Las Vegas, USA

Where sin is always forgiven

Gentlemen Club & Steakhouse
Mobile ad on a truck box promotes a Las Vegas men's club and steak house.
Lush welcome
One of the famous Las Vegas welcome signs, in this case, downtown.
Neon inside a casino on the Strip.
Vegas limo
Venice in Nevada
Gondolas docked at the Venetian, a Vegas hotel.
Bet on Green
Pedestrians wait for the end of the red light in front of a casino.
an american sphinx
Decorative statue of the hotel-casino Luxor.
Paris in Las Vegas
A copy of the Paris Las Vegas hotel's Eiffel Tower towers high above the Strip.
money making machines
Gaming machines lend some color and light to a grim casino gaming room.
Classic LV
Modelo promotes an exhibition of classic cars.
Bright neon from the Flamingo hotel-casino, one of the oldest in Las Vegas.
golden business
Lush decor atop Harrahs casino-hotel.
city ​​of light
Traces of traffic lights around the MGM hotel-casino.
Elvis clone
Elvis impersonator poses next to a Cadillac just like the one the idol drove.
Paris in Las Vegas II
A copy of the Paris Las Vegas hotel's Eiffel Tower towers high above the Strip.
Hotel-Casino-Zoo MGM
Spectators and caretakers observe a lion displayed by the MGM casino hotel.
The Strip
Strip perspective at dusk.
Personalized registration honors Elvis Presley, a frequent presence in Vegas concert halls.
Lazio style
Wheel of Fortune
Themed slot machine featured in a casino.
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.

The twilight and bright colors of the Las Vegas Strip are installed as the fountains of the Bellagio rise again.

Like Danny Ocean's gang in “Ocean's Eleven”, an expectant crowd is dazzled by the graceful movements of the water.

The soundtrack, “Time to say Goodbye” (“With te depart”) by Andréa Bocelli and Sara Brightman, gives the show an extra touch of solemnity and dramatizes a moment of refinement and splendor that, despite being repeated until exhaustion, is always attended.

The lighting and flashes, fired over and over again, generate an interactive flash that surrounds the hotel and, for a few minutes, relegates the rest of the city to the background.

Once the show is over, the audience slowly breaks down and returns to the unpredictable reality of Vegas.

Passersby stop to admire the fountain choreography displayed by the hotel-casino Bellagio.

On the opposite side of the avenue, an army of Mexicans arranged along the sidewalk defies the surrounding glamor with tattered clothes and looks of unresolved misery: “… girls, girls, girls…” they suggest to passersby as they hand out small flyers of naked dream women, which the promotion offers starting at 50 dollars.

Os flyers rejects pile up on the floor. They form a carpet of lust that the locals are used to treading on. It's not a reason for big scandals, after all "What Happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas".

One of the famous Las Vegas welcome signs, in this case, downtown Sin City. And of Forgiveness.

Ben “Bugsy” Siegel's Dream That Borns the Surreal City of Sin

Las Vegas's libertine fame dates back to its foundation in 1905, when the concentration of adult entertainment venues earned it the title of sin city and attracted people from all corners of the country and abroad.

The money, so often dirty but easy, the spirit of adventure that was inherent to it made this oasis lost in the arid vastness of the Mojave Desert – what the first Spanish explorers called Vegas (meadows) – the largest North American city founded in the century XX.

Today, despite being only 28th in terms of population (about 560.000 inhabitants), Las Vegas continues to occupy a place apart in the imagination of the Yankee nation and the world.

Bright facades of a stretch of the Strip.

It all started with one of the wild dreams of Ben “Bugsy” Siegel who risked his reputation and big money there by opening a gorgeous tropically inspired casino he called Flamingo. It went through a development phase around the Fremont Street, today a mini-sample of what the Strip has become.

Shortly thereafter, Las Vegas was introduced to a modernity heralded by the passage of the railroad linking Los Angeles to Salt Lake City.

