I bet you 10 months

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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Trip End Nov 04, 2008


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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

You will have to wait until we connect the camera to see the photographs, but we are loving the experience...Living Las Vegas!

Everyday is important, but today is special as its the last 14th we will be on this tour. Today we make ten months since we left, and we have less than three weeks left (unless we miss the flight and we stay for another year...).

Anyway, we left the curtains of the room open to see the different views from our pyramid window top (now we understand why the Pharoes wanted to be burried in a hotel at Las Vegas). At night the view was of continous lights and screens full of messages and publicity, which lasted all night until the sun started coming out and turning the desert into a red colour. Fabolous.

Last night we had a good walk around and this is no small feat. Walking in Las Vegas is not that easy. The casinos are all connected one to the other to ensure you pass all their shops, bars, machines, and they purposely dont put any indications so without a GPS you get lost in a matter of minutes (which we did many a time).

After a few attempts we decided the best was to walk out to the street and get to our target restaurant from the outside. This sounds simple in a one street city, but you constantly have to go up bridges to get ove the street or even in the same street, and there are thousands of hispanic men getting in the path to give fliers with "hot babes" written all over.

It took us over an hour but we made it to Bills Casino to try their Victorian Room restaurant which is supposed to have good meat and deals. To be frank, the meat was just OK and the price not as good as expected, but we still enjoyed ourselves, especially watching other visitors (mostly genetic experiments gone wrong).

The funniest part was when at the different casinos the try to sell you tickets for shows. They have the same technique at every casino. A person who hardly knows how to speak English gets close to you and says if you have tickets for the shows. If you are dumb enough to say you are interested they take you to a desk where someone who does speak English tells you all the shows that are going on and recommends a few.

They tell you all the street prices of the ones you want to see (which are always $85 or $90) and then offer them for $20 per person. Great you think...but then they tell you that you need to go to a time share presentation of two hours. Its always the same...they a re currently building new casinos and flats in a new area so they want people to buy into it.

We were obviously not interested. You know when you are getting older when your time is worth more than $40 the hour, but especially in a once in a lifetime visit to Vegas we dont want to listen to two hours of sales crap about time sharing in the middle of the desert.

We thought we were safe by telling the two sales people that tried that we lived in Europe, but either they didnt know where Europe was (most probable) or they were stubborn as asses. We repeated "we live in Europe it really does not make sense to buy a condo in Vegas no matter how cheap!"

We ended just walking away given it was obvious they just wanted to fill the buseand presentations up with people. They know that some idiot will walk along and get interested and buy into it. Simply..if you attend one of these presentations to save $40 on a show...can you afford a second house in the middle of no where?

Back to today, we are going to continue our examination of each of the casinos and have a few snacks here and there. We will enjoy the pool a bit later. We have already visited the following:
- Excalibur: one of the old ones.
- New York, New York: this one is excellent with reduced streets of NY, full of bars and restaurants. They even have a branch of a famous NY pizza place which we visited last year "Sirricos" (or similar).
- Bills Casino: old normal one
- Paris Las Vegas: this one is great with a small version of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc d Triumphe, etc. They even offered Escargots which we doubt anyone orders here.
- We saw the fountain show at Bellagios but still have to go in to the hotel.

In summary, we are doing a hike of Las Vegas and enjoying it. We will add the photographs in a few days after the Grand Canyon (next stop) and its all miles until we get back to Florida.

Just for the record...we didnt start the fire in California (there is a huge one going on)

Cheerio
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