Saturday, May 21, 2011

Day Thirty-Two ... Sight Seeing

A day off with sight seeing and snapping pictures just like a tourist was the perfect plan for today. I really enjoyed people watching too. It was crowded on the strip, a good sign for the economy I am sure. Normally I dislike crowds. Today I assigned myself a project of noting only things I like and letting the rest fall away. I found doing that had me smiling consistently and enjoying myself immensely. I saw things I haven't taken the time to notice before. I also saw a lot of kindness and affection between people. And being me I also saw lots of shoes and clothes I liked and appreciated ... 

I did not come up with this myself. It is a way of improving your outlook presented in Rhonda Byrne's book "The Power". I have tried to do the same thing in the past but felt unfocused and easily distracted. In fact I would completely forget I was looking for anything in particular and instead get stuck in my own mind. There was none of that today. It is funny how it takes some things time to take hold and normally I wouldn't even notice that. Especially if I had given up too soon. Now I don't struggle when I consciously look for something to appreciate. It is becoming a natural feeling to appreciate my surroundings no matter what may be going on. I like it.

There was plenty to enjoy on the Las Vegas strip today.

First stop was the Bellagio. The Conservatory was gorgeous, as it always is.

The picture was actually made from flowers, it is not painted, and when close up you can see the water dripping off the frame to keep the flowers hydrated. Extremely creative and beautiful.

All of the flowers are fresh and real and simply gorgeous.

The park bench looked very inviting and I loved the balloons.

Very patriotic!

Suspended from the ceiling, it really looked like the balloons were floating.

The bird is made completely of flowers as well. I cannot imagine how much work must go into setting all of this up.

Next stop was the Aria and I took some time to sit and appreciate the running wall of water.

Inside the Aria near all the restaurants there is this very interesting mirror and cactus set-up.

Very interesting creation by Chihuly near the Aria. 

This is the inside of the Cosmopolitan Casino. I've never been here before and I enjoyed it. The purple looking lines in the picture are actually all strands of glass "beads" made to look just like a chandelier. It is a pretty amazing sight.

Have a great night,
Nicola Byrne

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.
-Vernon Howard

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