What is there to do in Las Vegas if you don’t gamble or drink? Part One.

So I had a conference to go to. I love traveling and usually jump at the chance to go to a new place, but this one was in Las Vegas. I don’t gamble or drink and I’m really not into naked people I don’t know.

But I do love art, people watching and taking pictures. All these pictures were taken with my Samsung Galaxy Edge 6.

So what could I spend all of my free time doing?

Option #1 – hide out in my room.

Our room in the Palazzo was incredible and it would have been easy to stay there. As the smallest room available it was a statement in overindulgence. A great place to read or write. And we could watch storms coming in from the mountains. Right across from us the pirate ships of TI (Treasure Island) were lit up. We could also see the big tall gold TRUMP tower. Made me feel like I should be writing about a rich bad boy with issues…maybe I’ll stick to my small town cowboys with issues.

)We could also watch the swimmers in the pool. They seemed to forget that people in the rooms above could see what was going on under the water.

A Vegas view from the Palazzo of the mountains and TRUMP photo Jolene Navarro
A Vegas view from the Palazzo of the mountains and TRUMP. http://www.palazzo.com/hotel.html photo Jolene Navarro
We had the smallest room the Palazzo had to offer! It was a huge two room suite with a table that sat four, a desk and a large l-shaped sofa that was very comfy.
We had the smallest room the Palazzo had to offer! It was a huge two room suite with a table that sat four, a desk and a large l-shaped sofa that was very comfy. http://www.palazzo.com/hotel.html
Pirate ships in front of Treasure Island and Senor Frog. Across from the Palazzo. Jolene Navarro
Pirate ships in front of Treasure Island and Senor Frog. Across from the Palazzo Photo Jolene Navarro

Option # 2 – Tour the Palazzo Hotel

The hotel itself is a small town of upscale shopping and restaurants of every kind. You could spend your whole time in Vegas and never leave this hotel. Just walking through the hotels and taking in the displays was vacation worthy.  I walked by these everyday to get from my room to the conference. I had to walk through the casino also but didn’t think to get pictures of the slot machines and tables. I didn’t find them as interesting.

These photos were all taken in the Palazzo. It is a true visual feast.

The Palazzo had several displays made up of flowers. Photo Jolene Navarro
The Palazzo had several displays made up of flowers. Photo Jolene Navarro
The Palazzo had several displays made up of flowers.
The Palazzo had several displays made up of flowers.
The Palazzo had several displays made up of flowers.
The Palazzo in Las Vegas had several displays made up of flowers.
Shopping at the Palazzo Photo Jolene Navarro
Shopping at the Palazzo Photo Jolene Navarro
Palazzo in Las Vegas provides shopping and entertainment without leaving the hotel
Palazzo in Las Vegas provides shopping and entertainment without leaving the hotel. That’s a real person. Photo Jolene Navarro
Palazzo in Las Vegas provides shopping and entertainment without leaving the hotel
Palazzo in Las Vegas provides shopping and entertainment without leaving the hotel. You never knew when you would come across a live performance. Photo Jolene Navarro
Palazzo in Las Vegas provides shopping and entertainment without leaving the hotel. Everything is Grand!
Palazzo in Las Vegas provides shopping and entertainment without leaving the hotel. Everything is Grand! Photo Jolene Navarro

You can even take a ride in the river – it’s as if you have left the United States

 Vienna is not far away when you are staying at the Palazzo in Las Vegas.
Vienna is not far away when you are staying at the Palazzo in Las Vegas.
The Palazzo in Vegas is an adventure all in its self! You don't even need to leave the hotel.
The Palazzo in Vegas is an adventure all in its self! You don’t even need to leave the hotel.
The Palazzo - http://www.palazzo.com/hotel.html
The Palazzo – http://www.palazzo.com/hotel.html

Connected to The Palazzo is The Venetian – it is worth walking to their lobby too.

The lobby at the Venetian in Las Vegas is a grand example of classical art
The lobby at the Venetian in Las Vegas is a grand example of classical art and the over the top attitude in Vegas. Jolene Navarro

Staying at the Palazzo

Day two in Vegas and I’m ready to walk outside of the hotel. We did discover a Walgreen right at the corner of our hotel so each day we would get fresh fruit for lunch. My roommate also found out they were the only place to get Big Red and Dr, Pepper. So she was happy.  I have a friend from the West Texas Writer’s Academy that lives n Vegas so I called her. We met at 5:30pm and with our walking boots on headed south (left from the Palazzo) and made our way to the Bellagio.

