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    The Brahma Four Face Shrine

    by Yaqui Written Sep 24, 2011

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    Located in the front of Caesars Palace grounds, you'll find this behind Serendipity 3.

    The plaque reads: The Brahma Shrine is renowned thought the far east, to people of all faiths, as a place of prayer which in turn bestows prosperity and good fortune on those who come to visit and make their hopes and wishes known. The casting ceremonies for the four-faced, eight-handed statue of the Brahma were held in Bankgkok, Thailand on November 25, 1983 and many important religious authourities and international dignitaries participated.

    The second reads:
    The installation on this site of the Magnificent four-faced Brahma Shrine was made possible through the warm generous and wholehearted sponorship of Mr. & Mrs. Kamphol Vacharaphol, Mr. Yip Hon February 5, 1984 Caesars Palace.

    3570 Las Vegas Blvd S Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

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    Cast Bronze Dragons

    by Yaqui Written Sep 23, 2011

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    They are cast bronze statues created by Li Xianqqun 2006. There are two that graces the entrance into the Mandarin Oriental Hotel & Spa. They are very impressive and massive.

    3752 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89158

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    Jun Kaneko at the Aria

    by Yaqui Written Sep 23, 2011

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    If your like me and love to explore. You should explore the Aria, because tucked in various coves or corners are pieces of some very lovely art. Jun Kaneko created these lovely pieces that look like stone.

    3730 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas Nv 89158

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    Robert Rauschenberg~“Lucky Dream”

    by Yaqui Written Sep 23, 2011

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    This hangs in the lobby of Vdara and is a creation of artist Robert Raushenberg. Called Lucky Dream, consist of Vegetable dye transfer on polylaminate, 8.5 x 14 feet. “Lucky Dream” features found images such as a trophy, Asian cranes and tigers and the Sistine Chapel. You have to see it in person to appreciate at.

    Vdara Hotel & Spa

    2600 W. Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89158

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    Peter Wegner “Day for Night, Night for Day”

    by Yaqui Written Sep 23, 2011

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    This wonderful piece of art is located in Vdara lobby near the elevators. It consist of Colored paper, die cut and suspended from steel compression frame, West wall – 34 x 10 feet, East wall – 45 x 10 feet.

    Vdara Hotel & Spa

    2600 W. Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89158

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    Frank Stella "Damascus Gate Variation I"

    by Yaqui Written Sep 22, 2011

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    This art hangs behind the reception desk at Vdara. It was created in 1969 by Frank Stella and it is named for the ancient circular Islamic city in Asia Minor. It features a design of interlaced semicircles made of luminous colors of blue, red, orange yellow and white alkyd resin on an 8-foot-high, 32-foot-long canvas. It is pretty impressive.

    Vdara Hotel & Spa

    2600 W. Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89158

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    Augustus #1

    by Yaqui Updated Jan 2, 2011

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    27 B. C. - 14 A. D.
    Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus
    "Octavian"

    27 years before Jesus Christ was born, the Senate of Rome bestowed upon Octavian the title Augustus. Augustus became the first "Emperor", which comes from the military title imperator. In actuality he became no more than first senator, yet he skillfully combined within himself all the powers of consul, tribune, and other offices.

    Augustus controlled the strongest military provinces and brought a great Roman peace (Pox Romana) which extended all the way to the Danube River and the Black Sea.
    Augustus was the greatest Emperor in all of Roman history, and the title "Father of his country" since he transformed Rome "from a city of brick into a city of marble."

    Augustus was very religious, as celebrated in the famous Altar of Peace in the city of Rome. He restored as many as 80 temples, he attempted to regulate morals, and he even banished his own daughter Julia for her immorality. He encouraged marriage and childbearing and he even used legislation to do so. In fact according to his census records the number of Roman citizens grew from 4,000,000 in eight BC to 5,000,000 in 14 A.D.

    It was during this time of great peace in the reign of Augustus that Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. He would have been born in Nazareth, the home of his parents Joseph and Mary, had it not been for the census ordered by Augustus, requiring all adults to register at their ancestral home towns. The original is at Augustus of Prima Porta, statue of the emperor Augustus in Museo Chiaramonti, Vatican, Rome.

    Now a replica graces in front of Cesars Place between the traffic lights and one statue graces the front lobby.

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    3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
    Las Vegas, NV 89109

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    Bellagio Crystal Art & Paintings - Free

    by Yaqui Written Mar 22, 2009

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    We love to explore and explore we did. When we enjoyed the gardens we decided to stroll along to see what else we can discover. As you can see we found some really lovely art pieces during a stroll heading towards the wedding chapel which is towards the ballrooms or convention area. Just fallow the signs towards the chapel. They have on display some really beautiful replicas I am sure of some original art pieced. Take some time to enjoy them. I know we did and my family loved exploring the convention area.

