Elodie, Kimmy and Marianna come to party in Vegas!

Trip Start Jan 04, 2010
Trip End Jun 30, 2010

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Fear and loathing in Las Vegas. Morgan and I had every intention of watching this film before we hit Vegas but it never eventuated. Six months on and I have still not watched this movie, but after visiting Las Vegas a total of four times perhaps I already know enough about Vegas to not have to watch a movie about it. Vegas was always going to be fun but we had even more to look forward to when we found out Morgan's sister and my friend would be joining us there. It was my friends first time to Vegas and her first chance in a long time to let her hair down and relax after a long yacht season. Morgan’s sister had also never been to Las Vegas or the United States at all so it was going to be very special for her. It would be here first experience of American culture, food and people and talk about thrown in the thick of it. She arrived at Midnight so had the opportunity to view Las Vegas lights at night. In the next few days she would try her first Eggs benedicts, first hotdog, first pretzel, first pancakes and so many more firsts. I had began to realize just how Americanized we are in Australia. There weren’t many foods in America that we don’t have in Australia. There are a lot however that they just don’t have in France. It’s good that France has kept its history and is still very authentic, especially when it comes to food.

The restaurants in themselves were an experience. Morgan and I had dinner at a Dick’s in Excalibur, which was the hotel we were staying in. Excalibur is an over the top gaudy looking palace with hideous red patterned carpet and over the top wallpaper. The rooms were very clean and modern however. Plus the pools, all four of them, we amazing with pool side waiter service too. We spent a couple of days by the pool listening to the funky chill out tunes and ordering frozen cocktails. The first level of Excalibur is all about gambling, drinking and eating. This theme is consistent through-out the whole of Vegas of course. We ate at Dick’s which is set up much like a sports bar and sells massive, plastic yard glasses filled with frozen cocktails that you can bring and refill whenever you like. The theme of the restaurant is all about rudeness. The waiters are paid to be rude to the customers. They never smile, they antagonise you if you ask for light beer, roll their eyes when you ask for any assistance, like when I requested a napkin, the waiter picked up a whole pile of them and threw them at me. I was surrounded by napkins. Somehow it works and is thoroughly entertaining.

Once all the girls were together we hit the monorail and caught it out to the end of the strip to the Stratosphere Tower. At the top of the monorail we got on the 'big shot ride’. It’s the tallest drop ride in America. It was such a thrill. It didn’t look like much and after Morgan and I had visited Disney and Universal we didn’t expect much but the ride didn’t disappoint. It was one of the best drop rides I have been on. It took my breath away, gave me that instant adrenaline rush and provided a great view of the Las Vegas Strip. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Another ride worth a mention is the rollercoaster ride that surrounds NY NY Hotel. Kimmy and her friend Maz were still lagging in energy so Kimmy thought it would be a great idea to hit the roller coasters to wake them both up. It did the job alright. What a thrill that ride was, we went on it twice. It was long in length, had a loop and lots of bends and drops and the fact that it was around NY NY Hotel and over looking the strip made it even more exciting. 

After catching the monorail to the other end of the strip we spend the rest of the day walking back down the strip, cocktail in hand. One of the beauties of Vegas is being able to buy a cocktail anywhere and walk down the street with it and take it inside any other casinos or venues. So this is exactly what we did. We stopped at the Bellagio to watch the water show and then headed inside for the famous buffet lunch. The buffet was fantastic. There was so much food of every variety. If you had a craving for something I am sure it would have been there. We got stuck into the freshly made sushi and prawns.

A trip to Vegas would not be complete without some Las Vegas Outlet shopping. We piled into the taxi and went to the outdoor Premium Las Vegas Outlets. We shopped until our feet could not take another second of it. Morgan sister was like a kid in a candy store. She and I spent most of our time in the Guess outlet shop. The prices were astonishingly cheap compared to what she pays in France. I bought a few things from Guess and Elodie came out with quite a few bags full. She is a good shopper that one.
At night we checked out a few Vegas bars and clubs. Pure nightclub being the most talked about, we had to see it for ourselves. However a little advise to anyone going to Pure nightclub in Caesars Palace. Do not spend the whole day before hand walking the entire length of the strip. Unless you want to pay over $200 for a bottle of alcohol, which entitles you to a lounge area, then you will be standing for the entire evening and you will have sore feet. Had we planned ahead we would have all chipped in for a table or not walked so much that day. The location is amazing. It’s on a rooftop overlooking the strip. As expected the drinks were pricey so we had a few and headed down to the casino and chilled there for a while. Morgan, Maz and Elodie gambled for a while whilst Kimmy and I hung out at the bar with our shoes off. All class! I can honestly say without any shame that I didn’t gamble once the whole time I was in Vegas. Gambling has to be the most boring thing in the world for me. I would have been happy to get involved in a card game but it’s so intimidating when you haven’t a clue what you are doing. They hold free game lessons around the casinos to teach you and get you involved but we never managed to fit that in. Another club we stumbled across was Koa at MGM Grand. This place played a lot of RnB/HipHop so I had a great dance there. There was a big dance floor and plenty of ‘free’ seats so we spent an evening there. They had a special on Champagne so we got into those and boogied the night away. The highlight of nightly entertainment had to be Cique Du Soliel – Zumanity. Witty, entertaining, sexy and awe inspiring performances. The show was amazing. They got the crowd involved from the very beginning and held our attention the whole time. It was in the theatre in the NY NY Hotel. I couldn’t clap loud enough at the end, it was just one of those shows. Cirque Du Soliel never fails to impress me. They are always finding new ways to blow you away and show off unbelievable talents.

On our last day of Vegas we went to the Bodies Exhibition and delved into the human body, eyes wide open. What an amazing display of human anatomy. On first thought, there is something morbid about looking at the insides of a real human body minus the skin. However once you are in there it’s almost hypnotic. It’s all done tastefully and it really is just extremely fascinating to see exactly how our bodies are set up and function and what it looks like when abnormalities appear. The lung of a smoker was the most disturbing. Viewing a baby at 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 1 month, 3 months etc during it’s growing process was incredible but also a little sad knowing that these babies never made it. The body sure is one complex machine. The Bodies exhibition was in the Luxor hotel and casino, a giant pyramid. We stuck around and had a Mexican dinner then followed this with drinks at the ice bar, 5 Below. We rugged up in long jackets and gloves and went down into the room completely made of ice, not excluding the cups our drinks we served in. We had two drinks in there before heading back up to the warmth of the real atmosphere.

Vegas is what Vegas is. There are no real surprises when you turn up in Vegas. It’s as big, loud, exciting and over the top as you expect it to be. The drinks are cheap and plentiful and you can start partying in the early hours. Could I stay there for longer then a week? Well personally, probably not. It’s a fabulous place for shows, booze, gambling and partying but there is not much to look at or culture to be had. Depends on what you are after, it’s great for a week to let your hair done, that’s for sure! At the end of our Vegas trip we were supposed to drop Kimmy off to the airport as she was flying to London. However the volcano’s in Iceland had other plans and left poor Kimmy stranded in Las Vegas. So off we went with an extra passenger to the Grand Canyon. 
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