21 April, 2006

Viva Las Vegas

The City of Sin.. The first stop on our 12 day tour of California, Nevada and Arizona.

..and what a place!! As we are taking Mr La Rue (Danni's Dog) with us on our trip, we couldn't book into any of the Casinos, so had to settle for a Super 8 Motel. Perfectly fine though, but its one street behind the strip, this is where you spot all the seedy aspects of Las Vegas.

We arrived in the evening, so were lucky to see Vegas lit up at night time. Its amazing! We went out late that night to Caesers Palace (a Roman Themed Casino), and had a nose about this fabulous casino. The next day went to Red Rock Canyon which has amazing geology.. and later on went Downtown, which was the original spot for the Casinos back when the Mafia ran the town. Tried a classic 99c Shrimp Cocktail...mmmmm!

The next day we headed out to explore more of the town. We started at Luxor (an Egyptian Themed Casino), whose 41.5 billion candle power can be seen over 200km away.. Then it was on to Excalibur (a King Arthur themed Casino), New York New York (Guess the theme..), MGM Grand, Belaggio (Famous for its fountains and also where Oceans Eleven was filmed), Paris Las Vegas (half scale model of the Eiffel Tower), Casino Royale (white trash central) and finally the Mirage (where Roy of famous Vegas White Tiger act, Siegfried and Roy got mauled).

I played a few slot machines, and at Casino Royale I played a little Roulette.. I lost it all :) but the best thing about Vegas? If you are gambling the drinks are free! just leave a $1 tip..


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