As I visited the Hotels, I became intrigued by some of the over-the-top chandeliers. This one is in the lobby of the Bellagio. It is made of numerous handblown glass forms by Dale Chihuly.
This grouping is in the Wynn.
Also at the Wynn.
This one is at the Luxor. It constantly changes colors.
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As I deplaned at the Las Vegas airport, I was greeted by slot machines at the gate! In the 3 days I spent in the city, I encountered thousands of slot machines in casinos and other locations. But I was not even tempted!
The CASINOS are multi sensory. There is loud, rhythmic music, the racket of the slots, the ambient noise of people talking, the swirling, flashing and colorful blinking of the machines, and there is the smoke. At my hotel, it was a struggle not to get lost in the maze of the casino floor as I wandered through the forest of machines trying to find my way from the front lobby to the elevator to my room.
I decided that the correlation between smokers and gamblers is that they are risk takers!
I was attracted to some of the designs of the slots, my favorite ones where the wheels.
I only took in one show because there was nothing else that interested me for the cost of the tickets. (I’ve already attended two Cirque de Soleil performances in Orlando.) What did get my attention was a Bee Gees tribute performance, one of my favorite rock groups. As a matter of fact, just a couple of months ago, I attended a performance in Woonsocket, RI, of another Bee Gees tribute group. The group in Las Vegas features themselves as the Australian Bee Gees and their performance in mimicking the sound, appearance, and attitude of the original members of the group was spot on. They would have made Barry, Robin and Maurice proud!
I spent an afternoon checking out an Arts District in downtown Las Vegas. I was disappointed that I did not find much in the way of studios or galleries, but I did encounter quite a few murals.
I also visited the Fremont Street Experience, a four block long pedestrian mall and tourist attraction in downtown Las Vegas. The area is covered with a 90 foot high barrel vault that contains 12 million LED bulbs that provide for a continuous display of moving and flashing signage and designs. Looking straight up at the flashing lights can make one dizzy!
At the ground level are shops full of souvenirs and rhinestone embellished clothing, eateries, casinos, and entertainment establishments. On the street are street performers, vendors, hawkers, and panhandlers. A zip line runs under the canopy along its length for the adventurous!
I was there in late afternoon and got the sense that the place comes alive at night. During the day, there was not much going on other than people taking it all in.
While in Las Vegas I encountered impersonators looking for tourists to take their pictures for a “tip.” That is why I photographed this Elvis from the back.
These young women wanted $10 each after to took a snap. They were lucky to get $3.00 each!
That covers my few days in Las Vegas. I enjoyed discovering the visual appearance and cultural vibe of the place. I’m glad I went, but I have no desire to return. Been there, done that! Next?
I will post about my side trip to the Hoover Dam in my next post.