Thursday, August 19, 2010
Traveling Thursdays: Viva Las Vegas! Pt. 1
Welcome to Sin City! I’m not a huge Vegas fan; I can count on one hand the amount of times that I have been there. I don’t gamble, not a drinker, and just walking through the casinos looking at the poor suckers flushing away their money makes me depressed. On a positive note...the entertainment there is outstanding; the food is stellar; and although I hesitate to call it architecture, the buildings & signs sure make for interesting photography.
This recent trip was my first time in Vegas with this particular camera, so it was almost like the virginal visit (insert laughter here). I’ve stayed at a different hotel each time so that I can experience the different theming provided and critique how well it is carried out. Caesars Palace was fun; on the kitschy scale it was fairly high (in a good way).
EVERYONE has seen photos of the statue of David by the great Michelangelo;
but how many have seen photos of the BACK of the statue?
The room itself was the only disappointment; not that it was bad...it was just blah. Nothing out of the ordinary or "cool." Just a plain ol' hotel room.
I did find a fave restaurant on this trip: Trevi, which is located inside of Caesar’s. Reminiscent of an indoor/outdoor Italian bistro, the nearby fountain and painted blue-sky make it easy to forget that you are actually indoors. It is hard to keep track of time in Vegas with its plethora of faux outdoor settings (thus keeping you at the slots much longer; ka-ching!)
Everytime I walked through the casino to get to the elevators, this changing-light trio of “ladies” begged me to take a photo. Naturally, I did.
For the ultimate in over-the-top, Caesars has about a gazillion pools. Some are for the poor everyday slobs like myself; others can be enjoyed for a nominal cover charge of $50. What do you get for that price? A slightly more private pool frequented by topless gals and Jersey-Shore type Guidos. Take your pick.
For a true blast from the past, don’t miss Cher’s FINAL tour (really...she means it this time. I’m sure she does). Gotta’ hand it to her; she looks fantastic and for the slightly-over-an-hour show, she kept the audience entertained.
Do you know anyone else in their 60’s who could pull this outfit off? Figuratively speaking, of course.
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