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Romance in Las Vegas

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A May 2001 trip to Las Vegas by Ishtar

Freemont St. Experience Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada More Photos
Quote: Las Vegas' gambling image has been overshadowed by romance. Prior to this, I came for business conventions and couldn't wait to leave. However, this time, with the newer geographical themed casinos/hotels and venturing beyond the city's perimeters, I found myself musing about the next trip out here.

Romance in Las Vegas

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Inside Venice Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Renting a convertible in Las Vegas is a delicious way to thumb your nose at 108 degree temperatures. Plan to leave the strip for a visit to Lake Mead to the East. Go West to Red Rock Canyon, and gape at some of the most breathtaking rock formations that began 6 million years ago. See a show. We obtained tickets to see Bill Acosta and his dancers which was outstanding.Quick Tips: Don'...Read More

Bally's Las Vegas

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Hotel | "Bally’s"

Bally's Las Vegas Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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We were very lucky in that we were able to get a suite here through a friend of Chuck''s. The price indicated above was the going rate at the time, however, now and then, they have special rates (like now) to get people to go there. Well, what can you say about a suite? We had a nice view of the strip and beyond. What is interesting to note is that Bally''s probably has the safest features in as much as fires go, as it used to be the MGM Grand, which had a devastating fire some years ago. They have a couple of eateries on site, and the one we used was the Sidewalk Café which served a la carte, for breakfast anyway. Service is prompt and friendly, but don''t look for any bargains. O...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 20, 2001

Bally's Las Vegas
3645 Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 967-4111

Le Provencal at Paris Las Vegas

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Restaurant | "Le Provencal"

Le Provencal at Paris Las Vegas Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Quite romantic actually. They did an admirable job recreating the mood, sounds and sights of the city of lights. Right down to the beret, bicycle and baguette guy. We came down for dinner and headed over to the Paris Hotel, and sat at the first sidewalk venue that looked good, and this was it. There was an accordionist who was also ambling up and down the cobblestone street, serenading whomever wanted to listen to him. Next to us was a replica of a public fountain, and a park bench where they sat the most lifelike figure of a woman searching her purse. You can just imagine how many times this figure became a prop in people's pictures. The food was delicious; Chuck had lamb with rice an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2001

Le Provencal at Paris Las Vegas
3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 967-7999

Raffles Cafe

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Restaurant | "Mandalay Hotel & Casino / Raffles"

Raffles Cafe Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Chuck and I went there for lunch, heavily influenced by the fact that there was an overall Asian theme. When I saw the name "Raffles", I immediately thought of Singapore and its discoverer. You must know that this hotel cost almost one billion dollars to build. And as far as the overall theme, I think that Mandalay has not yet decided what it wants to be when it grows up. It's absolutely tropical, but not decidedly Asian. There is a delightful place in the shopping area called the Bali Trading Company, and it brought Chuck and I back to Ubud almost ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 20, 2001

Raffles Cafe
3950 South Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
+1 702 632 7777

Olives

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Restaurant | "Olives at the Bellagio"

Olives Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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We were there for lunch rather than dinner. We had gone with another couple to look at the opulent gardens, and decided to try this place because the decor was so upbeat and unusual. Olives in Las Vegas is modeled after the original Olives of Boston. The cuisine is definitely mediterranean, and my salad was exquisite. The dessert menu is nothing short of decadent, and both Chuck and I skipped, but our friends did not. You'll see what I mean. We were seated very promptly; there was also outdoor seating, but considering how hot it was, we opted to stay inside. Our table was facing the "street" so to speak, so one could also do some people watching. We did wait quite a long time to be ser...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2001

Olives
3600 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
+1 702 693 8181

Aladdin Hotel Casino

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Attraction | "Aladdin's"

Aladdin Hotel Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The last time I was in Las Vegas, I watched the implosion of the old Aladdin from my hotel window at the Las Vegas Hilton. Who would have thought I'd be back 4 years later walking around what used to be rubble?? If you missed the event, you can see the implosion on their official website at: link Well it seems that this baby is more expensive than Mandalay at almost 1½ billion dollars...what's a few dollars here and there? The main attraction for me is the Desert Passage which is a sinewy corridor with shops and restaurants abound...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 20, 2001

Aladdin Hotel Casino
3667 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

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Attraction | "Flamingo Hotel & Casino"

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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To be quite honest, neither Chuck or I were familiar with Bill Acosta. I had read some reviews about this show in the many LV leaflets, and apparently he is known as the man of 1001 voices. We were not disappointed. We were able to see this show for $5 each by agreeing to attend a 90 minute presentation offered by Hilton Vacations. It was worth every minute we suffered with an absolutely awful salesman. Bill Acosta changes his voice at will, and in song! His range is incredible, and the topless review that accompanies him is almost unecessary. This man is AMAZING. He does the most believable Sinatra imitation I have ever heard. Wait till you hear him doing dialogues between unlikely p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2001

Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
3555 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
702 733 3111

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Attraction | "Lake Mead"

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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It's hard to believe that Lake Mead is man made. I had never seen it at sea-level, but rather always from 37,000 feet up in the air. From that vantage point, it is much more awe inspiring as you can see the lake, the surrounding canyon, the color palette is quite arresting. We went there after Red Rock Canyon, since we had the car that day, and enjoyed the freedom of wind rushing above our heads. We did pass some small towns on the way there, specifically Boulder, where I insisted we get out, as it is designated by the government as a historical site. Well, aside from a couple of antique shops, and a very large souvenir store with imported Mexican arts & crafts, it was difficult to assess th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 20, 2001

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, Nevada 89005
(702) 293-8990

Red Rock Canyon

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Attraction

Red Rock Canyon Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Red Rock Canyon's genesis occurred about 65 million years ago. You can reach this place easily by car; it's about a 45 minute drive from downtown Las Vegas. We rented a convertible, which was an awesome idea as it provided some relief from the overwhelming heat. There are also tour operators who make this a regular stop, but in my estimation, they are very overpriced. There is a $5 entrance fee to the scenic 13 mile drive which is de rigueur. You can stop at the visitor center first, or last as we did, as we do almost everything backwards. They offer a self guided tour with telephone set which is quite informative and I do recommend you take it. They also have a small, non-profit gift shop with ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2001

Red Rock Canyon
Highway 159 at Scenic Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada 89124
(702) 363-1921

The Venetian Hotel & Resort

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Look Up Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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My heart was set on going there as I wanted to take a gondola ride with Chuck. The night we headed over there, we followed the route leading to the ticket sales area, and found out that they were not selling any more tickets for that day. Talk about disappointment. However, there is plenty to fill your eyes at the Venetian. Besides the exquisite details on some of the ceilings and walls, you'll love the reproduction of the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square)minus the pigeons. There are a number of al fresco restaurants all around the Piazza, and free opera was to begin at 8pm. We were back there at that time and I was honestly astonished at the talent that was performing. Women and men dressed ...Read More

Fremont Street Experience

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Attraction | "The Fremont Street Experience"

Fremont Street Experience Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Fremont Street lies at the top (or the bottom) of Las Vegas Boulevard, or the Strip. It is what people refer to as the "old Las Vegas" with the mainstays such as the Golden Nugget, Golden Goose, and very prominent marquis advertising real nude girls (as opposed to??), which is something you just don't see on Las Vegas Blvd.This is where the locals come to gamble (bets are much lower than the "other" Vegas)and the eats are also cheaper. There is one fantastic Indian gift shop which has handmade crafts of very high quality, rather than the knick-knacky sort of stuff you see in the area's souvenir shops. There are sculptures, blown glass pieces, paintings, kachina dolls, jewelry from the...Read More

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