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Calas Galadhon

I know that if I did a whole blog about this collection of SIMs, it would not do them justice. I really believe them to be the most incredible vision and offering for any lover of virtual beauty. The size and variety of what is on offer is staggering. As is the attention to detail. One SIM alone has a representation of the RL island of Santorini – they call it Armenelos. You can go in the houses, walk up the white-washed paths and dance on the hilltop.

Calas Dreaming

Calas Dreaming

For my sojourn there in order to blog, I found a comfy place in the main SIM (called, not surprisingly, Calas Galadhon). Looking out across the lake all one would need is a lover or a good book (or both – or a lover IN a good book?) and you’d be sorted. I had my SL camera, so that worked for me.

I also visited Mirromere, because I know about the caves. My husband and I have romanced there, and got lost in the beauty as well as the tunnels. I went for a swim for the purposes of a shot for this blog … and yes, I kept all my clothes on.

Mirromere Swim

Mirromere Swim

 

If you haven’t been to the Calas Galadhon SIMs, then set aside some time. A week should do it. Explore Mirromere, Calas, Armenelos, Glanduin, Dimrill Dale, The Misty Mountains, the Gulf of Lune, South Farthing … goodness, I’ve probably forgot some! I would highly recommend the balloon ride, but set some time aside and take your beloved, if I actually paid attention to the time correctly, it was a full 40 minutes …

Sweeping vistas, high mountaintops, flat wetlands, thick forest – it’s all there. I come back to these SIMs again and again and I’m sure if you’ve visited once, you’ll be back. No blog could adequately do them justice and this one isn’t even going to try.

You can find somewhere to start right here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Calas%20Galadhon/139/235/22

 

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Pillars of Hercules

Pillars of Hercules

Pillars of Hercules

I’ve always been a fan of Ancient Greece and love the Greek islands to holiday (given the time and budget). So The Pillars of Hercules is wonderful escapism for me and although a lot of the build is very old-school, it’s so well done.

For romance, it’s perfect. Take your loved one on a boat ride across the SIM and see the sights, it’s really lovely! Find a place to cuddle – there are so many you’ll be spoilt for choice, you can even find a bath with a fabulous view if you want to spoil them. Discover hideaway places, they are everywhere. One example is the stunning Medusa’s Cave, with the equally stunning Medusa (she sends out a continuous pulse of energy so yeah, that was a pun).

Medusa

Medusa

You can lose yourself here. It’s a location that’s been around for some time in SL, my Primary isn’t a spring chicken and she’s known of it almost since her first rezday. However, that doesn’t detract from the fact that it’s a wonderful place to visit. It has continued to offer beauty, romance and some Greek history for SL avatars for many years and I really hope it will continue to do so for many more.

If you haven’t been yet, you should. Fire up a nice sunset and watch the colour of the buildings come to life as you stroll around a mediterranean paradise.

 

You can find The Pillars of Hercules here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Pillars%20of%20Hercules/108/233/22

 

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Rosemist Isle

Quiet Sanctuary ... for Meeroos?

Quiet Sanctuary … for Meeroos?

If you like the idea of an escape that has a touch of the mystical and magical, then you’ll love Rosemist Isle. I like those things myself, and I love finding hidden places that the SIM creator has made an effort with, just for your entertainment. You’ll find those in Rosemist Isle too.

I haven’t taken pictures in the more hidden spots so you can discover them for yourself, and you certainly should. The more you wander here, the more you’ll find – and changing windlights will give you a whole different outlook in this SIM, maybe more so than others.

Temple Concerto

Temple Concerto

 

Some of the highlights are a standing stone ring; a galleon; some hidden “caves” and a piano and concert area. That’s not all. You’ll find lovely places for romance and some fun places to sit even if you are on your own. The landscaping is gorgeous and the sense of escapism to a realm that’s something special is all here. This is not the biggest place you’ll visit in SL, but there’s a lot packed cleverly and thoughtfully into its area. Highly recommended.

 

You can find Rosemist Isle here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Rosemist%20Isle/147/209/24

Want to walk round it, but don’t have Second Life? Then get a taster here.

 

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Paradiso

Paradiso LZ

Landing Zone

If you’ve seen my Flickr, you’ll know I do love this SIM (there are a couple more pictures on there, too). It’s so beautiful, even though some of the beauty comes from broken things. A whole lot comes from flowers, though .. if you’ve got hayfever, this probably isn’t somewhere you’ll want to visit.

When you land (unless it’s changed again) you’ll see an umbrella and in front of you a white door, standing all on its own. The door will take you to another world, and I suggest you go through it before you become entranced by the rest of the SIM and forget to look. Oh, you may well end up forgetting the rest of the SIM if you go through, too – so pick your poison.

The Grotto

The Grotto

 

Through the doorway is the most incredible grotto, full of water that’s reminiscent of places such as the Carribean and the Maldives. Hey, I’ve seen pictures, I know what they look like from those! There are statues and flowers and trees and gazebos and flowers and floating islands and flowers. Did I mention flowers? You can get an idea of scale by looking at the picture. The arrow is, not surprisingly, pointing to me. I’m short, but I’m not a Petite so …

When you’re done soaking up the beauty through the door, come back out and wander the sea. Little islands with strange statues and seating, half-ruined houses … all manner of wonderful things to explore and the whole SIM is an SL Photographer’s dream.

Oh, in case you wondered, you can walk on water at Paradiso. If nothing else, visit Paradiso to impress your friends without the aid of a HUD.

Find Paradiso here: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Magical%20Forest/213/43/21

Butterfly-Wolf!

Butterfly-Wolf!

Grotto Gazebo

Grotto Gazebo

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Peace

“Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.”

(Ralph Waldo Emmerson) Why would an Alt blog? What is an Alt, anyway?

I’m a talking wolf who masquerades as a human on occasions and I am the second individual avatar for one person who operates both avatars in Second Life, a virtual reality. “Alt” is a diminutive for “Alternate” and they are created for a variety of reasons. My raison d’être is to help the primary avatar to animate furniture and to provide some peace for her away from a barrage of instant messages from friends and customers. I also allow her to be with her Second Life partner without those interruptions, too and, contrary to what most people think an Alt is for, there is no cheating for me in either virtual or real lives.

Making things in Second Life requires a degree of concentration and, if you love it as I do, you want to be left to get on with it and not have to start messing with that script again, because someone wanted to say “Hi!”. Usually someone who usually has no concept of how hard it is to hold a conversation and try to torture a prim. As an Alt with no friends, I offer that peace to my typist. I still get hit on, though, which is the other problem an avatar may encounter if they are friendly. I don’t talk to anyone and yet I have been in a shop offering items mainly for females and been hit on three times in succession – by both sexes. Even more reason to want peace. Here’s my first tip – don’t hit on people before you read their profile. Mine clearly says I’m married and not interested and if you can’t read, what makes you think I’d want you anyway?

Why would I blog, though, if I want to be a secret? It’s because I have a life, too. I can go out and explore, I can take photographs (my latest thing) and I still get that peace, because I don’t get interrupted. However, no matter how much you want peace, it’s nice to think you can share what you find – there is a joy in discovery that I don’t want to keep to myself. So … don’t contact me inworld, I won’t be your friend, and I won’t chat with you. Now you know why and hopefully will understand. Do contact me through the blog, though, and do let me know if you like things you find here. Despite this opening blog – I’m really not that antisocial. 🙂

Peri

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