Friday, December 31, 2010

Dantooine -Treasure-filled cove

    So many hiding places and treasures to discover, from sea monsters and a wide variety of marine life, to terrestrial fauna, some threatening, some playful. Mystical beasts to domesticated ones. I spent several hours exploring all I could see here, sometimes retracing my steps and noticing yet something else I had not noticed before, some in the simple details... from the angle, the light... Ruins in the sand, flooded palace, sunken galleon, a castle and a village... I enjoyed myself, and I hope you will too.
    The creator shared this video link with me and the video showcases the cove (
The sim is rated Mature/Moderate

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Shinda - an inspiring Space Park

This is a well known spot of sl... I have visited it at intervals, there are times when the sim is full and you have to wait your turn (or had to, in any case). You can float in a variety of manner, dance, meditate, or just sit and watch the planets, comets, galaxies, asteroids, as they pass by.

The sim is PG/G

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Time for a change

I decided to remove the background totally, it will be plain... and the pictures of the builds and/or sims that dont exist anymore will go in the text as usual instead of the background...

For instance this place... the sim (a residential one) does not exist anymore, this picture is 20 months old, I am not sure when the sim disappeared... What had attracted my attention then was the foot bridge to travel between the trees. It is the only picture I have of the sim (in those days I would try to take only one picture per sim, and that picture had to show what I liked the most or what I thought was the most interesting aspect/item for the sim... Quite a challenge, to tell you the truth, as some sims have nothing that I really care to take a picture of... and some had too many interesting points).

If YOU have a picture of a sim that no longer exists but would like to share it, contact me inworld or here (S0phia, not SOphia, not Sophia), and perhaps on Wednesdays I would feature it (giving you the credit for it, of course!)

This sim was Solymar.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

China -a few inkbrush strokes

This is like being in a Chinese painting. The colours are few, except for one incongruous chair and two stools in a bamboo grove. As the description of the place says, it is a quiet place for hanging out. To which I would add, perhaps even for meditating. The pictures hardly do justice to the place...
The sim is rated mature

Monday, December 27, 2010

Naoshima -evanescence and curios

I visited this place in early December... but already it has changed... The palace that had originally interested me for its mosaic walls is now out of bounds...

But you still have this beach and tp point to a quiet spot for adults. The turtle on the beach was a nice find (though not to be picky, this is a tortoise, and I am not sure it would come on a beach like this, but in spite of that, I loved the touch).

A store not far had interesting statues for sale (no matter where you are, you always see the same view of the statue)...

And I loved this mythical monster keeping watch on the market...

The sim is rated Adult.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Fairytale -Recreation of Avalon

Part of the sim is a recreation of Avalon. The rest is stores and private residences.
The sim is mature.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas to all, Joyeux Noël à tous

This is where I was today, at the north pole, very fittingly, it seems...

the place was deadly quiet, not surprisingly I suppose, since Santa Claus was either still doing deliveries around the earth or simply exhausted and sleeping somewhere... Milk and cookies tend to do that to you, in any case...

or so I thought until I found this... I did not dare check if Santa was still alive...

and this reindeer seems happy about the situation, doesn't he?

Still, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas!!! Joyeux Noël!!!
The sim is mature.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Cranston - things always change

This mainland sim has lots of abandoned land, though around a jewellery store I found this a pleasant park...

Further away a psychedelic dance club featuring music of the 60-80s... this one really struck me by being definitely distinctive from most others... (though when I checked yesterday the floor had been changed to being snow, what a shame).

Further away yet a new age corner and a psychic fair.

The sim is PG.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Basilisk -art galore

This is a mainland sim and is typical in that there is some abandoned land, and odds bits here and there... but you really should try the boat rides, they are great fun. What struck me though are the numerous art galleries and exhibits. There is an open air classical romantic ballroom where musicians such as Sandia Beaumont and Miriam Forsythe played. One art gallery close to there features a fantasy artist, Auran Silvercloud.

A museum of Art (Museo Karura Art Centre) close by is worth a visit, too many artists to name them, a wide variety of art style.

The sim is rated mature

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Changing the background again

I like the way colours never fade in sl, clothes remain pristine, hair always perfect... so unlike real life... I guess in one way these unfading colours is how sl is not fleeting. Everything else in sl can be fleeting, more so than in rl, including relationships...

This is a wonderful parasol from a sim I visited in November, I just liked the colours... I hope you can guess at them from behind the blog text...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Sweet Mermaids: visiting Santorini

I have mentioned tourism-oriented sims before... some are more successful than others. This one is a definite success, and depicts Santorini, Greece. What I liked about it is that some buildings were clickable and would bring you to a web page containing one or more pictures of the clicked building. I thought this was a marvelous idea...

There were also a few art galleries. Perhaps the least successful aspect of the sim is the presence of non-native bird species (hummingbirds, which are birds from the New World), and several emitters that added nothing to the atmosphere. But that's just me...

The sim is rated PG