My holiday companion for June 2015

This time last year I was about to set off on holiday with two non-naturist friends who, over the course of our week in Spain, became naturist by the week’s end, and I reported their findings over the course of a week with our usual ‘Postcards from Spain’ series. I decided not to do a ‘Postcards’ series in September, 2014, as I’d done it several times, essentially replicating RL naturist findings in an SL context as they occurred.

That decision led to several complaints 🙂

It appears that you seem to like the ‘Postcards’ postings, on the basis that they’ve provided some insight into a naturist holiday from both an experienced naturist and newbie naturist perspective.

In about three weeks I’ll be in Spain, again, for my first holiday of the year -the one where I go ‘solo’ and leave the family at home. Sign of a modern marriage? I think so. It’s what we’ve always done, right from when Mr.Keng and I were first stepping out together and took vacations away from one another. We saw no reason to change when we got married and we’ve more or less continued to take breaks independently of one another ever since. For instance, had the football results turned out differently, Mr. Keng might have been in Berlin tonight for the European Champions’ League final (it’s being played between Barcelona and Juventus -from Turin, Italy, if you aren’t familiar with European soccer) to watch one of the teams he admires, Real Madrid. They were eliminated at the semi-final stage. As it is, he was in Edinburgh last evening to watch Scotland beat Qatar 1-0, and today he’s off on a fishing trip, which will undoubtedly end up in a pub somewhere to watch the game with his pals. Me? I’m going to get in some quality SL time later, and begin planning what’s going in the holiday suitcase.

Holidays are, of course, best when shared, so let me introduce you to this year’s companion. 🙂

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You’ve read about her before on these pages…

Yes, it’s my Dutch cousin Sylvia, the one who led the way on my first introduction to naturism in Cap D’Agde all those years ago. We see each other from time to time, and I used to stay at her apartment regularly when work took me to the Netherlands on a regular basis a few years ago. Despite sharing a set of grandparents, we’re quite often chalk and cheese in our approach to life. One common interest is, of course, naturism. Sylvia, her husband and their daughters are members of a Dutch naturist club, and she’s as regular a naturist holiday taker as I am. Perhaps even more so, as opportunities are more plentiful for her. Despite our common interest, we’ve never actually holidayed together since Cap D’Agde, despite promising ourselves we’d do so.

Sylvia had her children a few years before I did, so we each went through a period of thinking ‘oh, my babies are too small for holidays, we’ll take a couple of years off from vacations’. Her daughters are now young teens, and despite them reaching that ‘awkward’ age, apparently remain keen naturists. Now that they’re almost grown, and mine are of an age where they’re at school, and with the 20th anniversary of my nude debut approaching (June, 1995: Sylvia had been to a naturist beach prior to Agde) we decided we should have an anniversary of it.

Obviously, a return to Cap D’Agde was discussed. Sylvia was more keen than me, being someone who would quite readily wear a see-through ‘chain mail’ type of dress, as often worn by patrons of Agde as ‘evening wear’, as perfectly suitable. As for the stiletto heels favoured by many ladies…I prefer flats, or something with a much lower heel. High heels are something I’ve never quite come to grips with 🙂

While I’m someone who will readily bare all on a beach, I don’t really see that type of clothing as ‘me’. 🙂

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The type of dress that can be Cap D’Agde ‘evening wear’

So, we decided on Spain for the 20th anniversary of ‘the debut’.

Sylvia has been to Vera Playa before, and stayed in the naturist Vera Playa Club Hotel, so she sort of knows the layout of the place and likes it although, like Pookes, she prefers Croatia as a naturist destination. The family generally drive from Amsterdam to Croatia each year.

 

Another way that we’re ‘chalk and cheese‘ is that, when depilation became popular, Sylvia embraced that, whereas I, as you know, favour a more natural look. 🙂 Yes, I did it once and I didn’t like it and never did it again. Sylvia, by contrast, has gone ‘bare down there’ for much of the intervening twenty years since our debut. (In 1995, shaving was much less common and we both sported a ‘natural’ look. In the intervening period, Sylvia has also tried various nipple, clit & belly piercings)

While we’ve been on the phone, dovetailing travel arrangements, she asked ‘the question’.

