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.

DSC00324(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.

Palazzo main floor and shops level

Palazzo main floor and shops level

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.

Indoor gondola, shops level, Venetian Hotel

Indoor gondola, shops level, Venetian Hotel

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.

The Crossing

The Crossing

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.

Las Vegas Boulevard at dusk

Las Vegas Boulevard at dusk

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.)

Spectacle

Spectacle

Shiphat

Shiphat

Curiosity

Curiosity

Rococo

Rococo

Moon between

Moon between

Ambition

Ambition

Exotica

Exotica

Edifice

Edifice

Dionysian

Dionysian

Canal

Canal

Golden hour: 24/7

Golden hour: 24/7

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17 thoughts on “Leaving Las Vegas (after staying there for several days)

  1. Excellent photos. I haven’t been to Lost Wages in a number of years, but it all seems somehow the same as I remember it. Thanks for sharing the memories

    • Sad, isn’t it pixxxel? Maybe the fake Venezia in Vegas will be the only way to see it in the future. Interesting link – thanks!

      • thats really sad… I visited Venezia last June and it was really fasciniating. Just great… You could check my blog site fore some pix from the real Venezia if you are interested. Have a nice day… 🙂

  2. This is my town, grew up 30 miles south of here in Boulder City. Great photos. I like the warmth of your work, Vegas always comes across a bit cartoonish, but with your work…………..well good job.

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