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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Well what a contrast from the serenity of Zion National Park to the lights and glitz of Las Vegas. 
We were going to give it a miss, but there was a Trade show being held here, & we were able to get a good rate for a room in the Bellagio, so for a change from the van, we decided to go there for a few days. We also thought we could recoup some of our costs!!  ONLY JOKING, we are NOT gamblers, No way would this place get a cent from us gambling! YES, the USA still has 1 cent pieces!!  It's just interesting watching those who do, and end up losing it all!

Mike had pre-arranged that we could drive the RV to the front of the Bellagio, and we
would be then shown where to park it We had the RV & car cleaned, prior to arriving, so we
wouldn't stand out too much!
    We then drove down the main street, known as 'the strip' and as we came to the Bellagio, it was as if on cue, the beautiful water fountains out the front
commenced their rhythmic weaving dance, synchronized to the magnificent orchestral music, being played through the speakers, heralding our arrival!  

Mike turned the behemoth into the driveway of the Bellagio, looking every bit as sleek and shiny as the Porsche we were following! .....please note, we still have our tow car attached, as well as our two bikes hanging on the back of the car.  

It was at this point that things started to get just a bit 'ugly'!!   To start with, we heard and felt it, as our little car mounted the gutter as we turned into the Bellagio entrance, and yes, we were getting a lot of looks as we drove in.  We just hoped no-one was standing too close, and had their toes run over.  This is NOT the usual vehicle one sees arriving at the Bellagio.

Mike had been instructed to stay on the valet side, which was the inside lane, so being one to always obey the rules, this is exactly what he did........well it wasn't too long before it became apparent, this RV was NOT going to be able to take this curve, as we heard scraping sounds on our van, of the beautiful manicured hedge that runs the inner length of the circular driveway.  Great!  What do we do now?  We can't back up, as we have the tow car, and there is a line of cars behind us also coming into the could say they looked a little different from our car.....also there are posts down the middle, to separate  the  2 lanes.   Well at this point we were stationary working out the best strategy......

Then the command went forth!!   Mike asked me to get out, and move some of the posts that differentiated the lanes. Without a second thought, like a leaping gazelle, with feet hardly
touching the ground, &  moving like a lithe ballerina,  I did exactly that, and moved the posts, not just 1 or 2,   I dragged 4 of them, out of the way, like giant chess pieces, so our humongous
beast could take a wider berth.  It was either do this and  leave the Bellagio hedge intact, or we would end up arriving out the front, looking like some oversized floral wreath.     It was beginning to feel like we were in a 'National Lampoon's vacation' movie......... it was  not the entrance one likes to make to a 5 star hotel!!!

After the posts were deftly put back in place it was a quick hop, step & jump back into the van, and as the fountains burst forth with the final spray of water,  ascending 500  feet into the air, and landing with a thunderous crash, as if a giant cymbal had been played,  along with the
crescendo of music pervading around us, we made our grand entrance into the majestic portico of the BellagioIt was busier here than 'the sales after christmas', Bell boys were running everywhere, taking luggage from immaculate customers, stepping out of their ferrari's, maserati's, porsche's,  helping some into their cars,  carrying their designer bags, and a continual stream of  limousines arriving & leaving. They all looked up...... some removed sunglasses, some just stared,  we could almost feel a hush come over everyone, as momentarily they stopped what they were doing, to witness this  39ft beast, with car & bikes attached, heading into the inner sanctums of the lavishly decked out entrance of the ornate Bellagio Hotel, and it was at this point I really knew....we  didn't quite look the part!!   

Mike brought the RV to a stop, and after releasing the air from the brakes with a very loud and forceful 'whoosh' sound, that was nearly enough to lift the portico roof, ( I was so glad Marilyn Munroe wasn't here)  I opened the door and was greeted by a  valet parking attendant, who said in a shaky voice, 'Wow, you are rather large'!!   I gave him 'the look' as  I wondered......was he referring to me or the bus, & I was ready to smack him in the mouth!! (with respect of course).   He then took our Monsac case & 'Hong Kong markets' computer bag, labeled them, and took them inside.  I think he was glad to get away, thinking he may have to park this thing!!!

