In this city full of lights, gambling and show life, perhaps only those that you could hold in your hands are real. Well, this could mean the coins that you\'re holding or anything really I guess. ANYWAY, this year\'s AARC congress we\'re in Las Vegas for the exhibition of the year. I guess for these annual congress, it\'s essential that... (continue reading...)
除了手中緊握的銅板外, 對人, 對事, 對物, 我想這也是最貼切不過的. 這次又跟著美國醫學年會到了沙漠中的賭城 - 拉斯維加斯. 這些年會真是會選地方, 一定都要選好玩的地方開年會+上課. 不過同樣是開會, 如能選個比較不無聊的, 這想法也是對的啦. 這次我們在這個像沙漠中的幻影中的瘋狂城市, 一切都看起來還...
現在才想到, 我和帥哥都沒合照耶.... (冏) 下次要補回來啦!
... the organizer pick a city that is fun and exciting. Otherwise people have less motivation or incentive to travel all the way there for classes or conference. But that being said, if you\'re going to be traveling to somewhere for classes or conferences, why not pick a city that can be fun as well. So that\'s why we were in San Antonio last year and Las Vegas this year. But things are more interesting for us this year with our own arrangements and friends visiting.
The only airport where you\'d see lots of (or ANY) slot machines in the arrival and departure lounge must be Las Vegas. When I got off the airplane, the first thing I saw in the airport was this.
This time we chose to stay at the Residence Inn by Marriott by the Convention Centre instead of the Hilton Convention Centre Hotel because we didn\'t want to have to walk through casinos everyday. The Residence Inn is just like residential complex with lots of houses like you see here. It is very contrasting comparing to those tall hotel buildings around or on the strip of Las Vegas. It is also pretty quiet and far from the noisy centre but pretty close to the Convention Centre (which was where we had to be most of the time).
We had a penthouse on the upper floor. Didn\'t know there was no elevator but at least we didn\'t have to carry the luggages too far up. We had 2 floors, a full kitchen and a swimming pool outside.
We arrived around dinner time on the first day. We went to Venetian for dinner.
Although the water looks a bit fake with that swimming-pool like blue, the Venetian is still pretty with its exotic exterior and atmospheric lighting.
I think the colour of this one looks more like the real Venice.
Inside the Venetian Hotel. Beside the canal for the gondolas, there are also stores and restaurants around.
We had dinner at the Zeffirino in the Venetian. The interior design is quite classic and "Venetian".
There are lots of seats on the upper floor. If you have a table by the window, you could also have a pretty nice view of the "streets" of "Venice".
The food here and the wine S. ordered were both quite good. But the portion was a bit "Americano" (huge).
On our way to Luxor we passed by this mini Disney Castle-like hotel. I think it looks a bit cheap and fake.. although I do give it credit for being "unique".
Finally made our way to the glassy pyramid of Luxor.
There was an exhibition of the Titanic Artifact in here. Too bad we didn\'t have time to look at it. I hope I\'d be able to see it somewhere in the future.
Leaving from the tummy of the sphinx of Luxor.
1) The exterior decoration on the wall of Luxor. 2) The line of check-in counters in Luxor. 3) On our way back to Bellagio, we passed by a mall called The Crystals. There\'s a restaurant that looks as if it\'s "floating" in there. I thought that was a pretty interesting design.
The exterior design of The Crystals is also very impressive. It looks very much like crystals. But actually the style looks like the ROM in Toronto as well. See my previous post on ROM:[ Toronto ] Dino & Darwin in the Crystal ROM
It was getting darker as we walked back to Bellagio. Passing by NYNY.
We stayed at the Paris Las Vegas when we first visited Las Vegas some years ago. The hotel is getting old but it still has the "Paris"-feel to it.
Finally at Bellagio. We were there for the famous O Show by Cirque du Soleil. From there you could see Paris Las Vegas in its glamourous Champagne colours.
Inside the Bellagio, very "flowery" and ready for Christmas. I remember listening to a person playing Chopin\'s waltz last time we were here.
I think this deco looks pretty elegant.
The "O" by Cirque du Soleil @ Bellagio // 太陽劇團的 O
We saw the O show by Cirque du Soleil at Bellagio. I think this one is unique in the sense that it includes a lot of water-sports/arts in its performance. Although a lot of the acrobatic performances are quite similar to other Cirque du Soleil shows, I think there are still a few scenes that stood out. For example, the way the red curtain flows and disappears into a distant point, the clowns on the roof of a flooded house, the wooden horses of merry-go-around descend from above and the piano that sank into the water, etc. I think many of its dream-like presentations and creative combination of acrobats, water ballet/sports and artistic elements are still impressive and fascinating. That\'s what makes Cirque du Soleil successful as well I think.
The "O" at Bellagio - Official Website 官網: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/o/default.aspx
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