MetaLES to close its doors in Second Life

Just a few minutes ago I heard that MetaLES is going to close today after 8 years of providing space for the art in Second Life and featuring a lot of artists. I personally discovered MetaLES, which was run by Romy Nayar and Ux Hax, in July 2016 on a Saturday afternoon simploring tour and had a longer visit to it in 2017 (Simploring 2017 (45) MetaLes ..O.. ArT Virtual Space).
It’s sad that this art space is going to disappear but we have to be thankful for having it for such a long time. Thank you Romy and Ux, and good luck for your next projects outside of Second Life.
Inara has a way more detailed farewell blog post about MetaLES. Thank you, Inara.

Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

MetaLES: Haveit Neox The Haul (2017)

On Monday, January 15th, Ux Hax and Second Life partner, Romy Nayar, announced that their art region, MetaLES, would be closing at the end of the day. The announcement came in a simple statement passed through a number of art group:

After 8 years of art, fantasy and work MetaLES ..O.. closes its doors. Many thanks to all the artists, bloggers, friends and visitors who made it possible, The decision is for the lack of time to dedicate to the project.

Kisses and hugs

Romy & Ux

“Yes today is the last day,” Ux informed me. “We are sad, but the art in SL will continue!” He went on to say that the lack of time mentioned in the notices is related to a new physical world project he and Romy are involved in. However, he refused to be drawn into providing any  specifics…

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Simploring 2018 (4) Brand New Colony

A few days ago Inara Pey wrote about New Brand Colony in her blog “Return to Brand New Colony in Second Life“. I was at Brand New Colony End of July 2017 and had a blog post about it (Simploring 2017 (59) Brand New Colony). I wrote about it: “What a lovely place! It’s peaceful and offers a lot of spots to sit and watch, to cuddle or to mediate. And as it is an adult sim, there’re also some adult animations. Brand New Colony truely is – as described in the destination guide – photogenic. I enjoyed exploring and discovering it. Of course I also went to the dungeon, which is located in a skybox. The dungeon is well equipped and cosy“. I also wrote that the sim is owned by the Blessed Family and I assumed Esmenet Foxdale (esmenetpink ishtari), the founder of the group, being the owner.
Of course, Inara’s recent post attracted my attention. I learned that Brand New Colony has moved and was redesigned. The redesign as well as the first sim was done by Bunny Blessed (Svelte Blessed) and Mimara Blessed (Mimara) with assistance from Seren La Croix (torturedstar).

Brand New Colony January 2018 – overview

Again Brand New Colony is lovely and photogenic. It has changed a lot. There’re six islands now and the fact that some of them hoover above the sea like balloons clearly defines the sim as a dream, a lovely dream. The islands are held on the ground by thick and heavy chains that connects them to the main island and the chains also serve as bridges between the islands. All islands offer a rich and colourful vegetation and many spots to sit and cuddle. Here you can really wind down and dream.

Brand New Colony January 2018 – Landing Point (left pictures) and Gazebo (right pictures)

Instead of walking you can use the sim’s teleport system. In the overview above I added the teleport spots for your orientation. On the main island, which has a Mediterrean touch, is a large villa and a bit below of it a nice decking with a fireplace. The decking is just next to a small jetty with a sailboat.

Brand New Colony January 2018 – Pond (upper left) / Chapel (lower left) / Dock (upper and lower right)

January 2018 – Villa (upper left and right) / Roma Camp (lower left and right)

Brand New Colony is still an adult sim but on the first view and in most areas you won’t notice it. I went inside the villa and found a dungeon in one of the rooms. The skybox dungeon doesn’t exsist anymore, at least it is not accessible by the teleport system. Inside of the villa, there are some items that are related to bdsm on the second view. During my visit, I saw a male slave locked into one ot the closets. I had a look into all rooms, and I also went upstairs to the “Management” room. First I thought, I’d be in a girls room, pink being the dominating colour. But then I realised that it must be the Mistress’ room. There are toys, a real wardrobe and a desk. And again you see the toys and the more kinky decorations not immediately but when you look at details. There’s the tied up bear under the chair, a gagged piggy bank, a laptop with an erotic picture, a vibrator on the desk …. I admit, I spent some time in this room and began to enjoy the atmosphere very much.

January 2018, the kinky side of the villa – Dungeon (upper left) and Management room (all others)

I remember that I wanted to return to Brand New Colony together with Jenny, be it for cuddling or for playing, but with all of our activities I forgot about it. I hope, that I won’t forget about it this time. Brand New Colony is a dream turned into reality. I really like it!
And still it is open to the public. The landmark description is inviting “Home of the Blessed family. Everyone nice is welcome.
Thank you Bunny Blessed (Svelte Blessed), Mimara Blessed (Mimara) and Seren La Croix (torturedstar) for creating this dream and thanks to the Blessed Family for sharing it with the public.