Another gentleman then told us where to drive the RV, and  unhook the car, he would valet park
that for us, and we were to follow him to where the RV would be left for the next few days.  We could see the  excitement on his face,  as he knew he had the thrill of valet parking a Suzuki Vitara,  and not just the boring old Bugatti Veyron  that his mate just drove past in!!    Anyway........after all this, we were made to feel very welcome, checked in, and made our way to our room.

We did enjoy our stay here,  and went to a David Copperfield magic show which was excellent.  We also went to the Trade Show, we have never been to such a huge show. 

We  walked through some of the amazing buildings here, with their fantastic displays.  The Venetian has a river & gondolas, the Wynn & Encore are huge, with beautiful gardens and hanging flowers off the trees in the lobby area.  The Bellagio has a magnificent glass flowered ceiling in the lobby, and each afternoon visitors can enjoy  the delicate sounds of a harp & violin being played in the inside garden with all manner of flowers, the beautiful scent emanating the whole lobby area.   One afternoon we sat in the cafe in the Bellagio just to listen to a pianist on a grand piano, and he played brilliantly.  I was just mezmorised  and it made me really miss my piano!  I could have sat there all day.  We also enjoyed watching the fountain display
which occurs every half hour, afternoon & night,  with different music.  The Luxor is in the shape of a pyramid, and Caesars palace is amazing to walk through, it is as if one is walking along a
street in Rome.  I was coerced into going on the roller coaster in the 'New York New York' hotel.   I HATE these things, but felt impelled to go on it, so Michael wouldn't be lonely!! 
Well, NEVER AGAIN!  I kept my eyes closed the whole time, which was probably worse, but I just can't enjoy these  rides. I was petrified!  I would rather parachute out of a plane any day!

As my brother Mark would say, 'Where is the enjoyment in going from point A to point B, for 90 seconds, at a ridiculous speed, round corners fast & rough enough to put anyone's back or neck out and paying some goose for the experience'? Mike thinks that you are never a fulfilled person until you have been on a scary roller-coaster .... hmmmm.  I tell you, Bill McAllister would do an amazing business if he set up a clinic at the base of one of these!

We stayed a few extra days in the RV park by Circus Circus.  We met a great man named Ron,
who was traveling round with his little dog, Buster.   This dog was very cute and did some tricks
for us. Our grandchildren would have loved him, he would beg, and just wait till he was told he could eat the treat on the table. 

We both went to the dentist, and Dr Caggiano, Pattie & receptionist Billi  were fantastic.  Mike had a chipped tooth repaired, some teeth whitening, and a general checkup, I also endured a clean, & antibiotics,  but it was actually less painful than back home.  Our teeth looked so much better after we left.  So if anyone wants to go to a good dentist in Las Vegas, this is definitely the place.  For once we actually enjoyed our dental visit, they were so much fun, and Dr Pamela is the first dentist I have heard say, she LOVES chocolate & gave us permission to eat as much as we like!!!  I like this lady!  (she did say to clean teeth after though & floss, floss & floss!!). HA! 

Next blog Lake Mead & Monument Valley.  

Anyway thats all, Bye for now, thanks for reading the blog, and for your comments, keep safe and well,  God bless....Miss you all.  
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Lisa Hedges on

Love the Bellagio re-count ... hilarious ... hope you're going to put all your adventures into a into a book at some stage ... Thanks for starting my day with a laugh ... Lisa xx

Jewels on

Loved the latest blog. So did the kids. Miss u lots. Love ya xo

The wards on

Hi Mike and Ruth very entertaining reading your blog! Wow the wealth is just unbelievable - a far cry from Egypt! Brendan is up early studying and I'm keeping him company .... Hehehehe ....annoying him no end. Thanks very much for his voice message - he played it to me this morning, so special you did that thank you. We're going to the Malayasian bible school in Sept - a bit out of our comfort zone but we do know a few who are going. Then of to Lankowi for a weeks holiday with Steve and Sandy Dodson, WITHOUT kids - should be fun! Stay safe you two and keep up the great adventure blog love it! Much love the 3 wardsxxx

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