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Coffee in Arcachon

Coffee in Arcachon

I took the picture for today’s jigsaw during my visit to Arcachon, the Francophone sim that will be closing in four days’ time.  If you visit, there’s a tip jar out. To keep it open another month, they need to gather together 50,000 Lindens in the next four days. And then, of course, if they want to keep it open beyond another month, they need to gather another 80,000 and another, and another.  Without the language project to fund it, the future looks bleak and this lovely little piece of virtual France will finally be gone.

It’s not a good week for the Euro-centric sims; I hear that the Swedish Embassy (not a Second Life creation by online Swedes, but an attempt by the Swedish government to enter virtual worlds) will be closing too.

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Coffee in Arcachon

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Catch up with your Prim Perfect jigsaws (showing images of Second Life and other virtual worlds).

If you’d like to submit a photo of your own to feature as a jigsaw, send it to the Prim Perfect Flickr Group. It should be sized 800w x 600h, or else it will need to be re-sized.

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Arcachon Atlantique

Arcachon Atlantique

Some days you simply have to tear up the post you were writing – and write something else.

I was planning on writing a not-too-discouraged post today about the state of the grid, pointing out regions that were changing – in design, in theme, in ownership.  Even when some regions were being sold, there are still encouraging signs.

And then you land on Arcachon.

Arcachon - Closing

Arcachon – Closing

I have to admit, I’ve never been to Arcachon before.  We had it on our list of places that we really want to feature on Designing Worlds for its content, its authenticity, its wealth of learning and interactivity … but I had never been there myself.

There will, sadly, be no show now.

Arcachon

Arcachon

Based on the southwest of France, the Gironde, it once consisted of two sims.  Now it is just one, but Arcachon Atlantique has a lovely little harbour, huge beaches and an authentically French feel. On doesn’t just parler francais ici – part of its funding came a language institute developing a programme that would enable people to learn French through an immersive experience in Second Life and – in particular – in the charming region of Arcachon.

Learn French in Arcachon

Learn French in Arcachon

But that funding has run out, and Arcachon finds itself 50,000 Lindens short of the money that would see it continuing another month.

In five days it will be gone.

Arcachon farm

Arcachon farm, photo by Aisling Sinclair

So, once more, I am sharing a last chance to see. Because, unless a good angel steps in, the charming little French port with its stores, its windmill, its lighthouse, its camping sauvage and its cafe, its bandstand, its information about French and European customs, its boat rides, its bicycle tours, its fishing, its hot air balloon, its cute farm with its animals … all will be gone for good.

Arcachon at sunset, photo by Aisling Sinclair

Arcachon at sunset, photo by Aisling Sinclair

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