Saturday, April 18, 2015

Spring at the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens


Japanese inspired bamboo tea house

The Bellagio Hotel Conservatory and Botanical Gardens always presents some of the most visually appealing floral displays. I never fail to see their seasonal offerings when I'm in Vegas. This Spring's theme is the Japanese Garden. The scene is complete with a temple, a bamboo tea house, stone lanterns, a footbridge, and cherry blossom trees, the quintessential symbol of spring in Japan.


The garden is awash with tulips, the elemental spring bulb. I spotted an exuberance of daisies, hyacinths, chrysanthemums, lilies, cyclamens and other blooms I couldn't name. Above is the cherry blossom tree with 300 oversized acrylic blossoms and leaves. Overhead are painted paper parasols which may or may not provide shade from the sun but are pretty nonetheless. 


These photos were taken in the evening so the mood is markedly different. The colors are more edgy and the lighting adds a magical quality to the fountains. 

A temple

This 26-foot tall temple is wrapped in rice paper shoji screens. A golden veneer has been applied to the upper floors, an allusion to the famous Kinkafuji or Golden Temple in Kyoto. 

Crane 

Two scene stealers are the 6-foot tall crane and the tortoise topiaries  These are considered mystical creatures in Japanese culture and represent longevity.  The crane also symbolizes good fortune. 

The Bellagio floral display is open 24 hours daily and admission is free. This particular display will continue through May 11th.  The Bellagio Hotel and Casino is at 3600 South Las Vegas Boulevard. 

“And spring arose on the garden fair
Like the spirit of love felt everywhere
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
Rose from the dreams of the wintry rest.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

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Images by Charie


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Vegas - It's not all that it seems

Ca' d'Oro

The last time I was in Venice was nearly two years ago. It was in mid June and Venice was teeming with visitors.  We took the vaporetto which was jam-packed with passengers bound for St. Mark's Square. It was scary full. And I had no view of the beautiful palazzos that line the canals.  So nice to see a replica of the Ca' d'Oro's façade in Las Vegas. This 15th century palace is my favorite building in Venice.  It's all about the balconies, each one with its own distinct personality. 

Tour Eiffel

Disguised against the black of night, who would think that this tower is on the Strip and not in the City of Light? Were it not for the building in the background, this scene could be mistaken for Paris!

Miracle Mile Shops

Clouds dot the bluest sky inside a shopping mall. It's nice to be indoors when it's smouldering hot outside and have a glimpse of the sky, faux though it may be. 

Fortunately, I have something here that's really what it seems - sunrise in Las Vegas. This was taken from my hotel window at Planet Hollywood. In the foreground is Sunrise Mountain. How apropos!


"All that glitters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
Had you been as wise as bold,
Young in limbs, in judgment old,
Your answer had not been inscroll'd:
Fare you well; your suit is cold.
Cold, indeed; and labour lost:
Then, farewell, heat, and welcome, frost!
Portia, adieu. I have too grieved a heart
To take a tedious leave: thus losers part."
Merchant of Venice, (Act II, Scene VII) William Shakespeare 

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Images by TravelswithCharie