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Old 05-14-2013, 04:15 PM   #16
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! That is lovely news!

I would totally recommend a West Coast honeymoon!!
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:47 PM   #17
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Day Two – Part One

Frustratingly, neither Scott or I had a good sleep at all the first night, our bodies took their time adjusting to the time difference. At about 3.30am we were both wide awake and had given up trying to sleep so watched some television – there was a channel similar to “Staceys Must Do’s” (but obviously nowhere near as awesome!!) that had highlights of Vegas etc which was fun to watch knowing it was all just outside of our hotel!

We managed to get about an hour of sleep again before our alarm went off. We were up bright and early as I had pre-booked us a day trip to go zip-lining at Bootleg Canyon, followed by a visit to Hoover Dam. I pre-booked the tour online with “Grand Canyon Tour and Travel”.

As we got ready, we shared the Earl of Sandwich Brownie (it was sooo sweet) – we also went in by the Starbucks in the hotel and Scott grabbed a chilled coffee and we got a Cheese Danish to split on the coach.

We weren’t quite sure where our coach was picking us up - the valet told us to stand in this really quiet spot, and after a while – the coach had still not turned up. We eventually realised that if we walked up a bit further from where we were waiting, the tour company actually had a reception desk!

Fortunately, the coach was running late anyway so we hadn’t missed it.

Here’s a pic of Scott waiting:



The minibus was really nice – we were the last pick-up and there were maybe about 16 people already on board. On every chair there was a little bag with a book about the Hoover Dam, a cheap little coin purse and some snacks which was a nice touch.

We were the only two on the bus who were going to the zip-line and were dropped off at the zip-line centre first and the rest of the passengers were to go straight to the Hoover Dam to do the Power Plant Tour.

The coach driver checked us in with the zip-line centre and took our orders for lunch (sandwiches and drinks). We only had to wait at the centre for about 15 minutes before we were ready to go – during which time we filled out our waiver forms. We were joining a family of four on the zip-line tour.

Soon enough, we went through to the next room for our safety lesson and got all kitted out in our harness and shown how to hold on / what to do and not to do / and how to slow down. I had never zip-lined before and I didn’t realise we would be responsible for our own breaking – that seemed like a lot of responsibility and pressure!!!!

We then went into another little bus for about a 10 minute drive up the canyon which was quite steep at times! Not one for the faint-hearted and scared of heights...although zip-lining off a canyon if your scared of heights is probably not the best thing either! Once out of the bus, we had about a 15 minute hike even higher up the canyon – although I’m not a fan of hiking, it was quite nice to be out stretching my legs and in the sun, especially after being all cooped up in an airplane the previous day.

Me and Scott all ready to go:





The views:





It was finally time for us to go on our first zipline!! There were four zip-line runs in total. The first run has the biggest drop – plunging 450 ft in the first 15 seconds!

I was totally not nervous at all, and felt very secure and safe the whole time as the two guys who were out with us seemed to really know what they were doing.

Although I wasn’t nervous – about half way down the first zip-line… I got nervous! I was not prepared for how fast it would be going down – I imagined it would be quite serene and peaceful (a bit like parasailing) – but it was sooo fast and such a thrill! I loved it!

A picture of the first ‘run’



We went down the next zipline which seemed an even bigger drop below!! And the third run is just shy of half a mile in length – we were on it for ages! The final run was the shortest but the fastest.

In total – the zip-lining experienced lasted about two and a half hours, it was such a fun, adrenaline filled morning! The scenery was amazing too – I mean look at the red rocks!



A picture taken at the end to prove we survived!! Check out the helmets!



When we got back to the main zip-lining centre, we picked up our bag which was kept in a locker and the minibus was already waiting for us to drive us over to the Hoover Dam.

As we boarded the minibus, the driver gave us our turkey sandwiches – which came with a really tasty potato salad, crisps and a freezing cold can of diet coke – NUMMMM! I tried to take a picture but we were on a bus….!



