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A November 2008 trip to Las Vegas by two cruisers

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Quote: This is a return trip, set at a slower pace with time for some off The Strip activities.

A Slower Pace in Vegas

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Entrance to Paris at Vegas Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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This is our third trip to Vegas. Obviously we like the place. This trip served as a decompression chamber between the slow pace and warm temperatures of Maui and the frantic normal pace of home and its snow and icy weather. We had three goals in Vegas, adjust to the time zone change, eat well and play the slots. With the prodding of my locally based nephew and the hotel concierge we managed to find a few other things to do, too. (For information about the foodie places check out my journal "Vegas Victuals".) We enjoy the glitz and large than life aspect of Vegas. What a contrast from the mellow Maui glow we had. And what a contrast from the Iowa landscape we would return to which was coated in whites ...Read More

Carriage House

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Hotel | "Still Quiet and Comfortable but Where is the View?"

Carriage House Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The Carriage House at 105 E. Harmon is a quiet non-casino condo/hotel. This is our second stay as a timeshare exchange. This time we had a one-bedroom unit. It had a comfortable king-size bed with plenty of closet and drawer space. The living room was subdued, with good reading lights and an excellent TV. The dining table is a bit small for our needs since it had to double as a desk. The kitchen is huge. It had one big empty corner. Perhaps the addition of pantry shelves would be appropriate. Or better yet…donate that space to the bathroom, which is way too small. Actually the bathroom has a roomy walk-in shower, but the vanity is extremely small. We were on the west side of the building and with a w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 28, 2009

Carriage House
105 East Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(702) 798-1020

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Attraction | "What I Like about the Casinos Here is the Variety"

One of our favorite games. Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Time after time I hear people say they go to Vegas, but they don’t gamble. Ok for them…but that is not our story. We like the slot machines, not just any slot machines, but the ones with lots of graphics and bonus rounds. I guess it’s a carryover from computer games. Our favorites were All That Glitters and Da Vinci’s Diamonds which has great bonus round music. We set a budget per day, per person and stick with it. We are such amateurs; we stick with the penny machines and play 9-21 lines for more excitement. We each have a different technique. Bill finds a game he likes and stays with it. I bounce around, cashing out after a good bonus and moving on. This week my theory beat his and I took home enoug...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2009

Springs Preserve

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Attraction | "An Excellant Family Adventure"

Springs Preserve Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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Step back in time and see what originally attracted life to this part of the desert. It was a natural spring that first encouraged the growth of plants; they together attracted animals and then man. Man was followed by developers and neon sign salesmen and chorus girls.This is a wonderful museum with many hands-on features, demonstrations, docents to answer questions, hiking trails and a garden of native delights. The purpose of the museum is to reveal the natural history of the desert and to encourage the use of native materials, plants and ‘green’ energy sources. My nephew, a Las Vegas resident insisted we take the time away from the casinos to visit Springs Preserve. I was impressed imm...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 28, 2009

Springs Preserve
333 S. Valley View Blvd.
Las Vegas
(702) 822-7700

Miracle Mile

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Attraction | "In Transition from Arabic to Hollywood Glitz"

Shopping at the Miracle Mile Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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On our last trip this large shopping area was called the Spice Market and carried out the theme of the adjoining casino/hotel The Aladdin. Now the casino/hotel has been transformed into Planet Hollywood. The formerly Arabic Moorish style décor has given way to undulating metal panels and bold colors and simple geometric shapes. (I fail to see how that reflects Hollywood, but they didn’t hire me as the decorator). Consequently Miracle Mile is now a very strange combination of the two styles. During our visit we were well aware of the transition in progress as most of the restrooms were closed for remodeling. Awkward…very awkward. They have retained some of the Spice Market draws such as the indoor rain...Read More

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Liberace Museum

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Attraction | "Story of a not so Humble Boy from West Allis"

Liberace Museum Photo, Las Vegas, Nevada
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In the early 1950s I was first introduced to Liberace by way of a 15 minute television show (an experimental format that didn’t last long). Even in black and white, with a subdued setting, "Lee’s" charm and his mysteriously silent brother George fascinated me. Besides, my grandma was also a native of West Allis, Wisconsin…practically neighbors of the Liberace family…so his TV show was required viewing. Walter Valentino (Lee) Liberace went on to become a celebrated musician and spectacular showman. Each appearance he made was a challenge to outdo the last. I always looked forward to his Tonight Show appearances where Johnny Carson would play to his humorous side. He was a natural for Las Vegas....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 28, 2009

Liberace Museum
1775 East Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
+1 702 798 5595