Along Came a Prince Facts & Photos 2018-02-24T04:39:45+00:00

Along Came A Prince

Bellagio Hotel & Casino

Private Villas

Stacia and Clay stayed at one of Bellagio’s villas when they were in Vegas for a wedding.  These photos give you an idea of what Bellagio’s private villas look like.   You can easily imagine Clay, Stacia and a few other characters in Along Came a Prince relaxing and enjoying their romantic stay in Vegas, each couple in their own private villa.

Living Area

Dining Room

Bedroom Suite

Pool & Patio Area

Villa photos from Bellagio’s website at www.bellagio.com/hotels/villas.

As Bellagio’s website states:  “These villas offer a rarefied experience for guests who are accustomed to the finest things in life,” and are 100% private.

Bellagio has a total of nine estates to choose from.  Each are adorned in classic European design.  You can choose a villa with 6,500 square feet (2 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms) or one with 8,000 square feet (3 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms).  The villas also have an in-suite workout facility, a massage room, a dry sauna, a private hair salon, a private kitchen, a formal dining room, a full bar stocked with guests’ favorite beverages, a dual fireplace, and a gorgeous private terrace and garden with a pool and whirlpool.

Bellagio’s Water Show

Bellagio’s nightly water shows are an incredible display of water, light and music.  Bellagio’s website says “the Fountains of Bellagio were destined to romance your senses” and that “it is the most ambitious, choreographically complex water feature ever conceived.”  The above photo was taken by Carlyn Cade from one of her Vegas stays, and reflects the magical experience these waters showcase.

Bellagio’s Gardens & Conservatory

Again, according to Bellagio’s website, they state that “Each season, the enormously talented horticulturalists and designers who make up the Bellagio Conservatory team transform this 14,000-square-foot floral playground into a showcase of the distinctive sights and colors of spring, summer, fall and winter.”  That statement, according to Carlyn Cade, is totally understated.  Her feeling is that walking into gardens is like walking into paradise.  The above photo is one of many that she took during her stay.

Zeppelins:

High Water Warships

One of the dreams in Along Came A Prince included a scene from WWI when the Zeppelins attacked London.  The Zeppelins had both machine guns and bombs.

Zeppelin: The Height Climbers from http://sped2work.tripod.com/zeppelins.html.

History of Zeppelins

On August 4, 1914, the British entered World War I with a declaration of war against Germany. The German High Command used giant rigid airships built by the German airship genius, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin. On May 31, 1915, ten months into the war, the first Zeppelins showed up over London. To beat the sting of fighter aircraft and increased British anti-aircraft ground defenses the Zeppelin Company began to develop a special series of rigid airships called Height Climbers.

Navigation was very primitive, and as the war progressed the British use of blackouts made it even harder.  Bomb aiming was far from accurate.  It is estimated that only 10% of the bombs dropped from Zeppelins actually hit their target.  (From:  www.firstworldwar.com — a multimedia history of WWI.)

Gulfstream G650

Both Prince Clayton and Sam Prescott have their own Gulfstream G650s in Along Came a Prince.   Stacia is a modern day Cinderella; Clay is her  modern day prince and knight-in-shining armor.   So, it’s only fitting, that when Prince Clayton comes to his damsel-in-distress’s aid, he does so, not by riding on a white stallion, but by flying in on his white G650.

Data and photos on the Gulfstream G650 were found on www.gulfstream.com/products/g650.
This website also has three different videos to watch about the G650. 

Gulfstream Info

Introduced in 2008, the G650 carries eight passengers and a crew of four on nonstop legs of 7,000 nautical miles (12,964 km).  With its powerful Rolls-Royce BR725 engines, the G650 will cover shorter distances at a speed of Mach 0.925.  No traditional business jet will take you closer to the speed of sound.  It flies at a 51,000 ft. ceiling to avoid adverse weather and airline-traffic congestion.   The G650’s first flight was November 25, 2009.

The Gulfstream G650 is an “ultra-high speed business jet, and is quite simply, the gold standard in business aviation.  The flagship of the Gulfstream fleet flies faster and farther than any traditional business aircraft and envelops its privileged passengers in a level of comfort far greater than any other aircraft in its class.”

Distance Map

This map is the shortest path between Los Angeles (LAX) and Geneva, Switzerland. Distance from LAX to Switzerland:  9,515 Kilometers – The Gulfstream G650 can fly nonstop for 7,000 Nautical Miles.  Therefore, Prince Clayton Alexander was correct when he stated Stacia and he would be at SwissDen long before a commercial airplane could fly there.  (From Along Came a Prince.)

 Aristides

Aristides (1872–1893) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the first Kentucky Derby in 1875.  The bronze statue at the right stands as a memorial in the Clubhouse Gardens at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

 Prince Clayton was invited to Churchill Downs to ice sculpt a replica of Aristides with the proceeds of the $25,000 tickets going to charity.  This charity ball is where Clay and Stacia first met…and the fairy tale began.

