Hi-ho Hi-ho it's to Alaska I go! travel blog

Looking down the strip

MGM Lion enclosure

New York, New York and it's roller coaster

The rear view of the Bellagio

A sneaky shot of 'O' Cirque Du Soleil

The 'O' Showroom


Two Towers - the highest rollercoaster right at the top

Las Vegas!

Inside the Foyer at Bellagio

Luxor - This light shines into space

Perhaps last night was GREAT night, but maybe not this morning with my raging hangover. Oh well, a shower, good breakfast and some anti-nausea medication and I was right as reign. Well, what can I say, you only get to do this once in your lifetime...

We walked the trip, visiting MGM to see the lions, Toured the M&M factory and New York, New York Casino which uses the influence and name in several ways. Its architecture is meant to evoke the New York City skyline; the hotel includes several towers to resemble New York City towers such as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. In front of the property is a lake representing New York Harbor, with a 150 ft (46 m) tall replica of the Statue of Liberty. There is a roller coaster, formerly known as 'Manhattan Express', which travels through both inside and out, 62 m tall with a drop of 44 m, and reaches speeds up to 108 km/h.

By lunch I was exhausted and had to retreat to the hotel, five minutes into a nanna nap and my friends persuaded me to join then at the Bauhaus to watch the soccer Germany vs. Spain. Gee I love vegas, if you are female, everything is free! I was treated to a buffet lunch and drinks whilst enjoying the fervent fans.

I did however manage to get some rest in before again heading out. this time was to the Bellagio to experience a Vegas Buffet, for $30US it is all you can eat heaven. It's times like this I wish I was Alf (for those who aren't familiar, he was the furry red alien from the same named tv series whom had 8 stomachs and was obsessed with food!).

The buffet was brilliant, my favourite being porchini mushroom ravioli with truffle sauce YUUUUM, followed by the best Creme Brulee I have ever had.

With full to bursting tummies, a friend from England & I walked the short distance to the theatre to see 'O' by Cirque Du Soleil. My first experience with this these performers was when I lived in Japan. I was lucky enough to meet the tour manager whom invited us to see Quidam. Since then I fell in love with the shows and see each and every one on tour in OZ. Repeating the past, last night we again met a Marketing Manager and were given corporate seats, two rows back from the from the front ($180 US)!! Did I mention I LOVE VEGAS??

The show exceeded my expectations that were already high. Cirque du Soleil wove an aquatic tapestry of artistry, surrealism and theatrical romance inspired by the concept of infinity and the elegance of water's pure form, "O" pays tribute to the beauty of the theatre - from the simplest street performance to the most lavish of operas - where anything is possible and where the drama of life plays itself out before our very eyes. There were world-class acrobats, synchronized swimmers, divers and characters perform in, on, and above water to create the most breathtaking experience. My friend had never seen CIrque before and was absolutely gob-smacked at the brilliance of it.

On a high we went for a drink in the piano bar where we ere treated to free drinks by the beverages manager, so giving into temptation we ordered the most expensive Champagne n the list, Verve at $36 a glass. And it tasted like it, I could have quite happily stayed here, listening to the pianist play Billy Joel all night. My friend however had other ideas and dragged me off to a club called Lavo. It was nice, not as nice as the piano bar, but the company was good. We were once again given free drinks and met two men competing in the poker tournament in town. They were from Switzerland and quite nice. Least to say the night steamed ahead and before we knew it it was time to scoot home before our departure in only two!

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