Las Vegas, USA

The Sin City Cradle

Lights-Fremont Street-Las Vegas Decoration
glitter gulch
The famous neon Glitter Gulch that inspired the other name because Freemont Street is known.
the voice of the night
Hard-rock band vocalist animates an expectant audience.
Golden Nugget
Guests enjoy the excitement of Freemont Street from a balcony of the Golden Nugget casino
Yes, Sinners
Nevada Church Preachers Condemn the Sinful Life of Freemont Street
the cocktail man
Bartenders show off their skills to an overcrowded Freemont Street.
Hard Rock
Exuberant-looking guitarist enriches another hard rock theme of his band.
Graceland's Matchmaking Chapel, one of several in Las Vegas, the American capital of weddings.
vegas vic
One of the most iconic neons on Freemont Street and Las Vegas, the cowboy Vegas Vic.
Can Can Mode
Can can dancers liven up the night in one of the Fremont Street casinos.
The famous Strip has not always focused the attention of Las Vegas. Many of its hotels and casinos replicated the neon glamor of the street that once stood out, Fremont Street.

The night is halfway through but bikers don't stop arriving.

Reno is more than 700 km northwest of the state of Nevada, a distance that doesn't bother these people. Easy Riders Americans, fearless pursuers of the events dedicated to them in the brightest and noisiest cities in the Western USA.

In origin, the party had ended in the early afternoon. By the time we got around Fremont Street, that street and Las Vegas in general were still hot.

Os bikers they dismantled and unnerved the legs and arms that their Harley Davidsons and the like had condemned to unnatural positions.

The Fremont Pioneer Exploration

John Charles Fremont had a much harder time getting to the vicinity of the road he lent his name to. The explorer was the first American to glimpse these places and come across the great Sierra Nevada.

The narration of his expeditions guided by the iconic Kit Carson to these western reaches inspired several Mormon communities to settle in neighboring Utah. Given what is happening today in Reno, Las Vegas and others, those religious settlers were right not to opt for Nevada.

From time to time, some visit them with the sacred purpose of alerting the regulars. from bad life to sins. Fremont Street is, of course, one of his favorite targets.

a band of hard rock in black clothes and shabby air, he is rehearsing for a concert that is about to open. Hundreds of bearded and hairy bigwigs from wrestlers remodeled, wrapped in leather and scarves with skulls and US flags

The long journey whetted their appetite. They drink countless beers from plastic cups and make the day with the hamburger and hot dog peddler who, in a master's move, had set up shop nearby.

Hard Rock at the Height of Motorbike and Heavy Duty Audience

The vocalist knows what they're coming from. In musical moments starred by shrill guitars, he provokes them with infallible platitudes and challenging postures: “C'mon guys let's rock this town".

Hard rock band vocalist, Fremont Street, Las Vegas, United States

Hard-rock band vocalist animates an expectant audience.

The audience rejoices in the show and absorbs decibels that exceed any permissible scale. reciprocates with headbangs uncontrolled that spread as by the action of some virus among the excited crowd.

We are still at the beginning of the street but Fremont is definitely connected to the current. It's not a new thing.

Guitarist, Fremont Street, Las Vegas, United States

Exuberant-looking guitarist enriches another hard rock theme of his band.

Long Before the Famous Strip, the Genesis of Fremont Street

Fremont Street received Las Vegas' first asphalt in 1925. Six years later, the city's inaugural traffic light followed. Casino fever arrived, however, long before gambling was legalized. The Northern Club won one of 6 pioneer licenses issued in Nevada and the first for the street.

Thereafter, Fremont welcomed more and more casinos and its neon aura intensified.

Golden Nugget, Fremont Street, Las Vegas, United States

Guests enjoy the excitement of Freemont Street from a balcony of the Golden Nugget casino

The famous Golden Nugget was erected from nowhere, completely dedicated to gaming, in 1946. The following year, the Pioneer Club installed the still iconic lighting of the cowboy Vegas Vic. The competition did not want to be left behind and created its own electrical attractions.

Thus, the brand image of Fremont Street became a reality and its extreme west became the colorful vision that every movie and TV show wanted to show in Las Vegas.

Casinos, Neons and Video Clips: Fremont Street Life

The coexistence of neons earned him the title of Glitter Gulch (Gulch Gulch), an enduring fame that was often renewed.

In 1964, the street entered the opening credits of “Viva Las Vegas” with Elvis Presley. Seven years later, it hosted one of the James Bond chase scenes from “Diamonds are Forever".

