Saturday, February 12, 2011
LUXOR,EXCALABUR, LAS VEGAS
Now, they are surrounded by thirty story, and forty and higher, luxury hotels and casinos with twenty-five story high flashing billboards. They offer so many things to do, why gamble? You can't walk from one to the other easily, so you tram, or drive, or mono-rail, or get a room and stay.
The Luxor was built to last, so the remnants of its former glory remain, the huge cement statuary, hieroglyphics, and Egyptian tiles in the walls remain, but the once lovely river is gone. The inside no longer resembles anything related to Egypt.
I confess I was saddened and disappointed by the changes, but grateful that I got to see it in its hey-dey. The new casinos are all about sophisticated luxury. The themes are being phased out. But, the Luxor would take a lot of dynamite to remove, so hopefully it will be around for a long time to come.