Simploring 2020 (15) Florence At Low Tide

In March 2019 I visited Florence Bay (Simploring 2019 (34) Florence Bay). When I looked for a destination for simploring at SL Destinations on Saturday, February 8th, I came across Maddy Gynoid’s blog post about “Florence At Low Tide” – and the name rang a bell.

Florence Bay was a moderate homestead owned by Gnaaah Xeltentat and Tomaso Franizzi. It was originally designed, created and landscaped by Minnie Atlass. I learned in Maddy’s blogpost that Florence Bay was taken over by it’s designer Minnie Atlass in August 2019 and Minnie integrated it into her sims under the name “Soul2Soul Rapids”.

Florence At Low Tide is the new home of Gnaaah Xeltentat and Tomaso Franizzi. It has been designed and landscaped by Iska (sablina). I have visited quite some sims designed by Iska (sablina), my last visit to one of her creations was La Digue (Simploring 2019 (119) La Digue – an Autumn walk).

Florence At Low Tide – overview

Florence At Low Tide is a moderate homestead, a quiet, peaceful spot somewhere in the Mediterranean, I’d say somwhere in South France (although there’re no tides as far as I know). The landing point is at the shore that has been revealed by the the retreating water during tide. Boats are laying on the ground and some nice citizens have brought loungers and other seating opportunities to the shore.

Impressions of Florence At Low Tide (1) – around the landing point

Impressions of Florence At Low Tide (3) – house with backyard / Bar and event area (lower pictures)

I explored the village that really has a Mediterranean touch. A large villa with pool is close to the landing point. The houses at Florence At Low Tide are typical for the region, most of them are not furnished though. Quite close to the landing is a bar and an event area. I sat down and enjoyed the atmosphere before I walked to the lighthouse. Also on this side of FLorence At Low Tide the tide caused boats to lay on the ground. I peeked inside of a smaller hut and discovered a piano and a nice polstered lounger, hence I called it “Piano hut”

Impressions of Florence At Low Tide (4) – around the lighthouse / the “Piano hut”

Quite outstanding for a Mediterranean setting is the big mountain in the Northeast with a high waterfall. The waterfall feeds a creek that flows into the sea. There’s a balloon hovering above of the waterfall – and you can sit in its gondola and enjoy the view from up there.

Impressions of Florence At Low Tide (5) – upper left shows the mountain with the waterfall / lower left the Villa close to the landing

What I loved most is the area around a small church as it offers all what remembers me of my trips to South France in RL. Lavender, wine and sun flowers and the typical architecture of the houses. Just beautiful. I had the impression I almost could smell the lavender.

Impressions of Florence At Low Tide (6) – Memories of South France – Lavender, wine, sun flowers and the typical architecture

Florence At Low Tide is a beautiful sim, perfect for taking pictures and perfect to wind down and let your mind wander. Thank you Iska (sablina) for the design, thank you Gnaaah Xeltentat and Tomaso Franizzi for sharing your home with the public! I enjoyed my short trip to South France.

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Flickr group
Maddy Gynoid’s blog post Simtipp: “Florence At Low Tide”

Simploring 2019 (34) Florence Bay

Thursday, March 14th, I visited Florence Bay together with Angelique. It was nice to have Angelique with me on my tour. I had the landmark on my list of places for a while already since I read Inara Pey’s blog post “A rendezvous with Florence Bay in Second Life” back in September 2018. Just a few days before I finally went visiting, Florence Bay was also listed again in SL Destinations.

Florence Bay – overview

Florence Bay is a (moderate) homestead owned by Gnaaah Xeltentat and Tomaso Franizzi. It was originally designed, created and landscaped by Minnie Atlass. Florence Bay is a rocky island with dark gravel shores formed in the shape of a horse shoe.
The landing is at a pier close to a lighthouse at one end of the horse shoe. Angelique and I searched a way from there to the houses we could see from the landing pier but there’s no path. Hence we had to climb and search our own way.
We first went to the lighthouse and then back, climbed up the rocks and visited the cafe, from which you have a nice overlook over the bay. We both wondered how the guests may reach the cafe.

