We are on our way back home, but decide to take our time and see some sights on the way. We got text from my son, saying that it is snowing back home. Nooooooo!!!!! I am not ready to give up my shorts and flip-flops! I have never been interested in going to Vegas, but what the heck, we are going right through it. So, on to Vegas.
We got a good internet rate at the Luxor which is right on the strip. There are some neat sights, for sure. Steve took me to see Freemont street at night, which runs an hourly show that is like a music video shown on an overhead canopy of LED lights that is 4 block long. It is hard to describe, but it worth seeing (and the $25 cab ride to get there.) It is where the old strip was before they put in the freeways and built the new strip.
The strip is where all the big hotels/casinos are, like New York, New York, Circus Circus, the Flamingo, the Luxor, the Mirage etc. It is like staying on a movie set, where everything is for show, but not real. It takes
forever to get anywhere though, as each hotel/casino takes up several blocks, and you can get lost trying to find your way out once you are inside. They are “destination resorts”, and all want you to lose track of time and stay and spend all your money there. They all keep their lighting low, have no outside windows and have no ambient lighting. Pot lights look like stars. Flashing colored lights everywhere, with a jumble of noise and lights coming from the machines, piped in music, restaurants, bars, stores, and exhibits. There are time share hawkers at every turn, beggars, bums, scantily clad girls with plastic smiles, guys trying to hand you flyers advertising their peep shows and strip shows, and people selling whatever you might want, and in your face. The whole town was noisy, smoky, confusing, crowded, hot and windy. Let’s just say it wasn’t my style.
While we were at the Lux we saw a couple of shows: Menopause, the Musical, and Criss Angel with Cirque de Soleil dancers. Menopause was very enjoyable, very funny. Criss Angel was not so great - you could see the wires when he “magically’ descended from the ceiling, and when
he walked down the wall. You could see him pulling birds out of his vest to “magically” appear in his hand. The dancers were double-jointed “performance artists” (read: weird) dressed up in rabbit costumes doing grotesque gyrations around the stage - mostly trying to distract you while the next trick was being set up. Some of the tricks were good though, like the one where he saws a girl in half, and the one where he “disappears” from a locked box and changes places with someone else on stage. Even though I know how it is done, you couldn’t see the trick, and it was still well done. However, I wouldn’t spend any money to see him again.
There were lots more things we could have seen, given more time. Off the strip were affordable food options and less noise, but then you have to figure out how to get to and from. It is pretty hot to walk. But if we pass through again, maybe next time we would stay off the strip, and just pick and chose the things we want to see. For this time, a couple of days there was plenty, and we were ready
to move on.
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