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Published: September 21st 2007
Themed casino tables with 'dealertainers' - the dealers were dressed as different stars and backed by Elvis!
Las Vegas - Whitby on steroids. Saturday 15th September to Tuesday 18th September.
We finished packing at Yuri’s on Saturday morning before we all piled down to the IHOP, ( International House of Pancakes ), for breakfast on the way to the airport. We had the most amazing, humungous omelettes, followed by sticky pancakes and it was ridiculously cheap. We said a sad goodbye to Yuri, Atsushi & little Yuta.
The flight to Vegas was superb, the desert and canyons you fly over are amazing. It was really bumpy just after take off for a while, and again for about half an hour before landing - nothing a couple of horse tranquilizers didn’t smooth out. It was a 5 hour flight but passed quite quickly, we paid for an upgrade to economy plus seats for more leg room and ended up having 3 seats for us to spread across, so it was quite comfy. On the way into Vegas we flew low over the top of the Hoover Dam, superb.
We landed around 4:45pm, took a cab to our hotel, ( The Luxor - an Egyptian pyramid complete with sphinx ), to freshen up - then we hit
Indoor skies at Caesers Palace
the town. We bought tickets to the Cirque De Solei
at the Treasure Island casino which was at the other end of the strip to the Luxor, so was a great excuse to walk the entire strip. Dinner was in the form of yet another pizza, in the Mirage casino this time. The show started at 9:30pm Vegas time which was 12:30am our time ( Washington DC time ), so by the time it finished and we got back to the Luxor it was like 4:30am for us. The show was amazing - trapeze acts, acrobats and other stunts but very modern with superb effects. It’s not something that can easily be described, it was a heck of spectacle! On the way back Emma put $1 into a 1c slot machine and took $5 out of it, a good start! Never mind New York - Vegas is the real city that never sleeps. Everything is open 24 hours.
On Sunday we looked around for a cheap blackjack table, but the cheapest we could find was a $10 minimum bet - too much for our budget. We took a walk along the strip to check out some of the hotels.
Trojan Horse at Ceasers
This thing was anout 30 feet tall!
out was marginally cheaper than the East Coast cities, but drinks were similarly priced at about $6. We found a bottle bar at Casino Royale that did bottles of Michelob for $1 each! Bonus.
Emma took $10 from another $1 stake on a 1c machine. We spent most of the day in Caesars Palace. That place is unbelievable, it’s huge. These hotel/casinos are like cities in themselves. Caesars Palace had fountains and Italian Streets inside, the ceiling was painted like the sky and kept changing from day to night. You get completely lost in them as there are no exit signs or windows, you can wander around for ages trying to get out. We watched the volcano explode outside The Mirage, then the laser fountain shown at the Bellagio, ( a very posh casino ), before checking out The Venetian, which has its own canal system inside complete with gondolas. It’s so difficult to go to bed as the place never stops. You just want to keep going and see what’s going on, it’s an unreal place.
Monday was a Starbucks breakfast in the Excalibur then, off to buy tickets for tonights showing of 'Les Folies Begere' a
Atlantis Fountain at Caesers Palace
Every 30 minutes, the fountain came alive with the story of Atlantis. Animatronic figures appeared from inside the fountain and smoke and flames shot out all over.
proper Vegas show with proper Vegas showgirls. They had a 7pm, or 10pm showing and unfortunately, ( for Emma ), they only had 10pm tickets left, which was the topless performance! We hah a pretty lazy day, explored a few more casinos including New York, New York, that’ a cool place - basically a scaled down piece of New York including the Chrysler building, Empire State building, Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge with a Cony Island roller coaster running around it all. There is a Coyote Ugly bar with ‘hot chicks’ dancing on the bar tops. We chucked a few more dollars in the 1c slots and then went back to change for the Folies Begere show, which was at the Tropicana ( where drinks are NOT free by the way ). It was a bizarre show, lots of dancing girls with feather boas and feathered wings prancing around to the wails of a couple of X-Factor rejects and a pre-recorded backing track, very disappointing - still, you have to go see Vegas showgirls I suppose.
After that it was my turn for some luck on the slots when I changed $1 into $12 and then another
$1 into $8. We looked in on the Rum Jungle nightclub in the Luxor on the way back to see some very lovely dancing girls, and then turned in.
Vegas is awesome, way better than New York. We’d definitely come back again, but for longer and with way more money!
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