This is part two of my town tour for the finished version of Citàlune — this time, the sun side. ☀ Read on for a (photo-heavy!) tour, or visit yourself with the address 4F00-001F-F5E6 at the Dream Suite.
The north side of Citàlune is the land of the setting sun, known for the grand effect of its dazzling sunsets, the colors of which you will not just see in the sky alone, but also mirrored before your feet in the elaborate gardens sprawled across palace lawns. Little on this more city-like side of the river is left untouched by the influence of Lyra and her royal family, who use the sun as their sigil, and have a passion for the arts, entertainment, and luxury.
We’ll start the tour where we left off, at the bridge that takes you from the forest of star-flowers to the road leading to Lyra’s castle.
Well-maintained roads made from sun-reflecting mosaic tiles are kept well-lit at evening hours by the many streetlights, encouraging a vibrant nightlife centered around entertainment hosted at Lyra’s castle, where guests can eat, dance, and enjoy music and theater late into the night.
Lyra’s castle-roof gleams gold like the sun itself, and as you approach it from a distance, it gives the impression of the sun rising over the horizon.
The castle gardens are sunny gold along the path, but farther away, the roses fade into the colors of the sunset: pink, purple, and then blue.
A close-up of the Sun-castle’s ornate architecture, which has signature stylistic motifs that you will see repeatedly on the buildings of this side of town.
A private, natural pool where Lyra and her family or guests can enjoy cooling off on summer nights.
Citàlune’s capital building may be located on the Sun-side, but that’s partly for convenience of travel along its more well-kept roads, and because of the higher population. The moon shown on the flag, depicted in sunny colors, shows that the town hall is not just a meeting-place for one royal family, but for all. Residents can visit as well, to report improvements they would like to see in their part of town.
The capital’s palatial gardens are a mirror of the evening sky, recalling Citàlune’s full title, the city of the setting sun and rising moon. Each side of the garden is ringed by a circle of trees and lights.
Northwest of the townhall, you’ll find the gate into Citàlune, where many travelers, artists, and merchants make their way into the city. Here you’ll also find the entry to Citàlune’s busy shopping district on Main Street.
Lyra’s influence on making the Sun-side a tourist destination of luxury has helped to create a bustling economy, with a variety of shops and businesses on Main Street, and a flea market where residents sell goods, wares, and produce for their livelihoods.
West of the gate into Citàlune, the landscape starts to become less formal for the first time, as these lands get farther away from the major establishments, and closer to the humble residential area centered around the town flea market.
The same sunset gradients reflecting the sky above can still be found in these more casual areas, though! 🙂
There are many orchards around the flea market, where residents harvest, eat, and sell their fruit by the basket.
This is the busy avenue that runs parallel to the cliff by the sea on the edge of town, lined by trees and residential homes. The north end of the avenue is crowned by the flea market, where many of the residents who live in this neighborhood sell their freshly caught fish, homemade goods, and homegrown crops, like fruit and turnips.
Doc lives above a winding path connecting the flea market and the sea. He’s a renowned scholar who teaches lessons from his home, which is handy for his neighbors on the Sun-side who live closer to him than to Estel’s public library on the Moon-side.
Rod is a pirate, so he chose to live near the ramp to the beach, and he likes to shield his home from prying eyes with many fruit trees.
Pango (left house) is a professional craftsman, specializing in furniture of dark lacquered wood, and Gloria (right house) is a fine-jewelry maker.
The residential homes and gardens begin cooler in color scheme at the top of the path, but gradually get warmer below, so as you run down the avenue you’ll see streams and gradients of sunset-colors pass you by.
Alice (top house) is a painter, and Paula (bottom house) makes clothes and embroidered furniture; she is known for her gold-threaded cabana series sold at the flea market.
In a secluded nook of the cliff-edge by Alice’s and Paula’s homes, there’s a perfect spot to sit and admire the sun setting over the ocean, with the aroma of tropical fruit and flowers filling the air.
Colton is a member of nobility of the sun court, and a good friend of Julian from the Moon-side. Fortunately, he lives close to a bridge to the other side of town. 🙂
On the southern cliff, there’s a lighthouse to guide ships safely to Citàlune’s shores.
Bunnie is the lighthouse keeper and helps guard the coast, always with a life-ring ready inside her home.
View of Bunnie’s house and the lighthouse from the sunny shores. 🙂
Estel taking in the sights of the sunset beach opposite to her own, lined with banana palms and sun-mosaic stepping stones.
The beach gardens closely mirror those on the top part of the cliff, so similar to the residential gardens, you’ll see streams of purples-to-pink-to-golds as you run along. 🙂
Lastly, this is the sun counterpart to the sacred sun-and-moon garden at the center of Citàlune, bordered by bends in the river. This area is a way to connect and unify the two realms, and to appreciate — in a figurative sense — the sun setting and rising, and the moon setting and rising, as you walk to and fro between the sun garden and moon garden.