Get your kicks… (a naked motorbiking post, part 2)

 

Following on from the first part of our naked motorbiking posts, did you know SL had it’s own ‘Route 66’ sim?

This post was originally predicated by Harry finding ‘Route 66’ and doing a (non nude) photosession with model Jess (the photos above).

Harry likes to do his own photos, as well as stuff for SLN, and mentioned ‘Route 66’ in an IM to me recently. As the naked motorbiking post was already half-way through completion, I thought it would be remiss not to take the opportunity to add a second post from one of the world’s iconic highways. Perhaps the world’s most iconic highway. So we rounded up my biker friend Karen, who isn’t routinely naturist in SL, being much more attracted to bike sims, but not averse to getting her leathers off, and Harry and her headed out to the sim to capture a few shots.


It certainly looked like a photogenic sim, somewhere you could rezz a bike and do racing down the world’s most iconic highway (see the photos with Jess). I’ve tp’ed into it this morning (Monday) to check it out for myself, and was disappointed to find it gone! Whether this is temporary or permanent, I don’t know. I’ll do an update on it if it should return.

Ella

 

Naked motorbiking (a Naked biking post, part one)

Nudity and bikes often seem to go together, what with the various biker rallies around the world ‘encouraging’ states of undress.

And in naturism there’s lots of bikers, some being hardy souls who will bike the length of France and Spain to reach the Med.

Two of my naturist friends are a Dutch couple who do that, packing a tent and sleeping bags onto their bike, and taking a few days, perhaps a week, to reach the Playas, because they take a rather circuitous route along the French A7, l’autoroute du soleil (motorway to the sun) and then the Spanish Mediterranean Highway, the Autovia A7, which allows them to stop off near the sea for the night, perhaps managing a bit of a naturist swim (at a non-naturist location) at the end of a long, hot day in the saddle.

I can’t think of any more iconic European motorways than the A7, which also runs directly down the centre of Germany, but it’s not particularly ‘romantic’, is it?

No one is singing songs about the A7 (well, maybe they are, but I can’t imagine it’ll be a standard in 60 years, unlike a song to perhaps America’s most iconic road, Route 66.

Which…as chance would have it…is where the blog visits next.

Ella

Tunick in Nantucket

Spencer Tunick is in Nantucket this weekend and some photos are emerging on social media.

The original Pic has been pixelated for use on social media.
Nudes near lighthouses? Whatever next? 🙂 That’s a theme we’ve run for years now…

We’ve not done a ‘group shot’ on a boat, though. Until now!

Unfortunately the lag would probably kill off any attempt to recreate the number of participants Tunick achieves, but three avis in a boat, echoes of Jerome K Jerome there, works for us 🙂

Ella

 

Ringo stars

I’d like to offer my hearty congratulations to long-standing SL friend Ringo, who this week told me of his forthcoming partnering to SL boyfriend Ori. Ringo and I became friends years ago when we both were regular attendees at long gone naturist sim Manatee.

Many gay people enjoy the naturist lifestyle, and I’ve long known gay and lesbian couples in real life and SL naturism.

Back in 2013 I blogged what I imagined might be the first blogged gay SL naturist kiss in the blogosphere when Ringo and then boyfriend Cecil puckered up for our cameras (see above). That relationship didn’t survive, but Ringo then found SL love with Ori. My very best wishes go out to both Ringo and Ori. 🙂


I don’t see quite so much of Ringo these days, as he tends to gravitate towards the likes of the 3 Bears Gay (Clothing Optional) resort.

I’ve not visited it, but it comes with Ringo’s recommendation as a fun place for any SL gay naturists. I’ll maybe try and get him to do a report from there in the near future.

Ella

Bee tattoo

While out in Spain a few weeks back I fell into conversation with a couple of a certain age at the pool.

Before they spoke I was almost certain they were from Manchester, due to both wearing bee tattoos.


The bee is a historic symbol of Manchester.

When a moronic Islamic terrorist attacked the Manchester Arena in May, at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, killing 23 people, injuring 250, many people opted to get bee tattoos to raise money for the victims, and now 10,000 have had a bee tattoo inked onto themselves.