In 1987, the members of U2 toured it in the video for “I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For”. Another band, the Flaming Lips, filmed part of their music video there for “Do You perform” and Tom Waits makes several references in the theme “Mr. siegal".

Fremont Street even inspires the San Andreas version of the popular video game Grand Theft Auto, in which it appears as “Old Ventures Strip".

But, at a certain point, the street had no room for more casinos and the population of fans and gambling addicts kept growing.

Some entrepreneurs re-located their investments to the much more open Las Vegas Boulevard (6.8 km) and created there a kind of new Fremont that would reach far greater dimensions and flows of people and money. This avenue would later be named The Strip.

The Fascination of the Lights and Colors of Las Vegas

As we move along Fremont Street, our senses are awakened again and again, but the notion of the surreal unexpected is reinforced.

Further on, there is a bar located right in the middle of the road where several bartenders they serve drinks to the music, in a hyperactive and acrobatic way.

Street Bar, Fremont Street, Las Vegas, United States

Bartenders show off their skills to an overcrowded Freemont Street.

Passersby flow in both directions, semi-hypnotized by the neon lights and the long roof on which mind-blowing visual themes from the Freemont Street Experience are projected, a light & sound installation conceived in 1990 to attract more people to the area. downtown from Las Vegas that suffered from the Strip's growing polarization.

On the concave ceiling, images are displayed with irreverent and irreproachable design that play with color and luminosity, with eccentric and futuristic visuals or simply dear to the American nation: going to the moon, the flag, patriotism, the game.

Ceiling projection USA, Fremont Street, Las Vegas, United States

A light show projects the United States flag on the roof of Freemont Street.

Gentlemen Clubs, Porn Actresses and the Religious Contest of Nevada Preachers

Downstairs, garish Carmen Mirandas and other uninhibited female baits invite men and even couples to join the casinos or the Gentlemen Clubs they represent. One of the latter, Girls of Glitter Gulch has become popular in its own way.

Can Can Girls, Fremont Street, Las Vegas, United States

Can can dancers liven up the night in one of the Fremont Street casinos.

There, on a long crosswalk stage equipped with three poles, dozens of sexy models parade, dance and insinuate lapdances practically naked. The presence of famous porn actresses and stars is frequent center fold of the magazines of the genre.

Every hour they spend there is paid by the weight of gold, but this new strip club is the only one in downtown Las Vegas and has been making astronomical profits, in such a way that it spent nearly 3 million euros some time ago on a makeover of its look. .

Her neon cowgirl Vegas Vickie appears sitting on the entrance porch or, if you prefer, on a real mine.

Neon Glitter Gulch, Fremont Street, Las Vegas, United States

The famous neon Glitter Gulch that inspired the other name because Freemont Street is known.

Not all Americans like it, or Fremont Street and even Las Vegas in general. We walked a little further and came across two pastors from one of the thousand houses of God who later settled in the state.

Armed with megaphones, they fearlessly preach the guilt and possible salvation of the Gentiles: “there is still time to repent”, “There is no love in your lives”, among other moral platitudes.

They also complement their verbal indignation with a poster showing the drawing of Christ scourged on a cross with an inscription “Sin, Sins, Sinners” and enforces the biblical passage from Galatians 3:13: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, making himself a curse for us; for it is written: "Cursed be everyone who is suspended on a tree."

Religious Preachers, Fremont Street, Las Vegas, United States

Nevada Church Preachers Condemn the Sinful Life of Freemont Street

The multitude of sinners passes by the religious and ignores them or observes them as a mere expression of madness that many passersby insist on photographing.

Then they're on their way to the next fun. Life is short and this Fremont Street is in the heart of Las Vegas. "The show must go on".

Key West, USA

The Tropical Wild West of the USA

We've come to the end of the Overseas Highway and the ultimate stronghold of propagandism Florida Keys. The continental United States here they surrender to a dazzling turquoise emerald marine vastness. And to a southern reverie fueled by a kind of Caribbean spell.
Las Vegas, USA

Where sin is always forgiven

Projected from the Mojave Desert like a neon mirage, the North American capital of gaming and entertainment is experienced as a gamble in the dark. Lush and addictive, Vegas neither learns nor regrets.
Death Valley, USA

The Hottest Place Resurrection

Since 1921, Al Aziziyah, in Libya, was considered the hottest place on the planet. But the controversy surrounding the 58th measured there meant that, 99 years later, the title was returned to Death Valley.
Las Vegas, USA

