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Las Vegas

Casino's, Hoover Dam, Lions, Shopping

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Las Vegas Day 6

Our first full day in Vegas, and we were out to find the outlet stores. We got a 3 day pass for the DUECE Bus, that runs up and down the strip. (Also works on the Express bus, that takes us to the Outlet stores). We thought we would see the North ones first (160 quality stores), and it was pretty good. Sean’s highlight was getting his first pair of Jordon’s (the Tommy store was pretty good as well). Jo’s highlight was the Nike store as well (AIRMax) and the Lids store is also a favourite. Time to drop shopping back at hotel, so we can see some of Vegas. Headed to downtown, to the Fremont experience – which was worth seeing. Was really keen to ride the zip-line, but the line was an hour long, and at 11.00pm at night – we weren’t waiting that long.

Las Vegas Day 7

Started the day with Laundry, after a week on the road, it’s an unfortunate necessity.
Got that out of the way, and headed to the opposite end of the Strip. Had booked tickets online for the lion king, so thought we should go and make sure they were there (which they were). This was held at Mandalay bay, very impressive complex. Had a huge convention going on in one section (near shark bay), so we didn’t end up going to see the sharks. The Lion King was quite an impressive production, but wouldn’t be half as fun without Pumba and Timon.

Las Vegas Day 8
More shopping in order. We hit the South side outlet Mall. Jo’s dream shoes were right in the same store she found them in four years earier. Yeah for Jo! Jo loved these shoes so much she purchased 2 pairs. The second pair came at half price. I found the Lacoste store and found a sweet vest. Also I found a pacman t-shirt, yahoo! (the boxer not the old Nintendo game). After hitting the 155 stores, it was time to recharge the batteries and head to MGM Grand and see the lions. They were sleeping most the time but had some movement briefly. (photo’s to follow). While walking around we also booked tickets to see the Hoover Dam on Day 9. We crossed road to Cosmopolitan , the new casino in town. It was unbelievable! All high-end stores with amazing features that you cannot explain. Finally we made it to The Mirage to collect our tickets for 9.30pm show for Love (The Beatles) by Circus du Soliel. We decided to hang around for dinner there and the food was over the top! A side of fries was like 5 large servings of Maccas fries. It was 9pm and time to get in line for the show. Once inside the seats were in a great position (great job Jo) and the show began! I was in awe the whole time but singing at the same time. Crazy I know but it was breathtaking performance that I don’t think I can compare anything with. We walked back the last 3km’s to casino still singing the songs and talking about the amazing show.

Las Vegas Day 9

Early start today, with quick breakfast from Mickey D’s, then the tour bus picked us up from our hotel around 9am. We were on our way to Hoover Dam. Absolutely amazing place, who would have thought that 75 years ago, without the technology we have today, people could have a built such a Dam. We did a tour of the power plant, then got to walk across the Dam – from Nevada – to Arizona, and back to Nevada again.
Stopped at Lake Meade for photo opportunities on the way back, then at Ethel M’s chocolate factory (and Cactus garden).
When we got back we set of to find a US post office – found one behind the Strip (however it had closed in February) so ended up having to cab it to one in downtown (to make it there before it closed). Just got there – and spent $100 shipping stuff back to Australia. Was still cheaper than buying it back home.

Las Vegas – Day 10

Went to MGM Grand this morning and got to hold, feed and pat a baby lion cub (only 6 weeks old). Was one of the most amazing experiences of our lives. It was so adorable and soft. Something I will never forget. As this is out last day in Vegas, needed to tick of as many things on the Vegas to do list, so went to the Flamingo to see the Flamingo’s and other wildlife. Then off to Mirage to the Dolphin habitat and saw Sigfred and Roy’s secret garden, with Lions, White tigers and Leopards. They were really great to see as well. Before we new it, it was time to head back to our hotel to get our things and head to airport – off to Boston.

Posted by Seanjo 08:11 Archived in USA

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