Monday, April 14, 2008

More Spring in Vegas

Below are more photos from our spring outing on the Las Vegas "Strip" with our friend Margaret a little while ago. Some snippets of what we saw along the famed boulevard. It's an ever-changing scenery. Old things never stay old and the future is always just around the corner.

Outside the Bellagio Hotel & Casino. After visiting the spring flowers and butterflies inside their conservatory, we strolled along the "Strip" and enjoyed the afternoon sun.

Next to the Bellagio is one of many construction sites of future gaming establishments, condominium towers, shopping and entertainment complexes. This here shows the construction of the Cosmopolitan.

An observant George. The "Strip" is the place for people watching.

Greeting from Paris. In the desert, that is. Paris Las Vegas has its own Tour d'Eiffel. It's a half-sized replica though.

The former Aladdin Hotel & Casino was recently turned into a Planet Hollywood Casino. It's contemporary and trendy now. Gone too is the Middle Eastern themed Desert Passage mall. The mall stores are now lined up along the Miracle Mile, named after the business section on Wilshire Blvd. in L.A.

They put a cork into the famous volcano in front of the Mirage. This famous attraction is being completely refurbished and won't spew fire and "lava" again until sometime this fall.

Encore is a perhaps fitting name for the new addition to Wynn Resort. The opening of the second hotel tower and the expansion of the Wynn Casino is not too far away.

One of the rare quiet moments could be experienced on the mezzanine of the Venetian, which overlooks its piazza, gondolas and the Strip below.

It's the real thing. An oversized Coke bottle, gigantic M&M candies and other larger-than-life product placements can be found up and down the "Strip."

Don't blink. You might miss seeing another high rise building going up. See, there's another one. That wasn't there yesterday. This is only a part of the massive City Center, developed by the MGM Mirage, and will bring a new level of gaming and entertainment experience to Sin City.

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