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Las Vegas - Day 2
February 2011
On Friday, despite being awake for nearly 24 hours the day before, we got out early in the morning. Vegas is nice and calm in the morning. I'm guessing most people are still sleeping off the night before. We went to the flamingo habitat at the Flamingo, walked around the Cosmopolitan, Crystals at CityCenter & Aria, went up the Eiffel Tower, had lunch at the Luxor and walked around the Exaclibur & New York New York. Next we went to see the MGM Lion Habitat and walked halfway up the strip before taking a cab to the Stratosphere tower at dusk. We stayed up there until the sunset so we got both the day and night view. This was followed by another trip up the Eiffel Tower to see the view at night. All in all, the Eiffel Tower affords better views than the Stratosphere. We had dinner at the Paris' le Village buffet and ended the night with a walk over to the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens which was decorated for Chinese New Year.

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DAY 1 | LAS VEGAS INDEX | DAY 3
02-001 Eiffel Tower 02-002 Paris Pool 02-003 Mountains
The iconic Eiffel Tower at the Paris as seen from our hotel room window
Our room at the Paris overlooked the rooftop swimming pool
The mountains surrounding Las Vegas as seen from our hotel room at the Paris
02-004 Mountains 02-005 Paris Hot Air Balloon 02-006 Eiffel Tower
The mountains surrounding Las Vegas as seen from our hotel room at the Paris
The Paris has one of the more elaborate signs in Las Vegas, a giant hot air balloon
The Eiffel Tower at the Paris is half the size of the original in France
02-007 US & French Flags 02-011 Ballys Entrance 02-014 Flamingo Sign
Flags at the Paris
Ballys main entrance features a long people mover to get you from the Strip to the front door
The Flamingo has been around since 1946
02-015 Flamingos 02-017 Flamingos 02-018 Flamingos
There are real flamingos at the Flamingo
The flamingo habitat at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino
If your casino is called the Flamigo, then it's necessary to have actual flamingos on the property
02-019 Wood Duck 02-021 Flamingo Waterfalls 02-023 White Ibises
Wood ducks at the Flamingo's habitat
Waterfalls at the Flamingo
White ibises at the Flamingo's habitat
02-024 Australian Black Swan 02-026 Wood Duck 02-029 Flamingo Waterfalls
This Australian black swan lives at the Flamingo
Wood duck at the Flamingo
Waterfalls in the desert at the Flamingo
02-031 Mallard Duck 02-032 Bellagio 02-034 Paris
This mallard duck was wandering free at the Flamingo habitat
The Bellagio and its lake
The Paris is one of the more recognizable casinos in Las Vegas (and where we statyed)
02-038 McDonald's Sign 02-039 Typewriter Eraser 02-040 Aria Focus Water Feature
This McDonald's has way more neon and lights then your aveage McDonald's
This typewriter eraser sculpture is 19 feet tall, weighs 4 tons and sits outside the Crystals at CityCenter Mall and the Aria
Focus is a water feature at the Aria designed by the same company that designed the Bellagio fountains
02-041 Aria Focus Water Feature 02-043 Aria Lumia Water Feature 02-045 Aria Focus Water Feature
Focus is a water feature at the Aria designed by the same company that designed the Bellagio fountains
Lumia is a water fountain at the Aria designed by the same company that designed the Bellagio fountains
Focus is a water feature at the Aria designed by the same company that designed the Bellagio fountains
02-047 Aria 02-051 Gold Bunny 02-053 Crystals Glacia Water Feature
That's a monorail track in front of the Aria
This giant gold bunny in Crystals at CityCenter celebrates the Chinese New Year which is the year of the rabbit. Unfortunately, I don't think it's chocolate filled.
Glacia is another water feature by the company that designed the Bellagion fountains. These pillars of ice are lowered into the floor and refrozen each day.
