(Sorry, this is a belated post that I just couldn't get up when I started it. It's got no Christmas sentiment at all, but there is a contest at the end that only runs till Dec. 31. So I've put it up anyway...)
Our vacation last week to visit our daughter, her boyfriend, and the granddaughters coincided with the Grand Opening of the Aria Resort at Las Vegas CityCenter. Although we couldn't make it to the fireworks on opening night, we went last Saturday to check out the designer shops and highly touted architecture and artwork. I was mostly impressed by the exterior!
Aria: The newest addition to the Las Vegas Strip is more than a casino, more than a hotel, it's literally a multi-faceted lifestyle hub, in the most vibrant part of the entertainment center of LV.
That's one description of Aria; it uses the picture to give the caption a memorable image. But what about the story behind THIS picture? When you use your camera, the image you take has personal meaning, and people care about your connection to a photo. I can link you to facts and articles about Aria, but how else will you get the story about THIS picture if I don't share it?
THE STORY (Let's call it a Pic-tale!)
My view of the skyscrapers was amazing, and I felt privileged to enjoy this exclusive treat! I had the best vantage point, after I sought parking simplicity.
Understand, it was an ordeal for the kids in their car, and me in mine, to find the right gateway into the City Center--we repeatedly lined up behind other drivers like lemmings, in the wrong turn lanes, on the wrong streets, and we followed taxis into closed-off areas. We kept in contact by cell phone so we could at least get lost together! Once we found self-parking, our phones went dead inside the garage, so we were on our own to park. I was SO READY to find a good parking spot, without having to search for IT, too, so I shot straight to the top--7th Floor. That's where I saw a mere handful of other smart visitors and just a few maintenance vehicles, so I lucked-out with my choice of parking spots right next to the elevators. And I discovered this fantastic photo op!! This structure sparkles! Can you imagine it on a bright summer day? It'll glisten like smooth-chested Edward Cullen on a rare day in Forks!
WHAT TO DO WITH ARCHITECTURAL P+S
It doesn't seem to make much sense to take these wonderful photos of the NEWEST part of Las Vegas if I don't share them. So let me share my postcard with you--made with Heritage Makers online digital tools. Custom-designed (by YOU), 2-sided postcards can be mailed directly from the company, or just e-mailed to save time and money! Ask me how to make your own before your next vacation! See my LV postcard here. (The pictures of Aria are on the back)
A really fascinating landscape or architectural shot might be just the right image to feature on a framed poster, perhaps with an inspiring or funny quote. I can help you do that, too. Here's one I made of a tree near my house that represents the rebel in me--it stands alone and proud, as tall as it will ever get, among a whole bunch of bigger trees that are established and the same. This landscape poster inspires me every time I look at it!
Any location that has special meaning for you could be an incredible focal point for your wall if it's broken up into 4-9 pieces and then reassembled on a wall. 8x8 or 12x12 scrapbook pages are an inexpensive way to get that effect; any of Heritage Makers' mounted canvas sizes would create an artistic and classy mosaic. Imagine this image of Aria as a 9-panel installation with the power to motivate! I can help you make this, too.
SHORT AND SWEET: WHY IS A PARTICULAR PLACE SPECIAL TO YOU?
Post a picture and share the place's significance to you in two paragraphs or less. I'll do a random drawing December 31, and one contributor will have the opportunity to make a free 12x12 poster with the location's P + S! Send your picture and story to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll enter you in the drawing. I'll post as many pic-tales as I can on the blog before December 31 comes to a close--I'd love to post yours!
P + S is best!