Viva Las Vegas!

Trip Start Dec 28, 2007
Trip End Aug 28, 2008

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008 The King once sang. Well, here we are. The land of gambling, shows, drinks, big hotels and casinos - in the middle of a desert! This place is growing each year quicker than a thing that grows quickly. The stastistics are something like this: each person gambles, on average, around 600 dollars per visit; LV has doubled in size every decade since the '40s; each month 6000 people move and call this place home! Why? Unless you like sweating, spending lots of money (ok if you have some) or living in the middle of nowhere we can't see the long term benefits. But still, it's fun while you're here!

We pulled off the highway and found our way on to 'The Strip' and crawled along with everyone else until we found our hotel, Harrah's right opposite Caeser's Palace. For what has to be one of the cheapest prices we have payed in the US we found this hotel on the net and got a King room on the 21t floor overlooking the strip - not bad. Once settled we took a walk back along the road taking in the atmosphere and sights as the sun went down and catching a quick glimpse of the fountains at the Bellagio. Next morning we found the monorail which runs across the back of the main hotels and entered the MGM Grand. After navigating our way out of the maze that is the hotel's casino we took a look at the huge gold lion outside and the New York New York skyline depicted opposite. Next stop was Paris, a hotel and casino with an Eiffel Tower dominating the view above in which we took a look round and bet our first doller. Unfortunately, we lost it. Now quite hot and looking for the shelter of air conditioning we found ourselves in the M&M shop and Coco-Cola bottle glass shop looking thing. Back on the monorail to the north end of the line to take a look at the Stratosphere tower and watch the Trek-Nerds fighting to get in to the StarTrek show. We then returned to our hotel and spent some time watching the big players gambling on the roulette wheels etc before having a go ourselves on some slot machines. But they're not like you see on the telly! They only take dollars bills (notes), you press buttons rather than pulling levers and the winnings are given to you on a voucher - how poo! Anyway, we had a go at a few including poker and something called Super Fish and made a net profit of -$3.95. We decided to keep the 5 cents voucher as a souvenir rather than cash it.

On our final day here we decided to take a drive up and down the strip to look at the other hotels such as Luxor with the big Sphinx and Pyramid and find the shops at Centre Square before returning to relax for the afternoon at the pool. To finish our time we took a walk a night to see the sights of Venice hotel and casino and to see the spectacle that is the dancing of the Bellagio Fountains to the music of 'Singing in the Rain'.
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