Darren and I spent this last week in Las Vegas. He had a business conference for two days so I decided to go along and enjoy some overdue rest and relaxation. We had the most wonderful time! I have to say that my opinion of Vegas has changed.
Darren and I do not gamble, we do not smoke or hang out at the night clubs, but there really is so much more to see in Vegas then the casinos. We did realize very quickly that the hotels are VERY carefully planned and built. In order to get to any of the necessities you have to wander through the entire casino to get there. I am VERY allergic to cigerette smoke so by the time we walked through dozens of hotels I ended up with headaches. But.. it was worth it. We were able to see two shows. The first one was Mama Mia.
Believe it or not, I forgot my camera, so this is not a picture I took. I copied it from Las Vegas.com We loved the show! They added a few things here and there that in my opinion was not needed, but we were in Vegas and it was not that bad. Overall it was a great show. I was so impressed with the music, the costumes, the stage, etc. I am now on a ABBA kick and have been listening to it all weekend.
We stayed at the Excalibur. It was nice. I don't think we will stay there again. Nothing to die over, just a hotel. But we did see the Tournament of Kings show. It is a dinner/theatre show. We really liked it but it is one that once you see it ,you don't need to see it again. I was a bit freaked about eating my meal with my fingers. Not my cup of tea, but the food was good.
I think our favorite part of the trip was our gondalo ride at the Venitian.
This hotel is amazing! You literally feel like you are on the canals of Venice. Very romantic! I highly recommend it. Be sure to end the ride by purchasing some chocolate covered strawberries. Yum!
I was so mad that I forgot my camera. I even thought about buying a disposable one but they were $15! I was not going to pay $15 for something I could purchase at Walmart for $5. Every time I travel, I really enjoy people watching. When you are somewhere like Las Vegas, it is impossible to not notice the thousands of people around you at all times.
Now... I try to not be judgemental. I know that is wrong. But please.... people... here is my "Top 10" things I noticed about the crowds in Vegas.
#1. People need to put on some clothes! I love coming home to little 'ol Idaho Falls where people are dressed. What kills me is when you see women who have horrible outfits on. To think that they actually put that on, looked in the mirror and thought they looked good. I just don't get it. People need to understand their body type and what fits.
#2. The beautiful women with the ummm.. not so attractive men. Enough said. I think we all know what is happening there. This is just sad to me. I can't imagine making a living that way.
#3. The little old ladies at the slot machines with a drink in one hand and a cigerette in the other. They say that this type of gambler brings in the most $$$ to Vegas. Odd. Just odd.
#4. The guys that try to hand you the "show" flyers on the streets. I wonder what has happened in their life to bring them to this point. That the only way they can make a living is to promote such filth. Again very sad.
#5. $$$ Boy is there a lot of $$$ is this city. I felt like I small town girl very quickly when we were walking around the forum shops at Ceasers Palace. I noticed the people actually shopping and purchasing and wondered who they were, where they come from, what they do.
#6. The girl selling drinks and cigerettes in the casino. Again, what brings her to this type of job? Walking around all night long? Half dressed? It is all about the $.
#7. The kids turing 21. This amazes me. When I was in Vegas last fall, we walked behind a group of girls who were very proudly announcing the fact they were now 21 and there to party. I wondered if we would see their names on the news that night as ones who have been found dead in the alley. A very dangerous way of living and starting out your adult life.
#8. The crowds! They say if you stand on the streets of Vegas long enough you will see every nationality pass you by. This is so true! I can't believe the millions of people who visit this city each year. No matter what time of year you go there are people everywhere.
#9. The hotel maids. I am grateful for them. That must be a tough job.
#10. The performers. Talk about talent. Holy cow. So much detail is put into each show. Think about the hundreds of people who put on each show each night. From the actors, to directors, to stage hands, music, lights, etc. Simply amazing.
Well... that is my week in nutshell. We had a great time but it sure feels good to be home. I love to travel. I really do. But nothing compares to coming home.