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Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

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Paris Las Vegas Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. Paris Las Vegas Resort and Casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip .It opened in 1999, is operated by Harrah's Entertainment and has 2915 rooms. It includes a half size replica of the Eiffel Tower, a two thirds size Arc de Triomphe and a neon sign in the shape of the Montgolfier balloon. The Paris is linked to its sister property, Bally's Las Vegas by a promenade. Originally, the Eiffel Tower copy was intended to be a full scale replica but this was not possible due to the close proximity of McCarran International Airport. You can take elevators to the top of the tower, which is nearly fifty storeys above the ground. As Paris Las Vegas is located on the heart of the Strip you have great views from the observation deck which stands at 460 feet. In particular, the night time views of the city and the Bellagio Fountains are brilliant.

USA - Paris Las Vegas Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Paris Las Vegas Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. Paris Las Vegas Resort and Casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip .It opened in 1999, is operated by Harrah's Entertainment and has 2915 rooms. It includes a half size replica of the Eiffel Tower, a two thirds size Arc de Triomphe and a neon sign in the shape of the Montgolfier balloon. The Paris is linked to its sister property, Bally's Las Vegas by a promenade. Originally, the Eiffel Tower copy was intended to be a full scale replica but this was not possible due to the close proximity of McCarran International Airport. You can take elevators to the top of the tower, which is nearly fifty storeys above the ground. As Paris Las Vegas is located on the heart of the Strip you have great views from the observation deck which stands at 460 feet. In particular, the night time views of the city and the Bellagio Fountains are brilliant.

USA - Paris Las Vegas Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

Lake Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. The Bellagio was inspired by the Lake Como resort in Italy.It has an 8-acre artificial lake between the building and the Strip and 2000 hand blown glass flowers cover 2000 square feet of the lobby ceiling. Bellagio was conceived by Steve Wynn and built by his company Mirage Resorts following the purchase and demolition of the Dunes hotel in 1993. The Bellagio currently has 10,0000 employees. When it opened it was the most expensive hotel ever built having cost over $1.6 billion. The Fountains were created by Wet Design and Super Shooter nozzles can send a water blast 250 feet in the air.

USA - Lake Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada

Looking across Lake Bellagio, Las Vegas

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. Paris Las Vegas Resort and Casino is located on the Las Vegas Strip .It opened in 1999, is operated by Harrah's Entertainment and has 2915 rooms. It includes a half size replica of the Eiffel Tower, a two thirds size Arc de Triomphe and a neon sign in the shape of the Montgolfier balloon. The Paris is linked to its sister property, Bally's Las Vegas by a promenade. Originally, the Eiffel Tower copy was intended to be a full scale replica but this was not possible due to the close proximity of McCarran International Airport. You can take elevators to the top of the tower, which is nearly fifty storeys above the ground. As Paris Las Vegas is located on the heart of the Strip you have great views from the observation deck which stands at 460 feet. In particular, the night time views of the city and the Bellagio Fountains are brilliant.

USA - Looking across Lake Bellagio, Las Vegas

Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. The Bellagio was inspired by the Lake Como resort in Italy.It has an 8-acre artificial lake between the building and the Strip and 2000 hand blown glass flowers cover 2000 square feet of the lobby ceiling. Bellagio was conceived by Steve Wynn and built by his company Mirage Resorts following the purchase and demolition of the Dunes hotel in 1993. The Bellagio currently has 10,0000 employees. When it opened it was the most expensive hotel ever built having cost over $1.6 billion. The Fountains were created by Wet Design and Super Shooter nozzles can send a water blast 250 feet in the air.

USA - Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada

The Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. The Bellagio was inspired by the Lake Como resort in Italy.It has an 8-acre artificial lake between the building and the Strip and 2000 hand blown glass flowers cover 2000 square feet of the lobby ceiling. Bellagio was conceived by Steve Wynn and built by his company Mirage Resorts following the purchase and demolition of the Dunes hotel in 1993. The Bellagio currently has 10,0000 employees. When it opened it was the most expensive hotel ever built having cost over $1.6 billion. The Fountains were created by Wet Design and Super Shooter nozzles can send a water blast 250 feet in the air.

