Vegas is FanTACKstic!!!

Trip Start Oct 10, 2010
Trip End Jan 12, 2011

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Hello Everybody!

I hope you all had a fabulous christmas???

Since I last blogged I have spent Christmas and the following few days in Los Angeles before taking a road trip to VEGAS!!!

I'll give you a brief overview of the rest of my stay in Los Angeles before I give you the Las Vegas low-down!!

So... since my trip to the Hollywood hills and Rodeo drive we spent the following days doing more exploring of the city. We visited most of the places along the coast, took a walk along Santa Monica Pier, and a trip to the famous Venice Beach, (aka Muscle Beach), where I definately felt like the biggest loser in a body building competition, I was a weed compared to the locals!

On Christmas day we opened presents and took a long drive along the coast before heading out for steak and lobster at Ruth's Chris Steak House, (strange name I know but too long a story to explain now)! Anyway the meal was delicious and we were really stuffed due to the oversized American portions... I'm sure I'll be morbidly obese by the time I return! It was a lovely way to spend the day, totally different from being at home of course but it's good to be different!

On boxing day Rob and I went to Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park, were we queued for hours for some of the worlds' biggest rollercoasters... but it was well worth it. Check out X2 on you tube, it'll make you leave your stomach behind just looking at it... it was the best ride I've ever been on! Also Rob and I found it funny that the catchphrase at the park was 'Have a Six Flags Day'... Only in America could they get away with using a noun as an adjective!!! We also ate the biggest Turkey leg ever for lunch, which I'm glad to say we shared as once again I was stuffed!

The next day was our road trip to Las Vegas and much of the journey was spent playing games to keep us amused. We drove for miles through the desert which was incredible as I'd never seen anything like it before! We made a stop off at IHOP (International HOuse of Pancakes), which made Rob very happy, and we tucked into Blueberry and buttermilk short stacks! Not that we needed anymore food!

During our time in Vegas we spent most evenings strolling along the strip gawping at the bright lights all around us, it was so tacky but I loved every second of it. We played a bit of Black Jack in Belagio's for some fun and managed to up our stake, and quit whilst we were ahead!

We also went to Treasure Island to see a Cirque du Soleil performance called Mystère, and it was incredible. The theme of the show is that Mystère provides the ultimate discovery that life itself is a mystery, using acrobatics, athletisism and amazing imagery. You can you tube this too! As a family we ususally go to a Cirque performance at the Royal Albert Hall each year, however, it was to be in Vegas this time around and what an experience it was! I thought the Royal Albert Hall was a big venue but this place was vast and all inside a casino too!! Eat your heart out Royal Albert Hall!

The following day we went on a day trip to the Grand Canyon, stopping off at the Hoover Dam along the way. I was speechless, which is a first! The Dam was amazing and the Canyon... even better. The temperature was freezing so we had to wrap up warm, and mum and Ian could not watch us near the edge as the wind was quite strong, but the views were just breathtaking. Rob and I went on the Grand Canyon glass bottomed Sky Walk so we could see the big drop of the Canyon beneath our feet! It was quite scary considering it was so windy and the platform moved slightly each time a huge gust came!

So that was Las Vegas, and it sure lived up to my expectaions. I would definately come back for a short holiday and to have some fun. I'm gutted I left without getting my I LOVE VEGAS t-shirt though... so I'll have to come back at least for that!
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