‘Are you still not shaving your pubes?’

Well, no!

‘You should! You should do this!’ Despite being half-English, she’s very much straightforward, straight-talking Dutch.

When I came off the phone I spoke to Mr. Keng. ‘Sylvia says I should go bare down there’.

‘Go for it’, he said, catching me off guard. ‘See what it’s like’.

‘But you prefer a natural look, as do I!’ I wailed.

‘True. But sometimes it’s about trying new things. You didn’t think you could ever be a naturist when you began, did you?’ He barely looked up from his magazine.

No, but….

‘I will if you will’, he laughed.

And so, SLN readers, I turn to you…

‘Below the fold’, as they say in some digital media circles now, you’ll find a poll which asks the question as to whether I should, or should not, ‘go bare down there’ when on holiday with Sylvia. It closes this time next week, and…well….let’s see what you think….

 

Ella

 

 

Eden’s Pearl

Might the SL sim closure crisis be at an end? It’s looking that way. For the past 12-18 months it seems that we’ve done nothing but report the closure of yet another SL naturist location. With us reporting on DeShadow, with another one to be reported on over the weekend, and with this one, Eden’s Pearl, open, it seems like there’s suddenly a number of new naturist sims to interest you and for you to visit.

Remember: some of these sims will be relatively new, so you may find them sparsely populated on entry. That’s OK. It’s your place to make these locations work. I think it’s time we ended this sense of standing at the margins and watching. Make it part of your SL naturist year to tp into a place and, if anyone’s around, march up and say ‘hello’. Get a sense of community going. Get conversing. Be sociable.

Eden’s Pearl, I should make it clear, isn’t related to the Eden Naturist Estate, but seemingly a separate entity. It’s relatively sparse in its facilities, but what it has got, oh boy, does just one element of it make it a winner in my eyes. This build, I would say, owes at least something to Croatian naturism. I’ll explain in a moment.

I’m a regular in Croatian naturist campsites. That’s not the spartan experience it sounds. Luxury tents, complete with cooking facilities, and with communal shower blocks.

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The photos above, all from Croatia, give a sense of that campsite feel with communal showers, of rocky beaches with man-made sunbathing areas. And that’s exactly what Eden’s Pearl feels like – a little bit of Croatian naturism set down in SL. I love it!!!!!

I’ve had difficulty in finding out exactly who owns or runs it, and there doesn’t appear to be an associated ‘group’ at the moment, but I’ll see if I can follow up and bring you more background on who’s running Eden’s Pearl, and whether Croatia does indeed exist as a template.

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So close to the Koversada/Vrsar communal shower block experience it’s unreal! 🙂

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Eating lunch on one of those ‘man made’ concreted areas? Yes. Another Croatian-like naturist experience so close to real life.

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I’m contemplating going to the loo, lol. I did go, but I’ll spare you that photograph!

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My companion Guillaume showers while I clean my teeth 

For the ‘shower block’ feel, for the ‘man made concreted areas’ that replicate Croatia exceptionally well, Eden’s Pearl deserves 10/10!

Try it. I think you’ll find it’s another naturist sim with something a bit different, a ‘feel’ all of its own. I’ll be watching Eden’s Pearl develop, I hope, in the coming months as I countdown the days until my own return to Croatia.

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Ella adds: It would be nice to have more toilet facilities in SL naturism, lol. There are times when all of us have decided we need a ‘bio break’, as one SL naturist once put it to me, i.e. he needed a pee. If that’s about to happen in RL, why not the chance to nip to a SL loo for ‘full effect’ and ‘realism’? Or is that a bridge too far? 🙂

An Apology from Pookes

Hi guys,

I’d like to offer my sincere apologies for cocking-up when off in Croatia on my recent vacation. I fully expected that we’d have easy access to a wi-fi signal, as I had it in Croatia, but in a different naturist campsite, last year.

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Ella was going to be stepping back into the editor’s chair at the beginning of September anyway, so I’m glad that she was able to leap back in whenever I managed to get online in an ‘internet cafe’ (remember them???) to signal my predicament.

I’m back in the UK now, and normal service from me resumes shortly. In future I’ll be more careful to ensure that I do have some internet access while camping!

Pookes