Las Vegas Inspiration

If you’ve never visited Las Vegas, you may be surprised that I find a lot of creative inspiration there.  This trip, it started as soon as we had cleared the clouds of Oregon.

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Las Vegas isn’t all showgirls and slot machines. In fact, I’m not a gambler, I just love walking around and taking it all in.  We visited some amazing art galleries and saw a Cirque de Soleil show.  Needless to say, no photos of those.

I always see lots of things there I can’t find at home…like pirate ships, the Eiffel Tower, New York, ancient Rome, Italy and, of course, lots of neon.

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We also took the kids to see the Fremont Street Experience.  A show is displayed on a four-block-long canopy over the street and is comprised of 12.5 million LED light bulbs.  I don’t think my children blinked.

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We’ve been to Vegas many times, so while I love to explore, much of it I’ve already seen.  However, no matter how many times I visit, I’m always surprised by something.  I don’t remember which hotel this was in, and I couldn’t tell you what any of the clothes looked like that they were selling inside the store, but there were three large windows, all full of antique sewing machines.  This is just one of the windows.  Pretty much the last thing I would have expected to see there.

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There’s an area in the Bellagio where they always have some sort of seasonal display, usually involving plants.  This time they had the cutest little sunflowers.  The largest of these is no bigger than my hand.  It’s too late this year, but you can bet next year I’ll be hunting for tiny sunflower seeds.

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They also had this picture on display, made from living flowers and plants.  It reminded me of some of the floats you see at our Rose Festival Parade.

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Since you don’t usually see much of me, and I actually like this photo, here’s one of me and my sweet husband on our anniversary, waiting to ride a gondola through the Venetian with the kidlets.

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We made sure to book our flight back after dark so we could see the city lights from the sky on our way home.  Just so you know, they weren’t actually blurry in person.

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Out of everything we saw, my absolute favorite was the sunset on the flight back.  I couldn’t get a photo that did it justice, but here’s just a hint of some of the many layers of color in it.

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Now that I’m rested and inspired, it’s time to get back to work!

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2 thoughts on “Las Vegas Inspiration

  1. Glad you enjoyed your trip! Yes, Vegas is a lot more than casinos and gambling. There are quilt shops (even a tour that takes you to the 4 major ones in the area), Ethel M’s Chocolate Factory, the Springs Preserve… so many fun things to do that don’t involve a felt table or a one-armed bandit! : )
    Funny that you mention that the sunset was your favorite thing. When my hubby and I looked at moving out here, I came for a couple days of interviews. I remember driving back to the hotel after a long day of interviews, and seeing that sunset. The first thought that came to mind was “home.” And it still is every time I see a spectacular desert sunset.

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    • We always love visiting. We drove in a few years ago and actually got to see a lot more of the “real” landscape. It’s beautiful, and so different than where I’m from. My question is, though, how do you survive that HEAT? :-) I almost melted!

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