Viva Las Vegas!
Trip Start Jan 26, 2008
56Trip End Sep 28, 2008
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Plane ride with Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong to Los Angeles was not too bad.
Picked up our hire car in Los Angeles. Amy decided to upgrade to the convertible. Its 0 degrees Celsius.
The weather is cold but the sky is clear making for amazing viewing of all scenery.
Amy was a little sick after our stint in Hong Kong so she spent the last half hour of our car trip from Los Angeles to Las Vegas vomiting all over the car, my jacket, my shoes and my scarf. So basically anything I needed to keep warm! She is heaps better now and back to herself. We had to stop and sleep in a random car park as we were so tired and not up to the challenges of driving on the wrong side of the road. We made it though.
So the first night in Los Vegas we took it pretty easy. Amy slept however, I was pretty awake. We were staying at the Sahara which is on the Las Vegas Strip and has a Casino downstairs. So I went down stairs and Lost $40 on red.
Second day in Los Vegas Amy was still pretty ill however, she worked up the courage to come on the Helicopter Ride over the Grand Canyon and on return down the Las Vegas Strip. The Grand Canyon is spectacular in my opinion for its shear size and cliffs. Hoover Dam and Lake Mead where also on the agenda and from the front seat all where pretty cool. The sensation of flying in a helicopter is great.
Amy decided she would sleep again after the Grand Canyon tour and again in the evening. So basically hit Las Vegas by myself. So I rugged up because it is freezing and headed out.
First thing I did was take advantage of the free coupons I have a few drinks down stairs at the Sahara. Then brought a Monorail ticket which stopped at all the major casinos around. The buildings are amazing. The are massive with every facade having no expense spared.
Jumped off at the MGM Grand and was astounded by the size and opulence of the place. It must be worth like a Billion dollars. Then headed to New York New York, Bally's and then the Bellagio and walked pretty much the entire strip. I'm sure I went into more but cant remember as so many and they are all pretty much the same once you get in side. So overall the building were the highlight as I didn't win any money. No wait the Bellagio water fountain show was pretty cool too. Hundreds of small fountains in a lake dancing to music, throw in some smoke.
Made it home safely and woke up early excited about showing Amy what I had found. She was well so we repeated the route. Monorail New York New York (which has miniature street scenes inside, etc. However this time we headed to the Venetian which was really cool. They have gondola rides through the middle of the building, internal cobblestone streets, the ceiling is really cool and the place so upmarket. We then headed to the Down Town Las Vegas where it all started. This is somewhat removed from the new Las Vegas Boulevard strip and pretty dodgy. So took off to Death Valley National park after confusing myself buying some groceries and fuel.
To Death Valley...
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Where I stayed
Sahara Casino - on the strip