Las Vegas Part 1

J & I have decided that the older we’ve become, the less tolerant we are for long distance travels.  Six-hour plane rides have become grueling.  Living on the East Coast was at least more accessible when it comes to European travels.  Most countries are about 6-7 hours away via plane.  However, from the West Coast the only destination that is 6 hours away is Hawaii, and one can only go to Hawaii so many times before developing cabin fever.  So now, we’ve opted to explore areas within driving distance; and Utah National Parks, specifically Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks, are luckily within that radius.

We planned a trip for this past Memorial Day weekend, and S & B decided to fly in from NYC last minute for a little taste of Southwest adventures.  S & B arrived Tuesday night.  Had dinner with one of B’s friend in LA.  Spent Wednesday in Little Osaka for some omakase at Kiriko and shaved ice at Blockheads.  Then we set off Thursday before noon.

To break up the drive to Utah, we opted to stay a night in Vegas, which is 4 hours away.  Since we were checking in on Thursday, rates were lower and we were able to book a room right on the strip at Planet Hollywood.

View of the Paris Hotel from the Bellagio side.

View of the Paris Hotel from the Bellagio side.

The last time I was in Vegas was about 20 years ago.  Back then, it was all about walking through the casinos and checking out the scenery.  Apparently, nothing’s changed much – we walked around Vegas and checked out the scenery.

We met up with one of B’s other friend, who had flown into Vegas from NYC just a few day ago.  Since her friend was keenly familiar with Vegas, she brought us around the strip.

The water show outside the Bellagio.

The water show outside the Bellagio.

The ceiling decor inside the Bellagio lobby.

The ceiling decor inside the Bellagio lobby.

Some flower exhibit inside the Bellagio.

Flower exhibit inside the Bellagio.

Vegas is known for gambling, showgirls, parties, and of course buffet.  Getting older with smaller appetites, J & I had completely dismissed the idea of having buffet prior to the trip.  Oh how that changed with S & B coming along with us.  We ended up having dinner at Bucchanal Buffet at Caesers Palace.

The desert island.

The dessert island.

The table behind us was set to get their money's worth by piling on the snow crab legs.

The table behind us was set on getting their money’s worth by piling on the snow crab legs.

To ease the discomfort from overstuffing ourselves, we went for a walk.  Twenty years ago, the Venetian hadn’t been built, and I had always wanted to see how they managed to replicate the Venice canals.

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They even had an Italian inspired palazzo.

They even had an Italian inspired piazza.

Vegas is most beautiful at night with all the neon signs.

Flamingo Hotel Casino

Flamingo Hotel Casino

Paris Hotel at night.

Paris Hotel at night.

Planet Hollywood.

The chaotic signs outside Planet Hollywood.

Of course there’s always a side of Vegas that makes some of us terribly uncomfortable, yet we somehow can’t seem to avert our eyes from the shocking.

I was debating whether to post this photo or not, but decided if they were comfortable posing for people taking photos then why should I feel squeamish posting the photo.

I was debating whether to post this photo or not, but decided if they were comfortable posing for people taking photos then why should I feel squeamish posting the photo.

To be continued…

 

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