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Las Vegas! Baby!!!

By on February 13, 2015 in USA

Never been to Las Vegas…. It is weird…. In fact it is very tough to put it in to words. I think one thing that sums it up is the wall-paper in the bathroom of my hotel room.

Check out the wallpaper in the bathroom...  Look closely at the white figures - Las Vegas, Baby!

Check out the wallpaper in the bathroom… Look closely at the white figures – Las Vegas, Baby!

You look at it, and at first you see just a pattern. Wall-paper. But then you look a little closer and you see some thing a little more, different… Or may be that is just me? Anyway, that is Las Vegas. You look at it and you see odd things. It is not normal. It’s very different.

Even as you arrive at Las Vegas airport you get a feel for what the place is going to be like as there are ‘slots’ (slot machines, one-armed bandits) as you get off the plane.

There is no doubting where you are when you land at Las Vegas Airport - slots!

There is no doubting where you are when you land at Las Vegas Airport – slots!

The town is one of extremes. On the surface it is all shiny and glamorous, but underneath it is a different story.

There are slots everywhere, and some of the ‘branding’ is a bit odd…

Slot machines everywhere in Las Vegas...

Slot machines everywhere in Las Vegas…

Am I in Paris, France? Nope, Las Vegas. Why travel to France when you can see the Eiffel Tower in the US?

Am I in Paris, France? Nope, Las Vegas. Why travel to France when you can see the Eiffel Tower in the US?

Paris, sorry, Las Vegas at night

Paris, sorry, Las Vegas at night

Note the lights, and the people, and the guy on the street wearing the ‘girls direct to you 20 minutes’ T-shirt.

The shows outside some of the hotels and casinos are amazing.

Stunning shows outside the hotels and casinos in Las Vegas

Stunning shows outside the hotels and casinos in Las Vegas

Only in Las Vegas would they have an 'active' volcano outside a hotel

Only in Las Vegas would they have an ‘active’ volcano outside a hotel

An angel in Las Vegas? I don't think so...

An angel in Las Vegas? I don’t think so…

Having got bored with Paris and the Eiffel Tower I moved on to Venice

Having got bored with Paris and the Eiffel Tower I moved on to Venice

And the image below was taken at night, inside a casino. Yes, there is a mini Venice by day, complete with canals and gondolas, in one of the casinos. The painted sky is stunning. It is all a little weird.. Kind of sums up Vegas.

Yep...  In Venice now!

Yep… In Venice now!

Overall my view is that Vegas is a weird town. Not my kind of place, but worth a visit for a look.

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