Photo Essay: The Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas

After so many trips to Vegas, I finally made it to The Neon Boneyard. At this special place in the outer edges of old Vegas, visitors pay their respects to the glorious signs of Vegas Past. 

The following images were taken with the new Lumia 1520. 

The Neon Boneyard

The Neon Boneyard is only part of the Neon Museum, a non-profit organization founded in 1996. The group's mission is to collect and preserve iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, and cultural enrichment. Tour guides volunteer their time, sharing stories and caring for these old beauties. Our tour guide, Dottie, lovingly retold so many behind-the-scenes stories that were just as interesting as the signs themselves. Since I wouldn't be doing them any justice, I'll only be retelling a few tidbits and sharing these images. You're just going to have to get out to Vegas to hear the stories from Dottie yourself. 

Driving up to the entrance of the museum, you'll see a sign made from familiar remnants of other signs. Can you guess where each piece is from?

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The first signs of light in Vegas were aglow in 1905 at the Golden Nugget. See the nugget in the middle? Yeah... looks like a different kind of "nugget."

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I'll end this photo essay with my favorite.

The letters from the original Moulin Rouge sign were jumbled around to spell something else. Standing on the far side of the giant letters, it's really hard to make out the words they created. But then you start walking past it, and just like that, you see that you're "in love." Apparently, this is a popular spot for couples to have their wedding pictures taken.

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Needless to say, I was in love with this tour. I'm dying to return to not only take more pictures of signs I missed, but at a different time of day to see how the signs I did capture will look under different light.

If you're ever in Vegas, do yourself a favor and make a reservation to visit.

A Proper Pub in Vegas, Baby!

When I think of going to Vegas, two images come to mind. One is of Daniel Craig as the sexiest Bond ever in Casino Royale. The other is of my friends and I staying up all night, drinks in one hand, chips in another, winning and losing and winning and losing, not knowing the time, and really... not caring. Just having a blast, letting it ride.

Going to a casino is a fun experience, a chance to dress up and enjoy yourself with friends at the various tables playing games like poker and roulette and enjoying cocktails. When you are in Las Vegas, everything is to the extreme. Going to a casino resort, you have so many things to do, all under one roof. Multiple casinos offer games (similar to those at as well as endless restaurant and entertainment options. Then there are the world class spa facilities... ahhh...

It's all enough to keep you busy for your whole trip!

The food in Vegas is a whole experience unto itself. It's a mixture of diner, specialty, and high end fare, with many celebrity chef owned restaurants. At Caesars Palace you'll find none other than Gordon Ramsay’s Pub and Grill.

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill Las Vegas

This is a 290 seat restaurant and is a complete English pub experience. It's actually two restaurants in one with the grill section having a more relaxed setting and the pub section being a lot livelier. (That's likely where you'll find me.) This is one of three restaurants that Gordon Ramsay owns in Las Vegas and serves as the middle ground restaurant. His Steakhouse at Paris Las Vegas is higher end and his restaurant BurGR at the Planet Hollywood Resort is more fast food diner style.

The Pub and Grill has comfy chair seating and flat screen televisions playing sports and music stations. With union jacks and wood and brick, the place is designed to give the pub a proper British feel. You'll also find beer kegs lining a wall and Tower of London and Big Ben artwork. There are even those cute little red British telephone booths!

There are two different menus available-one is the pub menu which has classics such as shepherd’s pie, and the grill menu after 5pm offers things like pan-seared diver scallops.

If you go, try the 8 selection tasting of beer at the bar ($15). The hard part is choosing from all the beers, including Ramsey’s own 'Innis & Gunn'.