The Luxor: a black Egyptian pyramid against the white desert backdrop. At first sight when driving past from the airport it seems smaller than expected…but this is Vegas, size lies; when you reach it, it is anything but small. The inside is a hollowed out pyramid with rooms all around the outer walls and a huge cavern left in the centre.
Though there is only one main room (huge empty pyramid!) the Luxor is the second largest out of the 10 hotels we visited, with 4024 rooms and completed in 1993 along with the MGM and Treasure Island. Like all the major hotels it has a Cirque du Soleil show on but what you really have to see at the two main exhibitions: Bodies and Titanic.
WARNING: the next bit is very sobering. The Bodies exhibition is the display of the human body, dissecting each system (nerves, blood, muscle, bone and skin!) so you can see each layer and all the working parts inside. You’ll think it’s fake, but no, it is all real; including a human man and woman playing sport, but with no skin 🙀😱. WARNING: THERE IS NO BLOOD, BUT IF YOU ARE SQUEAMISH, DO NOT GO!
But saying that it is one of the most amazing exhibitions I have ever seen and there are not many other places in the world where the public can see every: organ, bone, nerve and muscle right in front of their eyes. Not only can you see how the body works but also see how it shouldn’t: there are examples of cancerous tumours, lungs of a smoker, liver of an alcoholic and lots more. You will leave appreciating your body a lot more and realising how fragile AND strong it is. There is a clear bin as big as a fridge for people to put there boxes of cigarettes by the smoker’s lungs, nearly full 🚬🚭
A moment of thanks is needed for those who donated their bodies to such a fantastic cause…but saying that, outside on The Strip there are a group of Chinese protesting the illegal sale of body organs. A rather sobering thought to bring you from the fairytale of Vegas back to reality. Right next door it the Titanic exhibition= mind blown.
So now you are sufficiently shocked, it’s time to make you cry… on to the Titanic exhibition. You are given a boarding card of one of the passengers and at the end get to see if you live or die 😥 It is incredibly sad, but as my friend said, this way the people are remembered and so in some way live on, you will never forget who’s boarding pass you had. Mine was Ada, traveling second class to join her family in America after her husbands death in England. She traveled with her brother in law.
She was one of only half of the second class passengers that survived, while 1,500 perished. I hope she had a long, happy life wherever it took her. Life is precious.
The famous corridor you see in the Titanic film with dreamy Leo is also recreated, but as soon as I was standing in it every hair on the back of my neck was standing up.
You can see crockery sets, unopened bottles of champagne and items of the passengers in better condition than you would ever find in a student pad, despite the fact they are over 100 years old! Then there is the BIG PIECE, the largest part of the hull to be recovered from the sea bed, you’ll find yourself shedding a tear for titanic herself. Incredible. Eerie. Mind blowing. Unforgettable. ⚓️🚢