Special Sub-Topic: Traveling Without Moving
|Our first stop on our around the world tour is a city in Italy. Here we can shop at the forums, stay in a 1,000 square feet guest suite, or even catch a show at the Colosseum. In which city are we?|
Rome. Caesar's Palace is a Las Vegas hotel, opened in 1966, with a Roman theme. There are at least five towers for the guests to stay at: Centurion, Augustus, Roman, Palace, and Forum. These five "towers" make up the 3,348 rooms of the hotel. The Colosseum, which holds over 4,000 people, was originally built as a stage for Celine Dion.
|Staying in Italy, this time we travel to a city that has many canals. We can ride gondolas here in the "Queen of the Adriatic", one of the city's many nicknames. What city are we now visiting?|
Venice. The Venetian is a Las Vegas hotel based on the city of Venice, Italy. Even in the hotel itself, you can ride gondolas, and you can also catch a show: "The Phantom of the Opera", the main show in the Venetian. The 4,049 room hotel were opened to public in 1999, replacing the Sands hotel.
|We stay in Europe as we move to France. In this "City of Love", we can see a Montgolfier balloon, La Fontaine des Mers, and Arc de Triomphe. Alas, we cannot see the "Mona Lisa", as we are not actually in the city; only in Las Vegas. What city have we traveled to this time?|
Paris. The 2,915 room Paris hotel opened in 1999. It contains a replica on a half-scale of the Eiffel Tower, Paris' most famous monument, as well as a 2/3-scale replica of the La Fontaine des Mers, a replica of the Arc de Triomphe, and a sign in the shape of the Montgolfier balloon. Too, the front of the hotel resembles both the Paris Opera House and the Louvre.
|We travel now all the way to the United States, in California. Though we cannot see the Walk of Fame, we can visit the CBS Television City. We might see several stars, since this is a major city to shoot movies. Where have we gone to now?|
Hollywood. The MGM Grand is a hotel in Las Vegas that opened in 1993. At the time, it was the largest hotel in the world. It is based off of the theme "Hollywood", which is in Los Angeles. The CBS Television City, which is a television studio in LA, was replicated in the MGM Grand.
|We now visit South Beach, in Florida, but not the city, we are visiting the South Beach neighborhood in a city of Florida. Ocean Drive sure is beautiful at night! Where in Florida are we?|
Miami. Two hotels in Las Vegas represent Miami, both the Flamingo and the Tropicana. The Tropicana's theme, however, isn't just Miami, it's South Beach Miami. The 1,658 room hotel was opened in 1957. The Flamingo was opened in 1946, and has 3,626 rooms. Its theme is Miami/Art Deco.
|The next place in our Las Vegas hotel tour takes us to the Saharan desert. It is, after all, the Sahara hotel. The onion dome minaret on the hotel represents the warmth and hospitality of the country that gives the hotel its theme. What city would NOT be represented by this hotel?|
El Aiaun. The 1,720 room Sahara hotel gets its theme from Morocco. Sahara was opened in 1952. The onion dome is popular in Moroccan culture, the country of warmth and hospitality. Rabat is the capital of Morocco, and two noted cities in the country are Marrakech and Casablanca. El Aiaun is the capital of Western Sahara.
|Our world travel has brought us to the Pyramids, however, these aren't the pyramids of Giza. Instead, we're at the fourth largest pyramid in the world, at the Luxor hotel. Though it replicates the Giza pyramids, what city in Egypt is the Luxor's theme?|
Thebes. The Luxor has 4,407 rooms, and was opened in 1993. It was named after the city of Luxor, which was called Thebes in ancient times. In 2007, a sign was put on the side of the pyramid in Las Vegas, but was taken down in 2008. Also, in 2007, plans were made to renovate the Luxor to make it more modern and contemporary, getting rid of some of the ancient Egyptian theme along the way.
|Next we travel to the Caribbean. Treasure Island takes us to all sorts of islands: Cuba, Jamaica, Grenada, and Barbados. But in which Caribbean country would you find the islands of Andros, Bimini, Abaco, and Inagua?|
Bahamas. Andros is the largest city of the Bahamas, and Nassau is the capital.
The Treasure Island hotel has a Caribbean theme. However, it is not just a Bahamian theme; rather, it covers the entire Caribbean in its 2,885 rooms, and huge interior. It was opened in 1993. Treasure Island is also known as "ti".
|Next, we travel to Asia. There is a hotel, the Imperial Palace, with an Asian theme. But, more specifically, it has a single country's theme. This country contains cities such as Urumqi, Wuhan, and Xian, and part of it is in the Gobi Desert. In which country have we found ourselves now?|
China. The Imperial Palace opened in 1979, and has 2,640 rooms. It has a Chinese/Asian theme. Unfortunately, the hotel is not shaped like a pagoda; it's a rectangular building with Chinese decor on the inside, and, alas, there is no wall to guard it.
|Without ever changing cities, we can even visit places that don't even exist! Here in Las Vegas, there is a hotel with a very famous theme, but the location cannot be found on any map. Which hotel are we in now?|
Excalibur. The Excalibur, named after King Arthur's sword, carries as its theme: Camelot. Camelot was the castle of King Arthur, according to legend. It cannot be found, though, anywhere in Europe. Norris J. Lacy even said that "Camelot, located nowhere in particular, can be anywhere" (Wikipedia).
The Excalibur was the largest hotel in the world when it was built in 1990. It contains 4,008 rooms. A very famous show that plays at the Excalibur is the "Tournament of Kings", a show taking place in Camelot, while diners eat a "traditional" Arthurian meal, including Cornish game hens, potato wedges, and dragon's blood (tomato soup).
Bill's Gambling Hall's theme is San Francisco, the Mirage's theme is French Polynesia, and Bally's theme is cosmopolitan Las Vegas.
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