on September 4, 2013
Grand Canal and St. Marks Square.You can find the Grand Canal, shops and St. Marks Square inside the Venetian hotel. I know it is quite Kitsch but then what isn’t in Las Vegas. You have no worries about it raining, snowing, flooding or being too hot as it is air conditioned throughout the building.Outside the Venetian you can see a small Lagoon where you can have a ride on a gondola ok the gondolas are on rails which go around the lake but some for some people it may be the nearest they ever get to the real thing. There are often queues to get on the rides.Inside the hotel you will come across a sign for the Grand Canal and shops. There is a walkway either side of the canal and queues to have a ride on the gondolas with Gondoliers dress in black trousers and striped T Shirt with a straw bowler hat on who use a punt to take you along the indoor canal. Again this is on rails which you can clearly see through the water but hey its Vegas and if you want to be romantic why not. Sometimes the gondolier will burst into song. The ride will take you up to St. Mark’s square but turns around and heads back to the boarding point.The shops that line the canal contain quite expensive stock but it is ok for window shopping I guess or if you have done extremely well on the tables. Some of the shops do sell one off items of clothing so you can imagine it is likely to be quite expensive. St. Marks Square.Around the perimeter of the square are restaurants where you can sit down for dinner and people watch. Most of the restaurants here are fairly expensive but it gives you quite an atmosphere of Venice's real St. Mark’s Square with string quartets playing and men and women in costumes miming. This is all under a covered roof with the ceiling painted blue with puffs of cloud giving you the impression that you are outside. AS the day wears on the lighting does change here giving the effect that it is evening. It is usually quite busy here with lots of people taking a walk and looking at this man made wonder at the Venetian hotel. Go and have a look it is quite a nice experience and well worth spending an hour here.
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