Sunday, March 10, 2013

Las Vegas Recap

I should have written this before we got back from Mazatlan but didn't... I will do a separate post on all the casinos.

There are many links (blue print) that you can click on to get more details.

We left Sedona December 8 and spent the night at the Hualapai Resort arriving in Las Vegas December 9. 

We stayed a week in Wyndham, a timeshare that was lovely. 

We moved to a rented condo on S. Valley View for two months. We were less than pleased 
with the first unit we were given and spoke to the owner that we going to look elsewhere. He asked that we look at another unit and we accepted it.  

However we really felt that it wasn't as clean as it should be. We soon had it the way we liked.

The location was ideal, however, we could park at the Rio and catch the shuttle to Harrah's or Paris.

The two months just flew by.

We loved waking up each morning to blue skies and sunshine surrounded by the mountains, the Palms, Rio and Gold Coast casinos..
Every evening we were treated to a sunset.

We spent Christmas and New Year's enjoying the warm weather and the sights on the Strip.
Christmas we cooked a turkey and for New Year's we had crab legs.

We loved the Christmas display at Bellagio.

We had friends visit in January and February and we enjoyed taking them around Vegas.

We went to the tiny LV Zoo.

A highlight was completing a "trifeca +" of Gordon Ramsay's three restaurants located in  Paris, Caesar's Palace and Planet Hollywood.

Steak at Paris. This was absolutely the best meal ever and the priciest. Everything was perfect. 

Ramsay's Pub and Grill at Caesar's Palace. Duck confit poutine and pork belly!!

BurGR in Planet Hollywood merited two visits as our friends wanted to try his burgers.

We had great pizza in the food court at Caesar's Palace.

We had a great burger at Rattlecan in the Venetian.

We went to the movies five times using the Palms $4 Thursday movie admission with a rewards card.

We went to Fremont St. several times. Here are some of the old neon signs.

I found this video made in 2012 talking about the revitalization of Fremont St.

We went to Lake Las Vegas. Yes, it looks like the Ponte Vecchio in Florence.

We dined weekly at TGIF's in the Gold Coast directly across the street from the condo.

We would either have the steak or the steak and lobster dinner.

A little blurry but was very tasty!

I tried out several new recipes as part of my challenge to make a new recipe every week.

We went to the Hoover Dam and Boulder City twice.

Visited the Neon Boneyard on the coldest day of the year. Click on photo for larger view.

We toured the National Atomic Testing Museum.

The Mob Museum was amazing.

I fell in love with the Forum Shops at Caesar's Palace.

We certainly saw some interesting sights especially this Elvis and Marilyn (click on link).

We had a gorgeous day when we went to Red Rock Canyon.

Had a beautiful warm day for Valentine's and enjoyed the wedding chapels in Old Vegas.

Old Las Vegas is always interesting. It is a shame to see some of the landmarks being destroyed.

The lineup at the Pawn Stars TV show location.

Enjoyed the Chinese New Year display at MGM and Venetian.

And the Chinese New year decorations at Bellagio.

We stayed overnight at New York New York and saw a Cirque de Soleil show.

 The next morning we had the best full Irish breakfast at Luxor.

We stayed overnight at Treasure Island and went to a show at Harrah's.

We had free tickets to see Donny and Marie at Flamingo.

There's M & Ms!!

And the world of Coca Cola.

People watching is always an entertaining pastime.

The world's largest gift shop.

DH played golfed, you can read about that in his blog.

We left Las Vegas on February 17 and drove to LA where we flew to Mazatlan Mexico on the 18th for two weeks. We flew back to LA on March 5 and then drove to Las Vegas on March 6 for two nights at Wyndham and then left Vegas for Sedona.

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