Thursday, 7 November 2013

Nevada & Arizona vacation part 1: VIVA LAS VEGAS!

Vegas.  You crazy son of a bitch you.  What a place. Anything goes in Vegas.  Especially peoples' inhibitions.  We were here for six nights, about four nights too many. The Bot was working at a conference which kinda restricted us on the partying side.  But this isn't really a couples retreat. It's the place you come with a group of friends and blow every last cent.  And Vegas will happily take it! The highlights:
- the Bellagio fountains. Stunning.
- Cirque du Soleil performance.  In awe.
- breakfast buffet.  I still feel full a week later.
- people watching.  Anything and anyone goes in Vegas.
- Halloween Parade, Fremont street.

For the first five days we hung out on the main strip where our hotel, the Mirage, was located.  It was great to see all the famous hotels but it felt kinda soulless. And fake - Paris, Venice, New York. On our last evening I dragged the Bot to Fremont street in downtown Vegas.  And finally found what i'd been searching for.  Downtown is where Vegas originally started. And it has all the old school charm you expect. The casinos are slightly more dingy and it works so much better than the shiny new ones. And the parade, only in it's fourth year, was the perfect setting for our first American Halloween (despite my lame attempt at an outfit) and ended in a buzzing street party.

Vegas, next time i'll be seeing you just for the weekend.  Oh yeah, and when i've made my millions.

Rolling with the big dawgs on the 25 cent machines :-)
The Bellagio

Seigfried & Roy's secret garden at the Mirage
Faux Venice...including fake sky.  

Fremont street Halloween parade
The Volcano at the Mirage

View from our room - totes amaze

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