A Monday Meme…Traveling the Metaverse…

This week, the wonderful Strawberry Singh issued a Monday Meme that got my attention. (Her memes often do that…but this one is special because I get to delve into my LM folder, revisit some favourite sims – AND discover ones that are new to me). Thank you, Berry!

First, now that I am typing again (VERY SLOWLY, but amazingly accurately), I need the practice, so…here goes:

Mireille’s Favourite Sims (well, some of them, anyway!): Starting with Ce Soir…

I hope you don’t mind if I start right here at home. I LOVE Ce Soir! I love ALL of Ce Soir – the areas that are open to the public for the Ce Soir Arts venue part of the place AND the home sim, which is private. Since I will share more than one photograph of each of my favourite sims, here is a look at some of what I love so much about Ce Soir:

Birdbath Scene at Ce Soir Arts
Birdbath Scene at Ce Soir Arts

This birdbath is near the landing point – to your right as you walk toward the Ce Soir Arts Gallery. I sometimes sit there for a bit and ponder. It’s peaceful and I sometimes get to greet visitors. I like that!

Ce Soir HOME 2
The Main House at Ce Soir

In the above photo, you can see the main house. It’s set in a field of lavender, a small vineyard, and various little nooks that are surrounded by the sea. A meandering river flows throughout.

The Magic Tree Reading Spot in Ce Soir
The Magic Tree Reading Spot in Ce Soir Arts

This sweet spot is where Poet Laureate of Ce Soir Arts, Russell Eponym (and other poets) read the work of others as well as their own writing. You must come hear Russell – every Tuesday at Noon SLT. It’s an uplifting and edifying delight you must experience. Classical and acoustic music, literature from across the genres, and a wonderful “Thought for the Day” keep us in rapt attention at The Magic Tree Reading Spot. Magical!

The Conservatory at Ce Soir Eternal Winter Wonderland!
The Conservatory at Ce Soir
Eternal Winter Wonderland!

I do love winter – all weather, actually. Rain lifts my spirits, snow clears my mind, sun warms my heart…and The Conservatory is a favourite part of Ce Soir Arts for me. Cozy nooks as well as a fine dancefloor make this spot unique and lovely. We hosted the SL Music Races for a Cure Art Faire & Auction here to benefit RFL of SL last April, and some of the best musicians (and poets) have performed here. It’s special indeed!

Mad City:

Mad City - In the Rain
Mad City – In the Rain

Mad City by MadPea Games is rainy and foggy. As previously mentioned, I love weather – especially inclement weather. Something about it draws me. Sometimes, when it rains, I pull in and spend hour reflecting or writing. Other times, I venture out – with or without umbrella or other protective gear. It’s invigorating and soothing at the same time. Ah! Contrasts!

Mad City - Foggy Park
Mad City – Foggy Park

Fog is another of those weather elements that sparks my imagination. When it is really thick like pea soup and I can barely see my hand in front of my face, it’s a wee bit frightening. But when it’s like this (in the photo above), it just makes me feel safe – although there is a mysterious element that has a bit of thrill in it. Hmmm… Yes!

Mad City - Rainy Street
Mad City – Rainy Street

The City, bathed in rain, is still alive with business and people scurrying about. In this shot, just ahead await some shoppes and shoppers. The idea of rushing through the rain and arriving just inside the shoppe doors, drenched and shivering as the warmth of the shoppe welcomes me is very enticing. That’s just what happened here: a mad dash through the downpour to the warm hearth of the shoppe and the welcome of the merchant. Oh, and the shopping part too!

World’s End Garden

WEG - Ruins at the Shore
WEG – Ruins at the Shore

World’s End Garden  by Lucia Genesis offers a plethora of photographic views; this shoreline is just one of them. Filled with beautiful florals and furnishings to purchase, WEG is a favourite place for many reasons. I love that I can wander and find solitude here as well as lovely items to enhance my surroundings at home and at Ce Soir Arts. I have been known to just come here and stand at the water’s edge and ponder. This is something we tend to do in our family and sometimes I am joined by Aeon or my niece, who sometimes comes here on her own or with her beloved. Such beauty and peace on these graceful waters…

WEG - Open Sea
WEG – Open Sea

I love how the lights play on the water here. The gently rocking boat, following the soothing waves as they come to shore.

