wendy {dot} blog

A Renaissance Soul blogging on traveling, books, work, miscellany, and enjoying life.

Visiting Vegas: Casinos, Casinos, and More Casinos

One of the most impressive things about my trip to Vegas to me was the sheer size and scale of the casinos and hotels that line the Strip. It was amazing to see what a little imagination, a lot of engineering, and a mountain of money could create. Then again, at times, it also seemed a little too much.

We were only in Vegas for a short time – not nearly long enough to see everything – but we toured several casinos. We didn’t do any gambling (it’s not my bag), but I did lots of oogling. And photographing, of course. Aside from the Bellagio, which was just beautiful, I really preferred the themed casinos. Many of the interior shots I took just don’t do the places justice, but I can tell you that New York New York and Paris both had very realistic street scenes inside. It reminded me a bit of Disney, really.

Beware the Air at the MGM Grand

To say that the scent that assailed me as soon as I walked into the MGM Grand was overpowering is like saying the Hoover Dam is tall. Imagine yourself walking into the average Abercrombie mall store – you know, the ones that you can smell from several stores away? Now multiply that by, oh I don’t know, 100? That’s the MGM. The air was so thick with vanilla-scented air freshener that it literally irritated my eyes and throat within minutes. If the air freshener had been any more overpowering, I think it would have knocked me down.

After walking around for maybe 10 minutes, I was more than ready to leave. My eyes were watery, my nose was running, and my throat was scratchy. Unfortunately, we couldn’t figure out how to get out! I should mention that these casinos do a great job of obfuscating all exits, skillfully drawing you back in to the sea of slots and tables. After wandering around for another 20 minutes, I was ready to throw a brick at a window and climb out. We finally escaped and promptly headed to the drugstore for some decongestant and cough drops.

Before I realized that I would spend 20 desperate minutes searching for a way out of this place, I snapped this pic of the iconic lion:

Loved the Lion. The rest of MGM not so much.

Loved the Lion. The rest of MGM not so much.

Presenting Paris! (Vegas Version)

Someday, I’ll get to go to the real Paris, but until then, I have the Vegas edition. I highly recommend a ride to the top of the Eiffel Tower for stunning views of the Strip.

Inside Paris

Inside Paris

Paris, as seen from the Bellagio

Paris, as seen from the Bellagio

Palm Trees and Paris? Only in Vegas.

Palm Trees and Paris? Only in Vegas.

The Eiffel Tower by Day

The Eiffel Tower by Day

Next Up: New York!

New York New York is probably best known for its roller coaster that starts inside the game room area on the second floor and ends up outside, looping around in front of the mock NYC skyline. The interior is designed to look like the streets of the city and there’s even a smaller version of the Brooklyn Bridge outside.

New York New York Vegas Skyline by Day

The Skyline by Day (Note the Roller Coaster)

New York New York Vegas Skyline

The Skyline at Night

New York New York Vegas Lady Liberty Made of Jelly Beans

Lady Liberty – Made of Jelly Beans

New York New York Vegas

New York New York!

Saving the Best for Last: The Bellagio

One of the first casinos we went to ended up being I think my favorite. The Bellagio is all elegance, with tons of detail and style. And then there’s the famous fountain show – a must-see, especially at night. I took quite a few pictures of the show, and I put up a few in a separate post.

Bellagio Las Vegas

Beautiful Glass Panel Ceiling

The Washington Monument and a 2-Story Tall Christmas Tree? Why Not?

The Washington Monument and a 2-Story Tall Christmas Tree? Why Not?

The Bellagio as Seen from the Strip

The Bellagio as Seen from the Strip

Funky Ceiling Decor

Funky Ceiling Decor

That flowered ceiling shot is one of my favorites. In a sea of generally dark casinos, maybe it was just an expected dash of color in an unexpected location.

Categories: Travel

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Tell us what's on your mind!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s