At Sheldon Adelson's Hotel

Real gondolas dock at Sheldon Adelson’s enormous casino hotel in Las Vegas, The Venetian. The gondoliers sing Italian operettas and row you down the “Grand Canal,” featuring a strip of restaurants and luxury stores. It all happens indoors, in an air-conditioned complex. You don’t know whether it’s day, night, winter or summer. The skies are painted blue. The abundant vegetation is largely plastic. But the money is absolutely real. When you leave, you’ll see homeless people lying on the side...