They told me they’d never thought of themselves as tattoo people, being of an age where tattoos were the exclusive preserve of sailors or convicts. But they said that the bombing in their home town changed their mindset, that it was a symbol of defiance, in their eyes, to anyone who would attempt to destroy the spirit of their home city.

As it happens, the Twelve Event includes a queen bee tattoo for L$12 right now (until the end of the month).


Further investigation revealed that there’s a number of bee tattoos on the Marketplace, and our model picked the one shown below up for L$15.


While they’re not for me, it demonstrates that a tattoo can have real meaning, not just something put on after a drunken night on holiday. My conversation with a couple in their 70s, sporting relatively fresh ink, shows that you’re never too old to get a tattoo if some event moves you enough to wear a symbol of defiance. While I remain of the opinion that it’s a fashion trend that will inevitably change, people have different reasons for getting inked, and what they choose to do with their own bodies is a matter for themselves.

Ella.

Nude snorkelling and diving

We’ve covered the topic of naked snorkelling and diving before, notably the semi-nude Japanese pearl fishers, as well as a fantastic naturist scuba dive at Naked Dreams.

I thought it was a topic worth exploring again.

Second Life offers opportunities to do some snorkelling. Clearly, the naturist snorkelling at Naked Dreams (see photos below) are away and far our favourite spot, but a search will turn up several locations in which to do it. The Marketplace also has many snorkelling or diving accessories, a range to meet everyone’s pocket, and the set I’m wearing in the photos (below) cost L$5 from the marketplace, although there’s a free set at the embarkation point at Naked Dreams.

I’ve snorkelled, without much success, I can never get my breathing right, and never scuba dived, but I think that SL scuba might be a reasonable visual representation of the RL variety.

Ella

An unashamedly non-naturist post : The White Cliffs of Dover

 

Dover.

It’s a town in the very south-east corner of England, and has been, for centuries, Britain’s gateway to continental Europe. Despite cheap flights and the Eurotunnel, it’s still a hugely important ferry link to France. In the years BC (before children), we’d take the car over to France and drive to one of France’s excellent naturist resorts, such as Arnaoutchot, 1000kms distant from the French ferry port of Calais. But when you’re young, the 9 hour drive (!) wasn’t so hard to endure, at least on the way down. A couple of weeks of naturist sunshine lay ahead of you. The drive back was more difficult. Back to reality and the English rain!

We did this a couple of times until the trip where Jim pulled onto the hard shoulder of the motorway and declared that he felt himself to be on the edge of falling asleep at the wheel. After that, we always opted to stop over for the night at the half way point and drive on (or home), refreshed, the following day. Happily, the roughly half way mark coincides with another excellent naturist site, le Colombier. 

Images of Le Colombier naturist campsite

Dover played a key role in Britain’s Second World War effort. Back from the ground to air defences, closer to London, lay RAF Biggin Hill, the main base from which Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft would take off to defend Britain from waves of Luftwaffe bombing attacks.

The White (chalk) cliffs of Dover would be made famous by British singer Vera Lynn, (she’s still alive, aged 100!) at a time when the thrust of WW2 was beginning to change. Having, alone, fought off the scourge of German fascism throughout 1940, Britain was now holding its own. Pearl Harbour brought the US into the war, on the Allies side. In January, 1942, the first American troops arrived in the UK. Glenn Miller had recorded a version in 1941 but, in England at least, it’s Vera Lynn’s 1942 version that endures.

The ‘bluebirds’ in the song not only point to a time when the skies are at peace again, but also reference the pilots defending the island, the ‘bluebirds’ being RAF pilots, in blue uniforms.

 

I’m telling you all this because today, Sunday, a new ‘White Cliffs of Dover’ sim opened, and it’s stunning.


The real life Dover Hall


Ella at the entrance to the SL Dover Hall

Scenes from the ‘Dover Town’ part of the sim

You can teleport to The White Cliffs of Dover, a graphically rich sim in which you could spend hours photographing. SL building at its very, very best!

Ella

 

Edited to add: a reader has already been in touch to say that there is a naturist beach at the foot of the iconic cliffs called ‘Abbott’s Beach’, and included some photos.


So…as naturism is apparently possible at the White Cliffs, I headed back to the sim…