    Bellagio
    3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
    Las Vegas, NV 89109

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    The Griffin

    by Yaqui Written Jan 3, 2009

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    The griffin is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head and often wings of an eagle. As the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle the king of the birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. Griffins are normally known for guarding treasure. In antiquity it was a symbol of divine power and a guardian of the divine.

    Caesars Palace
    3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South
    Las Vegas, NV 89109

    This one graces the Appian Way Shops...it is huge. We noticed while ascending the escalator that the top of it is all nicked up from people throwing coins on it.

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    Giant One-Armed Bandits!

    by clueless83 Written Mar 24, 2008

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    Inside Ballys (sort of between Ballys and Paris) there are a couple of giant one-armed bandits. They cost a dollar a time and you're bound to lose after one spin but they're great to have your photo taken next to!

    My 6ft boyfriend next to a giant one-armed bandit
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    Value Casino...The Boardwalk

    by LakeFever Written Nov 26, 2005

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    The Boardwalk Casino is one of those time and place moments. We seemed to have a great time there and it was only a 10 minute walk from the MGM Grand. This casino is actualy scheduled to close this winter but there are others like it around...you just have to look....the goal was clear in our minds...drinks flowing, cheap gambling and preferably a place where we could win or break even...
    We sat down right away at a $2 minimum roulette table, 50 cent chips....off the bat we were a bit down($60ea) but soon enough we battled back and three of us had $150 ea in front....turned out to be the begining of a great relationship with the Boardwalk Casino - Marcus, Corporate Mike and Me...cudos- John and Angie for the one all nighter!!
    Over the course of the following three days we gambled exclusivly at this casino.
    By our standards the casino did us no wrong...again...a time and place momnent...it was what it was.

    Walk anywhere with your drinks..this could be 6 in Victorious! The Real Winner Mud Wrestling...funny, ironic, predictable.Not the You just walked in to a 70's flick....Value Casino

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    Gambling 101

    by goingsolo Written Dec 5, 2004

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    In an effort to make sure and squeeze every cent from every visitor, the good folks at some of the Las Vegas hotels offer gambling tips and lessons of sorts. You can learn how to play slots (which I thought was pretty self explanatory), poker, blackjack and the like. I'm not sure what is the real purpose of the lessons as they can't teach you how to win, but perhaps how to minimize your losses. Personally, I think the best way to do that is not to pour all your money into a slot machine, but that's just my opinion.

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    Moorea: The Adults-only pool at Mandalay Bay

    by Erin74 Written Jun 2, 2004

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    Mandalay Bay's pool complex is the best in Las Vegas. You can only get in if you stay at the hotel, so it's definitely worth it to book a room here. There are several different pools located around the complex. One of the most popular is a private, adults-only pool called Moorea. Moorea is very hip and trendy. It's filled with young, beautiful people and there is a charge for admission.

    The pool itself is small and rectangular (more for those who want to lounge and not actually swim). Surrounding the pool are several levels of concrete decking covered with large, wooden deck chairs. There is also a big bar area. A huge sound system blasts the latest club music. The whole area overlooks The Beach, Mandalay Bay's wave pool.

    Moorea makes bikini tops optional, and there are definitely some topless women here. It's $30 for men to enter and $10 for women. You'll want to arrive right when the pool opens at 8:30am (or line up earlier) to get a lounge chair. This place is very popular.

    Cameras are not allowed at Moorea and you must be 21 to enter.

    Moorea at Mandalay Bay
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    Funny Penguins!!

    by Stasigrace Written Jul 17, 2003

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    I had visited Vegas several times before I learned there are penguins living at the Flamingo Hilton.

    They are WAY in the back of the casino (by the restaurants--follow signs). You can go outside and be really close to them.

    I am a penguin freak and can sit there for hours. What a treat!

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    M & M WORLD..... a Nice Rest Stop - See the Movie!

    by Koala_D Written Jul 15, 2003

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    This isn't far from the MGM Grand... just look for the giant Coke bottle, and it's next door. I thought the Coca-Cola place was quite boring! My (adult) daughter insisted I visit M&M World... which I did, grudgingly. What a pleasant surprise! I recommend it as a nice rest stop for all ages. The two things I liked best were (1) The wall of M&Ms. Enormous tubes line one wall with every color M&M you could possibly think of. Colors include black, orange, about 10 shades each of blues- purples- reds- greens, grey ... you name it... like a Crayola box! These are for sale... colors you won't find at home. Great take-home gift, too! (2) Upstairs you will find the movie house. A nice place to sit for a few minutes, and there's free M&Ms afterwards. During my visit the movie featured the Red M&M ... he lost his "M" in Vegas! The movie was 3-D and very cute! Also has lots of surprises for you!

    MGM Grand
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