Trip Start Aug 15, 2005
31Trip End Dec 21, 2005
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Today has been great even though the majority of it was spent travelling from San Francisco to Las Vegas. We woke at 6 am as we had a taxi waiting to take us to the Ferry Terminal. From here we took the 20 minute bus ride to Emeryville, then caught the train (6 hours) to Bakersfield. The train journey went quite quick too. It's the holidays over here so every seat on the train was taken. We sat opposite a lady from the Orange County who sat chatting to us for a while. When we got to Bakersfield, we had another 5 1/2 hour journey to Las Vegas. It had already warmed up outside. The bus driver stopped a few times on the way to Vegas allowing some of the passengers to have a cigarette break. One food stop was McDonalds which we HAD to have as we were starving! The heat when we got of the bus was intense! It was like a hot hair dryer blowing on our faces.
We were driving along in the middle of nowhere or what it seemed
On the bus we were playing eye spy except we only had 2 goes each! All we could see was sky, mountains, telegraph poles and bushes! I was singing 'we're on the road to nowhere'!
Around 7.15 pm we could start and see the lights. We drove past a couple of large hotels with roller coasters running around the outside...we continued for another 20 minutes and then we hit Vegas. We drove past our hotel, the Excalibur which was this huge castle! It was all lit up and looked fab. It was like Disneyland! We got off the bus downtown around 8.00 pm and it was 92 degrees! We were roasting! Our taxi took us to our hotel. It was opposite the MGM Grand, New York, New York and a walk from the Bellagio, we couldn't of got a better hotel! When we walked into the entrance, we were straight into the Casino itself and we had to walk through the Casino with our backpacks on to check in! We were in room 19267! tower 2! overlooking the 2 huge pools.
This hotel alone had the casino, hair salon, shops, and fast food, it was just so big and a bit strange! Our hotel room is all medieval too, with low lighting, castle lights and stuff
Tuesday 6th September 2005
Well we've had another bizarre day today. We are loving Las Vegas and its....well different!
We had a lie in this morning and got up for iced tea and a cinnamon roll (which we seem to be eating a lot of!) We decided to take a walk down the strip today. It's so hot, 100 degrees and the heat is intense. It's so great here, all the hotels are interlinked and you can walk from one to the other through walkways. It's so hot outside like we are sweating, then we go inside and the air conditioning is so high it's freezing! Some of the casinos/hotels we checked out today included the MGM Grand (where they do boxing), Tropicana, New York New York, Bellagio, Mirage and Treasure Island they are just so huge
The roller coaster was running that goes through New York New York which is just mental!
After walking all day we went to the hotel, sorted out our bus reservations for the Grand Canyon this weekend and went for a swim in one of the huge pools which was just what we needed. We showered and went and had some tea, taking a quick walk back to the Bellagio to see the amazing fountains by night. I made Dan stay for 3 shows which are every 15 minutes. Whilst walking down the strip there are people just flicking these cards at you offering you 'someone' for the night if you know what I mean! They are very annoying. We sat and had watched the band and some very entertaining girls (drunk girls!) from Seattle before going to bed.
Wednesday 7th September 2005
Another mad day
We got to see the White Tiger at the Mirage today so took some pictures. We also went to the Venetian, they have like a canal running through it with Gondola's taking people through the shopping centre! Very mad!
We went to the entrance of Madam Tussauds and had a photo with Michael Jordan. We walked back up the strip and nipped into Denny's for tea as it was roasting hot..here we got free refills so refueled on liquids!
We headed back to the Shark Reef which was just great. We had these little audio machines which gave us all the information we needed. We have never been so close to sharks and I hope never that close again! The teeth on those things are just huge!
It was a bit hard to believe that this huge aquarium with a shipwreck was in a hotel
After a quick freshen up, we went to the Bellagio again (I have to make sure we see them every day!!!) We caught Viva Las Vegas by Elvis which was fab! We stayed for another 3 shows (thanks to me!) then walked back to Excalibur calling at the shop to stock up on shower gel and a larged iced tea to top up as we are de-hydrating here! We decided to chill out tomorrow as it's just too hot to walk around.
Thursday 8th September 2005
It's been another scorcher today 102 degrees again. We did so much walking yesterday we decided to spend some time relaxing by the pool so after breakfast we went downstairs to catch some rays and gosh it was hot! After a couple of hours we had to go inside to cool off! Our room has good air conditioning so it was nice to relax in the cool air. We sat watching Laguna Beach (which I'm really getting into!). We decided to take a walk and get some beers in as it's our last night here. We made it to the fountains again...honestly we could stand and watch them for hours! It's only a 10 minute or so walk so I've insisted we watch them every night so should catch them tomorrow before we leave Vegas. (Copey, I picked up some of those cards with nude women on for you!....a bit of a souvenier!)
Friday 10th September 2005
Woke this morning and felt great! We had a bit of a lie in today, our check out time for the hotel was 11 am. We packed our stuff, wandered down to check out our bags and went for some breakfast. We weren't leaving until 9 pm tonight so needed to leave our bags at the luggage place. We decided to go and look round some more shops, keeping indoors as much as possible because of the heat. Then we came across this cool shop and I picked up a smart pair of Oakley's at a bargain price! They were great as the sun was just so strong. We stopped off at Ceasars Palace and watched the show every 1/2 hour then went into Denny's again for turkey club sandwiches which were just scrummy! We had lemonade and they just keep filling up your glass! We got our postcards and our souvenier Vegas chips to take home and walked back towards our hotel. We decided to go into the MGM Grand to see if the Lions were there and suprisingly they were, we got there just in time when they were letting them into the enclosure
We went off to catch the last showing of the Bellagio fountains (I know this is mentioned every day but it is just so cool!) and then left at 9 pm in a taxi heading for Las Vegas airport.