Monday, July 04, 2005

Leaving Las Vegas

On our final full day in Vegas we finally got to the Liberace Museum. There are a selection of outfits that he wore on stage --- all very ostentatious. There is also a small collection of cars, including a Rolls Royce that's covered with mirror tiles and a selection of pianos from his collection. It was pretty interesting to see the flambuoyant way that he lived and performed, although I have to admit that I found it a little tasteless.

In the evening, we had dinner and went along to see some of the other casinos. Most notably the Mirage with its erupting volcano. They are all pretty tacky (nothing compares to Ceasars Palace, where a fountain tells some made-up tale about Atlantis, complete with moving statues, water jets and fireballs), and make the Bellagio fountains look good!

< The Skyline from the airport

Our flight to Toronto was at 1300, so we had breakfast in the hotel. I had cake. We arrived here (Toronto) at 8pm, and were in the hotel by 9. Very civilised. For a meal, we went to the Entertainment District, which is full of bars and restaurants. It seems like a pretty good place to hang out. Unfortunately, no photos since I didn't take my camera (how unlike me).
Our first full day in Toronto was spent wandering around trying to get a feel for the place. We walked over towards the University and Museums, then down through Chinatown to the centre. There are lots of little shops, all of which seem pretty trendy.

< A building

There is a Jazz festival on in the city at the moment and we bumped into one of the venues outside city hall. The music that they were playing wasn't very Jazzy, more like Creole. It was OK nonetheless.

< Obligatory photo of kids

Tonight, we went for a meal in Cabbagetown, an area just near our hotel. I have no idea why it is called this, there were no Cabbages anywhere. The restaurant was in a converted house on a suburban street, and we ate outdoors in the warmth. I could get used to long holidays.


Anonymous Jane said...

Hi, folks, Loved your comment about the Liberace museum - the man had a Rolls Royce covered in mirror tiles and you found it 'a little tasteless' - you are a master of understatement!!!!!!!

Anonymous Jane said...

Thanks for the photograph of the kids - I was being to think you had lost them en route or they had jetted off on Bernard's passport.


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