Can We Talk about the New “Las Vegas”?

Messy Nessy Chic | 1/8/2019 | Staff
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Behold! The real-life Game of Thrones maps, miniature fortified cities created in secrecy for French monarchs throughout history to plan their next attacks ⚔️🕵🏻‍♀️ If I hadn’t received a call from @Microsoft, to go check it out, I might never have discovered one of Paris’ best-kept secrets. In the attics of the Invalides, hides one of Paris’ littlest-known and most fascinating museums. Go try the #HoloLens augmented reality experience at the Musee des Plans Reliefs and jump inside the Mont Saint Michel model, walk around the historic landmark as if you’re really inside it! Exhibit lasts until Jan 14th ✨Or join us there in a new episode on MessyNessyChic.com #Paris #HiddenHistory #France #Miniature #Travel #Sponsored

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So I’ve been asked a lot these past few days about my thoughts on the recent events in Paris. I always keep my mouth shut over politics because I want to provide an escape from that, but also because I’m probably unqualified to comment. But if Paris is "under attack”, this voice you gave me should probably speak up, so here I go:🕵🏻‍♀️❤️🇫🇷 Firstly, as a Franco-American, I believe in the beautiful & iconic example French history has set: liberté, egalité, fraternité. I believe in challenging authority, revolutionary thought & standing up for the underdog. But I also know that there are countries that are suffering under governments that use unspeakable measures to silence its people for those very beliefs— and France is not one of them. If it was, the human violence & destruction we’ve watched as of late could have been 'unsurprising'. Those are the oppressed people who have a reason to start a real revolution today. But the current French President is not a Kim Jong Un. We know the French are very good at starting revolutions, but it’s not a god-given right to act like it’s 1789 again— we CAN talk & walk it out✊ stop & listen to eachother and put yourself in someone else’s shoes 🤝 I also wish we could send some of this French passion for justice to the places that really need it 🕊#DisruptionNotDestruction The second thing I really want to address is a traveller’s hesitation about coming to Paris in the current climate. I must say that if you don’t live or spend time in a very concentrated area around the Champs Elysées (where few Parisians actually live)— unless you’re glued to the news, quite frankly, it’s business as usual here. There’s at least 18 other drama-free arrondissements in Paris. Don’t be a Tourist! No seriously. If you know my Paris you’ll never find yourself in this part of town. It’s not where the real *joie de vivre* heartbeat of this city pulses on, as always. Paris has overcome much worse and guess what, we’re still eating our croissants and drinking our wine. Vive la France! But also, chill with some Pinot🍷#Paris #DeathandTaxes

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Imagine wrapping up all of Las Vegas in a neon-lit bow, and tossing it onto 29 square kilometres of land overlooking the South China Sea. Stir in a few Komodo Dragons and European-inspired skyscrapers, and you’ve got Macau, the gambling capital of the world across the way from Hong Kong. It’s been called “the Monte Carlo of the East”, and its floors are literally paved in gold bullion; it’s a hotbed for unimaginable wealth, luxury and crime that has both Haussman-era Paris on steroids, and the largest “Venetian” casino in the world. But just how did this speck of coastline become the pulse of our planet’s gambling scene?

According to a 2014 Business Insider article, “in 2006 Macau’s casino revenues surpassed those of Las Vegas; and the Sands Macau, which opened in 2004, recouped its $265 million construction costs in one year” and in January 2018, CNN reported that in 2014 “Macau’s gaming revenue was more than $45 billion, cementing the city’s position as the world’s casino capital.” There are over thirty-something luxury gambling halls to explore on what’s know as the “Cotai Strip”, from the Venetian to the Morpheus; the Grand Lisboa and the MGM Cotai. Most astoundingly, most of them were built in the last decade– and a few of the big ones in just the past few years. Take the Venetian, est. 2007, which is an exact double of its Vegas namesake. Only, at 376,000 square feet it’s more than twice the size:

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They’ve even recreated the famous covered passageways. Only, in lieu of an old stamp or book seller flanking its sides, you’ll finds luxury retail brands.

So how the heck did Macau turn into a gambling version of “It’s a Small World”? After all, in the 1980s-90s it was still looking like this:

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