We wolfed this down as we were both very hungry after our action packed morning.

We soon arrived at Hoover Dam and were dropped off at the car park where the bypass bridge is and were given about 30 minutes there before the minibus would pick us back up.

We went along and saw the Hoover Dam. It was really cool to see – after all it featured in The Transformers Movie haha! Obviously it was amazing how big it was too and I’m glad that we have seen such an iconic landmark. Although, for us the 30 minutes was plenty of time, and I think any longer that that I would have been bored – although I know for some people they could easily spend hours here walking all the way around.





Touristy time done, we boarded the minibus for our journey back to Las Vegas.

On the way back to our hotel, the minibus stopped at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign for us to get our pics there – this wasn’t actually advertised in the tour but im so so glad they did that as I completely underestimated just how far south the sign is, even from the Mandalay Bay – so I’m glad we got the opportunity to get our pictures here without any stress of how to get there!





Overall – I’m really glad we booked the tour, it made everything very easy for us.

Back in the hotel, we spoke with reception about getting our room switched and we were given a king bed room with a strip view!! The new room had a big deep window-sill so we were able to sit and look outside. You could see all of the south strip and it faced directly on to the Cosmopolitan. You could see the Bellagio but there was a building that meant you couldn’t watch the fountain show.





All happy with our room, we decided we had time to go out for a well deserved drink before we got ready for the evening…
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Been to Vegas twice but never made it to the Welcome sign.

Great view although shame you couldn't see the fountains.
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:15 PM   #19
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Great updates - glad you enjoyed ziplining, we tried it in Mexico a few years ago and loved it! My DH really wants to zipline on our summer trip too, and we thought about just doing the one on Fremont Street, but looks like Bootleg Canyon may be a nice option as well.

Glad you got to move to the room type you really wanted, too.
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Sorry I am late!

Just popping in to say hello and now I am going to go back and read

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Old 05-18-2013, 10:36 AM   #21
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Day Two – Part Two

After we had settled into our new room – we decided to go out for a couple of drinks. We had been recommended to visit Cabo Wabo – which was just outside Planet Hollywood and has an outside patio to sit on overlooking the strip.

It only took a couple of minutes to walk from our room to Cabo Wabo - It was quite busy at the time we got there but we got a seat facing the strip – perfect for people watching!! Scott ordered a beer and I had a strawberry margarita and we split some tortilla chips.





Seriously – that moment of the sun beating down on us, tasty cocktail in hand and watching the world go by was just bliss – I could have happily sat there the whole two weeks!!



We had our first experience of seeing the infamous ‘card slappers’ on the strip and also the people who dress up and pose for pictures. Right in front of us was someone posing as Alan from the Hangover which was pretty funny to watch people getting their pictures taken with him.



We had another drink at Cabo Wabo – the waiter recommended I try a coconut margarita - I LOVE anything coconutty but I wouldn't think the two would go together - I decided to try it and wow - it was fantastic and sooo much stronger than the strawberry margarita too – win!



We paid the bill and went back to our room, we chilled out for a bit - I connected to WIFI and caught up on what was going on at home, before getting ready to go out for the night.

We had reservations for dinner at Sugar Factory that night – I had read so much about Sugar Factory whilst planning the trip, it has quite a bit celebrity following in US and after drooling over countless cocktail and dessert concoctions online – I was really quite excited to finally be going!

The walk from Planet Hollywood to Sugar Factory @ Paris took less than five minutes, and although we were late for our reservation it was actually quite quiet and we got sat straight away.




I could actually see the Bellagio Fountains from behind Scotts head – don’t get me wrong it was obviously not a ‘prime view’ and we couldn’t hear the music etc (Sugar Factory is across the big road) but still – was cool to see it whilst having dinner!!

