We last left off at my Uncle’s ranch in Northern California where Stephane and I had an AMAZING, and relaxing, day long visit; it was short, but so wonderful! When we arrived back in Southern California we had a day or so to unwind from our Berkeley extravaganza, and then it was off to LAS VEGAS for the two of us! This was our last big “out of town” trip so we wanted to enjoy and make the most of it. For someone who has never been to the west coast, Vegas simply could not be missed, and I knew Stephane was extremely excited for this trip. We decided to leave pretty early Wednesday morning to maximize our time in Sin City! By 1pm we had arrived, checked into our beautiful hotel (Treasure Island), and then we started exploring “adult’s disneyland”, as I like to call it. First, however, due to near starvation (we were so excited to get to vegas we kind of forgot breakfast) we decided to get a quick lunch on the strip at the, very classy, Denny’s restaurant! Let me just say that Denny’s on the strip of Vegas is much more exciting then other branches found elsewhere 🙂
When we had full bellies we continued exploring the strip with a mission of finding a good place to buy tickets to see Cirque De Soleil’s production of KA. We spent so much time eating and walking around, however, that when we found a place to buy tickets we only had 1 hour before the show, so we had to haul our butts to the MGM, which, of course, was on the other side of the strip. O, and I forgot to mention that it started to rain… But we didn’t let that kill our spirits! We arrived to the theater 30 minutes before showtime, explored the MGM a bit (I was sad to see the lions had gone), I had time to buy some snacks to take in with me, and then our cirque adventure began!
The show itself was really great, but Stephane and I were a bit disappointed that there weren’t more acrobatics and jaw dropping stunts. The set was astounding, the costumes amazing, the plot very well played, and the theatrics were wonderful, but it didn’t have the same Cirque feel as some of the other shows. I had seen O at the Bellagio a few years before and that was more what I would have liked to see. Unfortunately the show at our hotel, Mystere, that we both really wanted to see, was blacked out the weekend we were there so we were out of luck, but this show didn’t disappoint; it wasn’t phenomenal, but it was good, and we both greatly enjoyed.
When the show was over we decided to head back to the hotel, shower, and get ready for a night on the town. My good friend Jason got us a very good hookup at an outdoor pool club (VIP/guest list), and we were very excited to experience some of that famous Vegas night life. When we arrived around 11:30-12 it was a bit slow but by 12:30-1 it picked up and we enjoyed good drinks, music, and dancing. By 3am we were pretty beat, so we headed back to the hotel, ordered some room service (we skipped dinner because we were so full from lunch), and by 4am we were finally asleep.
The next day was purely explorational! We checked out of our hotel at around 11, had the hotel watch our bags, and then dined at the hotel’s HUGE buffet for brunch. Since we were guests of the hotel we got to eat two for one and the food was incredible! Everything you could imagine, as much as you wanted, all for 20 dollars :-). It was quite a deal. I personally had the best salad you can imagine, pasta with shrimp and cream sauce, and at least 15 desserts!
Once we had eaten far above and beyond our fill we decided to spend the rest of our time exploring each big hotel on the strip. We went and saw the glass ceiling of the Bellagio, the statues of Caesar’s Palace, the most amazing chocolate fountain we have ever seen between the Bellagio and surrounding hotels, the jungle landscapes of the Mirage, the funky vibe of Planet Hollywood, and we even got a taste of Italy when we went into the Venetian. It was amazing and we were already scoping out our next place of stay for our next visit to Sin City!
The last, and very impressive, thing we did before heading home to Palm Springs was catch the Bellagio’s water fountain show. It was quick but we almost enjoyed it more than the Cirque show we saw… and it was free (a rarity in Vegas)! It was a perfect end to a wonderful trip, and it left us both excited for our next trip to the states where we will hopefully be able to spend a bit more time exploring and doing things in Vegas.
Stay tuned for the last California post about our trip to Disneyland!!!
Until we meet again <3,