A few days in Las Vegas
25.12.2016 - 28.12.2016 5 °C
Neither me nor my husband are into gambling and our main reason for being in Las Vegas was to use it as a base from which to travel to the Grand Canyon.
We visited a lot of the large, glitzy hotels especially the themed ones. One of my favourites was the Luxor which is shaped like a huge pyramid and has an enormous sphinx outside it. Inside it continues the Egyptian theme with more models of sphinxes, hieroglyphic writing and much more.
Another was the Bellagio Hotel because this had a conservatory with a Christmas display featuring polar bears, penguins, elves and a harlequin made of flowers. It also had a glass flower ceiling in the lobby. Outside the hotel there was a huge lake with a frequent fountain show.
We were also impressed with Caesar's Palace which had a fake colloseum, statues and our favourite the very atmospheric forum shops.
Another of the hotels that appealed to us was the Flamingo. This one had a bit of history as it was founded by a famous gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel who lived in the penthouse there. He was obsessed with his personal safety and had guards, escape routes and a getaway van at the hotel. However, he was murdered when he visited his girlfriend in Los Angeles. The Flamingo Hotel has pretty gardens filled with birds such as ducks and flamingos.