Hi, remember me? This is an update on us. What I did this past weekend.

What a great, fine and fun weekend we had; three days of fun and frolic on the Las Vegas Strip.

We went to Las Vegas on Friday December 2nd and returned home on Monday the 5th. We went there for the Michael Jackson Immortal Cirque Du Soleil show. It was fantastic. While we were there, of course, I couldn’t help but take a bunch of photos of Las Vegas.

On entering the daytime event, called Fan Fest, this was our welcome sign.

Immediately inside was a huge statue of Michael.

This is looking toward the entrance; he didn’t have his rump toward us as we entered. :^))

There were lots of displays of different props from videos, like this robotic head.

Also displayed were his collections of different things; like his limousines.

This is an old Ice cream bicycle he had.

His library was reassembled just as it was in his house.

This chess set was in that library.

MJJ Productions logo; Michael's company.

There were a lot of works of art on display. I understand that many fans painted and drew pictures for him and he kept them all. Some were on display.

This is the actual archway that used to stand at the entrance to Neverland. Not the front entrance at the road, but further up the driveway as you reached the main compound.

Michael himself made an unexpected guest appearance. Fooled ya. This impersonator looked so very much like Michael that I wondered if he wore a rubber mask over at least part of his face. I didn't ask him though.

These are some of his costumes on display from his videos and such.

This little rocket ship was used in a video. There was so much to see that I could not but touch on what was there at the Fan Fest.

That brings us to the trip out to Las Vegas.

This store is in the middle of nowhere. I laughed when I saw the two main products they advertized.

This is an actual road name. I did not edit this photo. For those who want to ruin the romanticism of it you can do an Internet search to learn the history of the town it leads to. That is the name of the town.

During the ride we go past Baker California. It is the gateway to Death Valley. This thermometer resides immediately outside the Big Boy restaurant and reaches as high as 139* Fahrenheit. Being merely the gateway, Baker is like a breath of cool, fresh air in comparison to Death Valley.

We had a very beautiful sunset on the ride to Las Vegas.

Once there our first stop was the tourist attraction that used to be simply the welcome sign. Now there’s a parking lot, a place to take a photo of your self entering the town and always something of interest on display.

Once on the Strip there is never ending entertainment. You can spend days just looking at everything, should you so choose.

Lots of lights everywhere you look.

Excalibur Hotel and Casino


Another angle of NEW YORK NEW YORK

The water show at the Bellagio.

This is a lone sculpted rose that stands about 25 feet tall.

The entrance to the Monte Carlo.

Lion in front of MGM Grand of MGM studios fame.

This is the overhead canopy for the light show on Fremont St. Every ½ hour throughout the evening there is a 5 minute light show with concert like audio. They periodically change the show to reflect the big news of the week. This week there was a cowboy convention in town.

You can get a sense of the size of the canopy by the size of the people walking on the street below.

From WIKI; The attraction is a barrel vault canopy, 90 ft (27 m) high at the peak and four blocks, or approximately 1,500 ft (460 m), in length.

While Las Vegas is known for never turning the outside casino lights off, each show begins by turning off the lights on all of the buildings, including the casinos, under the canopy. Before each show, one bidirectional street that crosses the Experience is blocked off for safety reasons.

The initial display contained about 2.1 million light bulbs controlled by 32 computers located in kiosks on the mall. The sound system, using speakers suspended over the mall, was rated at 350,000 watts. Strobe lights were added at some point to provide additional entertainment options on Disco Nights.

The Strip from afar off.

Santa Santa everywhere! There was a fun run happening on Saturday morning. All the participants wore a Santa costume.

Who in the world puts up a photo of McDonald’s? I do; when I go to Las Vegas and eat at McDonald’s instead of eating a good buffet. Time was when one could eat at great prices at the casinos. Not so much any more.

The real reason for the McDonald’s stop was that the day was full of MJ Fan Fest and Cirque Du Soleil. We were pressed for time and still wanted something to eat. So there ya have it; my excuse an’ I’m stickin’ to it!

After the Cirque Du Soleil show, it’s back to the Strip for some more fun times.

MGM Grand lion

NEW YORK NEW YORK during the day; in Orton effect.

This is inside the Forum Shoppes at Caesar’s Palace. I took the photo because I want to rent the upstairs apartment in the center of the picture. It has a great porch overlooking the street. It makes for excellent people watching and enjoying the night air.

This and the next few photos were taken inside the Forum shopping area. I used a slow shutter speed, no flash and hand held the camera in order to get the right colors and capture the movement of the water.

I used the flash for the next photo. I like how it looks.

Back to no flash.

These are the stone streets

And this is what the streets inside the Forum look like.

This guy pointed our way back to the parking structure.

Somehow it seems a bit odd to have a centurion show us where we parked our automobile. Go figure.

On Monday morning we had breakfast at The Orleans. You guessed it, French theme.

And this little buggy was sitting roadside for sale on our trip back home. What a great ride for the snowy mountains when all the four wheel drive buggies are getting stuck!

There’s no such thing as me passing the San Fernando Valley and not stopping for a Carneys ½ lb Angus chili burger; with a huge plate of French fries and a 42 oz. Dr. Pepper, of course! Can you feel your veins clogging? Yum!!

They claim to have the best burgers in the world. I have to agree.

That’s it; our visit to Las Vegas this fall. I enjoy the journey there and back almost as much as I enjoy the visit. Have a great day.

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