World Capital of Weddings vs Sin City

The greed of the game, the lust of prostitution and the widespread ostentation are all part of Las Vegas. Like the chapels that have neither eyes nor ears and promote eccentric, quick and cheap marriages.
Key West, United States

Hemingway's Caribbean Playground

Effusive as ever, Ernest Hemingway called Key West "the best place I've ever been...". In the tropical depths of the contiguous US, he found evasion and crazy, drunken fun. And the inspiration to write with intensity to match.
tombstone, USA

Tombstone: the City Too Hard to Die

Silver veins discovered at the end of the XNUMXth century made Tombstone a prosperous and conflictive mining center on the frontier of the United States to Mexico. Lawrence Kasdan, Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner and other Hollywood directors and actors made famous the Earp brothers and the bloodthirsty duel of “OK Corral”. The Tombstone, which, over time, has claimed so many lives, is about to last.
San Francisco, USA

San Francisco Cable Cars: A Life of Highs and Lows

A macabre wagon accident inspired the San Francisco cable car saga. Today, these relics work as a charm operation in the city of fog, but they also have their risks.
San Francisco, USA

with the head on the moon

September comes and Chinese people around the world celebrate harvests, abundance and unity. San Francisco's enormous Sino-Community gives itself body and soul to California's biggest Moon Festival.
Florida Keys, USA

The Caribbean Stepping Stone of the USA

Os United States continental islands seem to close to the south in its capricious peninsula of Florida. Don't stop there. More than a hundred islands of coral, sand and mangroves form an eccentric tropical expanse that has long seduced American vacationers.
Miami, USA

A Masterpiece of Urban Rehabilitation

At the turn of the 25st century, the Wynwood neighbourhood remained filled with abandoned factories and warehouses and graffiti. Tony Goldman, a shrewd real estate investor, bought more than XNUMX properties and founded a mural park. Much more than honoring graffiti there, Goldman founded the Wynwood Arts District, the great bastion of creativity in Miami.
Miami beach, USA

The Beach of All Vanities

Few coasts concentrate, at the same time, so much heat and displays of fame, wealth and glory. Located in the extreme southeast of the USA, Miami Beach is accessible via six bridges that connect it to the rest of Florida. It is meager for the number of souls who desire it.
Little Havana, USA

Little Havana of the Nonconformists

Over the decades and until today, thousands of Cubans have crossed the Florida Straits in search of the land of freedom and opportunity. With the US a mere 145 km away, many have gone no further. His Little Havana in Miami is today the most emblematic neighborhood of the Cuban diaspora.
Grand Canyon, USA

Journey through the Abysmal North America

The Colorado River and tributaries began flowing into the plateau of the same name 17 million years ago and exposed half of Earth's geological past. They also carved one of its most stunning entrails.
Mount Denali, Alaska

The Sacred Ceiling of North America

The Athabascan Indians called him Denali, or the Great, and they revered his haughtiness. This stunning mountain has aroused the greed of climbers and a long succession of record-breaking climbs.
Juneau, Alaska

The Little Capital of Greater Alaska

From June to August, Juneau disappears behind cruise ships that dock at its dockside. Even so, it is in this small capital that the fate of the 49th American state is decided.
Monument Valley, USA

Indians or Cowboys?

Iconic Western filmmakers like John Ford immortalized what is the largest Indian territory in the United States. Today, in the Navajo Nation, the Navajo also live in the shoes of their old enemies.
Talkeetna, Alaska

Talkeetna's Alaska-Style Life

Once a mere mining outpost, Talkeetna rejuvenated in 1950 to serve Mt. McKinley climbers. The town is by far the most alternative and most captivating town between Anchorage and Fairbanks.
Navajo nation, USA

The Navajo Nation Lands

From Kayenta to Page, passing through Marble Canyon, we explore the southern Colorado Plateau. Dramatic and desert, the scenery of this indigenous domain, cut out in Arizona, reveals itself to be splendid.
Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Mauna Kea: the Volcano with an Eye out in Space

The roof of Hawaii was off-limits to natives because it housed benevolent deities. But since 1968, several nations sacrificed the peace of the gods and built the greatest astronomical station on the face of the Earth.
pearl harbor, Hawaii

The Day Japan Went Too Far

On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked the Pearl Harbor military base. Today, parts of Hawaii look like Japanese colonies but the US will never forget the outrage.
Lion, Elephants, PN Hwange, Zimbabwe
PN Hwange, Zimbabwe

