Essential Travel Experience #63 – Try to Break the Bank at a Casino

    Gambling is one of the world’s most popular leisure activities. Many areas of the world turn to gaming parlors when looking to increase the public coffers without raising taxes. In the United States, many of the casinos are owned by American Indian tribes — they were given this right in reparation for their treatment by early Americans.

     There are a few Meccas when we speak of gambling. Las Vegas is probably the most popular city for gambling in the world. In Europe, the Monte Carlo Casino, in Monaco, has been attracting the lucky and not-so-lucky for decades.

     Lee and I are not particularly fond of gambling, except for horse-racing, but we occasionally find our way to a casino, for lack of something else to do. Here are a few of the casinos that we have donated to over the years.

    Atlantic City was once one of America’s favorite vacation places (the original Monopoly game featured the streets of Atlantic City, NJ). Now it has been converted to a gambling Mecca, not nearly as popular as Las Vegas, but, nevertheless, still drawing crowds.

Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, NJ

 Connecticut now has the two (2) main rivals to Atlantic City, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Here is a photo of the Grand Casino at Foxwoods.

Foxwood Casino

Here are some photos of Las Vegas Casinos. We stayed at the Paris when we were there in 2005.

Paris, Las Vegas Hotel

Other casinos in Las Vegas are New York, New York,

New York, New York

and the Luxor

Lee at the Luxor

Monte Carlo is still the epitome of a classic casino, a home away from home for the rich and famous.

Monte Carlo Casino, Monaco


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