Images from Las Vegas: Part Three

These next few pictures showcase some of the sites we saw while walking along the strip as well as our visit to Freemont street.  I wish, oh how I wish, photography was allowed at the MGM Grand’s Cirque Du Soleil performance of Ka. It was probably the best show I have ever seen. To even attempt to describe it would not do it justice. I encourage you, if you go to Vegas and buy tickets to one show, make that show Ka. Fork over the money for the good seats too. We sat in the seventh row and that was pretty much a perfect spot. You will need to look up at several moments and I would imagine that could become a bit straining in the front row and if you sat in the back you wouldn’t be privy to to the amazing detail that was put into this unique stage set up.

It’s also really cool to find out that Ka has teamed up with Marvel Comics. The hubby both agreed that this has the key ingredients to be an epic motion picture and perhaps that could be in the cards after this team up with Marvel.
Paris Hotel with Eiffel Tower

Venetian Gondolas

from of Ventian Hotel

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Ka Theater logo

Oh how I wish I had photos to share!

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Images from Las Vegas: Part Two

Day number two of our stay in Las Vegas brought us to the Neon Boneyard bright and early via the double decker Deuce bus which offers a nice flat fee of $7.00 for 24 hour service from the time of purchase. The museum consists of a wide variety of neon and light bulb signs from vintage Las Vegas hotels, most of which have since been imploded. At the time of this entry the Boneyard only allows public access through scheduled tours but hopes to allow more accessible visits in the future as well as completely rehabbing the signs with the ability to be lit up at night. This however is not a cheap feat so at the current time a donation of $15 is suggested for the tour price.

After our visit to the Boneyard we made our way to a wonderful seafood place called Mickie Finnz located on Freemont Street which we ended up returning to later that evening (pictures of the Freemont Street Experience will be featured in the next post) after we recharged at the hotel and proceeded to do a little more sightseeing along the strip.

The Neon Boneyard Park

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Luxor Pyramid with Sphinx and Tower

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Luxor Belive Criss Angel

Flubbers im Luxor

Shopps at the Venetian Canal

Wishes
Fountain near the Wynn

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Images from Las Vegas: Part One

So last week the hubby and I took a 5 night trip to Las Vegas for the very first time. When we mentioned this to friends and colleagues we were surprised to find that such a large amount of them had not only been there but have gone multiple times. We wondered what it was about Vegas that made people repeatedly come back. Why would you re-visit the same place when there are so many vacation options across the globe? What was so intriguing that created the need to return to the city of neon lights? I’ll expand on that thought over the course of the next image heavy posts which will each chronicle a day from our trip.

This first batch covers our flight which is the part of the trip I dreaded most because I am not nor have I ever been a calm flyer. Remember the Twilight Zone (movie or episode) where the guy (William Shatner or John Lithgow) sees a monster on the wing and freaks out? Well, that’s pretty much me in a nutshell. If the nutshell was flying at 35,000 feet while being pressurized resulting in a head imploding like sensation for several hours. Simply put, flying has always felt too unnatural and uncomfortable to be so routinely done by so many people. I am always frustrated by the calmness and ease of the other passengers while I panic at the slightest sound or tiniest flicker of light.

Usually our conversations go something like this:

Me: “WHAT WAS THAT?!?!”

Hubby: “That’s the landing gear. We need that to live.”

Me: “Shut Up.”

As you might have guessed based on the sole fact that you are reading this, we landed safely. In my few moments of bravery I did manage to snap a few pictures out the window. This was actually rather helpful, for a few moments anyway, in letting myself out of the moment and existing behind the lens. That and well, Flubbers make any situation better.

Once we landed we took a shuttle bus for $6 each to our hotel, which was the Luxor, and checked in. We originally booked the Deluxe Pyramid Room, though after doing some research it was commonly recommended that a room in the Tower section was the way to go due to the recent renovations. So we politely asked if any complimentary upgrades were available and to our pleasure an upgrade to the tower was given to us at no extra charge. I believe that at most hotels  if a slight upgrade is available that usually one will be given.

Being the party animals that we are, we gobbled down some food and  promptly took a nap. Then we woke up around  7:00pm as the sun was just starting to dim and within the next hour Vegas began to light up. So we pulled ourselves together and ventured out into the neon landscape.

From the plane

From the plane

McCarran Airport

View from room at Luxor

New York New York Skyline
Siren in the Sea

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Skull Rock
Excalibur

Part Two