I'd love to be able to stroll around (in a rapturous daze), armed with digital camera, soaking up that old Vegas style and ambiance. But, alas, no more.
Obviously any visit to old Vegas would have to include a tour of all the old casinos on the old Vegas strip, so well immortalized in the original Ocean's 11. This gives me an excuse to include this repost, "EEE-O-Eleven":
Things to love about Ocean's 11:
It's good to be the king!
Applicants must be able to breathe pure cigarette smoke for hours at a time.
Note the Silver Slipper in the left background.
Patrice Munsel must have been hot shiat to have Buddy Hackett as "extra added". I am the Bill Snyder of bloggers.
I've lightened this one to reveal the camel statues in the right foreground.
Those are no longer empty lots, that's for sure. Notice the billboard announcing the Mint, which certainly is no more.
Note the giant genie keeping watch over the Dunes.
Red Skelton (playing himself) cutting in front of Danny Ocean (Sinatra) at the chip cashing window
Sam Harmon (Dean Martin) and the Red Norvo Quintet doing a swingin', vibe-heavy version of "Ain't That a Kick in the Head". Awesome. Koo-koo, even.
Sinatra looking right into the camera
Shirley MacLaine at her cutest (she was the only "dame/broad" allowed, and was the Rat Pack's "mascot"; she appeared earlier in Some Came Running with Sinatra and Martin in 1958)
a slightly jumpy Jimmy Foster (Peter Lawford) being "held up" by an animatronic Santa after the heist
Related post: "James Bond in Vegas"