Simploring 2018 (76) Nantes Gallery – Fin de siecle by Gabrielle Swindlehurst

I made a short simploring tour on Saturday, September 1st, late night and went to Nantes Gallery. Ms. Nantes (elizabethnantes) had sent out a group message about the opening of the newest exhibition there – “Fin de siecle” by Gabrielle Swindlehurst. Nantes Gallery is a small gallery at Nantes (read here).

The exhibited pictures have one thing in common, they show scenes, portraits and living at the turrn of the 19th to 20th century. They are taken in Second Life and might have been a bit processed. They do fit well into the gallery. I didn’t find much information about Gabrielle Swindlehurst and her profile doesn’t reveal anything about her art, just that she seems to like the aera of the early 20th century.

Impressions of “Fin de siecle” by Gabrielle Swindlehurst at Nantes Gallery

Have a look at Nantes Gallery. Thank you Ms. Nantes for providing space for the art.

Landmark to Nantes Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Le%20Rose/221/232/21

Simploring 2018 (65) Nantes

In 2016 and 2017 I had 3 blogpost about “Follow your Bliss” (“Happy Easter – Follow your bliss“, “Simploring 2017 (5) Follow your Bliss” and “Simploring 2017 (50) Follow Your Bliss (II)“). Sadly “Follow your Bliss” is longer existent. In the virtual world of Second Life places appear, change and vanish quite quickly sometimes. Hence it is good to keep some memories because they stay. But on the other side, the changes provide countless opportunities to discover and explore, the creativity in Second Life seems to be endless, which is not surprising as people from all over the world live out their dreams virtually. “Follow your Bliss” was created and owned by Ms. Nantes (elizabethnantes).

Nantes – an overview

As I still was a member of the according group, I got a message that Ms. Nantes has build a new place – Nantes. “I am opening a new sim, reminiscent of the original Follow your Bliss (+FYB+). Nantes will be group access only and there will be a small fee for the group to help offset the cost of staying open, I loved sharing +FYB+ with all of you and I hope you will enjoy Nantes as well.” The opening of Nantes was on July, 25th and I visited it July 26th/27th.

The landing point of Nantes is in a small hut by the sea. Here you can join the group in order to be able to visit. The fee, Ms. Nantes mentioned above, is 250 L$ (approx. 1 US$) and will contribute to keep the sim alive. From here you can either start exploring on foot or you take the teleporter to Nantes Gallery or to Ms. Nantes store, e.posEd. The store is located in a skybox above Nantes and offers animations. The Nantes Gallery is located on the sim itself. I decided to explore on foot and not far from the landing hut I found a teleporter map, that gave me a nice overview. Yet I continued simploring on foot.

Impressions of Nantes (1) – Benson House (upper left) / House by the beach (upper right) / Prodigy Brew (lower left and right)

Nantes is a group of islands connected by bridges, clearly dedicated for vacation or simply for relaxing and unwinding. It offers a nice beach with several different opportunities to sit (and cuddle). On a offshore sandbank (“Hamilton Surf Beach”) you also find several roofed wicker beach chairs, that are typical for Northern Germany and gave me a feeling of home *winks*. But there’s more. For example an outdoor cinema where you can watch youtube clips laying in the sun, called “Magic Movie Cove”. Or there is the “Lake Joliva”, a little lake with some toys and with animals to watch.

Impressions of Nantes (2) – The Nantes Gallery presenting “L’amuse Bouch”

Nantes has 3 major buildings and you can visit them all. The “Benson House” is a fully furnished residential house, the “Prodigy Brew & Boathouse” is a place to meet and chat in a nice and comfy environment, and the Nantes Gallery. The current exhibition at the Nantes Gallery is called “L’amuse Bouche”. L’amuse Bouch is French and means appetizer. What a great title for a first exhibition, that features the picture of several different artists. I admit that none of the names were familiar for me, but that might change in future.

Impressions of Nantes (3) – Magic Movie Cove (upper left) / at the Lake Joliva (upper right and lower left) / Diamond River Retreat (lower right)

I finished me first visit to Nantes with a boat tour. There’s a peddleboat rezzer at “Taslin Bay”. And I was really not dressed appropriate for the peddleboating nor for the whole visit. Next time I’ll dress casually again and will wear my simploring sneakers!

Impressions of Nantes (4) – at Hamiltion Surf Beach (upper left and right) / peddleboating (lower left and right)

Nantes is, similar to “Follow your Bliss”, a place to unwind, to chat, to cuddle or for taking nice pictures. It’s a lovely place and I can only recommend visiting. I might return for another visit of the Nantes Gallery, if there’s an exhibtion that I want to see.
Thank you Ms. Nantes (elizabethnantes) for providing Nantes to the public!

Landmark to Nantes
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/JAYDEN%20Island/31/237/22
Landmark to Nantes Gallery
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/JAYDEN%20Island/229/217/23

P.S.: I got a group message from Ms. Nantes (elizabethnantes) a few days after visiting Nantes: “Hey everyone, i moved the gallery and store and group joiner is now in the sky.”
The Landmark I provided for Nantes in the above post will reroute you to the a welcome skybox with the group joiner. I’ll add this one here too:

Landmark to the new welcome skybox of Nantes
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/JAYDEN%20Island/5/251/3001