Costa Blanco in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Caitlyn and I first visited Costa Blanco in January 2017, but I didn’t get to blog about it at the time, so a re-visit seemed in order. Designed by Gabrian Lascelles (Gothicgaylord), the region is described as “situated in the southernmost province of Sweden, and is connected by weather and theme with Bretagne in France.” … Continue reading Costa Blanco in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

A return to The Mill in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Just as in the physical world, there are certain places in Second Life we’re drawn back to again and again. This might be because the place has special significance, or because it is held by friends or offers a opportunities or photography or simple enjoyment, or because it is like the seasons – constantly changing … Continue reading A return to The Mill in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

A Rustic Retreat in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Rustic Retreat is a full region designed by Pred Fromund (Predator Ryba) and Bluey Porthos Fromund (Blue Whitefalcon). Described as ” an ideal place for photographers – or those that like to explore or just chill out”, it is a place of many facets: fantasy, whimsy, beauty, mystery – and a little darkness as well. The fantasy … Continue reading A Rustic Retreat in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

An Asian Fusion in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

We received word that Sera Bellic had given her Homeland region of Oyster Bay a further make-over some 24 hours before it appeared in the Destination Guide Highlights for Friday, April 28th – and I was immediately intrigued by the theme title: Asian Fusion. Regular readers of this blog will know that anything having any … Continue reading An Asian Fusion in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

A different Saint Tropez in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Hear or read the words “Saint-Tropez”, and the chances are your thoughts will turn to the French Riviera, blue Mediterranean waters, yachts and sun-kissed bodies. While there is a beach at Saint Tropez in Second Life, it’s probably not the kind you’re going to want to spend time visiting for a spot of sunbathing; nor is the boat lying next to it the kind of vessel which adds sleek lines and glittering decks to the scene.

Here, however, is something entirely different. A region with a very coastal feel to it as well it is a life style away from its physical world namesake. While it may have a little beach of its own, this is no Mediterranean playground with gleaming yachts and golden sands promising sun-bronzed looks. Which is not to say it is any the less interesting to visit. Rather the reverse: Siant Tropez has a defined look and feel of its own which make it an interesting curio to visit.

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The Heart of the Sea in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

The Heart of the Sea is a marvellous homestead region design by Elyjia (Elyjia Baxton) and Brayan Friller (Brayan26 Friller) that Caitlyn and I were (once again!) pointed towards by Shakespeare (SkinnyNilla) as a result of one of our regular exchanges of landmarks with one another. For those wishing to spend it in idyllic, natural … Continue reading The Heart of the Sea in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

A Spring Spirit in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Spring Spirit is a homestead region designed by xxStanxx (xxStanilasxx) and soffy Ronwood. Offered to bloggers, photographers and lovers of nature as a place to visit and enjoy, it is another true delight.

Visitors arrive on a small grassy area bordered on one side by the imposing bulk of a gallery accessed via a small courtyard, and hemmed on two sides by steep-sided hills. Cats and dogs roam this  open space before the gallery’s walls, the cats in particular fascinated by two tanks of koi carp. A series of large square flagstones form a broad path leading away from the entrance to the gallery, inviting visitors to follow. Passing between an aged Japanese maple and a smaller but equally bent cheery blossom tree – both of which give the first hint of the region’s far eastern influence – the path take you down to the water’s edge and under a natural arch of rock, to reveal Spring Spirit’s secret in all it beauty, a bench seat beside the path allowing you to sit down and take it all in.

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A Mystical Fae Forest in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Mystical Fae Forest, occupying the Homestead region of Elvenshire, is precisely what the name implies: a mystical realm caught in time and wrapped in the soft light of a winter’s eve. It’s a place those who love things fae and whimsical should appreciate; a place where magic floats in the air and a surprise awaits … Continue reading A Mystical Fae Forest in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Spring? Apparently! – Ce Soir Arts – Be inspired tonight!

We are excited as the weather shifts more firmly toward spring. One sign is the incredible wind we are experiencing in these rolling hills. WHOOSH! The trees are bending to and fro and the whirlygig on top of the house is whirring round so fast it seems that it might take flight at any second! Even the clouds are speeding past…!

So…we decided to take a turn toward spring in-world as well. You’ll note a few landscaping adjustments as trees green-up and things seem to warm, here and there. PLUS, we’ve added some touches of spring at Côte de la Mer Galerie; outstanding artist Silas Merlin has agreed to our continuing to exhibit three of his romantic sculptures along with some of my landscape photos – all with A Breath of Spring (exhibit title). It’s a lovely spaceholder for what we have in store coming up! Stay tuned…and do drop by to enjoy the sweet spring air!

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A return to NorderNey in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

I was surprised to note that it’s been getting towards three years since I last visited NorderNey, Jacky Macpherson’s homestead design (see here for more). A lot has happened since then, not the least of which is Jacky has moved, so that the region now has a sim of its own bearing the same name, although visitors will need Payment Information On File in order to access it.

