OK guys, its time for a little treat. It’s been awhile since I did a post on my trip to the States, and knowing how much you enjoyed hearing about the Aussie perspective of America I’m here to continue my Story. Don’t worry, I’ll leave links to related posts at the end of this one. :smile2_ee:

Before telling you about leaving Los Angeles via LAX, weird name for an airport and what’s the X stand for anyway :ponder_tb: , I should tell you of my experience upon our arrival there at the beginning of the holiday. I’ve been to several airports but LAX was the first one that digitally took my finger prints as well as doing a retina scan. Weird, but I reckon it’s all been brought about because of what happened on September 11. Leaving for Las Vegas was simpler, we just had to remove everything from our pockets, belts and even shoes. We were cool about it, the only ones complaining were the Yanks. :wink_ee:

OK, so we left LAX and landed at the Las Vegas airport, and what was the first thing we saw upon entering the airport? A whole heap of slot machines, unlucky ones at that. Ah, who am I kidding I didn’t have any luck at Vegas but I sure did enjoy myself.

We stayed at the Bellagio and I have to tell you it was the most beautiful hotel I’ve ever seen. This is a shot of the Bellagio Fountain, and believe me when I tell you it was spectacular.

Bellagio Fountain Bellagio Fountain ML

If you’re ever there the fountain appears regularly depending on a few factors. From Monday to Friday between 3pm and 8pm its every half hour and between 8pm and 12am its every 15 minutes. On weekends and holidays it starts at 12pm. What is really amazing is that the shows are different and each time the fountains appear they dance to whatever music is playing. Don’t forget to watch the video I took at the end of this post.

Upon entering the Bellagio we were presented with a stunning chandelier. These two photos were taken from the foyer.

Bellagio Foyer Bellagio chandelier
Once we had checked in we went to our rooms to deposit the luggage and to do that you had to walk through the casino, a common factor in all the casinos we visited while there. Obviously they hope to suck a bit of cash from guests as they walk through.

Let me tell you, the casinos in Vegas are huge and the Bellagio was no exception. I could flood this blog with the photos I took but I don’t want to bore you with the hundreds of photos I took. being spring and all a lot of the hotels had a spring them but I didn’t see one that matched the Bellagio.

bellagio Spring

This painting was actually made of flowers and again it was pretty big.

paint flower

If you’re ever at Vegas you have to visit the Jean Philippe Patisserie. Why? Because their coffee and food is great and the cakes are to die for. You can even watch as they make the most delicious crepes with fillings of your choice. While there be sure to check out their chocolate fountain, it’s the biggest in the world.

cakes

You can head on over to my Flickr account if you want to see more photos, and I will be uploading more as I get time.

You may well have noticed that the photos of the Bellagio although identical are dramatically different. This is all thanks to an app I was introduced to by Carolyn in her post, Dynamic Light: Enhance Your View Of The World! That was a great find Carolyn and I appreciate you putting me on to it.

But now, what you have all been waiting for, The Fountains Of Bellagio!

If you like the video I would really appreciate you giving it a thumbs up on the YouTube site, and while you’re at it a tweet wouldn’t go astray. :thumbup_tb:

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