Las Vegas - the city of deceit
• Las Vegas - a city of deception
Las Vegas - the city is not in the form in which we are accustomed to think of the city. It's not even an American city. This is a great open-air casino. Approaching on a plane to Vegas, you see a large village with low buildings where dust in a desert and mountains. Looking closer, you notice a thread of skyscrapers in the middle of the village. A closer look even a little bit, you find the familiar silhouettes of Manhattan, Paris or Venice, among the skyscrapers (which, incidentally, are not that high).
Welcome to Las Vegas! You go from the aircraft, the long apron drive yourself in a spacious hall McCarran Airport ... but something is wrong here. Slot Machines! Casino even here!
Las Vegas occupies 340 square meters. km, but the interest is only one street is 4 miles long. Las Vegas Boulevard - that along it are almost all of the skyscrapers that were visible from the airplane. And all these skyscrapers - hotels, combined with a casino, shopping centers, restaurants and playgrounds for the show.
Las Vegas Boulevard stretches from south to north. Let's see what it is worth. Almost in the southern part is the New York hotel. It was built to resemble Manhattan (which, by the way, all one building) and on the corner of Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue, stands the statue of Liberty.
This hotel opened its doors on January 3, 1997. Construction of the hotel cost approximately $ 480 million, and the cost of land for hotel developers in 31.5 million dollars.
A copy of the Statue of Liberty.
If you walk 15 minutes north on the Boulevard, we find ourselves ... in Paris. And that even Paris has its Eiffel Tower.
Paris Opposite the hotel is the Bellagio hotel in front buyout stretched quite a large man-made lake with a fountain.
Here it is, the Bellagio hotel of the same lake.
Every evening on the lake feature several musical programs. But about Fountain'll talk later.
This is the view from the Eiffel tower in the direction of the south to the Cosmopolitan Hotel, which was built in 2010.
This view toward the north. Here you can see the imitation of the Roman Coliseum (right in the center of the frame) and the bell tower of San Marco (the right side).
Bellagio Hotel, which offers this type, was built by Steve Wynn in 1998 on the site of the Dune Hotel. The entire project (purchase of Dune Hotel, its demolition and the construction of the Bellagio) is estimated at 1.6 billion dollars.
The fountain cost $ 40 million.
And a few types of the Eiffel Tower from different angles.
The height of this forgery is half of the original in Paris. It is alleged that the airport is located just around the corner, forbidden to build a tower full size.
We go further to the north. What do we have here? St. Mark's bell tower. But wait, you first look at what is happening on the other hand.
And in front of Venice in the evening show good fire show "Vulcan".
"Volcano" - is part of the hotel Mirage was built by Steve Wynn in 1989.
Returning to Venice, which is across the street from the Mirage. Solid fake!
Here and bell tower of San Marco and the Rialto Bridge and the Grand Canal, and gondolas, and the Doge's Palace. All of this was built in 2006-2008.
We go further to the north. Accommodations here becomes smaller. Some are in an unfinished state. This hotel Encore, next is almost as Wynn.
Another 15 minutes north, and we find ourselves in the last interesting place on the Boulevard - Stratosphere hotel eponymous television tower. Unfortunately, I have not found a good point to take pictures of the hotel, but went to the TV tower. When I was talking about a large village at the beginning of the post, I meant it. Low construction extending to the mountains. On the right side, by the way, see the McCarran airport. He is in the city center.
That's Boulevard with its skyscrapers, and all around - all the same village.
and a little bigger. Already familiar hotels: Cosmopolitan, Bellagio, Mirage, Encore ...
That's it, Las Vegas.