Friday, 31 July 2015

July at Nørgaard Village

Summer break in RL has meant for me a bit more time for SL and work on my land. Seafront area looks a bit different now, with some new builds. Village itself has also seen some changes, mostly in an effort to save a few prims. I can't say I've been so successful with the latter, but I like how the place looks like now.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Visiting Crestwick

Journeying through SL has led me to the small town of Crestwick. Upon arrival, one has to join the group before venturing outside the landing point area, so make sure you have one group slot available.

The town itself is quite small, but very nicely designed. There's a number of stores along the main street, also an art gallery and a charming cafe.

After finishing my coffee, I went to browse through used books in front of one of the stores.

Sadly, some of the buildings, such as the large town hall, are more like movie props: they are unfurnished and can't be entered.

As explained in the notecard for visitors, the idea was "to create a photogenic environment" and at this the creators have been successful.

There are also some surprises here, such as the unusual interior of the local church, transformed into a provocative piece of modern art.

Following the path up the hill will lead you to an area with a great view over the whole place, and apparently, it's also possible to drive up there. I opted for a nice stroll on a warm summer afternoon.

Crestwick is a lovely place to visit. Visitors are reminded not to linger in the sim for too long, as the homestead has limited avatar slots. However, while I was there, there was not a single person in sight, so you are likely to be able to spend as much time there as you like, with no one disturbing you.

P.S. More Crestwick photos can be found on my Tumblr.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Heterocera Travelogue #12: Lythria

After an uneventful visit to disappointingly empty Philereme, described in the previous travelogue, my next stop along Route 4 proved to be the very opposite. Lythria is a fun and lively place, mostly thanks to Simple Wunderlich's Zoo of All Things.

Studying the map of Lythria
The place is quite large, spanning across most of Lythria. There are lots of trees and flowers - and animals, of course, some of which are roaming freely.

There are also curious builds everywhere around, such as this gallery of sorts, where each hall contains a panorama of a different natural setting. Interestingly, I can see this build from my home in the neighbouring Triphosa, but this has been the first time that I actually stepped inside to see what's in it.

Close to the parking and rezz zone area, there are stalls where you can purchase Simple's books which contain inworld photography and collections of meditations.

Also, freebie lovers will appreciate different gadgets, artwork and prefabs available here (admittedly, on the high side in terms of prim count).

There's more to see across the road, where the Aquarium is located. Apparently the entire build is available as a freebie.

There are also cozy spots where you can relax after all the walking and sightseeing, some of which are secluded behind lush vegetation.

Personally, I was happy to come across this barbecue, as the whole visit made me quite peckish.

Given the size of the Simple's Zoo, you can spend quite a lot of time here exploring, hunting for freebies, checking out gallery spaces or looking at the animals. I remember this place from before I even moved to the continent and it's always interesting to visit.

It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that the place is truly one of the Heterocera's landmarks. It's certainly a wonderful refreshment after a series of underdeveloped sims along Route 4.