Home' LOTL : June 2004 Contents Las Vegas is like a bad trip on acid. Then again, Las Vegas
is like a breathtaking climb and dive on the roller coaster
of life. Either way, you have to try it to know whether you're
going to be sick or not ...
Once just an oasis in the sprawling desert where the spring
water ran deep, Las Vegas ('the meadows' in Spanish) is now
the fastest developing city in the US and a fine example of
human decadence at its most outrageous. Flying into Vegas at
night is damn impressive. It's then that she looks like a desert
across which the gods have strewn their jewels in a tantrum.
And when you're 10,000 feet in the air, the never-ending
racket of poker machines is still a comfortable distance away ...
Finding a room in Las Vegas is never a problem, although
you should book ahead if you want to go five star. The most
decadent of hotel in town is The Bellagio (she'll make a
severe dent in your savings but this is where you'll dream of
staying next time) and if you want old world glamour that's
not budget-destructive, try The Venetian. If you want to go
complete tackarama and be smack bang in the middle of the
strip, book into Harrahs. The rooms are good, you can
always land a deal, but it will take you more than one lifetime
to get over the hideously hilarious hotel entrance.
It doesn't matter what day of the week you arrive in
Vegas, and it certainly doesn't matter what time of day or
night it is. Vegas never sleeps.
LAS VEGAS IS AWFUL. THEN AGAIN, LAS
VEGAS IS AWESOME. IF YOU WANT
CULTURE, GO TO THE REAL VENICE, PARIS
OR NEW YORK 'CAUSE IN VEGAS, THE
CULTURE IS ABOUT AS REAL AS YOUR
CLEOPATRA WAITRESS AND ELVIS TAXI
DRIVER. BY MICHELLE HESPE.
If eating out is first on your agenda and you like
Japanese, Hyakumi Japanese restaurant and Sushi Bar is
highly recommended. The food is incredible, the
atmosphere is stylish and relaxing (traditional gardens with
water features and bridges create the feeling that you're in
the mountains of Japan), the waitresses are professional and
friendly and the walk through the Caesars Palace shopping
mall make it all worth your time and money.
Whether you're a shopping fiend or not, take a stroll
through the famous Caesars Palace mall. Every hour the
painted blue sky, complete with white fluffy fresco clouds,
turns from day to night and from night to day, and just like
the casinos that have no clocks and no windows (why should
a little morning light stop a person from drinking, gambling
or shopping?) you'll stop thinking about time and just let it
pass. At Caesars Palace you'll find everything from cheap
Vegas souvenir shops to strips where Chanel, Armani and
Versace stores flank a mock piazza.
After a meal, there are always plenty of shows around
town. It's quite unbelievable (or scary depending on your
taste) that Celine Dion has actually taken up a three year
residency in a Vegas show in a theatre setup that cost $150
million. Steep stadium seating means everyone gets a good
view of the diva, and the special effects and mesmerising sets
including flying pianos, giant chandeliers, blooming trees
and storms that have had everyone in town talking. Despite
cynics predicting that you'd barely catch a glimpse of Dion,
she's up there on stage most of the time belting out her
tracks and covers from Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra.
An Evening at La Cage is a show that'll throw you into
show girl mood. It's like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert on
Broadway. Female impersonators dress up as various
entertainers to lip-synch hits from celebrity entertainers like
Cher, Bette Midler, Judy Garland, Whitney Houston, and
(oh dear) Michael Jackson. A Joan Rivers impersonator is
your hostess, and obviously no one has told her how bad her
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IT'S THEN THAT SHE LOOKS LIKE A DESERT ACROSS
WHICH THE GODS HAVE STREWN THEIR JEWELS
IN A TANTRUM.
IT'S QUITE UNBELIEVABLE (OR SCARY DEPENDING ON
YOUR TASTE) THAT CELINE DION HAS ACTUALLY TAKEN
UP A THREE YEAR RESIDENCY IN A VEGAS SHOW IN A
THEATRE SETUP THAT COST $150 MILLION.
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