Las Vegas - Sin City
Trip Start Dec 27, 2008
50Trip End Jun 27, 2009
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Where to start? The hotels. My favourite is The Venetian. Who could resist a hotel with a canal running inside and out. In truth, they're all impressive in their own way. MGM has a live lion exhibit in the middle of the casino. Mandalay Bay has a shark reef! The hotels impress inside and out. The Belagio has an hourly water fountain show in the 9 acre lake at the front. The Mirage combines fire and water at its Volcano Show. You don't have to spend to be entertained.
If you do however want to spend, you're spoiled for choice as to how you go about it. You could catch a show; Beyonce, Fleetwood Mac and Bette Midler were all in town joining residents such as Cirque du Soleil and Penn and Teller. We saw the V Ultimate Variety show showing world-class magicians, acrobats, comedians and jugglers - very entertaining but probably should have shelled out for a top class show.
Of course there's the gambling, what would Sin City be without it? We won $40 from a $1 bet, that was as good as it got for us. Matt and Laura from our tour witnessed one woman win $17,000 on the slots! The $40 we won paid for Charlotte and I to go up the Stratosphere Tower where I rode the two theme park rides on top of the 350m high tower. The rides deliberately dangle you over the edge but even go a step further. One actually goes as far as to position you toward the edge, lift the track to 45° and watch the terrified customers nearly die with fear as the car plummets toward the ground below, very scary (good fun though).
One of the benefits of being on our tour is the privileges that come with it. We enjoyed free cover charge to the Palms Hotel Playboy Suite. The views from the 55th floor were incredible (the views of the waitresses weren't too bad either).
One thing I thought I'd never see was a Vegas wedding but ... We sat in the chapel listening to the receptionist calmly explain the history of the establishment when in strutted Elvis, all singing, all dancing.
Finally we had a trip to Freemont Street .