We finished our Las Vegas visit with a series of free events in and around The Strip, attempts from hotels at bettering their competition. We walked through the Bellagio to see its huge casino and intricate decor, we walked through an indoor mall with an artificial ceiling that looked like the sky and a mini mountain display and we found an art gallery with some impressive work.
The art gallery hosted works by Vladimir Kush who painted in what he called metaphorical realism, an apt name for work that took real scenes (such as a circus) and added metaphors (acrobats as tools such as scissors or spanner). Although Abi and I can often find some art pointless and odd, we'll definitely be keeping an eye out for his work back in the UK.
We finished the night romantically wandering around the Bollagio's huge musically inspired water show which features - at least every 30 minutes - an orchestra of water jets that dance in sync.
We spent our last day in North America with our second couchsurfing host we'd met on our hike of Hollywood Hill; participating in a more classic vacation activity, beach time. Both Venice Beach and Santa Monica provide white sand beaches with overlooking palm trees. Venice is a haven for skateboarders, those who are interested in boutique-like shops and street performers. Here we saw an entertaining man back flip while on a pogo stick. Wheras Santa Monica provides a busy pier and interesting amusements.