Monday, April 7, 2014

Las Vegas, Nevada

We stayed in "Sin City" or "The City that Never Sleeps" for 3 nights at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club, with a three day rate for a total of $238. for Hilton Honors members.  Yes, we had to listen to the 2 hour presentation, but we got a voucher for a future stay at any Hilton Hotel (up to $200.), 2 tickets for "Las Vegas, the Show" which was fantastic, dinner for two at Pampas, the Brazilian Restaurant, and 15,000 points on our card.  Not bad for $238. and a 2 hour presentation.  The Hilton is great, the pools and 4 hot tubs were relaxing and the food and drink at the poolside bar was great.  The room and the view from the 36th floor was nice.
At Circus Circus we gambled and only lost $50.  At The Venetian we took the gondola for a romantic float and got serenaded three times by our gondolier Francesca.  We ate at Buddy V's Italian restaurant, which was superb.  The restaurant is owned by Buddy Velasco, you might have seen him on his TV program "Cake Boss."  We went to the top of the Eiffel tower at Paris Hotel & Casino and watched the dancing waters at the Bellagio across the street from up above.  We also went to the Bellagio to see the dancing waters at night and to see the butterfly garden, the beautiful art and ceilings during the day. We visited Caesar's Palace, The Luxor, Mandalay Bay, and The Excalibur.  We ate outside Planet Hollywood at P.F. Chang's and got to people watch, and there are some strange people in Las Vegas. The volcano at the Mirage was quite a show, and we were as close as you could get and you really felt the heat.  As they say, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas."  Some people really act the fool in Vegas, most of them under 30 years of age.  Where else can you get solicited for prostitution even when your with your wife, walk the street with alcoholic beverages, see young ladies dressed so scantily that their mother would drop dead if they saw them. All in all, with the exception of some sore feet from walking,  it was a great visit.
Our Venetian Gondolier Francesca, an Italian with an amazing voice
In the gondola at The Venetian

                                                                            Our Gondolier Francesca serenaded us 3 times
Debbie enjoyed her eggplant lunch at Buddy V's
Caesar's Palace was beautiful inside
Debbie was sober, riding a goat at Luxor
We went all the way to the top for a great view
The view of the Strip from the Eiffel Tower
The new Ferris wheel, 40 people per car!
                                                                                          The volcano at The Mirage
                                                                                The dancing waters at The Bellagio                                                                                  
Across from New York, New York
Debbie at the M & M Store
Inside the mall called "Shops at Planet Hollywood Marketplace"
The Excalibur
The glass flowered lobby ceiling at the Bellagio,
The Bellagio and the Vegas skyline from the Eiffel Tower

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