Category Archives: Arcachon

Happy 3rd Rezzday to us!

MORE PICTURES ON FLICKR! See Carol’s stream and  Helen’s stream.

Reception at Learn4Life

Meditation at Aeonia

Gizmo Latte and I would like to say THANK YOU / GRAZIE / MERCI / VIELEN DANK to friends who joined us on our ‘Island Crawl’ to celebrate our 3rd ‘Rezzday’ on Friday October 29th 2010, whether as fellow travellers, or tolerant hosts!  We passed out a notecard with times and landmarks and we had GREAT company all the way.

Playing at Arcachon

Royally waving at Crossworlds

We were really privileged to be able to showcase Solkide Auer’s wonderful 3D art work which he allowed us to place at the starting point of Learn4Life.  Thanks also to Wlodek, Flopsy and Graham who entertained us with rocket launchers, atom globes, dancing frogs and stilts.  (And thanks especially to Wlodek for the lovely chocolates!)

Bantering at The Crow Bar

We then lost ourselves literally in more of Solkide’s work displayed at Aeonia Arts before moving on to Arcachon, where we climbed the dune and did some paragliding.  I also learnt how to greet people

Chilling at Lunamaruna

in the authentic French way using the object which CathyChou Boa generously gave me for my birthday!  The next stop was Crossworld’s Gallery, lovingly curated by Fabilène Cortes.  We especially enjoyed taking photos

Floating in Costa Rica

Falling in love

of ourselves on the insect exhibits at Lollito’s Parade.  Time for a quick dance and exchange of playful (?) insults  at The Crow Bar (I love the music there, and Lyndy and Clive are great regular hosts!) … then we made for Lunamaruna– (click on the lunamodule) – a magical pink world of giant fish, crooked dwellings and trampolines devised by Scottius Polke.  We skilfully (!) made our way down the river in Costa Rica with two

boats and a paddle before witnessing the touching bonding between Claudio and Dev as they transformed their avatars and embraced!  There were audible gasps of delight at the beauty of the Tree of Trees installation

Breathtaking Tree of Trees

where we just enjoyed ‘chilling’ before we enjoyed Barisone’s welcome and  some more loud music in the warm company of our great friends in Sardinia.  We ended the evening back home in Edunation where we

Dancing in Sardinia

admired again Mary Roussel’s lovely disco build. 

Again .. THANK YOU to all who joined us!  To be honest, it was hardly an ‘Island Crawl’ .. more an ‘Island Race’!  We look

Reflecting on a happy 3 years!

forward to another year of friends and fun at a more moderate pace!

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Arcachon and La Grande Dune du Pyla

Earlier this year, my lovely French neighbour Cyber Placebo introduced me to the talented and friendly owners and residents  of the Arcachon islands.  For nearly three hours, I drank in the sights, sounds, culture and fun of this fascinating place, and, thanks to my guide, discovered some of its hidden jokes!  There is just SO much to see there .. the ‘mairie’, (what a wonderful picture of Monsieur Sarkozy!), the exhibition area (currently showing a very clever bande dessinée called ‘La ptite’ Soph’ by Janis Allen), the vegetable garden (where you can help to do the watering … just touch the tap to sprinkle!),  the campsite (with its little ‘in-jokes’ for those who follow French camping films!) the chapel dedicated to rugby (relocated from another part of France .. its really does exist … Helen saw it on French TV!), the jetty and lots more.  You can travel around in a variety of vehicles;  I rode pillion on a scooter waiting for you by the square (tip: beware the slight bump and delay as you cross the second bridge from one sim to another!) but my favourite was a lovely boat ride with Cathychou Boa and DevLink Garside which took us to the Dune. I have since returned by motorbike (I was unceremoniously separated from the scooter when picked up by a speed camera) and I walked up the dune to enjoy the view and the mediatation opportunity before taking the hanglider.  A happy accident (i.e. diving by mistake) meant that I also discovered the beautiful seabed, with its colourful plants and seahorses.

Imagine my delight when I discovered that this experience inspired Helen to visit these places in her ‘real life’ last week.  She was totally amazed by the height of the dune (117 metres – the biggest in Europe) and totally exhausted after a childish run down to the Atlantic followed by a long slog up again! She chickened out of the chance to paraglide, but may do it next time! (But next time, she’ll make sure she’s combed her hair and is wearing something trendy for the benefit of the camera!!)

I will definitely be returning to Arcachon to enjoy speaking French and to further exploration.. and I know that Helen is hoping to return there by train from her conference in Bordeaux at the start of September so that she can explore Arcachon itself in more depth.  (And its shops!).  Thanks again to the residents who made my visit so enjoyable … as well as those mentioned above, Bernard Halcali, Eve Kazan, and Tupper Weir (the best name I have ever seen in SL!!)  A plus!