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11 Jun 2002: Las Vegas, Nevada

At 8.50am, we took off from SF Oakland Airport. Our destination was Las Vegas, the “Entertainment Capital of the World”. This city is famous for the huge congregation of casino resorts, shopping and entertainment.  After off-loading our lugguage at Fairfield Inn Las Vegas @ 3850 South Paradise Road, we began the journey along the “Strip”. The temperature was stinging hot at almost 40 degrees and the air was so dry that JL and I were often “shocked” by each other’s body statics.

The Las Vegas Strip is a stretch of road along Las Vegas Boulevard South. Lined up along this 6.1 km are some of the largest hotels, casinos and resort properties in the world.


The Luxor Las Vegas was the first hotel that we stopped by to take pictures. Named after the city of Luxor in Egypt, the hotel is a pyramid-shaped tower with a gigiantic sphinx guarding the entrance.



MGM Grand

The MGM Grand Las Vegas is the second largest hotel in the world (after Venetian Megacenter) with close to 7,000 rooms. At the entrance stands its iconic MGM lion, Leo.

Paris Las Vegas  

Paris Las Vegas is where we spent most of the time snapping shots, probably because it was a place we had always longed to visit. As its name suggests, it follows theme of the famous romantic city of Paris. In the centre is its sign in the shape of the Montgolfier balloon with PARIS on it, surrounded by replicas of an Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and La Fontaine des Mers.




New York-New York

The heat was getting unbearable; we had to take cover under a souvenir shop and drown our bodies with mineral water. As we left the shop, we equipped ourselves with new caps. From here, we moved on to New York-New York Hotel & Casino, another hotel and casino owned and operated by MGM Mirage. We just had to stop by and snap the lady of Liberty.   



Next was Bellagio, one of the most majestic hotels in Las Vegas Strip. Famed for its elegance, it has a 8-acre lake in front of the hotel, a design inspired by Lake Como resort of Bellagio in Italy. Each hour, the Fountains of Bellagio plays a large dancing water fountain, in synchrony to the music. 



Of course, these were not what we just did in Las Vegas. After a good tan from the walk, we “try our luck” at one of the casinos. US$20 was the meagre stake that we were willing to part. And as you guessed, we lost every dollar to the hungry slot machines. After dinner, we took the rare chance to watch an adult-themed talk-show.


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12 Jun 2002: Grand Canyon, Arizona

The trip to Grand Canyon is going to be another 14 hrs tour, but the adrenaline rush and excitement which I had is still vivid in my mind. After exiting from Las Vegas, we first dropped by the Hoover Dam. This construction was often named as one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century

Hoover Dam

The construction of the Hoover Dam began in 1930. Standing at more than 725 feet above the Colorado River, it is capable of producing 4 billion kilowatts of electricity a year, making it one of the country’s largest hydroelectric power facilities.

The dam is named after America’s 31st president, Herbert Hoover, who played a big role in the buiding of this dam.

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon was formed millions of years ago when the Colorade River underwent several geologic processes and formations. It is 446 km long and has a depth close to 2 km. Way before the European immigration, the Grand Canyon was inhabited by native Americans as a holy site and made pilprimages to it.

Again, the weather was hot and dry. There was little shelter from the burning sun. The view form South Rim was amazing and no sophisticated camera or lens could capture the vastness and unlimited horizon; the subtle tones of the ridges and the depth of the canyon. However, after soaking in here for sometime, everywhere somehow look similar! 

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