June 19, 2013

Sightseeing in Vegas!

Loud music, streetperformers, shows, limos, impersonators, mascots, words bent in neon, gambling, and one big lightinferno- that is how I, with only a few words, would describe the area of downtown Las Vegas!
But that is only at night!

In the daytime, the city transforms into a whole different thing.
Imagine watching The Hangover again (If you haven't already, DO IT!). Got it? Okay, Vegas is EXACTLY how it's shown in the movie. (Well except for the mafia and Mike Tyson).

All the hotels are themed somehow. Here's from The Pirate Bay!
In the back you see Donald Trump's hotel.
The bottom part of the Stratosphere - The Italian friend of mine, who convinced me to go, stayed here once already. I believe he was there again when my family and I went but we never met him. 
Up on top they had a couple of thrill rides. See that arm-thingie sticking out to the right?
That's one of them!
 And here's "just another picture" of the tower. Wait! What's that thing up there?! Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
(Zoomed in by ALOT) 
`NO! It's a guy who's sky jumping! Yet one of the things to do there!
No purpose of this picture, I just love how the palm attacks

Limos! Limos everywhere!
I enjoyed standing there for a few minutes trying to spy.. who knows, maybe I'd spot a celebrity :P

No Vegas-trip is complete without seeing at least 3 of these!
Don't mind my derpy face though, I had no idea my dad took this picture before AFTER

I had to get waaaay back in order to snap this picture and I still had troubles fitting it in! 
And here you see The Venetian - An incredibly beautiful Italian-inspired luxury hotel located on the East side of the Las Vegas Strip. Along with The Palazzo, it is part of the largest resort/hotel complex in the world! 

If you please, you can even have a ride in a gondola and yes, the guy is wearing a striped shirt and a cute hat like you had probably imagined.

Madame Tussauds was right beside the Venetian - Sadly I didn't get to get in here either..
Oh well! I missed the one in London too, 3rd time must be the lucky one!
This was outside the entrance of The Venetian. Super expensive-looking art on the ceiling? check!

Nothing really happens in this video but for some reason I can just watch it over and over again. I showed it to my best friend and figured that maybe she'd get a jist of how Vegas was
A waterfall outside The Mirage

This is a completely unedited picture. Can you see the kind of.. aura-like thing around the statues and me?
It was so hot that even the Ipad was sweating hahah

Harrahs beside the Venetian
Further down the street you see Ceasar's Palace

Ooops, forgot I was still wearing my classes..

Much better

A beautiful view from the restaurant at The Mirage

I looooved this place. 

Again, have you watched The Hangover?
I personally LOVED the movies! (Mostly 1st and 2nd though) and since I was already in Vegas, why not go see where some of the scenes were filmed?
NOTE: The reception is the only place that I know they filmed for sure so that's pretty much what I aimed for.

Ceasar's was way too big for me to catch in one picture and now that I was at it, why not the hippie-statue over there join in.
At was so so so hot that day so only my dad and I went in. The mission was simple: Get to the reception to take a picture! But that was easier said than done, the place was absolutely huge! 
We entered from the casino and actually got lost for a couple of minutes. As we couldn't find a way out, we went backwards

To the Forum shops! 
Brand names were seen everywhere and further in, the ceiling was painted like the night sky in a tropical country. 

Look who I found!! 

After having looked around for a while, we finally found this map. Okay.. this place is a little bigger than we thought at first. A little to the right from the light-blue square is a little red star - "You are here" and weeee were supposed to be ALL THE WAY TO THE OPPOSITE SIDE! Seriously! Down to the right is the reception... Needles to say I never got to see it :/
Are you afraid of an upcoming zombie apocalypse?
Then look no further! Vegas has a store for that. And yes, yes that is a dinosaur on top of the store. 
Statue of Liberty!
Look around, see the bridges?
Instead of making hundreds of those pedestrian crossings, they just built bridges! That way we could pass whenever we wanted without having to disturb the traffic :) 
A couple of the hotels would have rides connected to them. I'm not sure which hotel this is but once in a while you'd hear screams followed by a big flash from when they had their rollercoaster picture taken.

My 3rd most favorite costume that I found in the streets. When people asked to take a picture of this guy, he would instantly strike a superhero pose like this! Too bad there is such a glare in the photo, I loved the lights! 
My top 2 costumes! Who could possibly not love these two?!
After they took the picture, they just kept standing, promting my my parents to take more picturses. As we were about to leave, "Mario" grabbed my hand and kissed it before turning around waving.
I'm really Mario-biased, don't judge me!

Vegas has got absolutely everything!
Why not have their own Empire State building? 

It's a common stereotype that, in both Hollywood and Vegas, everything is bent in neon. Here we see a fabolous glowing Mcdonald's sign
They even have glowing motor-bikes! How cool is that?

This was one of the street artists I found. 
While they were blasting and I mean BLASTING dubsteb, THIS guy would make some of the most amazing pieces of art just by using spray paint and some kind of metal-thingie. Here he's working on this super nice galaxy picture and after spraying a little, he scraped a skyline into the bottom of it.

Enormous LCD screens lit up the streets! One minute everything could be red and seconds after it'd all seem blue

Once again we found some street performers. This time 3 really talented guys. My favorite was the kinda bigger one but I think this guy did a pretty good job too

You could get the most amazing pictures from standing on the bridges. 

Eiffel Tower!
"Nice pic!" some random guy yelled as he passed up taking this photo

Hakkasan nightclub - The nights I spent in Vegas, they'd have stars like DJ Tiesto, Deadmau5, and Bob Sinclair come and perform.
Also, have you ever watched Forrest Gump? See the shrimp restaurant.
Because this is Vegas! If they want a New York style bridge in the middle of the road, then they build a New York style bridge there! 
A nice view of Excalibur Hotel from the other side of the street

Across the street from our hotel and a little to the left was the MGM Grand hotel! 
Now this place is HUUUUUUGE!! It has 5,044 guest rooms and 751 suites so there should be loads of rooms to choose from in case you feel like going. At the time it was built it was the largest hotel in the world
Back home at the hotel we were staying at

And like all the other cool hotels, the front ceiling was nicely decorated here too. Not with art, with lamps!

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