Viva Las Vegas!!
Trip Start Sep 06, 2009
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Well, after several days 'out bush' at Zion and Bryce the children returned to Vegas like alcoholics to a bar. They were delighted to be back amongst the bright lights of the big city and this time we were staying Centre Strip. This is the section of Las Vegas Boulevard where all the biggest, brashest and best casino hotels are based and it is truly quite a spectacle.
The money invested in creating some of these places can only be guessed at. The Venetian Hotel, for example, is complete with canals, gondolas, Venetian bridges and palazzos… The Paris Hotel has it’s very own Eiffel Tower, Arche de Triomphe and Café de Paris…. I could go on – there was the New York, New York Hotel, the Sahara Hotel (complete with Pyramid) and the Circus Circus Hotel, complete with Big Top style entrance encrusted with lights. Our own hotel, The Treasure Island, had it’s own lagoon complete with two replica pirate square riggers on which a night-time show was enacted called ‘The Sirens of TI’
We were only there for two nights and on our one full day we just decided to have a lazy day starting with one of the best breakfast buffets we’ve had on this trip at the Palazzo Hotel – you could easily spend a couple of hours there! Wonderful. We also indulged in a bit of retail therapy at some designer outlet stores, which some of us enjoyed more than others! It’s a girl thing.
In the evening we walked the strip to take in the many sights – I kept thinking of that line in Matilda by AA Milne where Matilda’s lies were enough to "gasp and stretch one’s eyes" – that’s how I felt seeing some of the outrageous ostentation there. One highlight, however, was the fountain show outside the Bellagio Hotel which was actually very beautiful and set to music. A tasteful interlude amongst all the bling!
Vegas marked the end of our tour of the South West. Next stop: New York and the East Coast.