22 November, 2008

Inside? Outside?

On Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, after walking our legs off, we ended up at the Venetian. I really wanted to visit this landmark, and view the canal, after seeing a show about the building of this magnificent hotel on the Travel Channel; it didn't disappoint! Once inside (looks like outside!) we strolled along beside the canal and perused the shops. It is easy to imagine that you are in Italy and after a short while I became completely lost in the environment. Eventually, we found ourselves in another building without ever stepping outside... or had we actually been outside? This inside/outside concept left me feeling strangely disoriented and increasingly claustrophobic. I sensed that I needed to get outside to re-set my bearings, but doors that looked like they led out of doors were, in reality, interior doors. Finally, we pushed one door open that led to a sidewalk and real sunshine! Immediately, my mind adjusted and my body relaxed. It's hard to put into words the strange effect that this inside/outside environment had on me; it left me wondering if, eventually, one would get used to this. The Venetian and the Canal are well done, extremely realistic, maybe a little too much so!

Life is Good!

9 comments:

leigh anna said...

that is so weird!!
i couldn't really get the concept last night when you were talking about it, but i totally see how that would be confusing!

teodo said...

I'm happy you was in italy staying in Las Vegas.
ciao ciao from Italy

paula, the quilter said...

That would be disorienting. It wouldn't take much for me to eventually fall down in a sobbing heap. Wonder how often that happens: people freaking out.

Rhonda said...

Oooh... I must remember to visit that one the next time I'm in Vegas.
How do you like the Flamingos?

YankeeQuilter said...

If you are there in the heat of the summer (over 110 degrees!) then the outside inside is very refreshing! I know what you mean about the claustrophobic though...I even feel that way on the sidewalks in Vegas!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Same response - different venue (Caesar's Palace in Vegas circa 1999). Really messes with your mind!

meggie said...

A very interesting post! I wonder how I would feel??

Cheryl said...

Too funny - when I saw the picture I thought how cool she got to go to Italy!!!! That is a great photot.

anne bebbington said...

Having been to the real thing I'd just add that the Vegas version looks pretty authentic except the real Venice is crumbling before one's eyes - a decadent disintegrating version of the pretender :o) You should visit the real thing if you ever get the chance it is truly magical for all its scruffiness