Viiiiivvvaaaaaaa Las Vegas!!!!

Trip Start Aug 21, 2009
Trip End Aug 20, 2010

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Flo: Hi! After a less eventful bus journey than before(!) we got to Las Vegas after 8 hours at around 8pm. We got a taxi from Downtown to the Strip with Ros & Olivia who were also staying on the Strip (in a nicer hotel than ours tho! Jealous!) We paid our part of the taxi and said goodbye to them at our hotel (Later on they text and said the stupid taxi women charged them again for our bit as well as theirs! Rip off!! Grrrrr! We felt really bad for them! SORRY!)

So we were only in Vegas for 2 nights and 1 day, so we had to try and squeeze everything in to the time we had. We got to our hotel and checked in, but we actually got LOST going to our room because the Hotel & Casino were so MASSIVE!! Well after following the map(!) of the hotel somebody gave us, we got to our room, dumped our stuff off and headed out down the Strip for dinner.

Simon: Because we only had 1 night, we decided to go for the best place in town to eat, The Buffet at The Bellagio Hotel & Casino. It was $30 (18) per person all-you-can-eat & drink, but the food was really REALLY amazing! A whole Sushi station where the chefs made whatever sushi & sashimi you liked (including Caviar-covered Nigiri!!), whole snow crabs bigger than some dogs and cats(!) a pizza oven with 10 varieties of pizza (pesto & prawn?! yes please!), but if you didn't fancy a pre-made one, they made you whatever you liked! The Carving station had around 12 cuts of meat, prime rib steak, lamb racks, full racks of ribs, whole Roasted Quails & pheasants, and best of all KOBE BEEF SIRLOIN STEAK!!!!!! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!! by the time we got to the dessert, we could only manage 3 portions of hand-flamed creme brule and a couple of trips to the ice cream machine (with about 50 varieties of toppings!)

If you ever go to Vegas, you HAVE to go to that buffet. It's the best food we've ever eaten, and i can't even half describe how great it was.

Well after waddling out of the restaurant, we checked out the Fountains at the Bellagio, which is in a massive lake at the front of the hotel, with hundreds of fountains that move and sway with music for 5 minutes or so. I can't really describe it very well, so go to YouTube and type "Bellagio Fountains" and there'll be hundreds of vids. I will say it was pretty ridiculous! The fountains shot SO high into the air, and they moved with the music too, so it looked like they were dancing! Gotta see it really.

We also saw the Volcano erupt outside the Mirage, although that wasn't as dramatic as the fountains, it was still pretty cool. We also wandered through the Casinos at The Venetian, The Bellagio, The Wynn and Treasure Island. The only thing i can say is WOW! It's hard to really describe the scale of them in words. They are GIANT! Each hotel complex is like a little city in itself. Each has like 8 restaurants, a shopping mall, hotel, casino, spa and a billion other things too. The Venetian has a full scale replica of the Grand Canal from Venice which has gondolas that take passengers up and down, but the best bit is, it's UPSTAIRS!! not dug in to the ground or anything, but on the SECOND FLOOR!!! Mental.

We put some cash in some of the Slot machines in the Wynn and Bellagio, and surprisingly came out even! We decided to get out before we put it back in again!

Flo: We got to bed about 1.30am, but much to my disappointment, we were woken at 5am by the alarm, because we were being picked up at 6am for our day trip to the Grand Canyon!!

Now i'd always thought Vegas was a hot place, being in the middle of the desert, but it was FREEZING the 2 days we were there!! So the morning we waited for the bus we were a bit chilly!

The bus driver we had was called Ron, and he was superb! He knew so much about Vegas and the scenery we passed on the way, he told us that other tour guides put on a information video about the Grand Canyon, but he talked for the whole journey there pretty much! He was even giving us info on the house prices (cheap!) and the air conditioners they use in Vegas!

We stopped off at the Hoover Dam about 1 hour in to take some photos (It's where Transformers was filmed apparently!) and that was pretty cool, especially as they are building a giant bridge just in front of the dam at the moment, and it looked really cool half finished (check the pictures)

We stopped another few times for rest stops before stopping for lunch at a little restaurant near the Canyon. We had another buffet, although not quite as good as the last one(!) it was still really yummy and great to have hot food that was free!

We got to the Grand Canyon about 45 minutes later, and it was SNOWING!!! Ron told us that he'd done around 800 trips to the canyon, and it had snowed 2 times before! Well i was shocked! Simon had told me to bring my sunglasses and i didn't bring a scarf or gloves or anything! brrrrrrr!!!!!!

The Canyon itself though was amazing. Just so big. Even though it was a bit foggy (because of the snow) at the start, it soon cleared up and we could see 1 mile down to the floor and 10 miles across to the other side. The colours of the rocks were beautiful and we spent most of our time just looking out over the ledges.

The journey back was about 8 hours, so i slept a bit and we watched a movie on the bus. When we got back we thanked Ron and headed to our Hotel to change before we headed out again to explore the last parts of Vegas.

Simon: The last night we did our serious gambling in the Casinos! We had a $50 budget, so we headed to The Flamingo, a famous hotel on the strip, to 'hit the tables'! First we played Blackjack, and we lost about $10 in about 30 minutes, playing about 20 hands. I didn't get Blackjack once, but i got 21 a couple of times. Anyway, cutting my losses we headed to Roulette with the money we had left. After a few disastrous spins we were down to about $10, and we put it all on the next spin, which came up!! we were up to about $80!! about 30 minutes more of ups and downs and we finally left with about $55, so $5 up!! WooHoo!!! We won!!! Happy with ourselves we went back to the hotel around 2am and slept good!

Next morning we headed back to the Greyhound station to get our last bus to LA!

Not long left now!!

So until then.......

Simon & Flo


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