I had a tasty glass of Sauvignon Blanc and Scott had a beer then we ordered our food – I had Chicken Fettucini which was tasty, but nothing to overly write home about and Scott had the BBQ Pizza – OMG he gave me a slice of the pizza and it was absolutely DELICIOUS!! I don’t even know if it looks that amazing in the picture – but it really was good! Scott sooo won in menu picking that night!! I so wish I had ordered that pizza too it was just amazing. If I were to go back, I wouldn’t even look at the menu I would just be all BBQ Pizza Please!!



We didn’t come close to finishing our mains however as they were huge and we wanted to save room for dessert!! After much consideration we decided to split the cookie jar sundae – Cookie Dough Ice Cream, Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, Warm Fudge, Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Chip Cookie Chunks, Oreo Cookie Crum and Whipped Cream - and look at the size of this baby……



We did a pretty good job between the two of us…



We were going to split one of their goblet cocktails after dessert – but were too eager to go out and explore some hotels! We said we would come back another day but never did get the opportunity

Overall – I really enjoyed the sugar factory – it was nice inside, the service was good, that pizza and dessert were soooo tasty and for the vegas strip – it was so reasonable. I do regret not having a cocktail there now that we're home and can't just head on over! We would be back for breakfast before we left Vegas too.

After dinner, we went into the Paris Hotel and had a wonder inside there. It was only the second hotel we had been in in Vegas and we weren’t as blown away by the inside as we were by Planet Hollywood – although don’t get me wrong it was still stunning inside - but so different. It was a different vibe too and we found it seemed much more geared towards an older crowd. We did have reservations at Mon Abi Gabi for our last evening, but actually ended up reshuffling our plans.

It was nice to wonder around and we eventually found ourselves in the Ballys Hotel. This was awful and we couldn’t find our way out either!! Did not like Ballys – it didn’t seem to have anything to it.

At this point we had been walking quite a bit so we had digested our dinner and were ready to sit and have some more drinks.

We walked across to the Cosmopolitan Hotel – and really liked this hotel – definitely very trendy. We went to the Chandelier Bar – we were a bit confused by all the levels and just trying to get our bearings in the whole place – but found a table on the top floor and had a mojito each. The interior of this place was stunning! However, the mojito wasn’t the tastiest – the waiter had went crazy with the sugar syrup – I had quite high expectations for this bar – don’t get me wrong the interior was STUNNING and it was a lovely cosy spot – the drinks just didn’t deliver. I wasn’t overly inspired by their cocktail list that day either – although I believe it changes regularly.



After our cocktail, we went to explore the casino to do our first bit of gambling of the trip – however we felt too intimidated to sit at the tables at this point in the holiday (we would soon get over this!) and sat and played electronic roulette. We were sat playing for about thirty minutes and we had our first experience of getting our ‘free’ drink whilst gambling!

I really enjoyed sitting, playing the machine and just soaking up the buzz and atmosphere.

We then went for another little walk – getting a good view of Planet Hollywood at night and also came across some floral bunnies and lady birds as you do...





We then ended up back at the casino at Planet Hollywood – we were seriously impressed with this hotel and honestly could have spent every night here and been happy (and it’s always such a nice feeling knowing that you are back in your own hotel, and just have to go upstairs when your ready for bed!)

We sat and played some 1 cent slot machines – and must have been there for ages – again some ‘free’ drinks and enjoying some little wins!! We are not serious gamblers at all – so seeing like a $2 win was exciting for us!

We then decided to go on one more machine before bed – I chose the hangover slot machine. If I remember right we both played separate machines and decided just to put in $5 each (see not big gamblers here!!) – well I was playing and somehow ended on a bonus round – the next thing I knew I was having to hit a button as much as I could in ten seconds to win more money – I was up $15! The machine lit up and said “BIG WIN!!”

Scott just looked over all and I was soooooo excited – I didn’t even try act all cool – I was just like “YAAAY!!! I got a big win!”

Scott took a photo to commemorate how excited I was – and in all my coolness I covered up my win amount with my finger… 100 cool points for me right there haha!!



With that excitement, I was keen not to ruin my winning streak and we called it a night about 2.00am.
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Day Three – Part One

After another stop-start sleep (still getting used to the time difference), we got up out of bed about 9am and got organised to explore the some more hotels on the strip.

