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Walkies part 2…. Final Thoughts….

Day 2 of traveling the strip….hotels…. and casinos….north and south….

pre- fueled by room service….and ready to get going…

took a taxi to….

1. Mandalay Bay Hotel….absolutely gorgeous…if we were not at The Wynn…this would be it…art deco crystal light fixtures throughout …the hotel…shopping…restaurant row…casinos ….real show stoppers…

palm inlaid tile…a beautiful fish tank and atrium….and a surprise tucked in back…

The Four Seasons Hotel……stunning huge long stem flowers distinctively set in individual crystal…sleek vases…set against a wood paneled lobby with Chinese accents.. very classy…as you would expect from this establishment…with their 5 star reputation….

back to the Mandalay…to walk … endlessly… around the overwhelming property…. including their restaurant row…with top tier restaurants…including one that caught our eye…

The Aureole…contained a glass enclosed modern wine elevator…2 stories high… know a wine enthusiast …who would be enthralled by the sight…

convention centers…north/south…a shark reef…wave pool…this was the place for younger families… and they were there in droves…

the shops …more of the same…including Peter Lik Gallery #3…

connected to ….

2. The Luxor…. Egyptian….can’t help conjuring up the “Walk like an Egyptian” song…. by the Bangles …

rooms are all around the pyramid…as they are at Disney World’s Contemporary Hotel…..

contained what you would expect …the Sphinx…King Tut’s Tomb…. fun for a quick look…pools etc…not up to the hotels we have seen so far….

a fast obligatory look at the casino…shops…that again connect with large “people movers” to…

3. The Excaliber… a Medievel themed experience….again…many families….and theme carried on in all areas…pool…lobby…shops…. lots of tattooed …pierced …..guests…suddenly appeared….

connected with a bridge….

4. The MGM Grand…to get a real look after being unable to take it in the day before….

the largest it seemed….with all the MGM stuff you would expect…including a $9 million dollar glass enclosed lion cage…that you can walk underneath the lions…and hear the fake roars recorded in a studio… we were told during the lecture……by the theme dressed announcer….huge amount of families…. here too…

This was the place to stay…for quite some time…when coming to Vegas…and it looks like it still is…to them…

took a walk on the shopping side of the strip… opposite the “girly cards”…across the street…….this side was M&M bags in the hands of young and old from the shop….just mobbed with travelers… what’s the deal….why such a run on M&M’s?….

5. Planet Hollywood Hotel…in and out for this one…wins the “ugliest Lobby” award…..casinos….like a large version of all their tired restaurants…thought they were on the verge of going belly- up not long ago?…

6. The Paris Hotel…A total change…old Paris..the streetscapes…as the Venetian and New York, New York……aisles of the most beautiful crystal chandeliers line the ceiling of the lobby….with inlaid tiled floors…gold leaf accents….period paintings….another era indeed

shops and casinos…stay in the same themed presentation…. surprised how long the check- in line was….

7. lunch at the Caesars Forum shops..

8. Madam Tussauds…….something we always wanted to try…too expensive for what it was… $24 a person….and if the wax figures truly look like those it they present…the camera really distorts the originals!…

9. connected to Ballys…stained glass overhead…and as is the way here in Vegas…inlaid tiles… shows its age by the plainest lobby we’ve seen ….located just off the casino…

back on the “people movers”…which run everywhere…over streets…

HMMM…a “people mover ” over A1A…at Commercial….just kidding…heard a few years back the President of the Chamber wanted an overhead pedestrian walkway….

10. Bill’s Gambling Hall…a quick step in….and a quicker step out….smoke filtration…none…

11. The Flamingo Hotel…as expected….a photo-op for a tourist or two ….with the show girl out in front…interior…pink…fuzzy…mirrored….and loud….

the lobby more sedate…shops….the usual ….. and out in back….

a garden area with…pink flamingos…huge koi…turtles….and a few of the more colorful tourists….wearing tiger print bathing underwear etc…that would have made Liberace proud!….

12. Harrahs…YUK!…gaudy…tired…fake fireworks and waves…in this motif…a definite come down…way down from where we began this journey….

only one place more troubled to witness….

across from The Wynn…all that is left of the the old Frontier Inn… sits the sign….

we are told the leveled property sold to some Middle Easterners for 36 times what Steve Wynn paid for The Wynn….

13. back to the hotel….downtime….

waited for dark….took a taxi …previous post…to old Las Vegas to see the 5 block shell and the free light show…along with the old Las Vegas…safe under the shell….with lots of security on bikes…

show was a let down…really a video overhead…that connects like a kaleidoscope…

street bands…doing oldies…complementary buffets and $1.99 shrimp cocktails… all to get some business inside…

condos are rising…but the taxi driver says…as fast as they put the wire and cable in…etc….transients steal it…for cash…

so like everywhere else…a development slowdown…..

back to the strip….in previous post….the night was full of stories….

gamblers…actually beating the house…fools getting married ….like the movies….and young people lined up out the door …hoping to get in the hot spot… only to be relegated by looks…clothes….and connections…..

Final thoughts….

we came…we saw…..we walked…and we walked…..we watched and we watched…and… no we did not bet…sorry Vegas….

…..once is enough for us…..

now to get the plane…and deal with the time change…. back to reality……

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