We went there! The Wife has actually already blogged quite amusingly and thoroughly about our visit to Sin City, but I wanted to document it here a little too (but you should look at hers, it has more and more interesting information than mine).
Several months ago when Southwest was having a big sale on airfare, we just felt like we should take more advantage of it than we already did (details to follow). The Wife had never been to Vegas, and expressed some interest in seeing this famous locale at some point, beyond driving by the strip on our various treks down to Anaheim, so we looked up and bought some crazy cheap plane tickets for a mid-September getaway. The time crept by and finally we were booking a hotel and getting ready for a fun whirlwind weekend.
We left early Saturday morning, and after a series of unfortunate events, um, learned what happens when you miss your flight (if I ever take the right exit to Diamond Parking, it will be a miracle to me), but made it to Nevada just a few hours later than we planned. We took a shuttle to the fabulous Luxor hotel, where we were immediately descended upon by who we later discovered were timeshare presentation
|The lay o' the land. This was right outside our hotel room.|
|It was so hot, and at this moment, SO bright. I couldn't even open mine eyes.|
|"Did you get it??"|
|"Good, let's GET OUT OF HERE!!!"|
|Julie noticed one foot should have been a little forward, as she demonstrated here.|
|We were in the pyramid. Just look at that slanting wall!|
|Authentic Egyptian decor.|
|Just enjoying the fine artwork.|
|Like we do.|
|Ah yes, that grand and magical sword, Excalibu. (Props to The Wife for skilfully cropping out the smutty fellows right below this perfectly family-friendly ad.)|
|Taking pictures was FORBIDDEN, but they said we could take some after, though the cast didn't come out as promised.|
The next day, again thanks to the timeshare experience, we visited the pretty neat aquarium at the Mandalay Bay resort. It's small, but has a lot of neat things, including a pretty impressive shark exhibit (hence its name).
|OMGoondess guyz a dragon|
|These lizards had no shame about being snuggly in front of guests.|
|Look at the sea creatures!|
|Her lifelong dream of going through an aquarium tunnel has come true.|
|Sharks swimming on the 'bove!|
|I was entranced by the jellies! The little plaque said I would.|
|We touched some rays.|
|It was like a sunken ship!|
|My feet were tired.|
|This girl loves trying on funny hats.|
|This girl also loves aquariums.|
|Time for some jumping pictures!|
Oh yes, and food. We had to try a buffet, but then we discovered our hotel (the buffet at which was appropriately called MORE) had a deal going with the Excalibur next door that you could pay one price for unlimited foods at buffets for both hotels. So we did this. And visited both buffets for each meal. Which means we basically ate at six buffets in one day. It was excellent. It was funny how our portions sort of shrunk with each visit, but it was fun to try little bits of lots of different things and compare and contrast.
So we spent the rest of our time walking up and down the Strip to see the lights and resorts (which would get old pretty fast due to crowds and heat and well-designed maze-like paths, calculated to make you lose all track of time and direction and therefore spend more time, and therefore money, in casinos and shops), doing some shopping of our own (where I bought my very own Survivor buff!!! XD), hanging out in our hotel room (where we learned that Drew Peterson is SO totally guilty), and swimming in the fancy pool (though not as fancy as you might expect).
|Just happy to be here.|
|It's almost just like the real thing! (Almost.)|
|Also almost just like the real thing! (Which we'll see for ourselves in a couple weeks...)|
|There are some pretty fancy shopping malls here.|
|Our shopping goal was to find both H&Ms, and we definitely did. This one was much bigger than the other one.|
We also finally saw the fountains at the Bellagio! It was pretty cool, but I really expected it to last a little longer (it was only one song at a time, we saw the water dancing to "One" from A Chorus Line).
|What a jaunty angle my hat is sitting at.|
|... singular sensation...|
AND, I also learned that I can't leave my wife alone for two minutes without worrying that some dude is going to try to make some moves on her. Seriously, this happened twice.
There's that whole "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" thing, but I don't think that's really true. I think it's much more like 1) What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas, because there's the internet and stuff, and someone will find out what you've been up to, or 2) What happens in Vegas SHOULD stay in Vegas, because YIKES.
(This turned out pretty long after all. Well, that's what I do, alas. Visit The Wife's blog anyway! She's funny.)