In October 2007, Mark
and I headed to Las Vegas for 5 nights, with friends.
our first trip to this wild city. We tried to see and
do as much as we could,
and we were pretty successful! Here's some highlights of our
chose the Flamingo for its price and location.
It is right in the center on "The Strip". A REALLY great
The Flamingo worked very well for us.
The resort has 15 acres of tropical gardens, complete with real
Several waterfalls, ponds and fountains.
It is very relaxing strolling along the numerous paths.
I loved the
palm treed and Flamingo themed pool and hot tub areas.
The pools are heated, so in October the water was fine
but we were about the only ones in the pool!? Unfortunately they
the slide & water falls in September.
Our room number was
12092. It faced the strip - yay! Due to a slight
issue with our 1st room (someone sleeping in the bed, we were given a
room already occupied, person did not wake up! - NOTE: always use the
lock inside your hotel room door!), our strip view was an upgrade at
cost to us.
Plus a $30 gift card to spend at the casino/food.
were directly opposite Caesars Palace. To the
left we had a view of the Bellagio fountains! Very cool. To
the right was the Mirage resort.
Mark enjoying our
of Caesars Palace,
head out for an
Las Vegas Boulevard.
Some photos from
Las Vegas Blvd. (The Strip) Casino's
The MIRAGE is
host to Siegfried and Roy's
Secret Garden and Dolphin
Habitat. Being a cat lover (small & large) and I also
dolphins, this was worth our time. The baby dolphin is 4 months
old. There are 5 adult dolphins at the Mirage Aquariums. There are also
various coloured Llamas there. The big cats are beautiful,
especially the White Lions of Timbavati. The cats were difficult
to photograph with the fence and you couldn't get close enough to put
the lens thru the fence. We got good video of the white tigers
playing. Cost of Secret Gardens $15 pp.
Also at the Mirage is the Cirque du Soleil Show
called Love. 32 Beatles songs are interpreted thru this 90 min.
extravaganza. 60 performers truly put
on a wonderful show. We loved LOVE!
Yes my dress fit right in with psychedelic 60's theater design!
At the MGM
Grand (above), you can see some lions for FREE. The lions are rotated
out of the enclosure, so they spend a max of 6 hrs. a day here. Tip -
go right at 11 am and you can see the handlers inside playing with the
lions. They throw balls, rope etc. for them & the lions are very
playful then. Also be sure to go in the glass tunnel to see them
directly above you, like we photographed, a fun view for sure!
We purchased the
cheapest tickets offered thru the Mirage website before we left home. They were $75 each,
were 2nd from the top - however this was a GREAT location for
this production! As so much comes from the ceiling, so it was right
infront of us. We'd honestly recommend the "cheap" seats.
The Mirage also offers a Volcano eruption.
Every evening, starting when it gets dark.
Check Mirage for times.
The volcano is 54 feet high. Shooting smoke and fire
100 feet above the water.
We were right by the fence and could feel the heat
from the fire.
Definitely a must see activity and hey it is FREE!
Beside the Mirage is TREASURE ISLAND.
They have a FREE show called Sirens
of TI. Running nightly
p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m., and 11:30 p.m
The ladies are on a ship on 1 side, the pirates on a ship on
the other side.
The men's ship goes up in flames / sinks. And they swim on over to the
Fun 12 minute show comes alive with music, singing, dancing,
pyrotechnics and high-diving acrobatics.
To get a good view, go at least 30 min. prior to the show.
Across from Treasure Island is the WYNN.
Their FREE offering is INSIDE the resort. It is a large, curtain
falls into a 3 acre lake. Both the waterfall
and lake have images displayed on them to produce a show called "Lake of Dreams". Also features
silhouetted sculptured figures that seem to be rising out of the lake.
We watched it from the patio at Parasol Up.
We just showed up about 2 min. before the show and got a great
view. (No need to purchase the pricey drinks). Not the
easiest place to find though. Infact I can't find anything on the
Wynn's website that even lets you know this Lake show exists?!
Since there isn't exactly "open viewing" for this, my guess is they are
keeping it a guest only secret. The disappointment - show was only 3
Wanted to see a magic show
while in Vegas.
We went with Extreme Magic starring Dirk Arthur.
He has the big exotic cats in his show.
He was very enjoyable. Magic is so thrilling,
the things Magicians can do, incredible!
