The Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian hotel complex in Las Vegas includes a replica of St. Mark’s Square. I’ve never been to Venice, so I really can’t comment on the realism, but one thing did strike me. The “sky”. The colors are intense, and surprisingly realistic. It very effectively evokes the mood of a calm evening, just around sunset. Many shopping areas in Vegas use the same technique to create a sense of perpetual twilight – presumably to keep you shopping longer. No matter how often I see it, I always find myself impressed by the effect.
After a long day locked in a windowless conference room it’s nice to get outside. Unfortunately that’s easier said than done in Vegas. Everything is designed to channel you back into the shops and casinos. But eventually I found an elevated walkway to take me across to my hotel. It was near sunset, and the sky was that perfect blue. I was admiring the effect, when suddenly it hit me. I was outside. This was real. Ironically, the most surreal moment I’ve ever had in Las Vegas was the realization that I was looking at something real. Only in Vegas.
I’ll close with a picture of the lights of Las Vegas taken from the bar on the 107th floor of the Stratosphere. I can’t quite decide whether this shows the ultimate fantasy or the ultimate reality of Vegas. Let me know what you think.
Love the Vegas night shot!! It looks just like Vegas looks in the movies!!
Yes – it is one of the more impressive views of Vegas. And if you are rather adventurous there are amusement rides at the very top of the tower. Not something to try if you are afraid of heights though.
Think I will definitely give those rides a miss then, even going on a Ferris wheel scares me to death! But would love to see Vegas someday!!