Gondola at The Venecian

What are the first words that pop in your mind when you think about Vegas? Probably gambling, crazy parties, drunkenness, blackout, hangover…right? Well, this might sound crazy but I didn’t experience any of those things!

…And NO! It’s not cause I hate fun.

Dan at The Venecian

New York New York hotel

Me at The Venecian

I went to Vegas for the first time two years ago when I was still an international student at U of I. That was the time when I did all the things I aforementioned at the beginning, and I was that busy clubbing that I didn’t realize how cool Vegas hotels were.

Last weekend was more like a family reunion that allowed me to experience some of the hidden charms that this city has to offer. During my second stay I had the opportunity to properly visit nine of the most popular hotels – Bellagio, The Venetian, Stratosphere, Caesars Palace, Excalibur, Aria, Paris Las Vegas, MGM and Luxor.

Nice old telephone

Me at The Venecian


Dan and I

The first night we stayed at Stratosphere which gave us the chance to see the city skyline from the top of the tower and realize that Vegas is much more than just one street. The second night we moved to Excalibur which was right at the opposite end of the strip from the first hotel and closer to the action.  I felt like a medieval princess living in a big castle there – so cool!

Paris Las Vegas

Dan and I at Bellagio

Excalibur hotel


Family together

It was so nice spending some time with Alex and Michelle and catching up on their lives (Did you miss their wedding? Check this post!). They were incredibly sweet to me and invited Dan and I to Brio Tuscan Grille for dinner as a present for my upcoming birthday (so sad I won’t be able to see them until Thanksgiving). I am a big Italian foodie so I couldn’t be happier!


M&M store

Vegas baby

Long story short, it was so cool to see the city from a different (sober?) perspective. So for those who don’t like the idea of going to Vegas just because of the things we use to associate with it, know that it is actually possible to have a lot of fun without having to party like a crazy person.

Being goofy in the car

Las Vegas sign




  1. I have always had a love hate relationship with Vegas. But for the designer – photographer and people watcher it is a little bit of heaven!

  2. My first time in Vegas was just a party – my 2nd was just like your experience. I went for work and discovered the beauty and sights and shows… it was amazing! It was a pretty cool experience to see Vegas in a different light.

    • I didn’t have the chance to read it – thank you so much for letting me know Sara. Your post is so inspirational, you wrote from your heart. I’m so glad we both changed our minds about this city!

      • Thank you! its so crazy what we can experience when we simple let our self limiting beliefs go! For me, traveling to Vegas and not expecting a darn thing except to just BE and flow through the trip opened my eyes up! Love it!

  3. Ah, this is stunning! Thank you for sharing such amazing pictures, including yourself and your loved ones. Now, because of your post, I would love to see Vegas myself, because like you, I too thought it was just gambling. Beautiful pictures Yael, really well done.

    • Aww thank you so much for your kind words! We all have preconceptions based on other people’s opinions or stories, but the truth is that we never know if we don’t experience ourselves. I encourage you to go and live Vegas accordingly to the person you are and I’m sure you will love the city 🙂

  4. Hello Yael,
    Interesting views on an alternative side of Vegas 🙂 , never been to Vegas yet but when I do i’ll keep you in mind. Oh and thanks for following my blog. Cheers!

  5. You are so right about Vegas. There is plenty of tacky architecture but some of the hotels are honestly pretty spectacular. I’ve always loved the New York New York, it’s amazing to me how they managed to crystalize a few very different aspects of the city and incorporate them into the design of the casino, then wind a roller coaster through it all.

  6. Finally getting around to visiting (I have you on my Bloglovin list) and commenting, life has been crazy busy!

    I’ve only been to Vegas once but look forward to visiting again. Here in Washington they won’t let you take images within the casino, pretty cool shot of the one arm bandit if I do say so myself. Looks like you guys had a blast!

    • If busy life means lots of great photos, I’m okay with you being MIA! 🙂

      I can’t think of anything that it is not allowed in Vegas. However, every time that the security guards saw me taking pictures inside the casino, they came straight to me and asked for my ID. They checked if I was +21 and let me keep taking photos. I thought that was weird!

      It is hard to not have a blast in Vegas, I’m looking forward to going again!

  7. Bravo for you! You really found some of the gems still remaining in Vegas, and some new ones that don’t have to do with all the glitz and noise. Vegas was a very cool place in the 1940’s and 1950’s – when I have my first trip there, I want to find the trail of those times, much like you did. Thanks for joining my fun, too.! I post photos of vintage fashion from my own closet every day. Hope to see you often.

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