Ah! Paris in the Summer time (yes, I know it’s suppose to be Spring, but play along please). As I was saying, Paris in the Summer, how wonderful it is. Especially when you visit the role-play sim, Chateau de Versailles in Second Life.
Words can not say how beautiful this virtual piece of heaven is, but when you do go, be sure to block out a half-day for site-seeing. There is simply no way that this blogger could cover the entire sim, so I decided to take you through my three-hour long visit with the hopes that you will find my photos and encounters so engaging, that you will have to teleport to Versailles and see it for yourself.
Landing at the starting point (France circa 1772), you find a nicely laid out welcome kit and other necessary items for your visit. There are an assortment of L$1 clothing items for you to purchase (decent and well designed items). There is a role-play kit for L$400, you can collect role-play information, along with an application to choose your social class and more.
According to an informational handout, the Chateau de Versailles is not only a role-play sim, but a place that has been created in order to educate people on France’s history. The sim provides a visitor tag for those who do not wish to engage in role-play and simply take in the surroundings.
Chateau Welcome Kit and Other Goodies (Photo by B. Ranger)
You can also subscribe to the sim and get the link for information about living inside the palace! Yes, for a tidy sum you too can live among the royals in the South wing of the palace. One thing is for sure, you seem to get your lindens worth. Each room is well lite, spacious, and inviting.
The Aile du Midi (South Wing Residence) (Photo by B. Ranger)
The sim provides tours of the palace every other Monday, but for those of you who like to be independent there is a hud provided by the Public Relations department that can take you through all of the state rooms that have been open to the public. Some of the highlights: the state rooms of the King, Queen, and The Hall of Mirrors.
There is a quaint marketplace where you can purchase all of your historical needs. Formal dish wear, wine, pastries, deep delicious porcelain bathtubs, carriages for a Queen and fancy beds for the family poodle can be found at the market. Ladies, I promise you will go gown crazy. Goodness only knows that I did. Exhibit B:
During my first hour at the sim I actually encountered King Louis XV (He was King of France 1715 to 1774). The king was kind enough to take me on a small tour of a few of the rooms of the palace. The walk is amazing. Passing through the many double doors, you enter one richly decorated room after the other.
The King is proud of each and every room and will answer any questions you may have regarding their history. All of the decorations are based on personal photos of the actual Chateau.
(Photos by B. Ranger)
Overall I give this sim an “A” minus. The weather tends to skew a bit on the grey side, but you have control over that. As crazy as it may sound, my favorite part of the sim are the fountains that lay in front of the palace. I could sit and stare at them for long periods of time imagining myself walking lazily with other members of His Majesty’s Royal Court, gossiping, and nibbling on sweets. Maybe you will do the same.