The morning after the gambling was not so pleasant – the free drinks paid it’s price, but it was okay because we were in Vegas. We rolled out of bed, went to the outdoor pool and had a soak in the hot tub. It did us the world of good. Looking up at the palm trees and blue skies was relaxing.
After a lazy day of wondering around, eating greasy food and watching free Circus performances in the hotel, it was night time again.
The prime time in Vegas to see things is after dark. We hopped on a bus and took it down the 4 mile strip. I was well and truly overwhelmed. The florescent lights were bright, colourful and flashing all around us.
Obscenely huge hotels were lined up along the strip. They were all gigantic and had different themes. First we went inside Cesar – this hotel complex was insane. Inside were: marble statues of the ancient gods, grand columns, exquisite fountains and elaborate floors and high ceilings.
One section of the hotel was home to numerous expensive designer shops – Swaskvi, Gucci, Tiffany and many more. Here the ceiling had been made into a fake blue, cloudy sky and in the centre of the huge building was another extravagantly beautiful water fountain.
People were walking with their heads held high, dressed to impress in dresses, high heels and smart shirts. It was great fun window shopping, admiring all the expensive goods.
The Bellingo hotel was also highly elaborate. It had a large conservatory inside with real, huge, bright orange pumpkins, water wheels, talking trees and lots of plants.
It was totally wacky and fun to walk through.
Outside was the famous water fountain show. This goes off every 30 minutes and is different each time, with varying music. I have never seen fountains quiet like it. The water shot into the air with great force and then crossed over each other.
People were dressed up on the roadside in different costumes, they charged a dollar to take a picture with them. There were minions, characters from the hangover, flamingo girls and all kinds of weird and wonderful people.
The Cosmo hotel was another vast one covered in crystals. Shiny, sparkling curtains had been crafted to hang from every corner.
Other hotels were in the shape of Disney castles, while others imitated different parts of the world.
There was the New York New York hotel with a statue of liberty near by. It homed a huge Hershey’s chocolate shop with three floors, giving off the most glorious scents. The statue of liberty bellow is made out of chocolate!
We went on a roller coaster which was terrifying. It zoomed around and gave us fantastic views of Vegas.
We walked along the strip, wandering in various hotels, taking in the crazy lights and admiring the obscene buildings. The thing that astounded me most was however elaborate these hotels were the casinos carpets were always the same grubby floral print.
We saw crooked buildings, a pyramid which has a light beam which can be seen from space and huge motorbikes.
I dread to think think how much water the fountains use and how much electricity is wasted. However, cool, incredible and spectacular these buildings are, I can’t help but think how much money is splurged on such a insane place – for what purpose? It really highlights the contrast between the rich and poor, cities and countryside. People have more money than sense.