers – Extra Worlds)

Impressions of Scarlett Isle (1) – close to the landing point

And Staubi (engelsstaub) isn’t unknown for me as well. She designed and owns Whimberly, which I visited in 2017 (Simploring 2017 (7) Whimberly) and in 2018 (Simploring 2018 (3) Whimberly revisited). Whimberly still exists and has changed since my last visit. I intend to visit it soon again.

Impressions of Scarlett Isle (2) – enjoying the public island

Besides being a homeplace Scarlett Isle was designed to be used by those interested in photography and it fully fulfills this intention. The landing point is on one of the two islands close to a creek that devides the sim into two islands, on a smaller third island is a lighthouse overlooking Scarlett Isle.

Impressions of Scarlett Isle (3) – around the public house / the suspension bridge

The island where you land is fully public. It offers a lovely beach with quite some opportunities to sit and dream, be it alone or with your loved one. Close to the beach is a lovely pond with a decking that invites to take a rest. There’s one building on this island. On it’s porch you can once again sit and enjoy. Inside is one bedroom and on from 2nd floor you have a nice view over the island and the beach. Next to the house is another smaller beach.

Impressions of Scarlett Isle (4) – the private homes (upper and lower right)

You can get to the other island either over a tree that spans over the creek or you take the big suspension bridge. This island offers some very nice views for taking pictures. The two houses with their large deckings are private and secured with a security orb. If you get too close you have 15 seconds to retreat, so be careful *winks*. I explored the other beach and found a beach chair there. I like these chairs as they remind me of many vacations in RL.

Impressions of Scarlett Isle (5)

Scarlett Isle is a peaceful and beautiful place to retreat or to simply enjoy an hour in a lovely environment. Most views you get look just amazing, like being painted. I enjoyed exploring and winding down from everyday life. Thank you Grace, Ziggy and Tempest for sharing most parts of your home with the public and thank you Staubi for designing this place. I had a lovely one hour vacation.

Landmark to Scarlett Isle
https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Love%20Cats/128/128/22
Flickr group
https://www.flickr.com/groups/scarlett_isle/
Inara Pey’s blog post “The natural beauty of Scarlett Isle in Second Life”
https://modemworld.me/2019/07/05/the-natural-beauty-of-scarlett-isle-in-second-life/
Landmark to Whimberly
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Whimberly/198/168/37

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