We'd recommend this performance!
This show is at the Tropicana, Sunday thru
Thursday at 2 pm and 4 pm.
Buy tickets at Tix 4 Tonight booths, for half price!
We saw this show for only $15 each.
After the show, Dirk is on hand to sign the free
programs, and chat, a very nice thing to do.
The Shark Reef Aquarium
BAY was quite interesting.
It features over 2000 fish/animals in 1.6 million gallons of water, in
various tanks. Some go right over your head so a great view of the
has rare Golden
here, rays, jelly fish, a lion fish, and sharks. The jelly fish were
really great to watch.
The Shark Reef cost $15.95 pp. We spent around 90 min. going thru.
Wasn't too crowded our day, so we could do it leisurely. You can
also touch rays in an area.
Us with the Vegas
part of the PARIS
At 540 feet, its half the size of
The La Fontaine des Mers
with the Montgolfier Balloon
Vegas has also replicated
the Arc de Triomphe.
The front facade of
casino suggests the Paris
and the Louvre.
PALACE is exceptional. Such attention to detail.
Below, Fountain of the Gods & the casino area.
Above is a photo of the Fall
of Atlantis Show, where the statues
put on a fiery production every hour on the hour. Fun to see. Get
a frosty alcoholic drink at Fat Tuesday beside it and enjoy - we did!
There is also a small Aquarium here.
The other photo is of Mark infront of the Festival Fountain statues.
They too "come to life" every hour on the hour. However we found it
very hard to hear/understand a thing they said. The Fall of Atlantis
show is much better. Both are FREE and only take a few minutes. We
grabbed a quick lunch, slices of pizza at Slice Bar in the food court
area. Great thin crust, a delicious cheap meal.
at CAESARS PALACE. This entrance is stunning with the huge Roman
statues, reflecting pool with fountains, spiral escalator (only 1 of 2
in the U.S.). Above the 3 levels is a remarkable glass
domed and painted ceiling. This 634,000 square foot mall is a
wonder! We only spent a couple hours here, but you could spend days!
is another beautiful hotel. Be sure to go into the front lobby where
the ceiling is adorned with 2000 hand blown glass flowers.
Everyone thinks of the fountains when they hear the name Bellagio.
Fountains run at various times and to different music. The show we saw,
were strong, so once the water got up high I couldn't take any more
photos as we were getting quite wet! It is FREE to enjoy.
This is the world's
fountain. It is in
front of the Jean
Shop, at Bellagio.
6 pumps circulate
2 tons of chocolate
(white, med. & dark).
It rises 27 feet from
the lower level pump
cascades into 25
at 120 F in this climate
lots of fall
| The water flows by
the shops inside the
Venetian, just like the
The painted sky inside
is a popular look in
The view over looking
the gondolas at night
from within the Venetian
We had a nice, tasty diner at the Grand Lux Cafe on the casino level of
Venetian. Huge selection on the menu and good prices for quality
EXPERIENCE at the HILTON
FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE
|Viva Vision - the
screen on the planet.
5 football fields long.
90 feet above.
Shows run every hour
on the hour, from a
selection of over a
dozen different themes.
This $17 million
delighted visitors with
integrated live video
Shows are FREE.
of huge lighted
is Vintage Vegas,
|The Golden Nugget
was the first structure
designed from the
ground up to be a
casino. Built in 1946.
Be sure to go in and see
The Hand of Faith - a
62 pound piece of gold.
Found in Australia in
1980 with a metal
Here we are with our friends from home.
|On any given
with free concerts,
talented artist -
like this guy
doing his paintings
with spray paint!
Only $40 each.
We took the city bus to Fremont. From the middle of the strip to
Fremont took about an hour. It is NOT that far, just
the bus has to stop lots along The Strip, since it was the evening and
research on the net, I found that the Garden Buffet at the
Main Street Station Hotel near Fremont
was a very good deal for awesome food. Prices vary on the night, but
range from $10.99 to $15.99. Even non-alcoholic
beverages are included in that price - super lemonade! It is also a very
pretty setting. The 4 of us were all really happy with our buffet
We spent a day away
from the hustle and bustle of Vegas. We rented a
car from the Flamingo's lobby (so easy) and we started with a trip to
DAM and then RED
ROCK CANYON, only 20 min. outside The Strip!
fabulous. For photos of this and more of Vegas, go to
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