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Posts from December 2013

Visiting the Penguin Colony in Punta Arenas, Chile

  
The following photos were taken  at the penguin colony in Punta Arenas, Chile.  My cruise ship stopped there en route to Antarctica.
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The above is just proof of me in Antarctica.  Now onto the penguin photos!
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The above photo is of a very young and tiny baby penguin I followed for a while.  I think he's saying "I believe I can fly"!
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The march of the penguins :)
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Taking a much needed break!
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"Listen to me!"
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Gone fishin'
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Bringing home the ummm...seaweed?
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The above is a family of penguins in their burrough that the daddy digs/builds for his family.  Penguins mate for life!
Take care everyone and thanks for stopping by!

 


My Voyage to Antarctica

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Love this!!!

Brujo Glacier
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Patagonia 
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Penguin family in their burough
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Glacier Alley
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Seal just hanging out (taken from far away unfortunately)
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Only sunset I saw in Antarctica due to LOTS of fog and this was around 11:00 PM
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Thanks so much for stopping by.  LOTS more photos to come!


My Mini Faux European Tour in Las Vegas!

 

"Las Vegas exists chiefly to satisfy the needs and desires of its visitors, and this it does in spectacular fashion. Sin City has taken or re-created the best that other great cities have to offer and then upped the ante -- making it bigger, grander, flashier."

SCOTT DOGGETT, Lonely Planet Las Vegas

 

 This post will feature photos of two of my favorite hotels - the Venetian and Caesar's Palace.  I've never had much of a desire to visit Venice and still don't since I felt like I was there already!

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 I loved watching the gondolas going up and down the faux canal and walking along the beautiful European like streets under a perfectly designed sky!Blog (1 of 1)-13

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 I enjoyed the Venetian so much I booked a 4 day vacation there - not sure when I'm going, but it will definitely be this year!

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 I loved the skating rink and the gigantic Christmas tree that changes colors in the front of the hotel.

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I read a quote about Las Vegas that I thought was funny but so not true (at least if you visit when the Christmas decorations are displayed): 

"A weekend in Vegas without gambling and drinking is just like being a born-again Christian."

Artie Lange

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  Caesar's Palace is also quite grand!  Love all of the beautiful fountains both inside and outside.
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 I love how Caesar's Palace has a perfect view of the Bellagio's magnificent fountain display!

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This was one of my favorite outdoor fountains at Caesar's Palace!

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This was one of my favorite indoor fountains inside Caesar's Palace Forum pictured in the following photo: 

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 Lots of VERY nice shops in Caesar's Palace Forum.  Never have I seen so many Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Rolex, Cartier, Hermes, etc. stores within a couple square miles. Then again, if there is a place people go to spend $, it's Vegas...I do believe that might be the reason why we can stay at these incredible hotels for a fraction of what they would cost in Europe!

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 I found it very enjoyable and entertaining to simply stroll though the hotels looking at the architecture, decor, and ceilings :-) 

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 Lastly, I will leave you with a photo of myself in front of the Bellagio and Caesar's Palace with a sweet little girl who ran over and wanted to be in the photo with me.  Her mother said no, but I said it was fine with me.  Too cute!

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 Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you all enjoy the remainder of the holidays this year.  Take care my friends!

 


Christmas in Sin City AKA Las Vegas

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Last week I went to Las Vegas for the fourth time in my life.  I had not visited there in more than 10 years and I never thought I would go back there again.   Since I was not planning on gambling or drinking, a person might wonder why I would choose to go there.  The fact is I had a timeshare that needed to be used or I would lose it.  I sometimes think that vacations are more fun when you're not expecting them to be or much from them.  That was definitely the case with this trip. I'm loved looking at the new hotels such as the Bellagio and the Venetian while they are so nicely decorated for Christmas.  I love taking photos and there were so many pretty sites especially at night with all of the bright lights!  I will be doing two posts on this trip since I took close to 1000 photos in just a few days. I am busy editing and deciding which ones to post.  This post will focus on the Bellagio Hotel and the amazing Paris hotel.  My next post will focus on the the incredible Caesar's Palace and the Venetian Hotel which was definitely my favorite!  As a matter of fact, I booked a four day trip to return there in the next year!

I wasn't rocking the  6 or 7 inch heels I saw so many women wearing, but I did try to fit in with the short skirt ;)

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I never got sick of watching the fountains at the Bellagio that played along to match the music every half hour!  

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The following two photos are of the fantastic ceiling of the Bellagio lobby.  The first photo is a close up that shows it is a huge cluster of colorful flowers,  The second photo shows the entire work of art.
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Love the gorgeous Christmas tree you see when you walk into their lobby garden

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And the polar bears were way too cute!
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And the flying reindeer :)

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Complete with Sant's sleigh!  

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  Photo of the hotel Paris from the Bellagio at sunset

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The hotel Paris at night 

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Too bad Las Vegas doesn't have more color at night ;)

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 Thanks so much for stopping by and happy holidays to all!!!