We crossed the road first and headed across to the Bellagio, stopping to take some pictures – it was a lovely sunny morning.





First stop at the Bellagio was to find some breakfast. I had read about Jean Phillipe Patisserie whilst planning the trip and we went to find it – although we pretty much walked around the whole hotel before we finally got there!

The cakes and pastries were at amazing to look at as expected – we also saw the worlds largest chocolate fountain - warning you may put on a few pounds just looking at the next few pictures!







It was quite tough to chose what to have – but we decided to split a chicken and mushroom crepe (you could watch them making the crepes fresh) and a pain au chocolat. Both were wonderful – there were some seats overlooking the pool area and we sat and enjoyed breakfast.




After breakfast, we wondered around the conservatory at the Bellagio – which was lovely to see (I think I expected it to be a lot bigger if I am honest though!) and we wondered through the casino to the box office to pick up our tickets for the Terry Fator show which we were going to see that evening.

It was quite funny – I presume that to get from the spa to the elevator to some bedrooms you had to walk through the casino in this hotel – and we saw so many people in the casino in dressing gowns! The Bellagio was a lovely hotel though – would be one of the more family friendly hotels that we visited on the strip.

We then went next door to Caesers Palace – which is where the Hangover was set – I also remember it being used in Friends. It was a fab hotel inside – I really liked it. It was HUGE – but quite handy in that there were maps inside (some hotels had no maps at all and finding something in particular was impossible!).



Scott bought a tshirt that had the guy from the Hangover and the quote “Did Caeser live here?” haha – we then video tapes ourselves quoting the movie with the reception behind us … because cause were that cool!




We walked through until we were at the Forum Shops which were fantastic – I would have loved to spend even more time in here! We found a shop there that had so much signed movie, music and sport memorabilia. There was also a huge fountain (actually there were fountains all over the place in Caesers… but this one seems to really stick out as it was so noisy!).



We then came across something which really impressed Scott and I… an escalator that curved!! We were very excited to go down on that.



It was about 1.00pm by that point, drinks time!!

We went outside and it had got really windy and actually quite cold! We nipped across the road and went to Margaritaville – which was huge - about three floors and had about five different bars!

After scoping out where we wanted to sit, we sat and ordered some cocktails! Scott got a “Sailors Delight” and I had a “Whose to Blame” – we both loved the drinks and the overall atmosphere here – and stayed for another round.





We were hungry for some lunch at this point – the plan had been to have a late lunch as we wouldn’t be eating dinner until after the show that evening.

We went back across by Caesers Palace to Serendipity 3. We had a short wait for table, and decided we would order a mix of appetisers and split it.

Our eyes were a bit bigger than our tummies and we ordered Chicken Strips, Hamburger Sliders, Onion Ring Tower and Sweet Potato Fries. The Sliders were absolutely delicious – so, so good. The chicken strips were also tasty.

The onion rings looks the coolest – but actually were just ‘meh’.





I couldn’t resist at least tasting their ‘famous’ frrrooozzen hot chocolat so we got one to split – it was tasty enough, but I prefer a smooth, thick chocolate milkshake rather than this – which was a bit ‘gritty.’ We didn’t even come close to half finishing this – although it was MASSIVE.



We paid up and were sooo full!! Then headed back to the hotel to get all organised for the evening.
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I'm taking notes of all the restaurants you visited - all the food (and drinks) look so tasty!

Our trip in the summer will be a bit different from yours as we'll have our DD11 with us, but we'll still need to eat - and I'm sure we'll manage a cocktail or two.
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We love Caesars Palace, it's our fave hotel in Vegas.
We stayed there in a ginormous suite when we got married
The shops are fab there aren't they!?!
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Enjoying the TR, keep it coming. I'm see Big Bang Theory on the itinerary...if you got to watch a taping I'm going to be soo jelly...I presume thats it! lol
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Wow, everything looks so supersize fab trip
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