The last day in Las Vegas

Trip Start Jun 05, 2010
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Trip End Jul 25, 2010


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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

We woke up late for our last day in Las Vegas. We were exhausted after the last three days on the tour and had no more major plans for while we were here; except that is a show we had booked for this evening.

We left the hotel just after lunchtime and wanted to walk up and down a bit of the strip and see as many of the other hotels as we could. The sun was again blazing outside so we had to limit our outdoor time, hopping between hotels and casinos for shelter where we could.

We first stopped at an Indian for lunch. Van felt like some familiar food although I must admit a nice hearty creamy tikka masala was not what I had at the top of my list for lunch in the desert. The place had a large buffet and seemed to attract every Indian resident and tourist in Las Vegas. As with tradition any kind of system for the buffet soon broke down and it was a free for all. Somehow it reminded me of home.

After lunch we waddled off towards the Bellagio and camped outside under some shade waiting for the fountain display. It took nearly 45 minutes as we had just missed one. It was worth the wait however as it was very well done and choreographed skilfully with the music.

After this we headed across the road into the cavernous Caesar's Palace, the hotel’s lobby is very well presented and we walk for literally miles past restaurants, bars and nightclubs and into the shopping mall. The mall is decorated like ancient Rome complete with blue cloudy sky overhead and junctions with different themes such as Olympus, where we stopped to watch the hourly show with fire and fountains about the fabled history of Olympus. A brief stop at the apple store proved yet again unfruitful, so we went back out into the furnace.

Crossing the roads in Las Vegas is done over elevated walkways with escalators on either end. Usually on the walkway there are a host of people selling chilled water for a dollar. The heat is so oppressive that it is very easy to get through one of these bottles every time we hop hotels.

We quickly walk along the front of the Treasure Island hotel and see the two large sailing ships that are part of their evening show. They are sitting in a fake old time rocky harbour at the front of the hotel. We walk along the wooden gangways that line the harbour to the shopping mall opposite where checking another apple store proves again unfruitful.

Crossing the road to the Wynn we quickly take a look at their shopping mall which seems very upmarket and glamorous, but not unlike expensive malls you might find in any major city so we move on.

Crossing into the Venetian we headed through their shops towards the Venetian themed area. Inside you find a network of canals around and over which run stone floored alleyways and piazzas lined with shops and restaurants and a blue cloudy sky recreated above. Visitors take rides on the gondola while the gondolier sings and the scene at times uncannily recreates an evening in Venice.

After another hop in the blazing sun we enter Paris, here the streets of the French capital are recreated with stone pavements and French street signs. Cafes and small boutiques line the streets with the occasional tree adding to the illusion. Exiting the hotel we pass the almost full size replica of the Arch de Triumph and a smaller but still impressive Eiffel Tower complete with restaurant.

Running out of time before our show we hastily made our way back to our hotel. We had tickets for KA, the latest show by Cirque de Solae. It promised to be a spectacular show of martial arts, puppetry and acrobatics. It didn’t disappoint. From the moment you enter into the specially made theatre it’s impressive. There are multi story gantries running across both sides towards the stage with performers swinging and jumping between them. The show has performers dressed as warriors, archers, kings, princes and princess with inspiration taken from ancient Chinese martial history. It begins with an impressive raft floating up from below the stage where 20 oarsmen row whilst brother and sister practise there martial skills on top. This is followed by an acrobatic martial arts show that even includes a small performance of Caporiera. The show continues with this theme with the impressive stage rotating around to different positions throughout the show. For the finale it is in a vertical position with suspended performers and projected lighting effects portraying the final battle. It is a fantastic and impressive spectacle. Being in a custom built theatre with the rotating stage really gives this show something I have never seen before!

We had planned to visit a few more hotels this evening and maybe have a few drinks, but we went back to the room early as I was suffering from a bad headache. It seems Las Vegas was proving all too much for me now.
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Jas on

This place really does have it all, looks like you could easily spend a lot of money here.

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