Impressions of Florence Bay (1) – around the landing pier

Quite close to the landing is another curiosity – a garage with car, but there’re no streets on the whole island. From the garage you can walk on the top of the rocks along the whole island and make side trips to the shore. But don’t expect too many paths. There’re stairs from the shore to the rim of the rocks at some places though.

Impressions of Florence Bay (2)

Angelique and I visited the chapel which had another curiosity in stock for us, as there’s no altar but a buddha statue inside of it. We went to the raft with a tent and a sail, that is nearby. And we had fun sitting on a bench that is in front of two funny birds who seemingly talked with us.

Impressions of Florence Bay (3)

Florence Bay has two private residences, those of Gnaaah Xeltentat and Tomaso Franizzi and you’re kindly asked to respect the privacy there. Gnaaah confirmed to me later, when I had the opportunity to talk with him, that the rest of Florence Bay is public.
Florence Bay offers a lot of beautiful views and places to cuddle and enjoy And Angelique and I enjoyed exploring as well as trying out some of the places to sit and cuddle. There’s a lot of nature and animals like birds, seals, deers and many other who live peacefully here. And of course I took many pictures.

Impressions of Florence Bay (4)

We ended our visit with a long stay on the cuddle pier just below of one of the private houses. A seal was watching us and a few other seals were sunbathing close by.

Impressions of Florence Bay (5)

Florence Bay is a peaceful place to retreat to. It’s once again a personal dreamworld, and we could sense the love and the passion that went into it’s creation. I appreciate a lot that Gnaaah Xeltentat and Tomaso Franizzi share their world with the public. Thank you!
And the above mentioned curiosities just make Florence Bay a bit more unique and outstanding.

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Inara Pey’s blog post “A rendezvous with Florence Bay in Second Life”

Simploring 2018 (99) Achill Island

I picked Achill Island from SL Destinations for my simploring tour on Saturday, November 10th. Achill Island is owned by Ziggy Duster (zigmal) and Grace Sixpence. It’s their private homeplace. The design and landscape was done by Minnie Atlass.

Achill Island – overview

Achill Island in Second Life might be inspired by the island in the physical world which is the largest of the Irish isles, and is situated off the west coast of Ireland (read more in Wikipedia). For sure the landscape reminds of Ireland with it’s steep cliffs, the partly green rocks, the low vegetation, the many birds and the loneliness. Achill Island is open for visitors but the two houses on the island are private. Upon landing you get a notecard with the above information and you can join the island’s group for a small fee to get rezz rights if you need them for your pictures.

Impressions of Achill Island (1)

Impressions of Achill Island (2)

Achill Island is a place for taking pictures or to retreat and dream, to mediate, to inhale the nature, to enjoy the beauty of the environment. There’s not much else to see. Besides the two private houses, there’s a lighthouse, a bar on another very small island and a gazebo.

Impressions of Achill Island (3)

The beach offeres some places to sit and cuddle and there’re several other spots that you can use for this purpose. I was fascinated by the many lovely views, that Achill island is offering. I’ve been in Ireland in the physcial world and can confirm that Achill Island does provide the feeling of a visit into Ireland’s nature. The vegetation, the rocks, the few scattered trees and the structure of the shore do fit perfectly. I could literally smell the fresh Irish air. Achill Island is rural but develops a very particular charme.

Impressions of Achill Island (4)

I looked up pictures of Achill Island in the physical world and I saw some that looked like being taken in Second Life. The stone hut at the beach, that I named “birds beach”, does exist there in reality and it seems to be a point of interest for tourists. Hence it was Ziggy’s and Grace’s intention to bring at least this part into Second Life.

Impressions of Achill Island (5) – the stone hut in the upper right picture does exist in reality at Achill Island

Thank you Ziggy and Grace for providing your home to the public. I enjoyed my visit a lot!

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