USA - The Bellagio Fountains, Las Vegas

Thrill rides at the Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off.

USA - Thrill rides at the Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

X Scream thrill ride, the Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. "X Scream" is a thrill ride in Las Vegas on top of the Stratosphere 866 feet above the ground. Even more scary though is the fact that you climb into a seat on the eight seater car and hoisted high in the air before being shot along a track extending 27 foot over the edge of the tower. The track dives at a 30 degree angle reaching speeds of 30 miles per hour, when the car jerks to a sudden stop at the end of the track....and there is nothing much between you and the Strip 900 feet below.

USA - X Scream thrill ride,  the Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Thrill ride at the top of the Stratosphere, Las Vegas

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off.

USA - Thrill ride at the top of the Stratosphere, Las Vegas

Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off.

USA - Las Vegas Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

USA - Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

USA - Stratosphere Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada

Alice in Wonderland bronze sculpture by Jose de Creeft in Central Park New York. Detail of the Mad Hatter.

The "Alice in Wonderland" statue is a bronze sculpted by Jose de Creeft and was unveiled in 1959. Alice is sitting on a large mushroom surrounded by Lewis Carroll characters- the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, the March Hare, the Dormouse and Alice's kitten, Dinah. The Mad Hatter is said to be a caricature of George Delacorte who donated the work in memory of his wife Margarita.De Creeft included lines from Jabberwocky, Margarita's favourite poem in a granite circle around the statue. The book's drawings were originally by John Tenniel and de Creeft partly used them to model the face of Alice. This eleven foot and much clambered upon statue is situated near Conservatory Water and is beautiful. There is another statue in Central Park of Alice in Wonderland by George Frederick Richard Roth in the James Michael Levin Playground.

USA - Alice in Wonderland bronze sculpture by Jose de Creeft in Central Park New York. Detail of the Mad Hatter.

Manhattan waterfront from The Esplanade or Promenade, Furman Street, Brooklyn

Manhattan is a major commercial, financial, and cultural center of the United States and the world. Most major radio, television, and telecommunications companies in the United States are based here, as well as many news, magazine, book, and other media publishers. Manhattan has many famous landmarks, tourist attractions, museums, and universities. It is also home to the headquarters of the United Nations. Manhattan has the largest central business district in the United States, is the site of both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, and is the home to the largest number of corporate headquarters in the nation. It is indisputably the center of New York City and the New York metropolitan region, holding the seat of city government, and the largest fraction of employment, business, and recreational activities.

USA - Manhattan waterfront from The Esplanade or Promenade, Furman Street, Brooklyn

Old mooring posts near Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Brooklyn, a borough founded by the Dutch in the 17th century, was independent until 1898 when it became a borough in New York. By 1867, more than a third of Brooklyn's working population took a ferry to work in Manhattan everyday. The East River froze solid in that year and for many weeks business suffered. The New York Bridge Company was formed with the intention to build a bridge across what was one of the busiest stretches of water in the world. At the time the best engineer for the job was considered to be John A Roebling who had already pioneered the invention of wire rope. In The construction of a bridge started in 1869 and took 14 years to complete. He was surveying the foundations for one of the towers in June of that year when a ferry rammed into the pier he was standing on and his right foot was crushed. He died three weeks later and most of the responsibility for building the bridge was now held by his son, Washington. During work in watertight caissons whilst supervising work on the foundations, Washington became ill through what would become known as the bends. He continued on with the work by watching through binoculars from his home and sending instructions to the site through his wife Emily Warren Roebling. The official opening day was May 24th 1883 when various dignitaries made speeches and there was a huge firework display. On the first full day 150,000 pedestrians crossed the bridge. One week after the Brooklyn Bridge was opened, on May 31st, 20,000 people were on the walkway when a woman on a staircase tripped and fell. Her screams set off panic in the crowd and as people dashed to get off the bridge 12 people were trampled to death. The Brooklyn Bridge, stretches 5,989 feet across the East River and is one of the oldest suspension bridges in America. On its completion it was the largest suspension bridges in the world and the first one made of steel wire. The bridge's main span over the river is 1595 feet six inches, cost $15 million to build

USA - Old mooring posts near Brooklyn Bridge, New York

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