The Bellagio, Las Vegas

 

The grand entrance...

Multi-colored glass-like flowers adorn the ceiling...

 

 

 

 

 

 

The view behind the front desk - a colorful display of flowers & hot-air balloons...so charming!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further down is a wonderful, fantasmical courtyard...the items are either too large or too small - reminds me of Alice in Wonderland

 

Map of the Las Vegas Strip, Nevada
Las Vegas Photos including the Bellagio, Venetian, Luxor and Caesar's Palace

Some may say there is nothing magical about Sin City, but I disagree. If you can block out the Soddom & Gomorrah aspects, what's left is pure magic: a whirlwind of sights, sounds, amazing architecture, lights, colors and excitement - makes me feel like a kid again

 

I've always been amazed by Vegas - in the vast expanse of dry barren desert, this frenzied whirlwind of activity lives on, drawing people to it from all over the world like a powerful magnet. An immense energy portal must exist here!

 

I've visited a few times, but these shots were taken on my latest weekend trip in late July 2009 where I visited my favorite hotels: The Bellagio, The Venetian, The Luxor and my all time favorite, Caesar's Palace

Las Vegas, Nevada
The Bellagio, Las Vegas
The Bellagio, Las Vegas
Paris across from the Bellagio Hotel

 

And across the way is Paris...

 

 

When you first enter, a merry ferris wheel greets you (no it doesn't work - just for show)

 

The Bellagio, Las Vegas
The Bellagio, Las Vegas
The Bellagio, Las Vegas
The Bellagio, Las Vegas
View from the Bellagio, Las Vegas
The Bellagio, Las Vegas

The Bellagio

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Giant flowers abound, while tiny hot-air ballonns float around in the background...

 

In the front is a water sphere, where water rapidly runs down a glass globe

 

 

 

 

 

Looking down from the 18th floor to the magnificent pool

 

 

Manicured lawns everywhere..such a happy hotel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A quick pic of the front area...this hotel has so many charming architectural features

 

Caesar's Palace

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My favorite Vegas hotel - it's like you're in ancient Rome...

This is the grand entrance

 

Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Some artistic detail on the ceiling

 

Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Statues statues statues at every turn! 

Even a replica of the David...

 

Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada

 

The artistic and architectural details are truly impressive - most of my time on this trip was spent walking around in awe of the magnificence of this hotel

 

 

 

 

 

Entrance to the Colosseum, where shows take place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is Cleopatra's barge, complete with sphinxes and a boat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the Seahorse Lounge - such beautiful lighting...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Further down is Atlantis...

 

 

 

 

 

 

This pics are slightly blurry, but it's basically a circular arena with statues and an aquarium at the center, with stores and restaurants around the circumference. The lighting constantly changes, giving a very surreal appearance...

 

The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
Cleopatra's Barge at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Venetian

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Snackus Maximus at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada

 

Here we have the Snackus Maximus

 

 

A beautiful veranda on the other side

 

Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada

Caesar's palace - Garden of the Gods

Caesar's palace - The Forum Shops

The Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada

 

The magnificent Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace...your first time here will leave you awe-struck!

Looking up, notice the huge statues and architectural details...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

...and looking down is an expansive, clear pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And yes, even spiral escalators!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A closer view of the spiral escalator...amazing!

 

 

The Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Luxor

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The Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
Seahorse Lounge at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
Atlantis at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
Atlantis at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Forum Shops outside entrance - such grandeur!

The Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Venetian Hotel
The Venetian Hotel
The Venetian Hotel
The Venetian Hotel

Caesar's palace - Outside View

Inside The Venetian

The Venetian Hotel
The Venetian Hotel
The Venetian Hotel
The Venetian Hotel
The Venetian Hotel

 

Entrance to the shops...you feel just like you were walking around Venice

 

 

 

 

 

Inside is equally magical as the outside, with surreal lighting which effectively mimics daylight

 

 

 

 

 

Gondolas sail through the canals inside, as well as outside

 

 

 

 

Feel like I'm in Venice heaven...

 

 

 

 

..and under a bridge...

 

 

 

 

 

 

It could be 3am and you would never know it! Daytime here is eternal...

 

 

 

 

 

More shopping - it's almost unbelievable how large a space exists inside the hotel. The stores seem to go on forever...

 

 

 

The beautiful, romantic Venetian Hotel...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Complete with gondola rides, bridges and clock tower...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So magical when it's lit up at night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking up at the Clock Tower

 

 

 

The Venetian Hotel
The Luxor Hotel
The Luxor Hotel
The Luxor Hotel
The Luxor Hotel
The Luxor Hotel
The Luxor Hotel
The Luxor Hotel
The Luxor Hotel
The Luxor Hotel
The Luxor Hotel Pool

 

Outside view of the Luxor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like the other hotels, this on is better viewed (and photographed) at night. Maybe next time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entrance to the tram which takes you to neighboring Excalibur

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once inside all you see are Egyptian statues and sphinxes. While still a cool hotel, it's become very commercialized over the years

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beautiful display when you first walk in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sphinx and obelisk on the second floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming down the escalator...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking down at the Egyptian-themed pool...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Egyptian-themed lobby - it's soooo expansive!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pyramid Cafe, with heiroglyphs everywhere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pool area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moving walkway whch takes you to the Excalibur Hotel. Notice the heirpglyphs and Egyptian artistry on the ceiling...

 

The Venetian Hotel
The Luxor Hotel
Pyramid Cafe at the Luxor Hotel
The Luxor Hotel