It developed wildly thanks to federally supported construction projects and the legalization of gambling that allowed the state of Nevada and Las Vegas to cross the Great Depression smoothly, home to an Air Force base and one of the major highways originating from the region. Southern California.

Portico of yet another of the many hotel-casinos, Bally's.

With the onset of the Cold War, Nevada also received one of the most active nuclear test sites in the United States. At one point, explosions shattered the windows of Downtown casinos every month. The animation quickly was incorporated into the spirit “the show must go on".

Several official Miss Mushroom Clouds promoted the atomic facets of the state in radioactive tourist campaigns.

Every Friday, or even sooner if a holiday grants it, the long access roads to the game's capital fill with cars rushed by anxious drivers. There are many millions of gambling addicts in the United States.

Gaming machines lend some color and light to a grim casino gaming room.

Play for the Game, Fortune, Ruin, and the Lights of Fame

As soon as lives allow, a considerable part of it pours into your favorite roulettes, slot machines and card tables. There, possessed by greed, imprisoned in the cavernous and smoky rooms of the casinos, they lose track of time and reason.

From the most insignificant to the sumptuous – like the Wynn, the Bellagio, the Caesar Palace and the MGM – casinos decorate their walls with images suggestive of the winners. The newspapers advertise them, with pomp, day after day.

The bankrupts, these, only appear on the debtor lists of banks and credit companies, wanted by the police and, in extreme cases of despair, morgues.

Wheel of Fortune

There are still those who play “dollar for dollar” to fill an existential void. And those who can lose for pure fun because they are so rich that they are almost immune to damage.

Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Mulholand Drive lurk right next door behind the coastal slopes of neighboring California. The private jet trip from LAX is so short it's not enough to sip a bottle of champagne.

The stars enjoy proximity. Disembark to occupy reserved places ad eternum in the casinos' UltraLounges VIP.

Some of these stars – actors/comedians/singers – extend their orbit of fame to the city. As soon as they step onto the most prestigious stages of Vegas or film there, they become part of it.

That's what happened with Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Cher, Bette Middler, Celine Dion, Seinfeld or the Briton Elton John, all of them protagonists of competing shows that are always sold out.

Copy of the Statue of Liberty in front of the New York New York hotel-casino.

Even the famous Canadian neighbor Cirque du Soleil, both family and alternative beginnings, moved worlds and funds to respond to the recruitment of various corporations present in Vegas.

His local productions – Mystere, O, Zumanity, Ka, The Beatles-Love, Believe and Viva Elvis – are shown in six of the most important hotels in the city. They became, in a way, corporate themselves.

Las Vegas: A Crazy Recreation of World Famous Places

To make up for the lack of international references from Nevada, Las Vegas and, above all, the Strip, they were generated based on cloning and internal and external cultural franchises.

The Strip name itself was borrowed from the Los Angeles Sunset Strip. Over time, it replaced the original Arrowhead Highway.

Strip perspective at dusk.

Rather than annoying, these architectural and conceptual plagiarisms aroused enormous interest in an audience in which the little traveled Americans predominated.

They continued to be produced, always depending on the entertainment and billing capacity of this american playground.

The Strip is currently 6.1 km long, mostly filled with buildings and dramatic visual complexes such as Mandalay Bay, which marks its north end, and the futuristic Stratosphere that borders the south.

The imposing tower of the Stratosphere hotel-casino that houses a roller coaster at the top.

Between them, several of the largest casinos and resorts on the planet and 19 of the 25 largest hotels in the world, by number of rooms, stand out.

In the best years, almost 40 million people pass through the city.

The Shine of Sin City, Especially the Long and Luminous Strip

To impress them, the lighting of buildings and streets in general is so powerful that, seen from space, the Las Vegas metropolitan area turns out to be the brightest on Earth.

The Strip is also home to the two largest gaming companies in the world at the time of this writing: Harrah's Entertainment and MGM Mirage.

Traces of traffic lights around the MGM hotel-casino.

