Living Las Vegas

Las Vegas, what can I say it is a wild and crazy city and I’m not sure I was up to it. The constant throng of crowds, usually drunk crowds carrying foot long sipper cups filled with frozen cocktail whilst loudly yelling at each other about the next casino bar to stumble into, and that is during daylight hours. Come night time all bets are off and here’s the kicker, it’s not illegal to drink on the streets of Vegas.

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Miracle Mile Shopping Strip

We’ve been here for five days and nights and whilst we aren’t the partying types we have had packed days and some nights. Here is a rundown of what we’ve been up to so far.

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Las Vegas Strip

Shopping Outlets – With shopping list in hand we have accumulated another case load of shopping / clothing items for mothers, daughters, sons, friends and of course ourselves. Our favourite was the Primm Outlet which is 57 kilometres from Las Vegas, we got some great bargains but so far the best shopping was The Citadel in Los Angeles.

Walking The Strip – We wandered along the strip (without alcohol) and marvelled at the pure size of the Casinos, like the Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Venetian, Paris Paris, The Mirage etc. and by night the lighting is amazing.

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Amazing Replicas

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Lights, Lights, Lights

 

 

Afternoon by the pool – We wandered down to our pool one afternoon with all the beautiful people and to be honest we found ourselves wanting to pack up, drink our beers and scamper back to our room. The pool area was lovely but it was crowded with loud people saving their deck chairs with towels with no one sitting on them … very frustrating.

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Poolside

Vegas Shows – We treat ourselves to two Cirque Du Soleil shows whilst in Las Vegas.

Firstly, the “Beatles LOVE” show with its stunning special effects with of course the music from the Beatles which provides the inspiration for acts. It was full of surprises and you don’t know what to expect next. With amazing aerial and trapeze acts, acrobatics, trampolining and roller-skating there is so much going on you just don’t know where to look.

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Secondly we went to see “O” which has been playing since 1998 at the Bellagio and is a water-themed stage production. The name “O” which is pronounced the same way as eau, the French word for “water”, takes place in, around and above a massive pool of water. It features water acts such as synchronised swimming as well as aerial and ground acts. Apparently a team of 150 stage technicians assist in the production of the show, the cast of which is 85 performers: international acrobats, synchronised swimmers, and divers. Some of them are former Olympic athletes.

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“O” my goodness

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Excited To Be Watching “O”

Whilst at the Bellagio we have dinner at the Bellagio Buffet for an over indulgence of food … so much food and so many desserts to sample. After dinner we take a walk through the Bellagio Conservatory which has 15,000 – 18,000 visitors every day. They change the floral displays five times year and we are in Las Vegas to see a Japanese themed display.

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Samurai In The Bellagio 

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Floral Fantasy

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Tortoise & Topiary 

Las Vegas is a town for everyone but there sure a lot to choose from.

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Dancing Anyone?

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Mojave Mojo

My complimentary earplugs worked a treat in blocking out the howling winds of the Mojave Desert last night and we wake up refreshed and ready to go for the final leg of the drive through to Las Vegas.

Breakfast of waffles, maple syrup and a strong perculated coffee sets us up for the day of driving through the desert and parallel to Route 66.

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Good Morning Mojave

With only a three hour drive today, we decide to take it easy and stop regularly for petrol, drinks and snacks.  Whilst driving along the highway we notice advertising for Peggy Sue’s 50’s Diner, we decide to take a detour and come across an absolute gem on Route 66.

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Desert Highway

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More desert!

Peggy Sue’s is an original roadside diner, built in 1954 with nine counter stools and three booths. Located near the Calico Mountains it was built from railroad ties and mortar from the nearby Union Pacific Rail yard and was reopened in 1987 with an attempt to restore and preserve it in its original state. Packed with 50’s memorabilia it’s almost overwhelming as everywhere you look there a photos, trinkets, advertisements and the attention to details for the 50’s decade is amazing.

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Doesn’t Look Much From The Front

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Danielle … Our Waitress

We ordered 50’s inspired meals and again the size of the meals have us beaten … you literally can’t eat that much food.

There is also and souvenir shop which they call “5 and Dime” which has a little bit of everything, in fact it’s overwhelming with the pure volume of trinkets, t-shirts, clocks, movie memorabilia and souvenirs.

After lunch we power through to Las Vegas but make a shopping stop at a random retail outlet at a town called Primm, we find some bargains and then we head straight to a hotel, the Hilton Grand Vacation Suites in a drive up to find availability.  We have found that picking a hotel and doing a last minute drive up is saving us heaps of money.

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Hilton … our Hotel For Next Five Days

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View From Our Window

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Well Earned Beer In The Bar

Viva Las Vegas

Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire ….

Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas

“Sin City”, “Lost Wages” or “Las Vegas” it’s apparently where dreams can come true or alternatively where you can lose the shirt off your back.

Huge casinos and hotels line the strip, noise, music, people everywhere. You can’t help getting caught up in the hype of Vegas.

The Bellagio

The Bellagio

The Luxor

The Luxor

The New York

The New York

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace

The Venetian

The Venetian

Not only can you get anything your heart desires but your heart desires everything.  For me the shopping is so good that I had to buy another suitcase to transport all y purchase home.  I’m sure I still have some room to do a little more shopping before I leave.

It’s Halloween tonight so everyone is dressed in costume, everyone has a drink in their hand and everyone is in a party mood.

The Bellagio has an amazing fountain display on the half hour and it also has an amazing indoor atrium which is decorated currently with a sea of pumpkins and autumn flowers.

Bellagio Atrium Garden

Bellagio Atrium Garden

Bellagio Atrium Garden

Bellagio Atrium Garden

Belagio Atrium Garden - Talking Tree

Bellagio Atrium Garden – Talking Tree