Venetian no Vegas
We’ve been having a lot of visitors at Author Travels, and I love it (hope you do to). I’ve been able to do a lot of writing and research thanks to my guests. For a change of pace, I thought I’d share some pictures from my current travels.
Are’t those wild? These huge butterfly sculptures hang in a two story atrium of the Grand Canal shops at the Venetian hotel-casino in Las Vegas Nevada. That’s where I’m having a working vacation (Hubby’s working; I’m sorta on vacation). I’ll confess that I haven’t seen much of the city of Las Vegas or even of Las Vegas Blvd. (aka ‘the strip’). The Venetian is so huge (kind of like Disney World under one roof) every time I go out for something, lunch, breakfast, swimming etc. I get lost, especially if I go anywhere in the Grand Canal. Here are a couple more pictures, one of the Grand Canal’s artificial skyline and one of an empty gondola.
No, I haven’t taken a gondola ride (I don’t feel the need), but I think watching those who do is fun. I’ll close with a few fun facts taken from http://www.venetian.com/media/fun-facts.html.
- With the addition of The Palazzo to The Venetian, the combined properties have more than 7,000 suites, making this “under one roof” space the largest hotel in the world. (Yes all the rooms are suites, and are they opulent.)
- The London Sunday Mail called The Venetian one of the seven “Grandest Hotels in the World.” In 2014, TripAdvisor named The Venetian the world’s most extraordinarily designed hotel. (I’ve stayed a lot of places, and I agree.)
- Combined, The Venetian and Palazzo house more than 2.3 million square feet of meeting space, 1 million square feet of retail space, and more than 30 restaurants. (OMG! No wonder I get lost.)
- The Venetian lobby features 25-foot-high columns made of solid Botticino marble, imported from Italy. (Did I say opulent.)
- The Venetian Colonnade’s marble floor was hand fitted and modeled of the floor of the Church of Santa Maria del Rosario in Venice. (More opulence)
- The Campanile tower is 315 ft. tall, nearly as tall as the 323-ft. original in Venice. (And that’s just darned big.)
PS There’s so much great food here, maybe I’ll take pictures of that for my next post. Anybody hungry?