#FieryVerse Challenge – Venetian

Venetian memories made,

Can’t wear away,

The Sands of time,

What was once,

Now can never be.

Poem written for the #fieryverse hastag prompted by @Fieryverse on Twitter using the word “Venetian.” If you are on Twitter, I’d invite you to participate in the challenges as they are a lot of fun.

Background on this poem: For my readers that aren’t American and might not be aware, Las Vegas is an American city in the state of Nevada. It can be best described as an amusement park for adults. An area once covered by small hotels is now covered by mega resort hotels. The area is known for its casinos and gambling as well as shows of all varieties of entertainment as well wonderful food. The Sands Hotel and Casino was one of the original and most famous hotels in Las Vegas in an area known as “The Strip.” It was a haven for celebrities of the era and regular performers included members of the Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. Other performers included Lena Horne, Jerry Lewis, Louis Armstrong, Red Skeleton, Judy Garland, Jimmy Durante and many others.

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The “revised” Rat Pack (L-R) Sammy Davis Jr, Frank Sinatra, myself, and Dean Martin

In 1996, with a changing atmosphere on the “The Strip,” the Sands was torn down and in 1999, the mega resort known as “The Venetian” opened on the space the The Sands once occupied.

I have been to The Venetian and it is an amazing and lovely place.

Here are some shots of the Las Vegas strip for you to enjoy.

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Planet Hollywood

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The Mirage

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The Palazzo (day time)

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The Palazzo (night time)

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The Venetian (formerly where the Sands stood)

The Sands

The Sands Hotel and Casino in its glory years

All images from my personal collection, copyright 2009, Jarrod R. Champagne except for the The Sands Hotel and Casino

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