It’s a gorgeous winter day in Las Vegas. The cerulean blue sky and smiling sunshine mask the fact that yesterday was the deadliest day in Las Vegas for the corona virus. So, to try to keep you healthy and entertained, today I am going to share kewl things to do outside.
Paris Las Vegas Light Show
The Paris Las Vegas casino opened in 1999. With so much neon on the Las Vegas Strip, its signature Eiffel Tower didn’t need much fanfare.
But in 2019 the resort spent $1.7 million to add a light show, emulating the son et lumier (sound and light) shows at the real one in Paris. Three hundred colored lights and 800 strobe lights anchored to the 541-foot-tall tower combine and recombine for five minutes.
The light show runs from sundown until 1 am seven days a week. Oh la la!!!!
Of course, if you want to spend money, you can take an elevator to the top of the tower to the viewing deck for a glorious view of the Strip, especially at night. The price is $14 before 6:30 pm and $19 thereafter. There is a senior discount.
The Fountains at the Bellagio
I watched these fountains being built in 1998. I saw the construction crews painstakingly installing the 1,200 nozzles and 4,500 lights in this deep hole. And then the resort filled the lake with water and suddenly jets of water were streaming 460 feet in the air.
The fountain jumps to life every 30 minutes from 3 to 8 pm and then every 15 minutes until midnight. The jets dance to the music which has a drum beat of wild splashing when the water returns to earth.
The music varies widely. The most popular is “Time to Say Goodby.” Then there are the Las Vegas favorites, “Luck Be A Lady” from Guys and Dolls (yeah, Frank Sinatra did it too), “Big Spender” from Sweet Charity and “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis.
I love “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood, showing off my Texas roots. The last show of the night is always the national anthem.
If you are important enough or spend enough, the casino will invite you to the control room. You can flip through the song book (kind of like karaoke) and pick one you like. Alas, I have not yet been invited…yet.
Before the pandemic, Cirque du Soleil’s show O ( a pun on the French l’eau, which means water…ha! ha!) pumped all the water from it show into the lake once a week so the performers would have fresh water to work in. I don’t know what they are doing now.
I have seen the fountains literally hundreds of times since the water first started soaring. I will never get tired of them. They are truly a wonder of the world.
Take a Selfie or Just People Watch at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
Western Neon erected the sign in 1959. The sign now sits between the north and southbound lanes of South Las Vegas Boulevard just south of the Las Vegas Strip.
There is a small parking lot that you have to enter heading southbound. Parking is FREE, but you have to go at unpopular times to find a space.
It’s a great place for people watching if you are a local, although my favorite spot for that before the pandemic was the plaza in front of Caesars. Show up at 10 pm on a Saturday night and oh my! Toto, you are not in Kansas anymore.
Have a safe and fun week-end, Las Vegas.
((hugs)) BETH Ellyn
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