Back in 2014, NorderNey was decidedly a rural scene, rich in the feel and colours of late summer. Now, while still bathed in warmth and sunlight, NorderNey is now far more tropical in look and feel; a sandy island over which seagulls wheel soar while sailing boats lie anchored offshore.

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The Calas Skate-o-Rama in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

“We got bored!” Ty Tenk of Calas Galadhon fame laughed, passing me an invite for Caitlyn and I to visit the Calas Skate-o-Rama. “Rolling skating in the middle of the desert. But be careful crossing the highway!”It actually took us a couple of days to get the opportunity to visit, but with Friday night sitting … Continue reading The Calas Skate-o-Rama in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

A NonStop visit in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

NonStop, a homestead region by Cherish Demonge, is presented as “Second Life’s ultimate forest”.  I’d personally regard the setting as more coastal / rural than “forest” – while there are trees aplenty, they mostly look and feel more like woodland, occupying the more rugged parts of the region and offering pleasant glades and walks between them, while leaving the low-lying parts of the region open for habitation.

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Can you help the East River Community in Second Life? | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Located on the mainland continent of Sansara, the East River Community (ERC) will this year celebrate its ninth year of operations in Second Life – although it can trace its roots as far back as 2006 with the MBYC, one of the first sailing clubs in Second Life – and sailing remains very much a … Continue reading Can you help the East River Community in Second Life? | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

Experiencing the Roaring ’20s in a recreated New York

Originally posted on Second Sighting:
Historical reconstruction and role-playing has found a breeding ground in Second Life, and one of the most impressive examples of such an endeavor that I’ve stumbled upon in the virtual world is the 1920’s New York Project. It recreates a section of Lower Manhattan, more or less as it would… Continue reading Experiencing the Roaring ’20s in a recreated New York

Spotlight on Two Established and Three New Venues

Originally posted on Million Happy Endings:
The ever changing mainland has numerous welcoming and interesting spots. One such place is Cafe Klaus, in Patagonia on the Atoll. “A roadside joint and arts venue on Route 1 in the South Western Heterocera Atoll region. A place to relax with friends in surroundings vaguely evocative of the… Continue reading Spotlight on Two Established and Three New Venues

Simploring 2017 (3) God’s own county – The Yorkshire Dales

Originally posted on Diomita and Jenny Maurer's Blog:
Saturday, January 14th, I went simploring. I followed a landmark that I found in someone’s profile and it turns out to be a real nice simploring tour. I went to The Yorkshire Dales. The LM description says about it: “The Yorkshire Dales are situated in the… Continue reading Simploring 2017 (3) God’s own county – The Yorkshire Dales

A second helping of Hell’s Heaven in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

“Stay awhile,” Snoob (SnoobJohnson) and his partner, Mila (Mila Maesar) say in greeting to visitors to their homestead region, The Hell’s Heaven 2.0. “Let  this world  refresh your soul andmelt your worries away …  Explore this cloudy world of changing scenery and enjoy your stay!”It’s a warm invitation, and there is much to enjoy within … Continue reading A second helping of Hell’s Heaven in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

ragVR: imagination and expression in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

RAG Randt is a content creator and designer who is perhaps best known for his work with MadPea, having worked on many of their games over the years. However, he recently departed the MadPea team to focus on his own work, and as we’ve been friends for several years, having worked closely on a project … Continue reading ragVR: imagination and expression in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

The Sagan Planetarium in Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

It’s no secret that I love space exploration and astronomy – hence my Space Sunday series. Both are subjects which fit wonderfully into the niche of virtual worlds and virtual spaces, so I’m always on the look out from locations expressing either in-world. It therefore came as complete surprise to learn about the Sagan Planetarium  courtesy of a Tweet and blog post by Ricco Saenz; so much so that I had to clear all other plans for region visits and move it to the top of my list of places to visit.The planetarium – obviously named after one of the 20th century’s greatest intellects, the late astronomer and astrophysicist Carl Sagan – is the work of Josh Nitschke and is frankly a must-see visit, whatever your level of interest in astronomy and space exploration. The visitor spaces are split into four areas: the entrance lobby (I’ve used this as the landing point in the SLurls in this article), the Exhibition Hall, the main skydome and an outdoor orrery.

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Nagare no Shimajima, Restless Times, Second Life | Inara Pey: Living in a Modem World

In October 2013, I visited Nagare, the home of the Blue Lotus Clan, offering both a place to visit and the opportunity for those who enjoy the art of traditional Japanese katana, nagi and short blades traditional fighting to join the clan’s C:SI (Combat Samurai Islands system) dojo. At that time, Nagare occupied a quarter region parcel on Southern Cross. A lot has changed since then, and thanks to a nudge by Loverdag, I realised it was high time I revisited.

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