Day 2 - Las Vegas - Nevada

Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
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Trip End Nov 19, 2012


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Sunday, October 14, 2012

I thought I should look into improving my mediocre map situation this morning to be a bit more prepared for the next leg of the journey so set out to find the visitor's centre. Took the monorail and thought it would be cool to go to the last stop and see the Sahara casino district, the old hangout for the rat pack, and then walk back up the strip from there. Seriously bad idea! Turns out the Sahara closed down last year. A taxi driver later told me that it was too small to compete with the newer casinos and too far down the strip to attract redevelopment. Wish I'd have known that before I isolated myself way down the end of the strip in the dodgy and deserted part of town in 30 degree heat with a 5 km walk back to the MGM. I made it about half way back but dehydration and a blister forming on the sole of my foot (first time wearing thongs since Melbourne winter started - feet entirely unprepared) saw me in a cab for the second half of the journey. I never did find the visitors centre, but I did find something much more exciting ... the Vegas wedding chapels! I headed in to the Graceland Wedding Chapel for a look and with hopes of buying some funny tacky souvenir for Nic and Guy, but it was actually quite sweet, nothing tacky about it. As just about every movie cliche has proved true over here I was expecting the same of the wedding chapels, and perhaps some meet that cliche, but not Graceland. Looks like I'll have to buy Nic and Guy a proper wedding present now :)

Hours after setting out I made it back to the MGM to meet Carola and Tim at the pool. Now they know how to holiday, no getting lost and dehydrated in the Nevada heat for them, instead they prefer a routine of sleep late, go to the gym, lie by the pool to catch some rays then get ready for the nightlife, party all night and repeat. Very relaxed, very fun, I think I need to take a leaf out of their book.

So a few rays, then a bit of shopping, then time to head back out to the strip.

Less than 5 minutes and I was already running in to Elvis. He is alive and well, I knew he would be. Checked out Planet Hollywood's Miracle Mile where the ceiling is painted as the sky ,very pretty. But by far the most beautiful was watching the fountains at the Bellagio. Vegas can be pretty ordinary by day, but by night it's fantastic!

After a couple of hours out on the strip staring up at everything, crossing footbridges and constantly going up and down escalators, combined with tiredness and jetlag, my vertigo was starting to make me seriously dizzy, I must have looked like a bit of a crazy woman as I summoned the courage to cross my last footbridge for the night as I noticed people looking at me strangely and moving out of my way. Even the crazys that hang out on the bridges were starting to keep out of my way. No more heights tonight, time to head inside and stop scaring people :)

Back safe inside the MGM I met up with Carola and Tim (they went to a Madonna concert - I didn't - I don't think Madge has been behaving nicely enough lately to deserve my money) for a midnight dinner at Wolfgang Puck's. Scrumptious crab cakes, prosciutto pizza and the signature dish of potato crisps drizzled with loads of blue cheese and truffle oil dressing - are you kidding me?!? Sooooo good!

Somehow or another it was 3am again, where does the time go in this town? At least I resisted a final nightcap before bed tonight :)
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Froniga on

Oh, so glad to hear you are mixing with the locals down at the dark end of the strip.

It is Thursday today and I will miss you for lunch. I say no more on the subject!

I knew you would love the fountain show, is it not the most beautiful thing you have ever seen? What song was playing? Time to say goodbye?

You can sleep when you get home, so go have some serious fun!

Great Blog, by the way, very funny. Love Froniga

Nicole on

Great blog, Tracey. How does Crown stack up by comparison? I love the pizza napkins. Looks like you're eating off the floor. Lovely of you to think of us at Graceland Chapel. Uh huh (that's my Elvis impersonation). Take care. Have fun. Keep your clothes on (if there are cameras around). Nic. xox

Geeta on

Tracey, I am impressed with your blog creation and driving skills. But did you get a cadillac, stationwagon or rent-a-bomb?
Nice to hear that airport reception hasn't changed over the years.and that's without my permanent tan problem!!
I look forward to the next episode

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traceystravels on

Nic I'd suggest if you lined up about 100 Crown's all together in a row it might start to compare :)

Geets sadly it's closer to rent-a-bomb than topless Cadillac. It's a Nissan Versa, whatever that is. It has a constant rattle sound that makes me suspect a bottom panel is trying to work its way loose, but at least it seems fine mechanically.

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