As a tribute to the brand's image, the latter has the luxury of showing lions, white tigers and other felines to the public in its megalomaniac installations.

We are almost 14.000 kilometers from France. Even more from Italy and Egypt. Even so, in Las Vegas, there is a reconstruction of Paris that includes the indispensable Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower.

A copy of the Paris Las Vegas hotel's Eiffel Tower towers high above the Strip.

A pyramid of Luxor protected by a sphinx stands out from the Strip.

And the mini-Venice of the Venetian in which subtly motor-powered gondolas circulate, to compensate, driven by formally dressed gondoliers, some opera singers.

Gondolas docked at the Venetian, a Vegas hotel.

As we cross the avenue, the fantasy continues, this time among Treasure Island's pirates and corsairs. It extends through the Greco-Roman imagery of the imperial Caesar.

Roman-inspired statues advertise the hotel-casino Caesars.

Whatever the space, the installations are refined and welcoming, cooled or heated by powerful air conditioning systems that protect visitors from the sweltering summer temperatures, when maximum temperatures easily reach forty degrees.

And the icy ones of winter, which brush against the zeros.

To everyone's amazement, in recent years, unbridled competition and the declining state of the economy of the USA (which at the time of creation of this text) melted the purchasing power of North Americans) generated hotel rates and prices, in a generic way, very accessible.

A panoramic view of the stretch of the Strip beyond the lake from the Bellagio hotel-casino.

Mainly from Sunday to Thursday, real institutions like the Bellagio and the Stratosphere offer divine rooms and meals at values ​​that are hard to believe. It is the Japanese, always wealthy, and the Europeans who benefit most and are surprised.

Elvis Presley, Celine Dion, Elton John, Seinfeld and All Others

Strip tours are no exception to the sphere of the cheap show. They serve as a room for countless imitators, promoters and artists who are often self-employed.

Elvis Presley is alive in Las Vegas. In addition to being present in certain downtown chapels, appears multiplied along the Strip.

It is rare for visitors to leave the city without a photo of themselves hugging a King in formal dress.

Look-alikes almost never charge like that on heads but are quick to suggest: “The would be just fine contribution … one of ten or even … twenty if you don't mind …"

Elvis impersonator poses next to a Cadillac just like the one the idol drove.

For much higher fees, from 1969 to 1976, Elvis Presley performed in Las Vegas at an average of two concerts per day (one in the afternoon and one at midnight).

Depending on your mood, certain shows were shorter or longer, more or less lively and contagious. Among so many performances, there were, of course, some of his unforgettable moments.

Vegas was eternally grateful to him.

Two decades earlier, during the construction fever started by the Flamingo, there were other entertainers, only slightly less famous.

As mob-backed magnates raised the city's splendor to the level of the top floors of their hotel-casinos, new groups of topless dancers arrived, from France, included.

Bright neon from the Flamingo hotel-casino, one of the oldest in Las Vegas.

In order to give credibility to the too bare stages, famous names from the showbiz North American. Frank Sinatra, Liberace and Sammy Davis Jr were among the pioneers.

These days, the shows have diversified. Some boil down to successful Stand Up Comedy experiences, transposed from other parts of the country, such as the exotic Carrot Top, Terry Fator, David Spade or the occasional Seinfeld.

Others turn out to be multi-disciplinary and technological mega-productions. And if Cirque du Soleil was monopolizing this type of shows, the recent opening of the elegant hotel-casino Wynn, implied the entry into the scene of a worthy competitor, Le Revê.

Disney-style domes of the Excalibur hotel-casino.

The access to the room itself, through the Wynn's reddish, velvety and shiny corridors and atriums, reveals something special. Inside, the only aqua theater from Las Vegas.

Once the action begins, dive, swim, dance, jump and represent a cast of 85 agile artists capable of combining strength, sensuality and drama in an amphibian and aerial fantasy world that delights the most skeptical of viewers.

