Published: February 6th 2007February 6th 2007
We rolled into Las Vegas after a long drive from Santa Fe with the need of an early night after our sleep deprived stay in Dallas. What we found was a town that didn’t open until midday and then stayed opened until the early hours of the morning. Las Vegas is everything you see on tv plus much, much more with the strip illuminated by the neon signs of the megaresorts. We got into our the Excalibur hotel which is located right next to some of the biggest casinos in Vegas including Mandalay Bay, Luxor, New York New York, MGM Grand and Tropicana. We went for a little exploration down the strip and ended up at the very tacky (but very cheap) Circus Circus which has a $12 buffet and circus acts running all the time inside the casino. After filling up on the rather tasteless food and watching a Venezualan high flying act we headed back down the strip past all of the famous casinos like The Bellagio, Treasure Island, The Mirage, Paris, The Venetian, Aladdin, Caesers Palace and Riviera just to name a few. We also passed people on the strip handing out calling cards for the ladies of
the night. They were everywhere and as you walk past they slap the card on their hand to get your attention. They were very annoying.
Today we wandered over to New York New York to check out the joint. It is one of the nicer places with a huge casino and an area devoted to cafes which is a small scale re-creation of Greenwich Village. They also had a times square area with shops in it. Out the front of New York New York is a replica of the New York skyline with all the major icons like the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and the Brooklyn Bridge. This hotel is very impressive. After that we walked across the road to the largest hotel in Vegas, the MGM Grand with 5005 suites. It is painted green with dark windows and looks like a huge green monster. Inside there is a massive casino and a lion enclosure that is free to the public. We had a look at the lions before heading to television alley where we partook in rating a tv show. Unfortunately the show we got dealt was The Price Is Right which
was hosted by the cheesiest guy ever, Todd Newton. When we rated it we had a dial in front of us that went from 1 to 100 and we had to move it in accordance to how much we liked the show. Both of us stayed very close to the bottom end until the price is right models came on or they went to an ad break. After that we headed down the strip to explore the megaresorts. We went through Aladdin, Hurrahs and ended up at Treasure Island where the free show, Sirens of TI, happens four times a night out the front of the hotel. This show involves two pirate ships, some smokin’ hot dancing girls, some dancing blokes and a lot of pyrotechnics. The main idea of the performance is that the sirens steal one of the pirates and then they dance around a little followed by the pirates mounting the sirens ship and then they dance around together followed by some explosions and fireworks. It was great especially for the price. After the show we headed to Riviera to check it out and found some nice Americans there. There were 2 guys and a girl (one
of the guys and the girl were married in Vegas) and they bought us beer so we hung around them for the rest of the night. After the Riviera the 5 of us headed over to Frontier casino which is a hole but has a great bar in it. The bar is called Gilley’s and the night we were there lesbian mud wrestling was the main attraction. We paid our $10 each for all you can drink beers and got some front row seats for the main event. The girls were all really hot and with the addition of mud and beer the night was a success. We even got to ride the mechanical bull, but with the amount of beer we had consumed by then, we failed miserably.
This morning we headed up to the ritziest hotel on the strip, The Bellagio. There, we had the buffet which included everything from seafood to different meats and pastas to a mass of salads and desserts. This was the king of buffets. After the buffet we had a look around the Bellagio including the spectacular fountain out the front that does a choreographed routine every half an hour. It is
really spectacular. After that we headed next door to Caesers Palace which has the biggest casino on the strip and a whole lot of roman sculptures in it. And for all you music fans out here the Pussycat Dolls have their own lounge inside the complex. Next on our exploration of the strip was The Venetian which has canals running through the main shopping area and a re-creation of St Marks square. Paris was next with a café district that feels like you’re in a Parisian street and an Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triumph out the front. We played some 1c slots there just so we could get the free drinks that come with spending a small amount of cash in the casino. At Vegas it doesn’t matter how much you spend at the casino, as long as you look like you’re spending money they supply you with an infinite amount of alcohol. After boozing there for a while we went across the road to the Mirage and had a look at the famous white tiger that mauled Roy from the Sigfried and Roy duo. We had some more drinks there before going off the strip to the Gold
Coast casino and the Palms casino. They are both pretty poor but again we had some free drinks before going to Luxor which is themed like ancient Egypt and is a huge glass pyramid with a light beaming out the top of it. From there we went back to Excalibur and gambled (and drank) the night and morning away.
Today we started off by going to downtown Vegas which is the birth place of Las Vegas as we know it today. We found a coupon book and made our way to every casino in the district, signing up for the players club and receiving free stuff like t-shirts, playing cards, dice and gambling credits which we both won some money off. Again, the casinos supplied us with copious amounts of beer as we stumbled between them. Some of the casinos include Golden Nugget, the Fremont, the Plaza and Binions among others. We hung around downtown for the Fremont Street Experience which is a huge video screen that sits above the street and has images projected on it. The screen is about 80metres long and 20metres wide and the show comes complete with a music soundtrack. Following this we headed
back to the strip and signed up for every casino there, receiving free credits along the way, as well as a lot of free booze. We stumbled back to Excalibur in the early hours of the morning after too many free drinks and a little less money.
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