Passing through Vegas

What comes to your mind thinking of Las Vegas?  Neons? Slot Machines? Buffets? or fancy Casino hotels? They are all still existing except that neons do not glow in the main drag The Strip anymore. Slot machines are now more collectible and decorating items than the classic gambling devices. A gourmet buffet cost between $5.99- $8.99 two decades ago is now in the $30+ range and the food has no comparison with what was offered for less than 1/3 price in the good old days.

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Glamorous hotels are still the major attraction, but the interiors of the new hotels are mainly packed with gambling tables/machines, shops, and restaurants.

The architectural beauty is hidden behind all the clutters and no longer represents the unique theme of the hotels. You won’t see the ‘pirates’ in action in front of Treasure Island and Mirage’s volcano does not ‘erupt’ every hour during the night anymore.

Luckily Luxor (Egyptian theme) and Excalibur (medieval theme) are still standing and their architectural uniqueness is well-preserved both interior and exterior. The invention of the LCD has completely enhanced our visual pleasure.

Old Town has its charm at night when its dramatic neon lights glow. The steel canopy is added with zip line performers. But the appearance of a few street entertainers is disturbing, or I should say it plainly, gross. Regardless of what I think, the place is busy and there is no rest for the night.

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I like these ‘Grab A Cup’ ice cream machines. You can get the volume you want and mix the flavors to your liking. Fun is to make your own ice cream sundae with a large selection of toppings right in front of you. We stopped eating ice cream because of the sugar and milk content. But temptation is overpowering conscience in this instance.

Seven years ago when I was there, I did not pay attention to New York, New York. It seems to become one of the major attractions on the Strip. The main architecture and skyline of New York City are displayed here such as the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge.

If not for the transit, I probably will not come back here. But undoubtedly it is a family fun destination in addition to Disneyland.

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