Las Vegan Fantasies

Written by  //  March 19, 2013  //  Land Travel, Lodging and Dining, Other US Destinations, Travel Journals  //  2 Comments

The Grand Canal

Las Vegas’ fantasy mixes night with day, real with unreal, in with out. Venetian gondoliers serenade passengers past sidewalk cafes toward St. Mark’s Square under an always-light sky.

St. Mark's Square

 

 

 

 

 

There, you might find a living statute, but at least can tell you’re inside because there are clouds in the sky.

Nun

 

 

 

 

 

St. Mark's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk a few steps and you might find yourself admiring an elegant ceiling or an airy courtyard where balloons and a snake celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Ceiling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balloons

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snake

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you enter the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace, you find yourself surrounded by three balconied stories connected by curved escalators.

Forum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Down a street, you might run into Neptune.

Neptune

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Luxor’s pyramid presents a different version of colossal, where internal hallways, Hyatt-like, look down on the action.

Inside Luxor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The Year of the Snake” decorations enlivened the Mirage’s conservatory.

 

Conservatory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How about the elegant registration desk at Paris?

 

Paris registration

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let alone the glass ceiling:

 

Ceiling

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Parisian street offers a chance for a romantic evening stroll…

 

Paris Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…while New York’s nightime glitz appears in Times Square and on Broadway.

 

Times Square

 

 

 

 

 

Broadway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But there’s also space for a quiet neighborhood, complete with fire escapes and window air conditioners.

 

Neighborhood

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still — this “is” New York — there has to be something outrageous, like a jelly-bean Statue of Liberty.

 

Jelly Beans, really?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The massive MGM Grand has one lion outside and another in the lobby.

 

MGM lion

 

 

 

 

 

 

More surprising was the collection of wildlife from the rainforest.

 

Elephant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bird

 

 

 

 

 

Croc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A wander through Las Vegas casinos offers a continually changing kaleidoscope of place and time. Soon you begin to expect the unexpected, even a restroom faucet complete with video ad.

MGM faucet

2 Comments on "Las Vegan Fantasies"

  1. Sherri March 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm · Reply

    This is amazing! Great pictures!

    • Roger March 30, 2013 at 12:04 am · Reply

      Thanks. It’s a different world, rather like Disney for adults.
      Roger

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