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Trip Start Apr 15, 2013
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Nevada
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

After a well needed long lie in this morning, we ventured out the hotel around 11am.

We began wandering south down the infamous Strip towards the MGM Grand hotel. It looked fairly close, but as everything is so huge here it's pretty deceptive. We were accosted by a lady who noticed Gill's multicoloured nails, she thought they were brilliant and then began to sell us a really funky kit for nail art. This was at the Hawaiian market place. After handing over our cash we later discovered the kit we have bought is actually a UK based product so we've probably been ripped off - hey ho! It's a funky little kit anyway!

We went into the MGM for food and began to loose our bearings on the casino floor. After strolling around we eventually stopped at Woolfgang Puck Bar and Grill and ordered brunch - a couple of sandwiches, an ice tea, a non alcoholic cocktail and a banofee pie to share - this ended up costing $67 (£45)! definitely the most expensive brunch I've ever had in my life! It was good tho!

As we had our helicopter trip booked for this afternoon, we slowly started heading back towards planet hollywood.

We were picked up from our hotel by a black stretch limousine - We had it all to ourselves! It drove us to McCarran International Airport (which really isn't that far away). After a short wait and safety briefings we set off on our helicopter flight. There were six passengers in total onboard. We flew over Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam and ofcourse the Grand Canyon.

Our helicopter then landed in the canyon at the only location where the Native American Indians (who own the canyon) allow. The views were spectacular! We had half an hour to explore and have our champagne picnic!

After the picnic ended it was back on the Helicopter and a return flight, but this time flying over the Las Vegas Strip. As we were heading towards the strip our pilot pointed out two Military fighter jets that were carrying out a training exercise - a real top gun moment!

When landing back at McCarran our pilot also pointed out the Janet Jumbo Planes - these are a white with a red stripe along the body. There are no other traceable markings on the plane - that's because, they are US Military Airforce planes which take employees and contractors out to Area 51!!!!! "Janet" is the call sign and that's known about them.

When the limo picked us back up, we asked the driver to drop us off at the Excalibur hotel so we could get onto an open top night tour bus. The tour was $26 and lasted three hours.

We drove all the way along the strip, past all the neon lights and hotels. We headed downtown and stopped off at Freemont Street for an hour. The show at Freemont was Bon Jovi themed and packed. An unmissable Vegas experience.

After finishing the night tour we were dropped back at the Excalibur. It was about 10pm. We finally managed to find our way out of the Excalibur, we wandered through New York New York and finally ended up having a really late tea - I've just finished a chicken salad and its 11:45pm! Zzzzzzzzzz

Total miles travelled today - unknown - no car - yipeeeee!
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PJM on

Wow wow wee wow. Looks amazing.

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