All posts for the month February, 2014

Four Corners in Las Vegas

Published February 28, 2014 by Jana

There is a place called Freemont St.  It is in ‘downtown’ Vegas.  I think it’s kinda funny they call it downtown since it is North of The Strip.

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It is what I think of as ‘old’ Vegas.  There are 4 hotels at the main intersection.  The 4 Queens, The Freemont, The Golden Nugget and Binion’s. 

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I’d heard of the Golden Nugget before.  And of course Binion’s, because of the mystery surrounding Ted Binion’s death. 

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However, the main reason to come here is the light show. 

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For about 3 blocks there is a curved canopy over the street.  Every hour, during the evening, there is a show. 

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Each hour the show is different, although I didn’t know this until I went back a second night at a different time.  This post is the Bon Jovi hour, I will post others later.  His songs are playing and there are clips of him singing, as well as a bunch of other pictures. 

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It’s definitely worth the trip. 

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And you can see 1 million dollars in actual money, it’s inside Binion’s. 

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And then there are the people . . . that is a post all by itself.  WOW!



“You lose sight of things… and when you travel, everything balances out.” – Daranna Gidel


Vegas Extended

Published February 27, 2014 by Jana

I am spending much longer in Vegas than I intended.  I made a couple of purchases here and need to wait for things to come.  I should be leaving tomorrow, Feb 28.  There will be many more posts coming from Vegas, there was just so much to see and do. 

One of the purchases was another GPS.  The second Magellan, that I had gotten as a replacement when I was in CA, died on the way to Vegas.  I decided to give up on that one and have gone with  Garmin. 

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One of the main features I wanted was a large screen.  Since I am by myself it is just easier to see while I am driving.  Best Buy only had the Magellan in the large screen so I headed to 

The Garmin also has the large screen and is also made for RVer’s.  I certainly hope this one will not die in a few weeks!

Here are a few more shots of this RV Resort.  It’s pretty awesome!

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Yes, you can even get married here.

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“Experience, travel – these are an education in themselves” – Euripides

Dancing Waters

Published February 27, 2014 by Jana

The Bellagio has a huge lake in front of it and there is a fountain show. 

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They have music playing and the waters dance to the beat. 

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It was fun, but I will say I was a little disappointed. 

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I thought it would be more like the fountain show in Atlantic City. 

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That one is much longer and has colored lights.  Still, I enjoyed it.

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They also have an arboretum with displays that change 6 times each year.  Now it is about Chinese New Year.  It’s the year of the horse, just in case you were wondering.

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 “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

To the Moon . . .

Published February 26, 2014 by Jana

The Stratosphere is one of the landmark buildings I think of when I think of Vegas. 

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Crazy people do crazy things here.  On one side of the top you can fling yourself off and freefall for about 850 feet.  You are attached to a couple of ropes/wires, but still . . .

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They charge you $110 for the privileged.  The blue platform is where you jump from.  We saw a jumper when when I was on a bus tour.  It’s that little blur below the blue platform.

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Supposedly, if you chicken out, you don’t get your money back but they will give you a tee shirt that tells the world you chickened out.  And they sell clean underwear at the gift shop, too.  

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On the other side there is this claw thing.  You sit in the cars and it spins you around.  Then it moves you out over the edge and keeps spinning you around.  That’s the green blur on the bottom right.

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Neither one is for me, thanks!



 “There is one voyage, the first, the last, the only one.” – Thomas Wolfe

Still In Vegas

Published February 25, 2014 by Jana

I have not magically transported myself to New York or Paris, despite the pictures.  Just 2 of the many hotels here.  Enjoy the pics!

New York – New York 

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Paris Las Vegas

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“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block

More Chihuly

Published February 24, 2014 by Jana

One of the main reasons I decided to return to Las Vegas was for more Chihuly.  I saw that there was a permanent installation at The Bellagio.

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Yep, it’s on the ceiling, rather it IS the ceiling in the receptions area.  Awesome!

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And they have a store! 

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I found 2 new pieces anyone who wishes to buy me a gift can select from. 

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Only $32,000 or you can go cheap for $7500.

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I will be happy with either one!  🙂



The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen

Vegas, Take 2

Published February 23, 2014 by Jana

I’m in Las Vegas again.  Last time I was here I was so tired from all the traveling the previous week I barely did anything.  I wandered around, gambled a little, soaked in the super bathtub in my suite at the Venetian and took very few pics.

This time I am in all out tourist mode.  I am going to be here nearly a full week, in my house.  I am parked at Oasis Las Vegas RV Resort, several miles from The Strip.  And yes, it is a resort.  I will get pics of the place up later, but it is an amazing 5 star place.  They even have 24 hour armed guards who man the gate as well as patrol the grounds, so I am being good!

I found it through Passport America, so I get to stay for half price, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to pry my wallet open to pay the nightly fees.  They have over 700 spaces! 

I have been going like crazy so be patient for posts, and there will be many!  The first day I spent 14 hours on The Strip and Downtown and shattered my previous daily picture count.  I took 804 pics that day.  Whew! 

I am using the public transportation since I don’t have a car and didn’t want to deal with the hassle of trying to park.  It is only a 15 minute walk from my house to the bus stop.  I have to change buses to get to The Strip since I am on a ‘residential’ route, but it works pretty well.  I’ve been taking a taxi home at night because I’m tired and don’t want to walk that area in the dark.  

Here’s my house in the resort, with a couple apartment buildings in the background.

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Stay tuned for more! 



 “I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro