Tuesday, December 22, 2020

The Belvedere Hotel

The Belvedere Hotel was built in 1882 and was a popular attraction for the adventure-minded for many decades. Some say the road to the hotel is the scariest they’ve ever driven with steep cliff drop-offs on every corner. This once-thriving hotel where even Pope John XXIII was said to be a frequent visitor is now closed until further notice.

Lucky for us here in Second Life, you can now own your very own Belvedere Hotel and you can find it at the Collabor88 Event made by MilkMotion. You can go and view a demo there or look at the Flickr page for more information. It is absolutely stunning and if you never been in the alps you will feel that you are there. 

It is rather uncanny, isn’t it? A hotel built where? Up in the sky in the back of beyond. Truthfully, no one really knows for sure how and why it was built. What’s well established is that it was built right after the mountain pass was completed, probably as a lounge for people who wished to escape and enjoy the silence, or attend one of the many lavish parties held inside. So this might answer the question as to why it was built. Or maybe it was meant to be a resting place for the mountain workers, but, in no time, the charming location and what it offers in terms of isolation and excellence inspired the elite to climb the scenic road.

Located in one of the snowiest regions in Switzerland, the Furka Pass, connecting the cantons of Uri and Valais in the country’s south-central region, is considered to be one of the “most iconic, exhilarating, and exciting drives” through the Swiss Alps. When I was a child we went to this real glacier in the alps. Although we never stayed in the hotel or ate in the restaurant, I remember it was breathtakingly beautiful. Finding this here in Second life brought back a little piece of childhood to me. Thank you to the builder Marie Lauridsen who created this.

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