Viva Las Vegas?

One of the seven pools of Venetian resort 

During our long walks through the corridors, casinos, shopping areas of the Venetian Resort  we noticed a curious maneuver which we dubbed, the “Venetian Turn-around”. This was the 180 degree turn guests made while lost in the vast, 7000-room resort. It is second-largest hotel in the world. For example, to get from our room to the nearest casino floor, we took 2 elevators and probably walked 500 meters. We had a brief stay so we never did thoroughly understand the layout of the resort.

It was so hot, Nadia easily entered the pool! 

This was the second Venetian I visited, the other in Macau, and I came to the conclusion that they are on too large of a scale to make a stay enjoyable. Going from your room to the pool, restaurant, shopping, etc. is a hassle and the whole experience impersonal. The pools were nice but a bit crowded. I wanted to show the children the profligate nature of a city in the desert, but I would not come back for another visit. It had been 24 years since I was last in the city and it has grown tremendously in that time. I don’t know how so much people and stuff can be supported by the desert environment. It brought back memories of our time in the Arabian Gulf .  I could see the whole thing being a ghost town in a couple hundred of years.

A selfie in front of another Trump property…

We ate extremely well! I had one of the best breakfasts in my life at the Peppermill Restaurant, a Vegas institution.  The two restaurants we ate at in the fake St. Mark’s Square and fake Venice were of gourmet quality.


I don’t understand the appeal of a Las Vegas vacation. Gambling, sitting by the pool, shopping and watching tacky night shows are not my idea of relaxation and enjoyment. I am very happy to be in our condo in the small town of St. George, Utah this week for some R&R. Getting out to nature always refreshes my soul…





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