24.06.2012 - 28.06.2012 37 °C
I always thought I would love Vegas so I wasn’t surprised when I got there and found it amazing. What was surprising was that Stephen really didn’t want to go but he ended up loving it! We had the best time and can’t wait to go back. Not too soon though as it’ll take a long while for us to recover!
After checking into our room at Circus Circus (which is a terrible and tacky hotel, but it was dead cheap) we headed out to the Strip and were disappointed to find out that everything in Vegas isn’t open 24-7! It was around 9pm and we were struggling to find somewhere for dinner that would be staying open long enough for us to eat and have some drinks
After an absolutely massive Mexican meal we walked around some of the hotels that were closer to us, The Venetian and Palazzo. We wandered around their casinos but it all seemed a bit confusing and daunting so ended up in a bar that sold over 200 beers, so Stephen was pretty happy!
Today was a day for shopping! We spent the entire morning and most of the afternoon in out of town retail parks trying to find a new charger for Stephen’s camera as it had stopped working, and then the rest of the afternoon clothes shopping in one of the malls on the Strip.
Two of Stephen’s friends from uni, Ali and Fred, arrived in Vegas today as part of their two week trip around California so we met up with them at 7pm in front of the Bellagio fountains. They told us how easy it was to get free drinks in the casinos even if you were only playing penny slot machines, so that’s what we did! The rest of the night was all a bit of a blur but I know we had an amazing time! Here's a selection of photos:
The giant wheel - our favourite casino table with lovely Melissa
The highlight of the night was when I found someone’s discarded ticket with just 1 cent on it, I put it in a slot machine and won a dollar:
As you can tell, this made me very happy!
We finally called it a night at 4am. Ali and Fred got a taxi back to their hotel but Stephen and I decided to walk, which was a huge mistake as it took two hours (we didn’t realise how far down the Strip we’d come!). So we got back when it was 6am and broad daylight, but I guess that’s how it should be done in Vegas!
We got up at 3pm, got a huge seafood lunch from Red Lobster and then drove to the Fabulous Las Vegas sign and got our picture taken:
By the time we’d done this it was time to meet Ali and Fred again to repeat the antics of last night! We met them at the Hard Rock Hotel where they were staying (and where we’ll be staying next time!) and it was so cool; we were very jealous! When we went out the night followed the same pattern of the night before except this time Ali and Stephen won some US flags and we got the bus back to our hotel so we got back an hour earlier at 5am.
Ali and Fred left Vegas today so Stephen and I had a more civilised day! Everyone says you must do a buffet in Vegas and we’d looked online to see which was best and it always said either Wynn or Bellagio, so we opted for the Wynn Hotel buffet. It was amazing and I’m still kicking myself now for not eating more! At the time I felt very full, but I hadn’t really eaten that much so I’m sure I could have stuffed a bit more in. There was so much to choose from and it was really high quality and nicely presented. I definitely recommend it! We also signed up to Wynn’s players club as we heard that you got unlimited free champagne with the buffet if you did, so that was also pretty good!
The desserts were the highlight of the buffet
After dinner we went to Bellagio and watched the fountains. We’d seen these so many times over the last couple of days but they don’t get any less spectacular!
To round off the night we decided to play $5 on the Big Wheel in the Bellagio casino and came away with $20, so that was a great end to our last night in Vegas!
We felt horrible when we got up this morning at 7am. Four days of drinking too much, eating too much, sleeping too little and walking too much in uncomfortable shoes had definitely taken their toll! We went to Denny’s for breakfast and then headed into Death Valley for another long day of driving. It was so hot and there were parts of the road where you had to turn the air con off or your car would overheat! There was some awesome scenery though:
As we were coming into Bakersfield (the place we were stopping off overnight) there were some really cool hills where the grass looked a so smooth in places and then all creased in the dips, like a blanket dropped over the hills: