29.03.2013 - 31.03.2013 29 °C
We woke up at 4am and got to the airport pretty early to catch a flight to Las Vegas (from Boston). It was a 7 hour trip flying from the east to the west coast of USA- stopping in LA for an hour on the way. By the time we got to Vegas, we had been travelling for 12 hours, we were pretty buggered but so excited to see the Vitanzas who were here on holiday. We caught the shuttle buses from the airport- only $17 (return) and they drop you off and pick you up from the hotel. So that was pretty good. We stayed at the MGM Grand. I (Michelle) stayed here 16 years ago.. I remembered it as really big and it still is really big!! We were pretty shocked to see guests walking around the hotel without shirts on and girls with minimal clothing. The hotel was so busy, probably due to the fact that it was the easter weekend. We spent a good 20 minutes queuing up in line to check in whilst drinking our complimentary lemon or watermelon flavoured water, that tasted like a watered down cocktail .
Once we were settled in, we head up to the Flamingo to meet up with Cassie & Nathan at Margaritaville. Unfortunately neither of us had our passports with us (only our drivers licences, which work everwhere else in the US we've been to), so they refused to serve us drinks. We reckon the guy refused to serve us because Nathan didn't tip him enough. Hahaha.. The guy said Blake apparently looks under 21.. what would that make me?!?! Under 16?!?! We tried another restaurant/pub at the Flamingo and were refused drinks as well. We were pretty frustrated by then. So we just caught the monorail back to the hotel and got our passports resorting to the nearest bar we could find, which was the one in our hotel. What a long walk for a drink!
We grabbed some dinner at Bubba gum shrimp, then headed back to Margaritaville- this time with our passport.
We woke up early and decided to head downstairs to the grand buffet for some breakfast! Anything you can think of for breakfast, they have it all. They even have a dessert section for breakfast!! Like ice cream and cakes. I suppose some people do eat ice cream for breakfast?!?
After breakfast, we slowly rolled ourselves out to queue up for half price tickets for Cirque de Soleil and half price tickets for the monorail. Once all the organising was done, we made our way to the dodgy part of Vegas- at the end of the monorail line. We went to the largest souvenir store in Vegas. They had everything from t-shirts; weird lollies like bacon mints to stuff that would normally end up in the bin by the time you got home. Blake left the store with some bacon mints that were absolutely rank!
Blake had looked up on google that there is a merry-go-round bar at Circus Circus, where they filmed some of 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas'. So after a rather long hike in the heat, we managed to find our way to probably the most dodgiest, rundown casino in town. Unfortunately we only found out when we got there that the bar had closed down 2 years ago- Blake was pretty gutted. We grabbed some express Mexican food (which incidentally wasn't very express) and caught a taxi back to our hotel for a rest.
We finished the night with a trip to New York casino to watch the Zumanity Cirque de Soleil show- the more erotic/sexual version of the Cirque de Soleil. Cassie and I picked this for the boys since they were missing out on all the strip clubs in Vegas. The show was very entertaining, with lots of boobs, topless men and in 1 scene a completely naked guy doing acrobats. Not to forget a flying midget who was so awesome!!
While Cassie & Nathan were out touring the Grand Canyon, we decided to sleep in, and then attempt to scoff down a delicious 1 pound burger and a Margarita for breakfast/lunch at Hash House (at the Quad hotel). Lets just say we were definitely more than 1 pound heavier after eating it. Blake finished his, I got through most of mine .
After lunch, we decided to stroll the Las Vegas strip- checked out the Venetian, Mirage and Blake made some money on Roulette at Casino Royale (it sounds a lot more grand than it actually is). Being in Casino Royale feels similar to being in a tin shed in between two palaces but has pretty cheap Roulette. So cheap in fact that they couldn't afford to fix the winning number display at the table!
When Cassie & Nathan got back from their tour, we went and checked out the Luxor, had some drinks & yummy snacks at the bar then we headed down to the Mirage to watch the volcano show. It went on for like 1 second and nothing else happened. Unfortunately the show was cancelled because it was too windy. We were still pretty pumped for the night so we made our way down to the Bellagio to watch the fountain light/music show. It runs every 15 minutes. It only went for like 5 minutes, but it was amazing. Along the way, we stopped at the 'Trevi fountain', checked out the Caesar palace and other hotels on Las Vegas strip. It was a pretty chilly night but it was nice strolling the streets of Vegas, basking in the Neon.
The boys had a last minute gamble session at Paris casino whilst Cassie and I (Michelle) walked around the place. It is definitely our favourite casino in Vegas. There weren't many people, the ceiling is painted with clouds which makes the place look a lot brighter, the casino is neat and not too big. And most of all.. there wasn't lots of bogan looking people you see around Vegas and the place didn't smell like damp carpets & cigarettes. Unfortunately the boys were feeling the pressure on the roulette table and went out with a bang (or a slow fizz). We all went home with slightly lighter wallets .
Vegas was a pretty cool place but I think it's a bit more of a single blokes town. Plenty to see and do if your wallet is fat!!