The Legacy of the Late Cecil Lion

On July 1, 2015, Walter Palmer, a dentist and trophy hunter from Minnesota killed Cecil, Zimbabwe's most famous lion. The slaughter generated a viral wave of outrage. As we saw in PN Hwange, nearly two years later, Cecil's descendants thrive.
Prayer flags in Ghyaru, Nepal
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit: 4th – Upper Banana to Ngawal, Nepal

From Nightmare to Dazzle

Unbeknownst to us, we are faced with an ascent that leads us to despair. We pulled our strength as far as possible and reached Ghyaru where we felt closer than ever to the Annapurnas. The rest of the way to Ngawal felt like a kind of extension of the reward.
Sculptural Garden, Edward James, Xilitla, Huasteca Potosina, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Cobra dos Pecados
Architecture & Design
Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Edward James' Mexican Delirium

In the rainforest of Xilitla, the restless mind of poet Edward James has twinned an eccentric home garden. Today, Xilitla is lauded as an Eden of the Surreal.
Bungee jumping, Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, the Queen of Extreme Sports

In the century. XVIII, the Kiwi government proclaimed a mining village on the South Island "fit for a queen".Today's extreme scenery and activities reinforce the majestic status of ever-challenging Queenstown.
Tiredness in shades of green
Ceremonies and Festivities
Suzdal, Russia

The Suzdal Cucumber Celebrations

With summer and warm weather, the Russian city of Suzdal relaxes from its ancient religious orthodoxy. The old town is also famous for having the best cucumbers in the nation. When July arrives, it turns the newly harvested into a real festival.
Cape Town, South Africa, Nelson Mandela
Cape Town, South Africa

In the End: the Cape

The crossing of Cabo das Tormentas, led by Bartolomeu Dias, transformed this almost southern tip of Africa into an unavoidable scale. And, over time, in Cape Town, one of the meeting points of civilizations and monumental cities on the face of the Earth.
Margilan, Uzbekistan

An Uzbekistan's Breadwinner

In one of the many bakeries in Margilan, worn out by the intense heat of the tandyr oven, the baker Maruf'Jon works half-baked like the distinctive traditional breads sold throughout Uzbekistan
Jok​ülsárlón Lagoon, Iceland

The Chant and the Ice

Created by water from the Arctic Ocean and the melting of Europe's largest glacier, Jokülsárlón forms a frigid and imposing domain. Icelanders revere her and pay her surprising tributes.

Man: an Ever Tested Species

It's in our genes. For the pleasure of participating, for titles, honor or money, competitions give meaning to the world. Some are more eccentric than others.
very coarse salt
Salta and Jujuy, Argentina

Through the Highlands of Deep Argentina

A tour through the provinces of Salta and Jujuy takes us to discover a country with no sign of the pampas. Vanished in the Andean vastness, these ends of the Northwest of Argentina have also been lost in time.
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu

Naghol: Bungee Jumping without Modern Touches

At Pentecost, in their late teens, young people launch themselves from a tower with only lianas tied to their ankles. Bungee cords and harnesses are inappropriate fussiness from initiation to adulthood.
Portfolio, Got2Globe, Best Images, Photography, Images, Cleopatra, Dioscorides, Delos, Greece
Got2Globe Photo Portfolio
Got2Globe Portfolio

The Earthly and the Celestial

Table Mountain view from Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.
Table Mountain, South Africa

At the Adamastor Monster Table

From the earliest times of the Discoveries to the present, Table Mountain has always stood out above the South African immensity South African and the surrounding ocean. The centuries passed and Cape Town expanded at his feet. The Capetonians and the visiting outsiders got used to contemplating, ascending and venerating this imposing and mythical plateau.
Street Scene, Guadeloupe, Caribbean, Butterfly Effect, French Antilles
Guadalupe, French Antilles

Guadeloupe: a Delicious Caribbean, in a Counter Butterfly-Effect

Guadeloupe is shaped like a moth. A trip around this Antille is enough to understand why the population is governed by the motto Pas Ni Problem and raises the minimum of waves, despite the many setbacks.
Sampo Icebreaker, Kemi, Finland
Winter White
Kemi, Finland

It's No "Love Boat". Breaks the Ice since 1961

Built to maintain waterways through the most extreme arctic winter, the icebreaker Sampo” fulfilled its mission between Finland and Sweden for 30 years. In 1988, he reformed and dedicated himself to shorter trips that allow passengers to float in a newly opened channel in the Gulf of Bothnia, in clothes that, more than special, seem spacey.
silhouette and poem, Cora coralina, Goias Velho, Brazil
Goiás Velho, Brazil

