Hello friends…welcome to Las Vegas…the Sin city …….known for its gambling, night life, dance bars, casinos,fun and frolic. For the next few weeks we are going to be at this fun place…seeing things which are quite unfamiliar to us….so come along with me…
We flew in to Las Vegas from San Francisco….as usual on Southwest airlines . Las Vegas is located in a desert in Nevada in USA. As one approaches Vegas by flight, the landscape changes to sand dunes and dry desert areas.
The desert like Nevada landscape
The Las Vegas Strip….as we landed at the airport...
The Las Vegas airport is itself a mini casino with slot machines and bright flashing lights and gizmos. As one enters the terminal , one gets a feel of what lies on the other side of the terminal. I noticed a general difference in behaviour of the people from here itself. Everyone seemed to be on a HIGH… literally!!!
Slot machines at Las Vegas airport
Taking an airport shuttle, we reached Luxor Hotel and Casino where we had our room bookings.
The Hotel is built in Egyptian theme ; the main building is in the shape of a pyramid and the entire decor inside including the wardrobes have an Egyptian feel . Luxor is actually a city in Egypt on the banks of the river Nile and is famous for the Karnak temple…the second largest temple complex in Egypt.
The Luxor Hotel Pyramid Building with Sphinx
The Hotel Lobby…everything Egyptian!!!
The Hotel lobby and interior as seen from our room
The pyramid has a sky beam touted to be the strongest beam of light in the world. We had a room somewhere in the middle of the pyramid and we had a view of Las Vegas airport from our room. The adjacent resorts are Mandalay Bay and Excalibur and all three are connected by a tram system.
After some rest, we freshened up and explored the hotel and casino. Amazing to see the sheer volumes of people at the machines and the number of restaurants and shops at different levels of the hotel. It is a world of its own. There are various shows and exhibitions at the hotel for which you need to reserve tickets.
Later in the evening we stepped out and had our first experience of walking along the Strip. The Strip is basically a road with hotels and casinos on either side with pedestrian bridges across the roads with escalators .There are various restaurants and shops…all lit up with neon lights. Las Vegas strip by night is really very colourful.
Another unique thing was the various Cannabis shops and cabs displaying neon lights with phone numbers for cannabis supply.
There were people dressed up like for a fancy dress and one could take pictures with them for a price. Semi clad girls with various colourful gear was also something unique.
The Las Vegas Strip by day
A typical pedestrian bridge across the Strip
The Vegas Strip at night
The bright neon lights and the crowds on the Strip
As we walked along the strip, the mood was very festive….lots of loud music from the various bars and restaurants, the flashing lights, people walking around with diaquiris in their hands….all laughing away and generally having a great time…
We enjoyed the festive spirit of the strip and returned to our hotel looking forward to trying our hands at the slot machines the next day…
See you at one such machine next week….let’s try our luck…