Happy New Year!
That was the message in the glitzy Vegas hotels, as they prepared for the Year of the Tiger. After all the meetings were over, my friend Maryanne and I headed out to do a little shopping, eat a great dinner and catch some beauty.
But first, a wrap of the NETA meeting.
I went to a number of sessions on social media and heard some of the PBS folk talk about things like the next new big thing -- mobile, live-streaming, hand-held television signals (as if we don't get enough of it in our daily lives!)
And I was able to hear the inspiring Paula Kerger, president of PBS, speak.
Fresh from the PBS press tour in LA a few days before, she shared news that Bill Moyers and NOW were leaving the schedule but being replaced by a new show called "Need to Know," which she described as falling between the timely nighly news of "PBS NewsHour" and the more in-depth reporting on "Frontline."
And, she said Patrick Stewart wowed them at the press tour as he spoke about the two Shakespearean plays he'll be in for "Great Performances" next season -- the title role of "Macbeth" and Claudius in "Hamlet." I feel very proud that PBS can bring this caliber of performance to students in high school who may never get to see a Shakespearean play live (or, a good one, at least) into the home and classroom.
She also talked budget in the system (not good, but is it anywhere) and about the power of the education programming for children. Her speech was indeed worth hearing.
But, back to the bright lights and big city. Our hotel was WAY out there, so we took the shuttle in and walked about past some of the hotels. Here are a few of the sights along the way.
At Treasure Island, this sea sprite (catch the octopus in her hair) on one of the pirate ships...
Another of the pirate ships...
Overlooking the canal at the Venetian...
... and a peek at the Venetian tower...
We didn't have a lot of time, so we decided to spend it in the Venetian, with its Canal Shops and great restaurants. And, it's simply beautiful. This trio was playing in the "square."
The square itself is framed by shops, and the ceiling painted to look like the sky, and beautifully lit.
The canal runs through the building, and tourists can take gondola rides. I snapped a photo of these three gondoliers standing about and looking rather bored -- when I went to get another, they noticed me and came to life.
As you would expect, the window displays were pretty elaborate.
And what do you think that shoe is constructed from? Look closely!
It's made from hangers! And this one, celebrating Happy New Decade, made great use of pecans!
We ate at a marvelous restaurant called Woo, one of -- if not the only -- family owned and operated restaurants on the strip. We shared appetizers, salad, plum sake to die for and this unbelievable frangipane cake with pressed almonds, served with raspberry sorbet. The restaurant was lovely -- spare and elegant. (This phot was near the restroom; we were at a tall table.)
Then back into that lobby again. The thing about Vegas anywhere is that it is pure excess. Some is over the top. Some it totally gorgeous.
This fell into the gorgeous category.
And the tiger was magnificent.
I was rather fond of this beast, and couldn't resist overshooting!
Can we get a little closer?
I couldn't help but be in awe of these wonderful lanterns.
And the coin motif was great!
It almost made coming home with a 103 temperature worth it! Happy New Year -- again!
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