The Life and Work of a Marginal Writer

Born in Goiás, Ana Lins Bretas spent most of her life far from her castrating family and the city. Returning to its origins, it continued to portray the prejudiced mentality of the Brazilian countryside
rusty boat, Aral Sea, Uzbekistan
Aral Sea, Uzbequistan

The Lake that Cotton Absorbed

In 1960, the Aral Sea was one of the four largest lakes in the world. Irrigation projects dried up much of the water and fishermen's livelihoods. In return, the USSR flooded Uzbekistan with vegetable white gold.
Sheki, Autumn in the Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Autumn Homes
Sheki, Azerbaijan

autumn in the caucasus

Lost among the snowy mountains that separate Europe from Asia, Sheki is one of Azerbaijan's most iconic towns. Its largely silky history includes periods of great harshness. When we visited it, autumn pastels added color to a peculiar post-Soviet and Muslim life.
Flock of flamingos, Laguna Oviedo, Dominican Republic
Natural Parks
Oviedo Lagoon, Dominican Republic

The (very alive) Dominican Republic Dead Sea

The hypersalinity of the Laguna de Oviedo fluctuates depending on evaporation and water supplied by rain and the flow coming from the neighboring mountain range of Bahoruco. The natives of the region estimate that, as a rule, it has three times the level of sea salt. There, we discover prolific colonies of flamingos and iguanas, among many other species that make up one of the most exuberant ecosystems on the island of Hispaniola.
Registration Square, Silk Road, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
UNESCO World Heritage
Samarkand, Uzbequistan

A Monumental Legacy of the Silk Road

In Samarkand, cotton is the most traded commodity and Ladas and Chevrolets have replaced camels. Today, instead of caravans, Marco Polo would find Uzbekistan's worst drivers.
Couple visiting Mikhaylovskoe, village where writer Alexander Pushkin had a home
Saint Petersburg e Mikhaylovkoe, Russia

The Writer Who Succumbed to His Own Plot

Alexander Pushkin is hailed by many as the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature. But Pushkin also dictated an almost tragicomic epilogue to his prolific life.
Lifou, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia, Mme Moline popinée
LifouLoyalty Islands

The Greatest of the Loyalties

Lifou is the island in the middle of the three that make up the semi-francophone archipelago off New Caledonia. In time, the Kanak natives will decide if they want their paradise independent of the distant metropolis.
Golden Rock of Kyaikhtiyo, Buddhism, Myanmar, Burma
Mount Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar

The Golden and Balancing Rock of Buddha

We are discovering Rangoon when we find out about the Golden Rock phenomenon. Dazzled by its golden and sacred balance, we join the now centuries-old Burmese pilgrimage to Mount Kyaiktyo.
Serra do Mar train, Paraná, airy view
On Rails
Curitiba a Morretes, Paraná, Brazil

Down Paraná, on Board the Train Serra do Mar

For more than two centuries, only a winding and narrow road connected Curitiba to the coast. Until, in 1885, a French company opened a 110 km railway. We walked along it to Morretes, the final station for passengers today. 40km from the original coastal terminus of Paranaguá.
Christian believers leaving a church, Upolu, Western Samoa
Upolu, Samoa  

The Broken Heart of Polynesia

The imagery of the paradisiacal South Pacific is unquestionable in Samoa, but its tropical beauty does not pay the bills for either the nation or the inhabitants. Anyone who visits this archipelago finds a people divided between subjecting themselves to tradition and the financial stagnation or uprooting themselves in countries with broader horizons.
Saksun, Faroe Islands, Streymoy, warning
Daily life
Saksun, streymoyFaroe Islands

The Faroese Village That Doesn't Want to be Disneyland

Saksun is one of several stunning small villages in the Faroe Islands that more and more outsiders visit. It is distinguished by the aversion to tourists of its main rural owner, author of repeated antipathies and attacks against the invaders of his land.
PN Tortuguero, Costa Rica, public boat
Tortuguero NP, Costa Rica

The Flooded Costa Rica of Tortuguero

The Caribbean Sea and the basins of several rivers bathe the northeast of the Tica nation, one of the wettest and richest areas in flora and fauna in Central America. Named after the green turtles nest in its black sands, Tortuguero stretches inland for 312 km.2 of stunning aquatic jungle.
Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii Wrinkles
Scenic Flights
napali coast, Hawaii

Hawaii's Dazzling Wrinkles

Kauai is the greenest and rainiest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. It is also the oldest. As we explore its Napalo Coast by land, sea and air, we are amazed to see how the passage of millennia has only favored it.