I never know the best way to tell people about a holiday. Do they want to know more or less? Well as this is my blog, you'll all be getting the more treatment....
We were staying at the boyf's Grandparent's the night before we went away as they live nice and near to the airport. We got to start the morning with a yummy cooked breakfast and then we went to leave for the airport. Disaster struck and the car had a flat tyre, but thankfully we managed to swap cars and off we went. The airport was the usual thing. Queues weren't too large but getting a fish finger sandwich was about £10!! Food on the flight was shocking, I had a beef cobbler that I'm still convinced was warmed up cat food, but the 10 hours went suprisingly quickly.
We landed just after 6pm Vegas time and had a pretty quick cab ride to our hotel... the MGM grand. Check-in was quick, and we found out we'd been upgraded to a suite with a HUGE jacuzzi tub. Fantastic!
After that we wandered up the strip and sat outside the Paris hotel, watching the Belaggio fountains with delicious steak for dinner.
The day started off with a huge buffet breakfast. Not only did I have the usual yoghurt, bacon, eggs, sausage etc that one would expect... I also had sushi.
We had a nice long walk up the strip wandering into lots of the big hotels. We managed to see the worlds biggest chocolate fountain at the Belaggio. Om nom nom...
We then bumped into some reps for a timeshare in Vegas and in return for sitting listening to their proposal (total rip off by the way), we got a pair of amazing seats at Phantom of the Opera for the next night.
As we'd been walking all over the place so much we went for dinner in the hotel at a restaurant called Wolfgang Puck's. Cue lots of rude mispronounciations from the other half all night.
Thursday was dedicated into looking around all the big hotel's that we hadn't yet seen. I had achy feet but a big smiley face by the end of the day.
More sight-seeing during the day and then a very special evening.
We decided to have a really special evening. We booked a table at Top of the World. It's a huge revolving restaurant at the top of the Stratosphere which overlooks the whole of Las Vegas. We had a 5-course dinner that was immense. One of the courses was a 16oz steak. That is practically the size of my head. It was delicious.
We rented a car the day before. A big car by my standards, but small by American ones. An Hyundai Santa Fe. We drove to the Hoover Dam, less than an hour away from Las Vegas. We got to go down into the power station and I didn't even freak out although it was squishy full of people.
A new hotel complex opened in Las Vegas, including a hotel called Aria, where a new Cirque de Soleil show was playing. Viva Elvis. We managed to get tickets and it was amazing. Unfortunately the boyf is petrified of heights and we were right at the front of the balcony. I thought he was going to puke on the people below us, but in the end even he enjoyed it.
This was the big driving day. We drove all the way to the Grand Canyon and back. I drove over 100 miles of it even though I haven't driven for ages and was pretty nervous at first. Turns out driving big cars isn't actually any harder than driving small ones.
The Grand Canyon was breathtaking. Unfortunately I had a major ear ache/headache/face ache and was a big baby and burst into tears about a mile into walking around it. But it was worth feeling like death for.
Home day is always the saddest day. We had a good morning of picking up a few presents for family we'd not got Christmas presents for. After that we went to the airport. At the airport we queued for hours to check in. Seems that as the flight was SIX HOURS delayed, check-in staff thought they could work at half speed.
On the plus side I got a free Burger King. On the not so plus side I had to sleep on the airport floor. Then unfortunately it was time to go home, but I had an AMAZING holiday, and I don't think I'll stop smiling until the next one.
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