Monday, December 21, 2009

One of my fave places on earth: Vegas, Baby!!!

The title says it all.  I LUUUURVE Vegas.  I've been there twice in the past year.  That's right: twice.  It's so incredibly cheap to go right now, and it's like the adult Disney world!

The first time I went was with the ex.  Eff him.  I didn't have that much fun.  In hindsight, maybe it's because of the company.  But who knows.  We also stayed at the Imperial Palace.  Blue lights and all.  I'm a bit high maintenance.  Go figure.

The second time we went it was myself and my two bffs.  We had a fantastic time.  Not only did we shop til we dropped, have a *little* too much to drink on a few occasions, and tour the city like three Canadians on an adventure to the lost world, but we climbed Red Rock Canyon.  I'll admit.  I'm not much of an "outdoorsey" person.  I don't camp.  I don't particularly like to hike.  And my idea of a "scenic" tour is driving through the country en route to the mall.  Serious.

I have to say, though, that I was so incredibly proud of myself for doing the climb.  We did a rock scramble, so we were scaling rocks that were incredibly steep without ropes and any experience, really.  It was so hot in the Vegas heat that I thought I'd never surmount it, but I did.  It's something I'll never forget, and something I surely didn't expect to do.  It's more of a once in a lifetime thing, I think.

Anywho, back to the good stuff.  We shopped.  And shopped.  And shopped.  Personally, the Forum Shops at Cesar's are the top of the shop when it comes to stores.  I took the two into Tiffany's with the premise that I was simply going to LOOK at a bracelet and necklace which were not available in Canada.  $2000 later (that's combined, not just me.  What do you take me for?) we walked out of the Cesar's T & Co. three happy, and somewhat intoxicated ladies.  *Note: do NOT drink before shopping heavily in jewlery stores.  I have an addiction to Tiffany's.  More on that in another post.  But really.  I should see someone about that.

My one friend got these gorge Tory Burch flats from the actual Tory Burch store in Cesar's.  JEALOUS!  I have to have these.  Alas, I'm not so flush with funds, so that will come when the rest of the debt is gone.  But seriously, LOVE THEM!  And...she says they're super comfy.  Makes it that much worse for us poor folk who can't afford them...

The nightlife there is insane.  One night, while enjoying a lovely dinner at Wolfgang Puck's restaurant in MGM before we went off to Ka, we were simply bantering among us three about what club to hit that night.  Little did we know that we were sitting next to two Vegas locals with club connections (contrary to popular belief, they don't stand out as blantantly Vegas-localish.  You have to ask.).  She gave us a number to call and voila!  We were VIP to one of Vegas' hottest nightclubs: Lavo.  I loved it there; expensive and a little crowded and I was grouchy because I was still hurting from the rock climb, but inside, I loved it and want to go back.  Next time, I'll save up for $9 beer night.

We took a walk up the Vegas strip.  This wasn't something I'd done before.  One of my gorge ladies was hell bent on seeing the Stratosphere.  I tried to explain it wasn't much.  But she wouldn't listen.  Either way, we were able to see some of the motel options that are for the budget (and not-germ) conscious visitors and we came across the chapel that was in the Hangover.  Or so we thought.  The three of us watched it last night and realized that it wasn't the same chapel.  I guess they all look the same out there.  It was a nice thought while it lasted!

The Bellagio fountains were so spectacular.  Though I'd seen them before, it still never ceases to amaze me.

We've said we'll go back in 5 years.  I think I'll be back before then.  Next time, we're staying in the Venetian (we'd stayed at Bally's.  Great for the price, but I think I'll want a little higher class when I'm in my 30's).  I'd better start saving now, loves!

A few other things:  the hotels are INSANE.  The newer ones are, at least.  The older ones, not so much.  But whatevs.  You won't believe it until you see it.  They're all done up to the nines (some pics posted below) and are, as I said before, designed for an adult Disney World.  Where else can you have breakfast at a Lambourghini dealership?  Vegas?  Yep.  And we did.  Pics below.  Also, prostitution is really, really accepted there.  Not that you were surprised, but I sure had to warn the ladies before we hit the strip.  It's so blatant, you can pick up a business card, or five, with x-rated photos.  Perhaps a present for the lonely male in your life.

Go to Vegas.  It's super cheap right now and you won't regret it!

Here are a few more pics from our trip.  I shall call them Vegas-porn.







*Note: we don't know these poor saps in our photo.  But love the background scenery.


*Canadian Girl

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