Landmark to Brand New Colony
My first visit Simploring 2017 (59) Brand New Colony
Inara Pey’s blog “Return to Brand New Colony in Second Life”

Simploring 2018 (3) Whimberly revisited

Early last year I visited Whimberly (read here). I came across Inara Pey’s post “Once more to Whimberly” Saturday, December 30th and learned that I had already missed one makeover of this sim. Spontaneously I revisited Whimberly myself.

Whimberly overview

Staubi (engelsstaub), owner and creator of Whimberly, wrote an inviting landmark description: “Come and explore the spring themed location called “Whimberly“. Enjoy your stay, take lots of pictures, meet friends and above all have fun!

Impressions of Whimberly (1)

I had not very much time for my visit, but yes, Whimberly is a beautiful place and gives already a taste of the upcoming spring. I just took a few pictures and enjoyed the atmosphere. There’re some places to sit and relax and for enjoying the views. For a more detailed description read Inara’s blog post.

Impressions of Whimberly (2)

I recommend a visit and I hope to find a bit of time for another visit to Whimberly myself. Thank you Staubi for sharing your sim with the public.

Landmark to Whimberly
Inara Pey’s blog post about Whimberly

Simploring 2018 (2) La virevolte

December 29th, 2017, I went simploring in the afternoon. Once again I followed a post from Inara Pey’s Living in a modemworld blog “A photogenic twirl in Second Life“.  La virevolte is French and means turn or twist, hence the title of Inara’s post. And La virevolte is really picturesque but natural, it offers great opportunites for taking pictures.

La virevolte – overview

La virevolte is owned and created by Iska (sablina). There’s no landmark description. I looked up Iska’s profile which is quite empty except of one sentence “I love creating landscapes and dreaming inside“. For me these few words describe La virevolte perfectly. You can enjoy lovely views and you can dream and wind down there.

Impressions of La virevolte (1)

La virevolte is an island perfectly melted in a sim surround of high Mountains. The island itself has a flat part with no snow – it looks as if the wind has blown away the snow from this part of the island – and some higher rocky parts. There are a few houses spreaded on the island, also a few ruins. In the center a small natural fjord ends in a small pond. La virevolte looks really natural and I couldn’t get enough from the different views. Although it seems that there’s not much activity you can find some Christmas illuminations here and there and even around the ruins.

Impressions of La vivrevolte (2)

Impressions of La vivrevolte (3)

During my visit, Jenny came inworld and joined me there. She was not dressed for the cold. We tried some ot the places to cuddle and enjoyed the peace together. I think my pictures do show some of La virevolte‘s beauty. If you like winterly sims, don’t miss this sim and visit it before spring arrives. Well, it might be lovely in sping as well and another reason for me to return then.

Thank you Iska for sharing your dream with the public. I enjoyed my visit very much!

Landmark to La virevolte
Inara Pey’s blog entry “A photogenic twirl in Second Life”

Simploring 2017 (101) – Fantasy Island and D o X Urben Gallery

Unexpectedly I found some time for simploring on Christmas day. I decided to follow Inara Pey footsteps again and visited Fantasy Island. She wrote about it in her Living in a Modemworld blog “D 0 X: an Island Fantasy in Second Life“.

The landmark description read perfect for me and my plans for my free time: “Come and explore this Winter themed sim with a picturesque walk through the woods or just let the atmosphere lead you to one of the many spots to sit and relax. Happy Snapping! This sim is part of D o X Urben Gallery, opening January 7th 2018

Fantasy Island Overview

Fantasy Island consists of 3 seperate and quite lonely islands. You land near to a cosy residential house. Next to the landing point is an information board and from here you can teleport to the gallery. I began my visit walking and exploring the first island. There’s just this one house. It looks very cosy inside, most probably also because of the Winter outside. Paradox Ivory, the owner and creator, managed to capture the Winter feeling and the nature really well. Walking around and exploring is just fun. You will find some deers roaming peacefully and you’ll find cosy places to sit and enjoy the view. The sim surround is selected perfectly and fits perfectly.

Impressions of Fantasy Island – around the landing point

To get on the other 2 islands of Fantasy Island you can rezz a row boat, which I did. On the second Island (the main island) is a modern wind mill and another house with a large and cosy outdoor patio. Here all is prepared for a dinner party. There are also menu cards on each place and it sound yummy (how fitting on Christmas!). Around the house you’ll find another larger outdoor place to sit and talk with several people. The nature on this 2nd island is simliar to the first and again you can find more cosy places and nice views.

Impressions of Fantasy Island – the main island

The third and smallest Island is not inhabited. There’s just the ruin of a lighthouse, but you can look at the other two islands from here.

More impressions of Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island is perfect for a walk in Winter, for enjoying Second Life and for taking great pictures. Before I ended my visit, I peeked into the gallery, that will be opened January 7th, 2018. It is called D o X Urben Gallery. And it is not Urban, but I still need to find out what “Urben” means. Everything is prepared already for the opening. I also found a board announcing the first exhibition “Expansum”.

