Theme song - "Viva Las Vegas", by Elvis Presley
31.08.2011 - 02.09.2011
What can you really say about Las Vegas? It's bizarre, crazy, fake, plastic, unreal, over-the-top, silcon-enhanced, psychotic, botoxed, and over-indulgent. And it's excellent! We booked rooms at Paris for $60 per night - jumping to $130 per night on Saturday. Neither of us gamble and we don't really understand the appeal, but we did have a casual punt on a slot machine (Alien) and won $28. I don't understand how we won though. That was enough.
It's been 13 years since we last visited and we were amazed at how much it had expanded. There were a dozen new casino complexes on the Strip. Caesar's Palace had doubled in size. Some of the older casinos were looking distinctly old, such as the Imperial Palace. Other casinos we visited included Bellagio, Venezia, Planet Hollywood, Paris, Flamingo, Aria, Rio, Palazzo, MGM Grand, New York, New York, Excaliber and Mandalay Bay.
We took in the Circe de Soleil Elvis show - it was amazing. Circe de Soleil has about 8 different shows on in Las Vegas.
We also took in the New Rat Pack at the Rio casino,which was amusing. After the show we went to Voodoo Nightclub on the roof of Rio. It had great music and fantastic views. On Saturday night we went to The Chateau Nightclub, on the roof of Paris. Nelly was apparently playing but we didn't see him.
We spent three days in the twilight zone drifting between day and night - literally as there are no windows or clocks in the casinos and their associated shopping malls - and enjoyed ourselves immensely.