Back in real Las Vegas, it's not all that elegant. Outside the Wynn, a red traffic light stops a small group of pedestrians and a lorry adapted to act as outdoor mobile.

The screen displays an alluring advertisement.

An irresistible blonde appears lying on a sofa, her head reclined and her eyes closed in a posture of pure provocation and voluptuousness.

Mobile ad on a truck box promotes a Las Vegas men's club and steak house.

The text, in gold, refers to the supposedly sophisticated origin of such preciousness. And it's straightforward: ”treasures. Gentlemen's Club & Steakhouse".

We are in Las Vegas. In Sin City, everything is forgiven.

Las Vegas, USA

World Capital of Weddings vs Sin City

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Las Vegas, USA

The Sin City Cradle

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tombstone, USA

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Key West, USA

The Tropical Wild West of the USA

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Death Valley, USA

The Hottest Place Resurrection

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Tokyo, Japan

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Sentosa, Singapore

Singapore's Fun Island

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When Only Cock Fights Wake Up the Philippines

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Bangkok, Thailand

One Thousand and One Lost Nights

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Campeche, Mexico

200 Years of Playing with Luck

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Florida Keys, USA

The Caribbean Stepping Stone of the USA

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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

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Little Havana, USA

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Grand Canyon, USA

Journey through the Abysmal North America

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The Sacred Ceiling of North America

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The Little Capital of Greater Alaska

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Monument Valley, USA

Indians or Cowboys?

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Talkeetna, Alaska

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Navajo nation, USA

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Jabula Beach, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Saint Lucia, South Africa

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Muktinath to Kagbeni, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal, Kagbeni
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit 14th - Muktinath to Kagbeni, Nepal

On the Other Side of the Pass

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Visitors at Talisay Ruins, Negros Island, Philippines
Architecture & Design
Talisay City, Philippines

Monument to a Luso-Philippine Love

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Boats on ice, Hailuoto Island, Finland.
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Ceremonies and Festivities
Pentecost Island, Vanuatu

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Tequila, Jalisco City, Mexico, Jima
Tequila, JaliscoMexico

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Fogón de Lola, great food, Costa Rica, Guápiles
Fogón de Lola Costa Rica

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Indigenous Crowned
Pueblos del Sur, Venezuela

Behind the Venezuela Andes. Fiesta Time.

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Bungee jumping, Queenstown, New Zealand
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Ross Bridge, Tasmania, Australia
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Islamic silhouettes

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sunlight photography, sun, lights
Got2Globe Photo Portfolio
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Cathedral of Santa Ana, Vegueta, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria
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Playa Nogales, La Palma, Canary Islands
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Era Susi towed by dog, Oulanka, Finland
Winter White
PN Oulanka, Finland

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Almada Negreiros, Roça Saudade, Sao Tome
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Machangulo, Mozambique, sunset
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The Golden Peninsula of Machangulo

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Sheki, Autumn in the Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Autumn Homes
Sheki, Azerbaijan

autumn in the caucasus

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Natural Parks
unmissable roads

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Athens, Greece, Changing of the Guard at Syntagma Square
UNESCO World Heritage
Athens, Greece

The City That Perpetuates the Metropolis

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now from above ladder, sorcerer of new zealand, Christchurch, new zealand
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Moorea aerial view
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The Polynesian Sister Any Island Would Like to Have

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orthodox procession
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Chepe Express, Chihuahua Al Pacifico Railway
On Rails
Creel to Los Mochis, Mexico

The Barrancas del Cobre & the CHEPE Iron Horse

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emperor akihito waves, emperor without empire, tokyo, japan
Tokyo, Japan

The Emperor Without Empire

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Women with long hair from Huang Luo, Guangxi, China
Daily life
Longsheng, China

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Cape cross seal colony, cape cross seals, Namibia
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Passengers, scenic flights-Southern Alps, New Zealand
Scenic Flights
Aoraki / Mount Cook, New Zealand

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