Shot last Tuesday from the indoor observation deck at the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, approximately 310 meters (985 feet) above ground. Unfortunately the outdoor observatory was closed due to bad weather so I had to put the cloning and patch tools in Photoshop to some work to remove all the reflections from the glass, but I believe I got rid of most of them.
To the left you see the Las Vegas Hilton (the blue building) and the Parside road, the street in the middle is the famous Las Vegas Blvd, better known as The Strip. You've seen it - if not in real life in a gazillion movies. And there's a reason for that - this is where the shit goes down. Literally. It's insane. No wonder why Las Vegas is called The Capital of Entertainment. If you're in Vegas, you hardly ever need to leave The Strip. Basically every single hotel, casino and club that is worth visiting is situated along The Strip. The Strip starts somewhere at Mandalay bay and stretches all the way up to the Stratoshpere - but the distance is no more than approximately 4 miles (6,5 km), so it's pretty dense! No matter where you want to go, everything is practically at a walking distance.
And I kid you not - Vegas was off the hook! It was more than I ever expected. I wouldn't mind living there for a year or two.
During my stay in Las Vegas I stayed at two hotels, Caesars Palace and MGM Grand. MGM Grand is the second largest hotel in the world, holding no less than 6852 rooms! The MGM Grand is bravely guarded by the MGM lion Leo, the largest bronze statue in the world. Leo weighs 50 tons, is 45 feet (14 m) tall and sits on a 25-foot pedestal. If you're ever visiting Vegas, which you should(!), make sure that you stay at a hotel that's located on the Strip. It'll cost you a couple of bucks extra per night, but it's worth it. Besides, the one thing that is really cheap in Vegas is the hotels. Three nights at the MGM cost me less than 300 USD - and they gave me a room with two queen size beds - compared to the Marionette at the Newark Airport in New York, where they wanted to charge me 220 USD for one night. It's a f-ing airport!
Must do's when you're in Vegas:
* Spend at least two days checking out all the fabulous hotels, casinos and shops (duh!)
* Go see a show. Or fifteen of them. Ther are everywhere, and there's a huge variety - everything from concerts and theatre to stand up and wrestling. We went to see Love by the Beatles, by Cirque de Soleils at the Mirage. Avatar in 3D is cool and all, but this shit if for real. Just...wow!
* Visit some of the super clubs. The clubs are located in the hotels, and most hotels have at least one super club and a few million bars, lounges and restaurants. My recommendation is that you check out either Pure (at Caesars Palace), Jet (at the Mirage), The Bank (at the Bellagio) and Blush and Tryst (at Wynn). Or all of them, if you're a party animal like me. If you're going to the bigger clubs, be there no later than 11 pm if you don't want to wait in the line for an hour. It might be worth to ask the concierge if they can put you on the list, that way you might be able skip the line. The admission fees are pretty high, 20-40 USD even on regular nights, although if you grab a flyer at the door during the day you might get reduced admission before midnight, and your girl might even get in for free.
* Grab a drink or a dinner 300 meters above ground at Top of the world, at the Stratosphere.
* Take a chopper ride out to the Grand Canyon. Prices vary depending on type of package, but they start at somewhere around 300 USD per person.
* Feelin' lucky? Or suicidal? Go to one of the Casinos and bet everything you own on red. Or black, whatever you prefer ;)
|Capture date:||January 20, 2010, 03:13 (CET, GMT +1)|
|Camera:||Canon Canon EOS 50D|
|Focal Length:||10 mm|