Las Vegas Journals

Viva Las Vegas!

A May 2005 trip to Las Vegas by mightywease

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Quote: Some people leave their heart in San Francisco; I left mine firmly in Las Vegas.

Viva Las Vegas!

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Overview

The Strip, Las Vegas Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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What can I say about Las Vegas apart from a transfixed, open-mouthed "Wow". In fact I think that was all I said for about 5 minutes after stepping into the lobby of our hotel, The Mirage, followed by a further outbreak of "wowing" when we entered our room—with a view over the volcano, Strip, and the mountains in the distance—then a final, inarticulate gold-fishing when we walked out into a warm May evening and onto the Strip itself. Las Vegas was bigger, better, and brighter—and with a lot more "WOW" factor—than I ever imagined.Two phrases seemed to recur before we left for Las Vegas: "Oh, but it’s so tacky" and "Five days is a long time to spend there". To the first I’d simply say "No it ...Read More

Mirage Hotel and Casino

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Hotel

Mirage Hotel and Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Built in 1989 by Las Vegas hotel impresario Steve Wynn, The Mirage may now have been eclipsed by other, more luxurious resorts such as the Bellagio, Venetian, Mandalay Bay, and now the Wynn Las Vegas, but in terms of ambience, comfort, and service, it more than holds its own against recent competitors.The location of the hotel on the centre part of the Strip is ideal. For romantics it is a short stroll to the gondolas of the Venetian, for retail therapists the Forum shops at Caesar’s are almost next-door. However, those are outside the hotel and, before you venture further afield, there is plenty within the hotel to keep you pleasantly distracted for quite a time. There are a number of restaur...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2007

Mirage Hotel and Casino
3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(800) 374-9000

Stratosphere Tower

Attraction | "Thrill Rides at the Stratosphere"

Stratosphere Tower Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Now my husband is a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so the thought of four rides in one place and 1,149 feet into the air was just too exciting to resist. Although not a confirmed thrill addict myself (motion sickness—the effects of being swung round, turned upside down, jolted to a stop, etc.—would not be pleasant for all concerned), I do enjoy a good view so was quite happy to accompany Steve up to the top of the Stratosphere Tower, the list journey being so fast it made our ears pop. While he hurled himself around its top, my very tasty caramel frappucino and I were happy to casually saunter round the indoor and outdoor observation decks.If you are not afraid of heights it is worth going to th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2007

Stratosphere Tower
2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
(702) 380-7777

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium

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Attraction | "Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay "

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay is a walkthrough aquarium where you get the chance to get up close and personal with a variety of fish and sea creatures including, of course, sharks.You walk through various themed areas— Jungle, Temple, and Shipwreck—guided by both your “passport”, which includes some handy photographs for identifying various species, and an extremely informative audio guide. Along the way you will see what must be some of the most beautiful and bizarre creatures on the planet. Spots, stripes, bright reds, vivacious blues, and poster paint yellow catch your eye, as does the range of shapes and sizes from dainty angelfish to huge tarpons and gracefully sleek stingrays. Try and l...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2007

Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
(702) 632-7777

Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas

Attraction | "The Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas"

Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Accordion music, fountains, and a cheery greeting of “Bonjour” from the hotel staff and you have to be in Paris! Or do you?! Well, you could also be in the Paris Hotel Las Vegas and, of course, you can’t have Paris without having the Eiffel Tower.The Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas is not quite as tall as the original—in fact, it is exactly half the size—but it has been reproduced with a superb eye for detail. An elevator whisks you to the observation deck, 460 feet above the Strip. The lift attendant was extremely friendly and informative. I can’t remember exactly how much he told us it cost to build the tower but it was in the millions of dollars range. However he also told us that they had ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2007

Eiffel Tower Experience at Paris Las Vegas
3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 946-7000

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Attraction | "Bellagio Lobby Ceiling"

Bellagio Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The brochure of the Bellagio, Steve Wynn’s recreation of an Italian villa by Lake Como, describes the hotel as “Where beauty meets luxury”. Now, as we weren’t staying there, I can’t comment on the rooms or private areas, but the public spaces certainly lived up to that description.Created by the American artist Dale Chihuly, the ceiling of the lobby is decorated with 2000 hand-blown glass flowers in a mixture of vibrant shades—the Fiore di Como. They look so delicate, like multicoloured brandy-snap baskets, and the light shines through them with a wonderful translucent effect.Apparently each of the 2000 flowers are different, so why not sit down on one of the velvet sofas, look upwards...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2007

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Attraction | "Bellagio Conservatory"

Bellagio Conservatory Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Glass flowers in the lobby of the Bellagio lead to real flowers in the conservatory, a glass-domed botanical garden that contains a butterfly cage, trees, and floral displays, which are changed seasonally. When we visited there were a number of flower sculptures in the shape of snails and ladybirds.

It is free to visit and a good place to recharge your batteries before heading back to the casino or Strip. Even if you are no gardener (like me) you’ll still appreciate the colour, variety, and beauty of the plants.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2007

Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Strip

Attraction | "Gambling"

Luxor Hotel Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Gambling and gaming are, in a way, the lifeblood of Las Vegas. Almost as soon as you step off the plane the evidence—a bank of slot machines—is in front of you. And the city caters to the smallest (5 cent slots) and largest (maximum table bets of 1,000 dollars or more) budgets.If, like me, your gambling is restricted to a yearly bet on the Grand National and putting money into the "grabbers" at the end of Brighton Pier, then you might not want to pitch straight into five card stud, roulette, or blackjack! However, if you are careful, a bit of “when in Rome”—or in this case when in Caesar’s Palace—is a Las Vegas experience I would certainly recommend.I can’t, however, overestimate the c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2007

Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada

Fremont Street Experience

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Attraction | "Freemont Street Experience"

Plaza Hotel, Las Vgas Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Before I went to Vegas this picture was what I thought it was all about: neon, flashy, and a bit kitsch. Nothing wrong with that and, of course, there is still that aspect to the city, particularly downtown. Downtown, in Glitter Gulch, is home to the Vegas Vic sign, an iconic image of Las Vegas, and also the flashing lights of illuminated casino fronts and signs. This is where the first casinos opened and where you’ll find recognisable names such as the Golden Nugget and the Lady Luck.The area fell into decline during the 1980s and early 1990s as hotel/casino building was concentrated on the Strip; however, since the mid-1990s and the establishment of the Freemont Street Experience in ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 28, 2007

Fremont Street Experience
Westernmost 5 Blocks Of Fremont
Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
(702) 678 5777