Well, blog buddies, I'm back on home turf again, after a week in Las Vegas with Rick. We go there for his trade show. Not my favorite place. I think everyone should see it once but unless you gamble, it gets old.
And big. Huge. Very tiring. Especially after being sick. Home never felt so good.
Still, there is much to find lovely, especially at the holiday time, so I thought I'd share a few pix of some of the most festive spots.
One of my first stops is always the conservatory at the Bellagio. They often reuse some of the elements (I have seen the penguins and bears before) but always move them around and do them in a wonderful, whimsical way.
Everything is done with flowers and organics. It takes 140 people to make this happen.
I particularly love their big tree. The "snow globe" was new this year and rather magical.
We quite love just looking at it, noticing the small details and the amazing use of plants and foliage. It is a bit overwhelming.
(And best of all, it's free! One of the best bargains in Las Vegas!)
Another hotel that does Christmas well is the Venetian.
Set like an Italian fortress of shops and canals, the Venetian always has a lovely tree outside.
They also offer free entertainment, which is a perfect time to sit down and give your feet a break!
Of course the shop windows are always something to gaze at -- I particularly loved the festive nature of this one!
And couldn't resist this shot!
Outside, you will find everything from people dressed in Star Wars, Michael Jackson or Elvis costumes to some more seasonally attired. I love the contrast in views here -- in the first, the girls look like they are having a very bad day. But when the gentlemen pass with their "donations," there are smiles all around!
Ah, Vegas. I can't say that I like having my senses continually assaulted or working the trade show floor with Rick.
But I have to admire the panache to make the fantasy seem real. For a minute, you are in Venice, in a garden, in a crazy world. And when you're not too pooped to participate, I admit -- it's kind of fun!
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