Option #3 – Walk to the Belliagio

Another feast for the eyes. Getting around the strip is easy with the escalators that take up to the pedestrian bridges. You never actually cross the main strip. We walked on the right side and stayed out of the sun. Along the way we saw many opportunities to take pictures with the almost look-a-likes of Mikey and Minnie Mouse, Mike Tyson, the bearded man with the baby, minions and a pissed off Cubaca. I only saw one Elvis. They each wanted money to have their picture taken – so I passed.  It was entertaining to say the least.

The Belliagio was worth the walk. From the Picasso showing (I did pay extra to see these) to the Botanical gardens to the biggest chocolate waterfall I have ever seen. Art popped up in unexpected places. I even spotted one of Nick Cave’s Soundsuits (picture below). Of course you can’t miss Dale Chihuly’s work of hand blown glass that covers an eighteen foot ceiling. But take the time to look along the edges of the conservatory – you can find more of his glass there.  That is all topped by the Fountains of the Bellagio.

After the pictures of our adventure I have a video of “Behind the Scenes in Creating the Water Show at the Fountains”.

Stepping of the Palazzo lobby we could go North or South on the Vegas Strip - This is North
Stepping out of the Palazzo lobby we could go North or South on the Vegas Strip – This is North were you will find the Wynn and giant block eating mall. The UFO shaped thing is the entry. Photo Jolene Navarro
Vegas Strip - North of the Palazzo
Vegas Strip – North of the Palazzo. We left when the sun was still up – but most of Vegas looks better at night
Bellagio in Vegas. Theme - Under the under the Sea with Summer Gardens at the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Bellagio in Vegas. Theme – Under the under the Sea with Summer Gardens at the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Bellagio in Vegas. Theme -Under the sea with Summer Gardens at the Conservatory &
Bellagio in Vegas. Theme – Under the under the Sea with Summer Gardens at the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
At the Bellagio in Las Vegas in the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens with Jenna Neal and Jolene Navarro
At the Bellagio in Las Vegas in the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens with Jenna Neal and Jolene Navarro
At the Bellagio in Las Vegas in the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Sea Turtles  Jolene
At the Bellagio in Las Vegas in the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Sea Turtles Jolene Navarro
At the Bellagio in Las Vegas in the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens the baby  Sea Turtles  Photo by Jolene
At the Bellagio in Las Vegas in the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens the baby Sea Turtles Photo by Jolene
At the Bellagio in Las Vegas in the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens   Photo by Jolene
At the Bellagio in Las Vegas in the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Photo by Jolene
Painted umbrellas hanging in the Bellagio. photo by Jolene Navarro
Painted umbrellas hanging in the Bellagio. photo by Jolene Navarro
Painted umbrellas hanging in the Bellagio. photo by Jolene Navarro
Painted umbrellas hanging in the Bellagio. photo by Jolene Navarro
In the Bellagio in Vegas I found the the tallest chocolate fountain I have ever seen. The little girls were impressed too.
In the Bellagio in Vegas I found the the tallest chocolate fountain I have ever seen. The little girls were impressed too.
In the middle of the hall I found a Soundsuit by Nick Cave!. Jolene Navarro
In the middle of the hall I found a Soundsuit by Nick Cave!.
18 foot ceiling covered in the hand blown glass created by Dale Chihuly. Bellagio in Vegas
18 foot ceiling covered in the hand blown glass created by Dale Chihuly. Bellagio in Vegas

Now the fountain. I was up on the bridge when I took this pictures – I would recommend being on the street level – but people start gathering early. The pictures I took just don’t do it justice so click on the video link and see how they do it.

The Water Fountain at the Bellagio is worth the time to see.  - Jolene Navarro
The Water Fountain at the Bellagio is worth the time to see.
The Water Fountain at the Bellagio is worth the time to see.
The Water Fountain at the Bellagio is worth the time to see.

Across from the Bellagio and a little further up was Paris. Was told by local one of the best buffets.
Across from the Bellagio and a little further up was Paris. Was told by local the Paris had one of the best buffets. It was The Little Village. We enjoyed it – the dessert was worth the price.

I was enjoying Las Vegas much more than I ever thought I would. I’m not even done with my list of free things to do in Vegas. The Fremont in next – but that was such an experience it will get its own blog later this week.

2 comments

Add Yours
  1. L. E. Carmichael

    I’ve never been to Vegas, but it’s good to know there’s so much there for the non-gambler to enjoy. Amazing photos!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s