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Published: August 23rd 2010
The Venetion Hotel
To start the day, we went down to the swimming pool, which was full of twenty something posers just standing around, well, posing. Turning up with two children, a ball and any of the other paraphernalia that we would normally take down to a pool was clearly not going to go down well. We got told off by the life guard and all of our normal in-pool activities were effectively ruled out, so we gave up and left. Even with it being early in the morning and with most people still in bed (Las Vegas is more about late nights than early mornings) the “posing only” rules still applied.
The hotel we were in had music blasting out from every orifice and scantily clad women everywhere, including the pole dancers in the “pleasure pit” in the casino. I'm not complaining (well the music got annoying after a while) but it again showed that it was not a hotel for children. One other thing that hits you is that people can smoke in the hotel and casino. In these great smoke free days, it is really noticeable.
There was quite a lot of things to do during the day, and
The Parisian Hotel
at night for that matter, as it was almost impossible to tell if it was night or day when you are in one of those buildings. There’s lots of shops and most of the big casinos have a shopping mall that is in theme with the casino / hotel, complete with false skies.
In one day, it was possible to experience that authentic Parisian passion of the Champs Elysees, the gladiatorial excitement of the Coliseum and the Venetian romance of the Grand Canal. You could admire the Manhattan skyline and the pyramids of Giza. Something that we did really enjoy was the Stratosphere tower. There are three extreme rides at the top, which would probably have seemed quite tame at ground level, but the fact that they were on the roof of the apparently 108 floor high tower made them very exhilarating. On that note, there is no way that that tower is 108 floors high, but who am I to question what I am told in Las Vegas. Be warned the only slight downer on these rides is the queues. They were not long but were extremely slow moving. We must have been on that roof for two
The covered over Freemont Street Experience
hours and boy was it hot up there. Make sure you take some water with you.
We also paid a visit to Freemont Street, which is where all the original, small casinos are. When I came here last, this is where we hung-around some of the casinos for some free gifts, earned by staying in the casino for a certain period of time. Sad, but true (see We Left Vegas Pennyless, But That's How We Arrived
). It was definitely the seedy end of the town, although the other end was nothing like it is now. It’s still the seedy end of town, but there is a roof over the street now and it is now quite happening and has a feel of a tourist attraction to it. It is now known as the Freemont Street experience.
We had booked into the hotel for three nights, but we made the decision to check out a night early and just leave. We had a long drive to Yosemite to look forward to and it made much more sense to split the journey, so we decided to visit Death Valley on the way. That decision did mean that I never got to go to the Hoover Dam, apart from
Old Freemont Street sign
driving over it on the way to Sedona, but we just had to get out of Vegas.
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