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Bellagio Fountains Las Vegas
Read my review - 5/5 stars
O - Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas
Read my review - 4/5 stars

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Las Vegas, what can I say, I am a big fan of sin city. I have been three times so far and I can’t wait till I go back for round four. I am sure some people don’t like Vegas, she is big, bold, racy and unapologetically consumerist. To me though Vegas = fun fun fun!


When you are on a budget you can spend a whole day walking up and down the strip, exploring different casinos, checking out the shops, watching free shows, admiring fountains and people watching. You can visit a buffet and for a reasonable price, you can eat yourself silly. You don’t have to gamble, but if you are like me, you take $20 and spend two hours playing video poker, all the while getting free drinks (with minimum $1 bets).


We stayed at Treasure Island (TI) on this visit to Vegas, and our room was nice, the pool was nice and there wasn’t anything to complain about. There are much snazzier places to stay but we got a good deal, and our room overlooked the strip so we were happy. One thing I would suggest if you are like me make sure you request a non-smoking floor. For me cigarette smoke is an issue, so I need a smoke-free zone to retreat to at the end of the day I always make sure I request a non-smoking room and note on the reservation the fact that I have asthma – so they know it is a serious concern for me. 


The first day in Las Vegas we wandered the strip, bought tickets to “O” at the Bellagio for the next eve and checked out some of the casino’s we hadn’t seen. The Mirage was fun with its indoor tropical rainforest, Paris was grand with her Eiffel tower and fancy floors, and the Monte Carlo has seriously awesome chandeliers (though the new Cosmopolitan now puts them to shame).


The next day was shopping day, the Fashion Show Mall is fun and I always make an effort to hit up Forever 21 when I can (especially in the US where prices are better than Canada). There is a seriously yummy frozen yoghurt stand in the fashion mall, as well as a Californian Pizza Kitchen, and millions of other shops. After some shopping (you have to go to the shops at Cesar’s Palace to get to a H&M), more wandering, and a mojito cocktail from the best little stand outside Cesar’s Palace (if you love mojitos go there!), we headed back to TI to do a little gambling and then get ready for dinner and a show!


After a 20 minute wait we scored a table at The Cheesecake Factory for dinner. I enjoyed my food, even though I chose from the “healthier” menu – I find it impossible to order what I want when there are kilojoules listed. We then headed to the Bellagio to see “O” by Cirque du Soliel. It is an amazing show, water, tricks, music, costumes; I die! While we did not have the best seats in the house, we had a clear view, and sometimes I think we had a better overall feel for the stage than those who were closer. The stage is a feat in itself, with moving parts that allow the water to become deep and shallow depending on the act. It was great, and having seen the Cirque show  Zoomanity my first time in Vegas, I preferred “O” due to the sheer scale of it. Next time we are definitely seeing “Love” the Beatles inspired Cirque show or maybe Mystere. Make sure you check Vegas websites before you book your trip if you have your heart set on a particular show. Simon was so excited to see Mystere; until we found out it was on hiatus for the whole time we were there


On our final day in Vegas we headed to the pool early (10.30am is early on the Vegas clock). We lazed in the sun for a few hours and enjoyed a cocktail or two. I then headed to the fashion show mall to get my hair cut; I don’t recommend getting your hair cut when you are a bit drunk, it is quite unnerving. Due to a late lunch we gave dinner a miss and went straight to dessert at Carnegie Delicatessen in The Mirage. Wow, this is a proper delicatessen where you get sandwiches that are stacked heart-attack high with slices of meat with a side pickle of course! For dinner/dessert we shared a slice of fabulous New York baked cheesecake with strawberries on top. It was delicious, but perhaps diary overkill as I needed to lie down afterwards to allow my stomach to digest.


The next day, a little depressed, we checked out of our hotel and caught a taxi to the airport. We were on our way from Disneyland for adults, to Disneyland. 

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