Vegas AGAIN!

Trip Start Jul 30, 2010
Trip End Sep 06, 2010

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Monday, August 2, 2010

We took a coach to Las Vegas from Los Angeles (LuxBus) because we knew we’d get sick of all the airport dramas (and trust me, we did. We wish we’d bused between cities more than we did!) The bus was comfy, but really full so some people had to sit apart etc. Luckily, we were there pretty early and got seats together. The ride took about 4 hours, with a 30 minute rest stop in Barstow. We were given drinks and snacks (muesli/granola bars or shortbread cookies) soon after leaving and more drinks throughout the journey. Our ‘host’ Gabrielle was great. He was really lively, funny and just made the trip that much more interesting. We watched a movie on the way as well which passed the time. The stop in Barstow was pretty good. There were some great bargains to be had, lots of souvenirs (at good prices) and a good amount of food options. We finally arrived in Vegas and checked into our hotel; Imperial Palace at about 1pm.

Imperial Palace was great. It’s probably not one of the most well-known resorts on the strip, but it’s actually really central and directly opposite Ceasar’s Palace and the Forum shops. The room was huge and roomy with 2 double beds, we even had our own little balcony that came in very handy for drying clothes! 2 hours out there and they were dry as a bone. We unloaded our bags into our room on level 17 and headed out for a walk around. We headed over the road to the Forum shops for a look around, admiring the scenery and the ‘sky’ roof before heading next door to the Mirage. We wandered around checking everything out before heading over to Treasure Island. From there we went to Fashion show mall to get some drinks. I got a massive lemonade from Subway for $2.69. I think they’re around 1.25 litre cups. We grabbed some souvenirs there as well before heading over past Wynn to The Venetian. We spent a while looking around the stores and the canals there before eventually heading back to our hotel for dinner.

We decided to go to the Imperial Palace buffet for dinner and we bought the 24-hour buffet pass while we were there. Since we were dining at 7:40pm, we could use it the following day for breakfast, lunch and early dinner so we got 4 buffet meals for $46 US. Pretty cool! The buffets included were at Imperial Palace, Harrahs, Flamingo, Planet Hollywood, Ceasar’s Palace, Paris and Rio. We really wanted to go to the Caesar’s Palace buffet but it was closed!! DAMN! The buffet at Imperial Palace was pretty good, It wasn’t anything spectacular but there was plenty of options and there was no line, so it was good for us. After dinner we decided we’d go for a little walk down toward the other end of the strip. That walk ended up being right the way down to Luxor and back... it was one of those "we’ll just go a little further, just a bit further" times and before we knew it we were at the end of the strip. My feet were aching but we went into Paris, Planet Hollywood, MGM Grand, Excalibur, Luxor, New York New York and Monte Carlo before stopping at the Bellagio for the 11pm fountain show. It was then back to the hotel and into bed ready for our full day in Vegas.

We woke up a bit late today and headed to the Flamingo resort next door for buffet breakfast. There was a good amount of hot and cold selections, the only thing I didn’t really like was that you had to pre-select what you wanted to drink before you went in... i’d rather get my own drinks so I can change my mind etc. Anyway, the best thing about the buffet there was that they had little donut balls – and they tasted exactly like krispy kremes! The dining room overlooks the flamingo enclosure so if you get seated near the glass, you’ll have a nice view.

After lunch we jumped aboard the Deuce bus even though we didn’t want to hop off, we thought it’d be a cool way to see everything on the strip. It took us 2 hours to go downtown and back to the strip so we realised it wasn’t such a good idea once we got back. Kind of a waste of time, but we’d be going back tonight for the Fremont Street experience anyway so the ticket would still be worth it. We headed to Planet Hollywood’s "Spice Market" buffet for lunch, where the waiting time was about 30 minutes. It was well worth the wait though! The buffet had heaps of options but the thing that impressed me was that they had a great dessert station! When I was there 3 years ago I remember there wasn’t much for dessert. I guess Vegas has lifted it’s game. Strawberries and Cream, Custard profitteroles, Chocolate eclairs and my personal favourite; FAIRY FLOSS, were all on offer as well as ice-cream with heaps of toppings, cakes, tarts and sweet pies. Again you had to pre-select your drink rather than getting them yourself but not a big deal. We were really impressed with their buffet and i’d reccommend it.

We headed back to the Flamingo resort after lunch to see the habitat which we’d forgotten to go to after breakfast earlier in the day. It was so relaxing and peaceful there, you’d forget you were in Vegas! It was then back to our hotel to relax and play the slot machines for a while. We didn’t win anything (of course, i’m ridiculously unlucky with these sorts of things) but it wasn’t like we lost a tonne of money so it was ok. We headed our for dinner at about 5:30pm knowing our passes expired at 7:40pm. We went to Ceasar’s Palace and got entirely lost before finding the buffet... THAT WAS CLOSED!!! I was so dissappointed because I really wanted to try that one and if I had of known, I would have gone there for lunch. Sigh. Oh well. We decided we’d head over to the Paris resort and go on the Eiffel Tower ride (we’d planned to do that after dinner at Ceasar’s) We figured it was only 6pm so we still had heaps of time to get in the buffet doors before our passes expired, but then we had a spanner thrown in the works. When we bought our tickets for the Eiffel Tower (we had a 2-for-1 voucher given to us at Imperial Palace) the girl asked us if we wanted no-strings-attached FREE tickets to the Sgt. Pepper Live show that was on there at 8pm. Of course, we took them so now it was 6:30pm and we had to be out of the buffet at 7:50pm. We prayed there wouldn’t be a huge line at the Paris buffet but ba-baum. MASSIVE LINE!!! We wondered if we would even get in by 7:40pm, let alone be able to eat anything by 7:50pm!!! We ended up getting through the payment desk at 7:30pm so we had 20 minutes to eat. I have never had such a rushed meal in my entire life. 20 minutes might sound like a long time, but when you have to run around to all the different stations finding what you like etc. It isn’t long!! Anyway, we managed to get in a smallish plate of food, I even managed to cram in a cream caramel and a creme brulee (there was no way i was missing out on dessert) before we had to go to our show. We had seats toward the back but hey, they were free so we were’nt going to complain and we still had a pretty good view anyway. If you like the Beatles, I guess you’d like the show but I was a little bored. It was OK but I was glad I didn’t pay to see it. I only knew 2 songs hahaha. Anyway, when our show finished at around 9:45pm we went out to the strip and jumped on the Deuce bus down to Fremont Street. We got down there at about 10:35pm in time for the show at 11pm. It was 70’s themed, actually KISS themed I think but cool never-the-less. We jumped on the bus and headed back to our hotel to pack ready for our 6am departure the next morning to Chicago.

I loved Vegas the firs ttime I went in 2007 and I loved it again this time. It’s one of those places that you can’t explain until you’ve experienced it and i’ll always be wanting to go back again and again.
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