Saturday, March 15, 2014
Deluxe and Animals (This week's Photo Hunt themes)
The Italian city of Venice is a place I've long wished to visit -- and all the more so after seeing many beautiful photos taken there by bloggers including Kathy of Trekcapri and Annie of Churches in Venice. However, the closest I've yet to get to it thus far is only the Venetian Macao, a deluxe, Venetian themed mega resort in the former Portuguese enclave of Macau that includes a 3,000 all-suite hotel, casino, shopping complex, various dining and drinking establishments, concert venues and other entertainment areas.
In keeping with certain ideas of what deluxe means, there's a lot of gold color and elaborate decorations about the place -- which, more than incidentally, just happens to be the sixth largest building in the entire world. Look around you when there and you'll also see lots of representations of animals -- in particular, the winged lion that is the symbol of Venice, and also non-winged lion that is popularly looked upon as the king of the jungle even though they actually are far more likely to be found on savannahs!
If truth be told, I find the decor at the Venetian Macao to be too over the top and, well, kitsch for my liking -- and tend to avoid it when visiting Macau, preferring the quieter and older parts of that which is now Hong Kong's sister Special Administrative Region (of the People's Republic of China). But I'm glad I took as many photos of it as I did the one time that I stayed there since, otherwise, I'm not quite sure how I'd have managed to fit together Sandi's and Gattina's Photo Hunt themes for this week! ;b