02-055 Crystals Glacia Water Feature 02-058 Planet Hollywood 02-062 Aria
Glacia is another water feature by the company that designed the Bellagion fountains. These pillars of ice are lowered into the floor and refrozen each day.
Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino (formerly the Aladdin) is right next door to the Paris
The Aria Casino and Hotel
02-063 Paris 02-065 Arc de Triomphe 02-066 Arc de Triomphe & Fountain
We spent a lot of time coming and going from the Paris
The Paris Las Vegas' Arc de Triomphe is half the size of the original in France
Apparently it's a requirement that every hotel in Las Vegas have a fountian of some kind.
02-067 Caesars Palace 02-068 Alexandre III Bridge 02-069 Strip
Most of the megaresorts in Las Vegas are huge. Caesars Palace is no exception.
The Alexandre III Bridge crosses over the casino at the Paris and leads to the elevators to the Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower provides a great view of the south end of the Strip
02-070 Bellagio 02-071 Rio & Mountains 02-074 Strip
From the Eiffell Tower you can see the massive apparatus required to put on the Bellagio fountain show
The Rio can be seen from the Eiffel Tower with the mountains in the background
From this point of view you can see just how massive the entire Caesars Palace property is
02-076 Las Vegas Hilton 02-077 Paris 02-078 Planet Hollywood Towers Westgate
Opened in 1969, the Las Vegas Hilton is the largest Hilton hotel in the world
The Paris hotel looks massive from the Eiffel Tower. Our room was on the 14th floor about 5 windows right of center
PH Westgate is a condo/hotel at Planet Hollywood. McCarran International Airport can be seen in the background.
02-079 Planet Hollywood & Westgate 02-080 Strip 02-081 Strip
Planet Hollywood (formerly the Aladdin) and PH Westgate with McCarran International Airport in the background
Looking south on the Strip from the Eiffel Tower
The Excalibur and the Mandalay Bay seen from the Eiffel Tower
02-084 Bellagio Fountains 02-085 Bellagio Fountains 02-087 Mirage Volcano
The morning is when the Bellagio fountains are tested and repairerd
The morning is when the Bellagio fountains are tested and repairerd
The Mirage volcano is tested during the morning hours
02-089 View from Eiffel Tower 02-093 Luxor Interior 02-095 Luxor Obelisk
Caesar's was smart to put camera ports in the massive anti-jumper cage that surrounds the observation deck of the Paris' Eiffel Tower
The interior of the Luxor is as unique inside as the outside. Inclinators carry guests up to their rooms.
The Luxor is the only casino with its own obelisk
02-096 Luxor Sphinx & Obelisk 02-098 Monorail 02-100 Excalibur Moat
The entrance of the Luxor
This monorail runs between the Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay
The Excalibur's moat doesn't keep anyone out since they have a people mover that takes you over it
02-102 MGM Grand 02-104 Excalibur 02-106 Statue of Liberty
The MGM Grand used to have a giant lion head as an entrance, now they have a slightly less attractive 50 ton bronze statue
The Excalibur is where we stayed the last time I was in Las Vegas my senior year of high school.
The Statue of Liberty stands in front of the New York New York
02-107 MGM Grand Lion Statue 02-108 Fire Boat 02-111 Brooklyn Bridge
This 50 ton lion statue at the MGM Grand is the largest bronze statue in the Western Hemisphere.
The New York New York's FDNY fire boat
Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is much safer than the real one. There's no New York drivers to mow you down.
02-112 Pepsi-Cola Sign 02-113 Jelly Belly Statue of Liberty 02-114 MGM Lions
This Pepsi sign is across the street from a giant Coke bottle
Jelly bean Statue of Liberty, need I say more?
These lions are right on the casino floor at MGM Grand
02-115 MGM Lion 02-117 MGM Lion 02-118 Hooters
The MGM Grand lions are washed with baby shampoo and commute to the casino each day
Supposedly one of the MGM Grand Lions is a descendant of the MGM Studios lion
The Hooters casino started out as a Howard Johnson hotel
02-119 New York New York 02-120 New York New York Roller Coaster 02-122 Harley Davidson Topiary
THe New York New York Casino and Hotel
THe New York New York provides a slightly calmer ride than a real New York City cab.
