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A family celebration In Las Vegas

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An October 2001 trip to Las Vegas by MichaelJM

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Quote: A few months before this holiday, my American cousin said "we're re-affirming our wedding vows in Vegas... do you fancy joining us?" Of course we did!

A family celebration In Las Vegas

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Overview

Las Vegas Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Vegas is a grown-up Disney World, and I reckon it’s really important that you don’t take it too seriously. Have a gamble or two, but don’t gamble more than you’re prepared to lose. If you win, well, that’s a bonus. Entry to the casinos is free, and many have free shows throughout the day ("Circus, Circus" and "Tropicana" are notable). There are so many professionally presented shows that you’ll be spoilt for choice. We saw "The Rat Pack" and "Riverdance," booked well in advance. We had cracking seats, and like all shows down the Strip, these were extravagantly done. It’s well worth window shopping down the Strip, although, to be honest, I wouldn’t buy in town. Take a trip just out of...Read More

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower

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Hotel | "Stratosphere Hotel"

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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This tallest building in western USA stands at almost 1,150 feet. My cousin had made the booking, and we turned up with mixed expectations. The entrance hall, with its glitzy chandeliers, promised a plush environment, and we were well received at the hotel reception, but then just pointed in the direction of the lift. As you enter the body of this busy hotel, you will see the usual electronic gaming machines bleeping and blinking as they encourage you to part with a few dimes. There are hundreds of them, and further into the hall, there are the gaming tables with the smartly dressed croupiers scooping up the deposited cash into the banker’s coffers. The main disappointment is that there was no ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 18, 2004

Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
(702) 380-7777

Harley Davidson

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Restaurant

Harley Davidson Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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I’m not a biker or a particular fan of biker regalia, but my cousin is, and he was so excited when he saw the Harley-Davidson café. "Let’s try here" he pleaded, "it looks as good as anywhere." So in we go–I’m not proud, I’ll eat anywhere. But inside it’s not "anywhere"–it’s not the cheap hangout that I’d always associated with bikers, but an up-market establishment serving quality American fast-food with a twist. But don’t confuse this place with "just somewhere to eat," as it’s verging on a living museum. Other than the usual wall plaques, photographs, and its homage to celebrities who happen to have sat on or near a Harley-Davidson, it mimics the environment of the Hard Rock Café. The music was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2004

Harley Davidson
3725 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 740-4555

Graceland Wedding Chapel

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Attraction

Graceland Wedding Chapel Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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My cousin and his wife were determined to re-affirm their wedding vows in style. They’re both keen Elvis fans and they’d chosen the Graceland Land Chapel as the venue and so we all polled up on February 14th to re-seal the knot. The simple white chapel, with its bright blue roof and traditional spire, beckoned us. The chapel was the first on the strip some 50 years ago and is renowned as the chapel for Elvis weddings. We looked round the walls as we waited in the small reception area and noted that several famous people had been hitched here. I particularly remember that Jon Bon Jovi, Jay Leno, and Robert Trump were names mentioned. The chapel itself was a narrow light, bright room w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2004

Graceland Wedding Chapel
619 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 382-0091

Las Vegas Strip

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Attraction | "From Mandalay to New York"

Las Vegas Strip Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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We rode the length of the strip on the trolley from the Stratosphere to Mandalay Bay and decided we’d stroll our way back. It’s 4½ miles long, but there’s loads to see, and I’ll guarantee that you’ll walk much further. This entry records the first part of our journey. Mandalay Bay, the most northerly point of the Strip, is a classy hotel, but other than that, I have no real lasting memory of the place. I do remember that it had a notice pointing to a "sand and surf" beach, but I’m not convinced that it’s open in February. There’s a free monorail link to Luxor, and this hotel has the "wow factor". To start, it is a gigantic pyramid that at night has the world’s most powerful beam of light, reachi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 23, 2004

Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada