I don’t know how many people have asked me that question and truly I haven’t had a clear answer, because I don’t know for sure. Today I would say it’s what it’s and it’s okay! *smile
There was part of Las Vegas I was amazed over … there was parts that I couldn’t stand and there was parts that I was okay with. If I would go back it would be for the shopping in those fantastic outlets and all the amazing shows.
I been there, I have written the postcards and I even have a T-shirt (that fits). *smile
There is hotels that is absolutely amazing – like the Cosmopolitan, Wynn, Bellagio and Caesar Palace. There is hotels that looks just like Hollywood movie setting from the 1950’s, like New York New York, Paris Las Vegas, The Venetian & The Palazzo and Excalibur.
MGM I found very okay and same with our own hotel, Hilton Tropicana. Tropicana had the most beautiful pool area, but very short of umbrellas and far too hot to really enjoy. No shade anywhere.
A friend told me to buy a sun hat – but when we arrived it was more about buying a raincoat. *smile In the morning the TV showed how parts of the motorway north of the city and vanished because of the heavy rain and Caesar Palace had one more fountain in front of the entrance. By the way I got myself a sun hat – big and colorful. *smile
What I couldn’t handle was the Venice canal rides that people took at the The Venetian for a price of 18$ – and I couldn’t handle that a smaller version of the Eiffel tower was stacked through a hotel, neither could I handle the fake sky in the shopping arcades at the Caesar Palace – why not have glass roof and show the real sky and sun??? Quite a few hotels had faked sky????!!!!!!
The first days of our stay I had problems to except all the artificial stuff – but after that I grow on to it and started take it for what it is. Also I think the condition of my numb foot pads had a big effect on my view on the city. I really suffered and could hardly walk. Thank god for The Strip buses.
What I loved after the shopping was all the fancy cocktails …. gambling and Bellagio fountain. That fountain I could watch for hours in the evening. Las Vegas is nothing for me during day time – more than hot … it’s in the evening when it takes on it’s party dress it becomes HOT and dazzling.
We had some really good meals at Roy’s, Mon Ami Gabi and Tommy Bahama plus all the great value breakfasts at Cocco’s Bakery and of course great Italian ice cream, best one was at Caesar Palace’s Forum Shops , “Ciao Caio Cafe & Bar”
I really liked Town Sq that was off the tourist track, some fantastic shops and restaurants in a very relaxing and beautiful area … and no tourists, on the Strip but south of the all the action, 10 min with the Strip bus.
Las Vegas have never been on my bucket list, but AL she wanted to spend her 70th birthday there. Her birthday is in July and the weather would have been far too hot for us to handle. So the flight from Chicago and hotel stay was my birthday present to her.
I nearly spoiled the whole gift .. with my moaning the first 1,5 days – but I button up and took on Vegas like a woman.
There was very little gambling going on – even on the big casinos in the evening only 40% of the tables and slots was going. I heard about that Atlantic City is closing resorts. A lot of tourists everywhere, but they didn’t gamble. We gamble for about 50$ each and it kept us busy for a couple of days.
AL has serve sight problems that she have to live with … she only has vision from the sides of her eyes. We both are massive fans of Cirque du Soleil, but with her sight problems we were very unsure if she will be able to enjoy a show. I would have love to see one of their shows on water, but we both felt that could made it more difficult for her.
The last day we visit MGM after breakfast and as we left the hotel we got a discount voucher for “KA” and she really wanted to give it a try. AL can’t sit too close or fare away from the stage. The girl at the ticket desk was so helpful and we got seats little on the side on row 3. Perfect!!!!
Also the theater is specially built for show. AL could enjoy the full show and we both we are so glad we decided to give it a try. It was just magical as the Cirq can be. A fantastic ending on our 10 days visit to US.
Would I go back to Las Vegas ???? I don’t think so – there is other places waiting on me. AL was smart, she took it for what it was.
For me Vegas is a very upmarket version of Blackpool in UK, too touristy for my taste, but extremely fun if being in the mood and I wasn’t.
But what ever Las Vegas was and is for me …. it offered us the most amazing full moon.
“It’s hard to imagine a bigger desert oasis than Las Vegas.”