Some travel surprises are good: discovering a hidden gem of a trattoria in Florence where you are greeted with hugs and an open bottle of Chianti. Or finding out that the Louvre is free the one day you are in Paris.
At first glance, it's pretty easy to say Las Vegas has an unhealthy water fetish. There's the 22-million-gallon Bellagio fountain, which rockets dancing cylinders of well water 500 feet into the air to the tune of "God Bless the USA." There's the liquid volcano at The Mirage, where water seems to bubble like lava. And, finally, the blue canals inside (inside!) the Venetian hotel, where water buoys gondolas for the amusement of gamblers and tourists.
â¢ Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen headed to Las Vegas for a friend's bachelorette bash that started with dinner - and ended in the club. The ladies shared a feast at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge inside the Bellagio, where they dined on signature dishes - such as Big Eye tuna pizza - prepared specially by the restaurant's executive chef. After dinner, they headed to Gold Boutique Nightclub & Lounge - celebrating in true Sin City style. According to an onlooker, they were requesting songs from the deejay, and sang and danced along.
â¢ Maybe the meal was good luck? Just a day before winning entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Taylor Swift dined at the Bellagio's Yellowtail restaurant. Joined by her mother and a few of her band members, the singer sat at an outdoor table - overlooking the casino's famed fountain show - and dined on sushi.
A Las Vegas judge whose 29-year-old son was arrested in the December robbery of Las Vegas' Bellagio casino said he is "devastated and heartbroken" but that "people who break the law need to be held accountable."
Police say they're trying to find a helmet-wearing gunman who robbed one of Las Vegas' most recognizable casinos of $1.5 million in casino chips Tuesday morning -- and may also have robbed a different casino last week.
â¢ Talk about a star rating! Taylor Swift Tweeted about having "the best meal of my life" in Las Vegas at the Bellagio's Japanese restaurant Yellowtail, where she munched on tuna pizza, kobe beef tataki and Alaskan king crab with her mother and bandmates. The next day, the country sensation enjoyed a fajitas feast at Diablo's Cantina before taking the stage at Mandalay Bay for the Justin Timberlake and Friends concert to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.
LAS VEGAS -- With the American economy at a crossroads, a cross-section of America still converges here every summer. It's as if money grows on palm trees in the middle of The Strip, because, even with recessionary dollars harder to come by, bigger crowds keep coming to the World Series of Poker.
LAS VEGAS -- "No salary is too small," the young guy with the stiff hair and the stiff suit was saying as his burger oozed blood onto the clear plastic plate in front of him. "No job is too small. Do I have confidence in my abilities? Heck yeah, I do. But my ego isn't too big to think I'm above anything. I'll take anything I can get."
Perhaps the most affecting scene of Steven Soderbergh's star-packed 2001 heist flick Ocean's Eleven comes near the very end. The camera slowly pans from right to left to capture the faces of 10 members of the film's titular gang of thieves as they silently observe the dancing fountains of Las Vegas's Bellagio casino. We understand that each man is reflecting on the unlikely caper in which he's just successfully participated, and on what the future might hold in store.