Vintage Village at Verdigris is a wonderful place to visit. Across a wooden bridge from it now is Hall of the Centaurs by Haveit Neox. The architecture, welcoming spaces, art, color, textures and views make it a place I highly recommend.Poetry Way is a trail that connects Centaurs’ Hall with the sea. Region setting light was used for these photos.Along the trail are plants, art and great views.On one of the levels is a condensed version of an exhibit called “Future Goal” by Haveit Neox that was at Art India last year.I found it to be a perfect place for a meditative stroll or to explore with a partner or several friends. There’s a pretty plaque on the wall which my squinting eyes saw as: “This glass lilac flowers texture is courtesy of Lilia Artis. She applied it to one of my deer. Then I took the liberty to use it more extensively.” I will allow for more time when I return. It’s a lovely place to just be.Across the bridge, Vintage Village is also a wonderful place to explore with antiques, shops and curiosities.
Tag Alley is home to Webbas Gallery. Located in Raiden at a three-way intersection on Sansara, the custom made gallery is a very pleasing design with it’s use of space to display art, the natural light and the open views in all directions. Outside the building are several vehicles on fire but the building has always been quite safe so far.The second and third floors have art, which I like very much. There’s a website you can connect to for more information. Seating is available on the upper floor with old magazines from 2010 and 2012.There are open walkways around the upper floors. They connect to Streeters Beats Dance Club and a recording studio.This seems to be a stable place. I’ve been stopping by on my travels for well over a year now.The walkway connects to stairs going down to a beach owned by the dance club. Instead of art hung in a closed setting, it’s a small joy to see it with different skies, waters and times of day.Places like this is why I love the mainland and feel a sense of immersion on Sansara.
The Shire, “all that’s good and green in this world”. From the land description: “Parts under construction but open to adventurers! A picturesque Tolkien inspired realm. RP friendly.Furnished cottages, cosy Hobbit smials, Elven towers and Gypsy caravans to rent. hobbiton elves elf lotr medieval rural celtic fantasy” Whatever construction that might be going on was unobtrusive. It was a pleasant break during a busy day and I wished I could have sat and propped my feet up for a while.I took note of two of my favorite things, crows and hollyhocks.
I began my walk here, on Hina Road. There’s steep terrain on the left and great views on the right. I stayed away from the homes but there are wooden steps leading down to the beach and I explored a little. The land seems to be group owned and for some amount of time so there’s a fair chance it will remain the same for a while. Further down there were some quirky changes. These photos were taken several weeks ago and I retraced my steps last night. This sign above has changed to a more reasonable sim crossing warning. Someone’s been taking care of the infrastructure.There’s a rest area and lookout point for the Three Rivers Park District. I kept falling through the narrow bridge you see leading to it. I managed to walk on the ridge to the right of it in the picture; some of it’s abandoned land and some protected. It looks like the place might be more easily accessed from the other direction.You can see in all directions. Some new and heavily polluting buildings have been added since these photos were taken.Walking down from the rest area, there’s a bridge you can cross. The middle of it and the middle of the river is protected, Linden owned. The bridge on both sides of the middle part is group owned and is for rent as a sky box, long term.
The first time I visited I could walk across. Last night I kept falling through. So I flew. Further along, there’s a dead end road off to the right in Vari. I’d taken it because one of those old Chrysler’s had been lurching down the road towards me but it followed me into the dead end. The roads have become quite dangerous and littered with wrecked vehicles.The gallery is interesting. From the land description: “This studio/gallery is custom-made to fit an irregular-shaped 512 sq. m. area on a cul-de-sac. It is protected by Linden roadside and has multiple hilltop views of the ocean.”There’s lots of signage further on and great views.The Micronesian Neighborhood Initiative invites land owners in the area to join them. I flew closer to see what was smoking around this art. Several diesel trucks had gotten snagged in the jagged ban lines. Last night both the trucks and ban lines were gone but there are plenty of other wrecks around. The Gloomy Lunatic Asylum in Marunogere has been there for a while. Bats are still circling around and the place looks abandoned. When you look further, there’s interactive pose balls at ground level and the first floor seems to be set for role play. Not quite my cup of tea but I do like exploring the mainland.
The Seaside Gallery in Nestor is currently showing a photographic exhibit by Slatan Dryke. An artist bio is available.
From the land description: “HOME of SEASIDE GALLERY, displaying SL Photography. Enjoy the view or dance on the deck. Sit in the Italian garden or play the harpsichord in the pavilion.” There are more photographs to view when you teleport to the second floor.The Italian garden is lovely. As usual, when I was finished with my visit, I used the World Map to move to the highway to explore the area. In this case, I landed under the road and was briefly stuck. The road is right behind the gallery and it’s easier just to walk to it.The view is indeed enjoyable. I also liked the photos.
The first two photos of Temprus were taken weeks ago after I saw a Flickr pic and went to visit. I found it a good antidote to a real life dismal day. From the land description:
“Welcome to Temprus – Home of Art in the Park Art Exhibits, Boating, Canoes, Games, Scenic, Relaxing, Cuddle Spots, Hang-out. We hope that you enjoy your visit.”
Temprus is rated Adult. When I returned this evening to make sure the sim is still there, I saw an art exhibit. I wanted to make sure it was open, so checked the avatar profile of a woman there whose name is also on some of the art. That led me to this blog post with more info. There are some lovely landscape pictures. This exhibit lasts through the end of the month, then there’ll be a new one, according to Ilrya Chardin, who graciously answered my question about it.
They’ve had a recent move which might be why there was no art set up the last few times I’ve popped in. This avatar really likes the garden.
A pretty and timely place to pose for photos, The Outer Garden is a rather bright and glowing location. There were fashion photographers doing their thing on my visit about two weeks ago. There are several settings inside the conservatory.Surrounding the conservatory are pretty scenes.Having Deep Thoughts.
The land description only says “A Cruddy Joint”. It’s on Route 11 in Ironstone and I’ve been aware of it for over a year. While walking the road (and multitasking), I’d sometimes take a break, sitting on the bench in the rez zone nearby. I noticed it was always storming in the woods behind the building; one day venturing closer I discovered this place is a motel. You might have even heard of The Blue Falcon Motel and Lounge. The owner isn’t logging in much these days according to her profile, something partly to do with not backing up data for her Dj stuff. The lounge part isn’t in evidence, however that colored square that can be seen in the field next to the motel, (which is advertising a skybox rental) has danceballs. There’s no place to sleep but seating is available.After my typist had a grueling week of Important Official Documents to deal with, plus being aware of the RL news and wondering if she is of the same species as the newsmakers at all, she simply couldn’t deal with trying to fix being an orange cloud in the Firestorm Opensim viewer any longer. There’s no brain bandwidth left to go through the steps suggested. While she loves decorating the three places she rents, she doesn’t much care to sit there and mope.
Some textures in the fireplace were disabled on this last visit and the hovertext over the sheep, which usually says something like ‘Howard the Wolf’ was missing. But it seems fitting that the place would be getting more run down.
There’s seating out in the backyard, out of the rain and near some graves.The windows are tinted pink. I wouldn’t try the bath since I’m not sure what that liquid is. There’s a tree out back with skulls under it, along with a couple of heads in various stages of decay. A disembodied voice beckons you…..I sat there and chilled and did some catching up on things and felt more amused and cheerful when I ended my stay at The Blue Falcon Motel.