Photo by Carlyn Cade

Aristides Facts

According to Wikipedia, “Aristides was an ancient Athenian statesman. Nicknamed ‘the Just’, he flourished in the early quarter of Athens’ Classical period and is remembered for his generalship in the Persian War. The ancient historian Herodotus cited him as ‘the best and most honorable man in Athens,’ and he received similarly reverent treatment in Plato’s Socratic dialogues.”  It is no surprise then, the first Kentucky Derby winner—a beautiful, small and gentle American thoroughbred horse—was aptly named “Aristides.”

Aristides’ owner, Hal Price McGrath grew up unprivileged in Woodford County Kentucky.  Trying to improve his standing, Hal went west for the California Gold Rush.  He didn’t get “rich,” but he did well enough to open a gambling house in New York City.   Rumor has it that he won $105,000 in one night, which was enough money to start his own stud farm, McGrathiana Farm.  And the rest, as they say, is history.

London Affair

A movie within the pages of The Lost Soulmate

In 2000, Biography Magazine did an article on matching yesteryear’s stars with today’s stars. Some of the results are shown here.  I think they did a great “casting” job on these actors.

Photo from www.biography.com.

In Along Came A Prince, one of the plot elements centers on the remake of the movie, London Affair, that went on to win several Academy Awards 50 years earlier.  Stacia, a young and up-coming actress, gets the chance-of-a-lifetime to star in the remake.  With the latest technology, she will do an entire performance by herself.  After the filming is completed, Audra Parker, the original actress will be cut from the movie and Stacia will be merged into the scenes.

The Concept

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

When you think of movies starring James Stewart, you are about an inch away from understanding this new concept which would switch Tom Hanks for Stewart’s acting roles.  Can you picture Tom Hanks playing James Stewart’s role in It’s a Wonderful Life?  I can. And George Clooney could jump right into every role Cary Grant played and do a fantastic job.

GIANT

How about Brad Pitt in James Dean’s role in Giant starring against Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson?  Compare photos of James Dean and Brad Pitt.  In some shot angles, they are a perfect match.

YOU PICK

So, go ahead, let your imagination grow, and take your pick of any old movie you love, and then choose your favorite star from today to play in it.  The only rule you have to follow is that the stars must resemble each other. The resemblance must jump out at you and be believable.

But this innovative idea doesn’t stop here in this fiction book. It has already been used in a similar way in 2003 in a movie starring Steve Martin called Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid.  It is a Carl Reiner film, written by Reiner, Steve Martin and George Gide.  It was also directed by Reiner. What an amazing job they did with the technology they had back then.

Forrest Gump also used this same technology, inserting celebrity footage into the movie which then became part of the plot. Tom Hanks then acted in the same scene with President Kennedy, for instance. And there’s even more!  Billy Crystal did the same thing at the Academy Awards in 2000, and Breyer’s Ice Cream made commercials not long ago starring Clark Gable and Jane Krakowski from Gone with the Wind.

Although this is my original idea in Along Came a Prince, I truly believe that some day in the not too distant future, a movie will be made using an actor from today in a movie from yesteryear. Wait and see.  Until then, there’s always Along Came a Prince to read!

Meanwhile, below are three short videos to give your imagination a jump start.  The videos from Forrest Gump and Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid are embedded from www.youtube.com.  Gone With The Wind video is embedded also from www.dailymotion.com.

Jane Krakowski & Rhett

Tom Hanks & John F. Kennedy

Steve Martin & Humphrey Bogart

Engelbert Humperdinck

 “Engelbert Live” Album/CD.  2009.

Everyone has a favorite song (or two).  So do Stacia and Clay.  Their all-time favorite is I Know That We Have Loved Before, by one of America’s top recording artists, Engelbert Humperdinck.

He has many, many romantic songs; many of them touching or hinting at reincarnation, destiny and soulmates.  So, watch the YouTube video (embedded below) and sometimes close your eyes just to concentrate on his voice and words.  I Know That We Have Loved Before just might become one of your favorite songs too.

“Yours,”1993.”I Know That We Have Loved Before”
Video and slideshow by Larisa681.

Somewhere in Time, from Engelbert’s “Yours” CD.
1993.  Video from YouTube.

Another beautiful, romantic song by Engelbert is called Somewhere in Time.  It too, has strong ties to reincarnation, endless love and soulmates.  Listen carefully to his moving, heartfelt voice as he sings “…then there will come a day, when we will be together, two hearts and minds together as one…somewhere in time” and “look for the sign, you know our love will transcend…somewhere in time.”  By the time Engelbert is through, you also might just believe in eternal, timeless love.

Along Came A Prince was inspired by the ever-present past.
The Lost Soulmate was inspired by life and beyond.

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