Impressions of Vegas

Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
Trip End Jun 19, 2009

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Flag of United States  , Nevada
Sunday, April 19, 2009

After an interesting drive through the desert, with mountains around, even one capped with snow, stopping at a Pancake diner for afternoon tea, we passed over the Nevada border (would you believe there is a multi-storey themed hotel/casino there, in the middle of nowhere?) to Las Vegas.

Mel's Impressions:

When we drove through Vegas on the famous Strip, I was surprised about how small and squashy it seemed. All the hotels and casinos and restaurants were all on one or two roads.

The next day, we walked through Circus Circus, to get to the Strip. Inside it was loud, smoky and full of noise from the pokies (slot machines). We went on a bus around to other places, hotels such as - Excalibur, Luxor, Tropicana, Treasure Island, MGM Grand and New York-New York. Most of them had beautiful outsides with many decorations and themes but when you walked inside they were all the same- people gambling, poker machines, smoke and noise. Even the food place we went to (Subway) had poker machines inside!

At night we saw a show the Sirens IT which was very good although it was all a giant ad for the Treasure island hotel. At night everything was so BRIGHT. All the casinos and hotels and blinding and so I was walking around squinting more than in the day.

Finally, I think Las Vegas is pretty tacky but original. I have never and don't think I ever will see anything like it again.

Hannah's Impressions:

Yesterday we went to Las Vegas.
The outsides of the casinos were all different but the insides looked very much the same. I liked the out side of Excalibur, Luxor and Circus Circus because they had the outside of either a fairy-tale castle, an Egyptian Sphinx, or bright, blinding lights. The insides had pokies after pokies in every building. I felt like I was going to suffocate with all the smoke in most of the hotels/casinos. In Circus Circus on the top floor there is the Adventure Dome which is like an inside amusement park. I found the insides of the hotels in Las Vegas kind of boring and predictable because once in you've been in one you've been in them all.

Also we saw a magic show by Dirk Arthur and I thought it was wonderful, especially the seating. It was my first time sitting in a theatre with a table and such a comfy seat (booth). He used big cats in his show, and it was the first time I'd seen a black panther and a rare white tiger (no stripes).

Jasmine's Impressions:

When we were entering Vegas I thought it was going to be interesting but I was wrong (it was so boring). There was so many slot machine's, mostly everywhere I looked there was at least ten. But when we got to the RV Park the pool and swingset caught my eyes.

The Magic Show I thought was very interesting, especially because Dirk Arthur always made sure the audience was entertained (and because Mum bought us popcorn). When I grow up I want to be one of the girls who assist him.

I really liked it when Daddy won a ticket (on a streetside free pull on a slot) for a discount on shrimp cocktails and we had one each.

Karen's Impressions:

We're enjoying our visit to Vegas. It took us a while to get into the swing of things - not having any parkland to stop and sit down to have a snack doesn't help. But once we got out of the traffic and actually walked around we started to see why it was such a popular place. The shows are great - we saw a show by an Illusionist yesterday involving wild cats appearing on stage, like tigers and leopards. Though I doubt the claim that the fact that these endangered species are used in the show is helping them, even if they are being well looked after. And there are so many world-class performers in one town it is amazing. Great if you have lots of money, but for the rest of us getting half-price tickets to a magic show is good enough.

I've decided Las Vegas is like a rotten piece of fruit. On the outside it looks attractive, inviting, interesting and exciting. The architecture of the hotel/casinos is fantastic. Like New York New York, which has a tower like a collections of NY skycrapers, and inside the lobby there are shops with facades like a NY streetfront, complete with 3-storey buildings over the shops (smaller than the real thing). Or Excalibur, like a castle with turrets on the outside and with balconies and a courtyard on the inside. Or Luxor, where you walk through a life-size sphinx (although this one doesn't have it's nose missing).

But then you remember what is financing all this. The misery of many, those who lose sustantial amounts of money they can't afford, including those that end up losing their homes, their livelihoods and their families, and some even their lives. Or those that come seeking some relief or happiness, and bury themselves in a dark and smoky hole with flashing lights and incessant beeping.
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Where I stayed
CircusCircus RV Park
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sarabanda on

Great Observations
I thought every observation about Las Vegas for this entry was very astute and well articulated by the individual writer.
I think you have shown us not to judge other people's life decisions and work choices.
Thankyou for letting us being part of your travels.

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