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Published: November 27th 2012
Las Vegas is not necessarily a place I would have chosen to go however I think you should experience everything in life once, you never know you can be surprised. The day I went to Vegas didn't start too well, my last host Rane went on a date the night before I left she had a bit too much to drink and ended up with a hangover nothing much to worry about you might think!!! She kindly offered to drop me off at the bus stop which was great however she dropped me off at the wrong bus stop, which meant I missed my bus from LA. Fortunately I managed to catch the next bus and only had to pay a $15 fee. The journey to Las Vegas took just over six hours on a bus that was full as it was Thanksgiving on the 22nd November and loads of people had decided to go away. A rather large gentleman sat next to me, he wasn't fat just tall and big, his name was Dennis and he became my tour guide for the trip. We travelled through a lot of mountains and desert before we got stuck in traffic just outside
I arrived at the hotel the check in desk was about a hundred yards long and beyond that the gaming machines. There were all whizzing and clanking, also they are allowed to smoke in public places in Las Vegas so there was a distinct smell of smoke, not nice. I was on the 19th floor of 28, but the lifts were really quick. I had a view over the four swimming pools and hot tubs, beyond that a huge car park the freeway and eventually the mountains.
The first day consisted of venturing out to find my way around which isn't difficult as all the hotels are on the STRIP. The first one is the Luxor which is shaped like a pyramid with all sorts of replica Egyptian artefacts at the front, then on to New York, New York which has all the main features of New York ( Empire State, Staue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge etc) plus a roller coaster on the top which I guess represents Candy Island. Further down the street we have the very posh Bellagio hotel which a lake and fountains at the front which dance to classical music every half
hour throughout the day and night. Opposite is the Eiffel tower(quarter size) and Jules Vernes balloon. just down the street from that the Venetian which I have to say was my favourite. It came complete with canals, gondolas, gondoliers singing, Bridge of Sighs, St Marks Square and for Christmas an ice skating rink. Inside the building it felt like you were outside as the ceiling above the shops was painted like sky and lit so it fel like you were walking through a street at dusk. In the Square, music, performers and people enjoying their meals in the restaurants that surrounded the square. Then there was Treasue Island with its pirate ship and an exploding volcano!!!! Las Vegas....... Tacky in places, cheesy but fun at night the place comes to life with all the lights and peoplegaa few too many for my liking but I did enjoy seeing it all.
The highlight of this trip for me was the visit to the Grand Canyon, you just can't explain how huge it is. Around a mile in depth and the formations made by the wind and the Colorado river, just unbelievable. Which ever way you look the canyon just goes
on and on and on. One of the seven wonders of the world and rightly so, just have the other six to visit now.
On the return journey watching the miles and miles of desert and mountains slip by you can't help but wonder what everyone does out there????? Also it made me realise how beautiful Britain is, the different landscapes and coastline so different in every county but then there's the rain!!!!! need I say more.
Well next stop Fiji.
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