Past & Present, Las Vegas
las vegas may be Sin City but every sin city has it's inferno and here in las vegas, there are lots of establishments whether casino complexes or hotels or hot spots that have closed, gone bust and just plainly become bankrupt since the last time I have been here in 2005 and this tip is more of a montage and a tribute to those vegas joints that are not around today in 2011 at the time of my revisit. The recession has really hit hard this city and nowadays, there are also less poeple at the gaming tables and at the slot machines as before and there are less ASIANS, which are the Real High Rollers of the Casinos, going to Vegas as compared to Macau and Singapore, which are now the hottest Gambling Destinations and are a short plane ride away as compared to Vegas.
One of the things that struck me as I was walking up and down the Strip was that hotels have a very short life expectancy in Las Vegas. Save for a few hotels, there isn't much left on the Strip that is more than a couple decades old. Many of the old "classics" have been demolished over the years to make room for the new larger and more impressive resorts. For example, the Bellagio was built where the Dunes Hotel & Casino used to stand, the Venitian was built on the site of the Sands Hotel & Casino, while the Wynn now stands where the Desert Inn Hotel used to be. There currently are several important projects underway, such as the 4,800-room CityCenter Hotel & Casino. I couldn't help but think that if I were to go back to Las Vegas in a few years, there would still be plenty to discover while some of the hotels I visited will no doubt be a thing of the past. One thing's for sure, it'll be interesting to see what they come up with next!
Elvis can be spotted anywhere in Vegas. He can even perform your wedding ceremony at one of the many chapels.
Well, this photo was taken at Madame Tussauds but there were several other Elvis sightings during the trip.
Las Vegas they say is always "re-inventing itself" Don't expect something that was there on one trip to be the same on the next; and on the other hand, who knows what new wonders will materialize.
For example, one of my first trips in 1998 was with my 14-year-old son at the tale end of the "family Las Vegas." (Even though hardliners never did like the idea of kids in LV.)
We had a ball, but some of the kid oriented attractions are no longer there. For example, the MGM Amusement Park is no more.
During my first trip to Las Vegas I saw Elvis a couple of times from a distance, but never heard him sing.
On the two most recent visits he seems to be appearing everywhere -- main MGM casino stage (free), a downtown hotel lounge act, in front of casinos like Stardust and Riviera. I even went to the Elvis Museum the last time I was in town and met a very young Elvis.
Elvis is alive and well in Las Vegas, some 25 years after his death. Long live Elvis!!
This guy is all over town. I think this version of the King was adapted from his later years though.