Harley Davidson and topiary aren't words that usually go together
02-123 Harley Davidson Cafe 02-124 Bellagio Fountains 02-127 Wynn
The Harley Davidson Cafe on the Strip
We could see some of the Bellagio fountains from our room
We never found time to go inside the Wynn
02-128 Sahara Sign 02-129 Circus Circus 02-134 Fremont Street
The Sahara is at the north end of the strip away from the big resorts
The Circus Circus as seen from the Stratosphere Tower
A view from the Stratosphere Tower including Fremont Street
02-135 World Market Center 02-139 Southwest Plane 02-141 Big Shot Ride
The Las Vegas World Market Center
It was cool to see planes coming into McCarran at the same altitude we were standing at
The Big Shot is the least insane of the 3 rides on top of the Stratosphere Tower
02-145 Fremont Street 02-146 Trump, Rio, Palms & Orleans 02-147 Palace Station
Fremont Street as seen from the Stratosphere Tower
The Trump, Rio, Palms and Orleans
Palace Station Casino
02-148 Sunset 02-149 Monorail 02-150 Strip
As the sun sets over Las Vegas, the lights begin to come on
The Las Vegas Monorail at the end of the line
The Strip starts to light up as darkness falls
02-155 Fremont Street 02-158 Strip 02-159 Strip
You can't see the real lightshow of Fremont Street from here, but the casinos start to light up
The Strip after dark
The Strip after dark
02-160 View from Stratosphere Tower 02-161 Strip 02-162 Excalibur
Looking out over the city of Las Vegas surrounded by empty desert
The Eiffel Tower provides more spectacular views than the Stratosphere does
The Excalibur is even more colorful at night
02-165 Strip 02-168 Bellagio 02-169 Bellagio
Looking down the Strip from the Eiffel Tower. The massive amount of traffic looks better from this height than when you're in it!
The Bellagio with the Palms in the background
Waiting for the fountain show at the Bellagio to start
02-170 Rio 02-171 Orleans 02-172 Bellagio
This is about all you can see of the Rio over the top of the Bellagio
The Orleans Casino
The clouds look ominous, but the rain held off til the middle of the night
02-175 Bellagio Fountains 02-176 Bellagio Fountains 02-178 Bellagio Fountains
The Bellagio fountain show begins
The Eiffel Tower provides a great vantage point for watching the Bellagio fountain show
The Eiffel Tower provides a great vantage point for watching the Bellagio fountain show
02-179 Bellagio Fountains 02-180 Bellagio Conservatory Statue 02-181 Terra Cotta Warriors
The Eiffel Tower provides a great vantage point for watching the Bellagio fountain show
The conservatory at the Bellagio was decorated for Chinese New Year
Terracotta warriors in the Bellagio Conservatory's Chinese New Year exhibit
02-184 Horses & Wagon 02-186 Boat 02-188 Boat
Terracotta warriors in the Bellagio Conservatory's Chinese New Year exhibit
The centerpiece of the Ballagio's Chinese New Year exhibit is a Chinese junk.
The centerpiece of the Ballagio's Chinese New Year exhibit is a Chinese junk.
02-189 Rabbit & Bridge 02-193 Rabit 02-194 Rabbits
2011 is the year of the rabbit and it shows in the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden.
2011 is the year of the rabbit and it shows in the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden.
2011 is the year of the rabbit and it shows in the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden.
02-195 Bellagio Conservatory 02-196 Bellagio Ceiling
Terracotta warriors in the Bellagio Conservatory's Chinese New Year exhibit
The lobby of the Bellagio features a glass sculpture called Fiori di Como by Dale Chihuly. It is made up of 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers.

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