Leaving Las Vegas (after staying there for several days)
I attended a cigar trade show in Las Vegas recently and stayed a couple of nights at the Venetian / Palazzo Hotel complex.
(My room – or suite, given that the sunken living area was separated by steps from the bed – was actually in the Palazzo, but the two are operated jointly, and when you’re walking around it’s hard to tell where one ends and the other begins.)
Aside from the familiar nature of the convention center show floor, my stay in Vegas had an otherworldly fantasy aspect. It was like living in a theme park, with the theme being Carnavale.
I’m sure anyone who’s ever stayed at a Vegas resort hotel has experienced the same sense of dislocation – a mixture of giddy enjoyment and the sense that this level of artifice can’t be sustained for long.
The hotel and shops complex is linked to the outside world by a series of pedestrian bridges and moving sidewalks spanning Las Vegas Blvd., so guests without auto transport may cross the busy avenue to visit other nearby resort hotels and casinos. On the off chance that what they might want or need is missing on their side of the street.
I recommend a visit to Denny’s, tucked away in the Best Western Casino Royale complex. A few minutes spent sipping coffee in a vinyl-covered booth will serve to bring any disoriented visitor back to middle class American reality – and I mean that in an entirely positive, affectionate way.
I’ll post the rest of the photos without comment, because in most cases none is required. (Plus, there are a lot of photos left to post.)