D o X Urben Gallery, opening January 7th, 2018

Thank you Paradox Ivory for sharing your sim with the public. You provided a very relaxed hour to me. I enjoyed my visit and look forward to visit an exhibtion at the D o X Urben Gallery

Landmark to Fantasy Island
Landmark to D o X Urben Gallery
Inara Pey’s blog “D 0 X: an Island Fantasy in Second Life”

Simploring 2017 (99) Holiday Trace

I had several simploring tours to the “Trace”-series of sims, all designed by Kylie Jaxxon and Elvira Kytori. Last year in November I visited Summer Trace, Fall Trace and Winter Trace. And now I came across Inara Pey’s blog entry “Holiday Trace in Second Life“. Of course I visited Holiday Trace, owned and designed by Kylie Jaxxon.

Holiday Trace – overview

Holiday Trace is outstanding. You arrive at a station where a big steam locomotive just arrived. On the platform is some luggage from the passengers. The station is decorated for the season. And it is cold, really cold. At Holiday Trace it is snowing everywhere. At the station is one shop (Carnaby Street) and around the corner is a Pub (Oliver’s Tavern). The station itself is worth a visit. Have a look inside and enjoy the details, everything fits!

Holiday Trace – Landingpoint and station

Holiday Trace – Inside and outside of Oliver’s Tavern

From the station there’s just one paved way leading to a frozen pond, where children are ice scating. Not far away is a chapel and a fountain. From the chapel you can walk through the snow to a covered bridge and from there to a farm, which is now a christmas tree farm as it is the holiday season. There’s also one residential home. What makes Holiday Trace that outstanding is the nature. I could really sense the cold and the views you get on frozen becks and creeks, snow covered trees, the cold sea and the surrounding mountains are just WOW. You can also see some animals, moose, horses, dogs and birds.

Impressions of Holiday Trace (1)

Impressions of Holiday Trace (2)

Of course Holiday Trace is decorated for the season, but not at all kitchy. A snowman here and there, a Christmas wreath at the door, a Christmas tree inside or decorated street lamps, but not too much to become overloaded. I found several places to sit and cuddle (hint: try in particular the two sleighs). And I walked around and took many, many pictures. Holiday Trace is a winter wonderland for photographers and romantic people, an escape from our real life, just perfect for Second Life.

Impressions of Holiday Trace (3)

Thank you Kylie Jaxxon for making some of our dreams come true at least virtually. Don’t miss visiting this gem. I for my part fully enjoyed my hour exploring Holiday Trace.

Landmark to Holiday Trace
Inara Pey’s blog post “Holiday Trace in Second Life”

Simploring 2017 (98) Winterly and Christmassy Cherishville

I came across Cherishville reading Inara Pey’s blog entry “Winter at Cherishville in Second Life“. Her description and in particular her pictures of Cherishville caught my attention immediately. Cherishville is owned and designed by Lam Erin, and it’s a gem of winterly Second Life. According to the landmark description, Cherishville will be open for a few weeks only. I visited Cherisville on Sunday December 3rd, and I hope that it remains open a few weeks more.

Cherishville – overview

I arrived at the center of Cherisville which is really pitoresque. It is a row of shops and cafes lined up along the main street and the railroad. Every shop is furnished and decorated for the season. It is great fund to explore them and to have a look at the details. The railroad station is at the end of the shop row and you might have just missed all trains. The board with the departure and arrivals is really funny!

Cherishville – The shop row and the station

Across the railroad is a large sea promenade, also decorated for the season, the sea is frozen now according to the season. Between the “Cafe Expresso” and the “Carnaby Street” is a passage with steps that leads you to an elevated area above the shop row. The stairs end at historic subway entrances. You can enter the subway entrance and get to a subway station (New York City) that is also decorated for the season. Not far away is a large villa. The gate to the plot was locked when I visited, hence I just camed in into the villa to see the inside. The (three) rooms are furnished, one is obviously also used as a photo studio, the smaller room in the center is decorated for Christmas, and the third room has a bit of everything (among other furniture a bathtube).

Cherishville – sea promenade and subway

Cherishville – the villa

After visiting the villa I walked in the other direction and came to the Christmas tree shop and to a winterly gazebo with an event area. The nature on this side of Cherishville is lovely and peaceful and at the gazebo you can take a rest and just enjoy the atmosphere.

Cherishville – other impressions

A part of Cherishville is not accessible for the public. I assume it’s where Lan Erin has his home. This part is seperated with a line of hills. If you get too close, you’ll get a fair warning with enough time to turn and walk back.

Cherishville – the gazebo

Cherishville is really beautiful and a perfect place to relax, and to enjoy winter and the Christmas season. Thank you Lam Erin, that you share it with the public. I enjoyed my visit very much.

Landmark to Cherishville
Inara Pey’s blog post “Winter at Cherishville in Second Life”

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