Sunday, 11 May 2014

Las Vegas, Nevada (according to my iPhone)

After an incredible week in San Francisco, we were really excited to fly to Las Vegas and experience Sin City for the first time. And let me tell you this - everything you've heard about Vegas is true. It's the most incredible place I've ever visited. 
We had to walk to a different terminal in McCarran airport to collect our luggage - there were slot machines in the airport. It was MENTAL. Our cab driver who took us to our hotel was hilariously obsessed with the royal family, and knew more about Queeny and co than we did.
We stayed in Luxor, the pyramid just off the strip. The hotel took my breath away. When we walked into the lobby and looked up to the tip of the pyramid it was totally overwhelming. Over 30 floors of rooms all around the edge of this magnificent building, Egyptian themed decor and statues were everywhere. We stayed on the 16th floor and had a great view over the Sphinx.
The casinos were so much fun. We didn't lose THAT much money, but we certainly didn't win a lot (see above). I loved playing the slots, having complimentary drinks brought to us and soaking up the fun atmosphere of the casino floors. It was amazing to be inside such prestigious buildings, like Caesar's and the Bellagio.
On our first night, we went to the Rio Hotel and saw Penn & Teller, the magicians. Their show was mind boggling and we met them in the lobby afterwards. Ash was far more excited about the fact that he met Kerry King from Slayer in the lobby though ;)
 The next morning was the most memorable. We got picked up by limo at 6am, and taken away to the airfield, where we boarded a helicopter and flew out to the Grand Canyon. At the bottom, we had a champagne breakfast and took lots of photos - I will write a post all about it soon :)
Back on the strip, I continued to be amazed. The New York New York turned out to be our favourite hotel, atmosphere wise, so we spent a bit more time there - gambling in their casino, drinking Cosmopolitans and riding the rollercoaster. Plus, they had a jelly bean Statue of Liberty!
We even enjoyed a ride on the gondolas in the Venetian! Our gondoleir, Gisele, had a fabulous voice and sense of humour as you can see from the above photobomb ;) It was absolutely crazy to be floating around the canals of Venice, where the ceiling looked like the sky and the hustle and bustle of St Mark's square wasn't too far away. In reality, we're in the middle of the Nevada desert, 6000 from Italy.
Our days in Vegas were spent wandering from hotel to hotel, soaking up the atmosphere, drinking massive Bud Lights (above left!), shopping and eating. I think we could have stayed in Vegas for a whole month and done something different every day - it's this reason that I am aching to go back as soon as possible.
And at night, we'd treat ourselves to a meal and some more drinks in a casino. I think you can make Vegas exactly what you want it to be - a place to lose yourself and drink until you don't remember OR a place to enjoy good food, amazing shows and the most incredible atmosphere.

Viva Las Vegas! x

2 comments:

  1. Looks like you two are having a fabulous time - thanks for taking us with you via your blog!

    Have a great day,
    -Kati

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  2. Ahhh I did San Francisco and Las Vegas back in 2010, I'd do anything to go back, so jealous! Looks like you are having an amazing time! xx

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