WEG - Garden with Church Ruins
WEG – Garden with Church Ruins

Here, you can see some of the beautiful semi-transparent roses that also grace Ce Soir Arts. I think they’re lovely in this view with the expanse of sea and the church ruins in the distance. Beauty amongst decay is an elegant contrast filled with meaning. Do visit WEG and see what I mean!

Empyreal Dreams

Aeon is a professor and he adores literature, as do I. For some time, he has wanted to create a place where he can illustrate poems and stories as mini-environments in Second Life. Of course, I want to help him do that, and at some point, you’ll see some areas at Ce Soir Arts (or elsewhere!) where we have done some of this work. How happy we were to discover Empyreal Dreams by Ariel Wingtips and Remington Aries, as this is very well-done work to represent some of the finest literature ever written, and it’s a delight to visit. Take a look below and plan to go there!

Empyreal Dreams - The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Empyreal Dreams – The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

This depiction of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is so striking that I cannot imagine any other way to do it as effectively as this. The creators are to be commended for their vision and execution of this work. Go there and stand in those rushing waves and you’ll be taken by it too!

Empyreal Dreams - Les Miserables with Planetary Wonders!
Empyreal Dreams – Les Miserables with Planetary Wonders!

This is really something to see! Above the “set” for Les Misérables, fly the planets in orbit around the sun. There’s a starry wave of a staircase before a photograph of author Victor Hugo; walk up it and you’ll be in the midst of these planets – feeling very small and in awe.

Empyreal Dreams - The Own and the Pussycat
Empyreal Dreams – The Owl and the Pussycat

This is a delight! Surrounded by the tale of The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear, I felt like I could just get into that boat and float away with them on a romantic adventure. It’s lovely, colourful, and FUN! Do go and enjoy!

Do I HAVE to choose just ONE more? NO! Here are a few others I recommend visiting:

Some sims just inspire me – and there are so many that have come and gone that I just can’t forget. One is The Nameless Isle by Baron Grayson. I miss those dark agate beaches and that wonderful swirling water…the jungle-like forested areas…the little pools of refuge. Sadly, all my photos of that wonderful place are on another computer and it’s a continent away. I promise, I will share when I can, but I just had to mention it… And there are so many others such as Inis Caiseal from the team of Alchemy Immortalis – “the dream merchants,” two creators whose vision is simply beautiful. They do still have shoppes in-world and on Marketplace, but I miss Inis Caiseal too; it’s Celtic beauty will live on!

Anyway…here are a few more I recommend:

Bentham Forest

"I knew you'd come..." taken at Betham Forest
“I knew you’d come…” taken at Betham Forest

Bentham Forest by Lauren Bentham has been around for awhile and it’s still one of the spookiest and most striking of sims. Visit and enjoy the dark and treacherous night there…and pick up some spooky goods at the same time! In addition, there is roleplay available; just land and check it out! (I’ll take another photo for the Flickr page that Strawberry set up for this meme. I have to go back over and take another shot – this is one I already had.)

Winter Moon

Winter Moon - Lighthouse
Winter Moon – Lighthouse

I read of this sim – Winter Moon by Dream Shadowcry – in a post at Honour McMillan’s wonderful blog where you can learn more about many excellent places to visit in SecondLife. There was a machinima made to honour the memory of a lovely lady. Do visit AND view this beautiful and touching machinima entitled “The Chromatic Diaries” by Anim8tor Cathy.

Hazardous

One of many views at Hazardous
One of many views at Hazardous

Hazardous by Mandingo Quan took my breath away when I first landed after the fall (go visit and you’ll understand that). So much to see here, and the rock walls are incredible! Each scene is a treat, and the shoppe is called [we’re CLOSED]. You must visit to see their things. Well-done, to say the least!

Paris 1900

Paris at Sunset
Paris at Sunset

How could I slight Paris? Paris 1900 is a lovely sim with shoppes and les Champs Elysées; of course, there is la Tour Eiffel to enjoy. Here, the sun sets on La Ville-Lumière (the City of Light). *sigh….*

Whew! And that’s not all – as I am sure you can imagine. I’ve been working on this for three days now, and it’s more typing and computer work than I’ve done in going on six weeks now. I am tired, but what fun this has been for me! Thank you, Strawberry Singh! I love your Monday Memes, and this one was spectacular! Not only did I get to revisit some favourite spots and reminisce about some that are long gone, but also I learnt about many more wonderful places to visit! Pop on over to Strawberry’s blog and check this post for many intriguing links!

Have a wonderful Wednesday evening…and Aeon and I will see you soon!

Be inspired…tonight!

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