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mrscanada Las Vegas - A travel report by Lyla
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What Happens In Vegas Stays In Vegas!

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I have been to Las Vegas so many times I can’t count them. The first time I was there when I was 11 years old and last time was a few years ago. Things have changed a lot over the years.


Lobby Of Our Hotel
Lobby Of Our Hotel
The Mob ruled the Town and everything was safe because who would dare to defy them? The ’Mob’ is gone, (or at least they’re not visible), and Vegas has the crime that all large Cities have. It is still a great place to visit.

The Mob ruled the Town and everything was safe because who would dare to defy them? The ’Mob’ is gone, (or at least they’re not visible), and Vegas has the crime that all large Cities have. It is still a great place to visit.

There were only 3 hotels on the ’Strip’ then. The downtown area was a great place to visit. Until the mid ’60’s the top Hotels only charged you $16.00 USD for each night. I

f you promised to gamble at least $50.00 a day your room, food and entertainment were free. The only thing you had to pay for was tips and renting a tube to float in the Hotel’s pool!

From my Father’s Detroit days he knew most of the Managers of the major Hotels.

I was here when you went down town to shop and ate at the Golden Nugget's Chinese restaurant. I was here when they made downtown a walking street and the Golden Nugget became a 5 star hotel.

Favourite spots:
Pure Nightclub
Pure Nightclub
I do suggest you rent a car because, (even in the good old days), walking between one Hotel to the one next door can often be more that 6 blocks.

There are a lot of attractions for you do visit if you don’t want to spend your time in a Casino or by the pool. Circus Circus is a great place to take your children. They can have fun on a roller coaster, play games in the arcade, watch the animated dinosaur show and shop in the gift shop.

We have been there in every season. We don’t golf but if you do within the Vegas area there are over 30 golf courses.

If you visit in the winter you can ski at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort at Lee Canyon and the Diamond Peak on Mount Rose. We drove a few miles to see Lake Mead.

This is a wonderful place to go for a boat ride, water ski or relax and have a picnic. You’ll never have to look for a place to show.

Each major Hotel has a shopping arcade.

What's really great:
Front of a Casino
Front of a Casino
The Belz Factory Outlet, (on Las Vegas Blvd.), has a lot of shops such as Calvin Klein, Lenox, Nike and Saks Fifth Avenue.

At the Boulevard Mall, (on the Maryland Parkway), you can shop at the Bath & Body Works, Bombay Company, the Disney Store, the Gap and Macy’s. We visit here to pick up a few boxes of chocolates at Ethel M. Chocolates.

The parking lot is so large once we forgot where we parked, what color our rental car was and the license number. We had to phone the rental company to get the information so the Mall could help us find our car!

The Fashion Show Mall is on Las Vegas Blvd. This is a Mall has the top shops such as Nieman Marcus, J. Crew, Betsy Johnson, Sharper Image and Discovery Channel Store.

The Stage Deli in Caesars Place has mile high sandwiches. They let you order half a sandwich and that is great because I can’t finish the half I order. .

Sights:
Lake Mead
Lake Mead
The Belz Factory Outlet is on Las Vegas Blvd. The Boulevard Mall is on the Maryland Parkway.The Fashion Show Mall is on Las Vegas Blvd.

At Our Hotel:

The Tao Nightclub, V Bar, La Scena, a comedy club, Madam Tussauds, Guggenheim Hermitage, Robert Mapplethorpe & the Classical Tradition, (the study of the body forms in dance), the Blue Man Group, and the musical The Phantom of the Opera.

One night we when to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace to see Celine Dion, (we paid $100.00 each), and her New Day Show. Phone Call 1-800-522-4700.

Then we went to the Pure Nightclub to see the Pussy Cat Dolls preform. Phone:-702-731-7873 Address: 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV,89109, USA

Accommodations:
Lake Mead At Night
Lake Mead At Night
We stayed at the Venetian Hotel. We walked over a replica of a large Venetian canal, (later we took a gondola ride). The hotel security guards wear Venetian police uniforms.

This is an all suite hotel. All the suites have Electronic door locks, are air conditioned, have a coffee maker, an iron & ironing board.

There were two chairs and three seat sofa. All the wood was cherrywood. There were two walk in closets and inside one was a safe. There were three telephones, four TV's and a modem line that had a FAX, copier and printer. There was a separate dinning room that had a table, four chairs, a bar and four high bar stools.

We had a king sized bed that had a draped canape. We had a powder room, a make-up room, a tub that had massage jets, a large shower that had duel shower heads and a toilet and large table that had two sinks in it. We paid $219.00 USD per night for our suite.

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, NV, 89109 USA. Phone: 1-877-883-6423. Email: comments@venetian.

Nightlife:
Helicopter View of Las Vegas
Helicopter View of Las Vegas
One day we went so see the Grand Canyon in a helicopter. (Watch for the report).

One night we when to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace to see Celine Dion, (we paid $100.00 each), and her "New Day Show". Phone Call 1-800-522-4700. Then we went to their "Pure Nightclub" to see the Pussy Cat Dolls preform and have a few dances.

We went to the Hard Rock Café and Casino to look at their collection of rock n roll memorabilia. It cost us $5.00 each. 4455 Paradise Rd.,Las Vegas, NV, 89109, USA

The last night we went to see Cirque du Soleil do their Beatles:Love at the Mirage Hotel. We paid $130.00 USD for tickets. 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd.,Las Vegas, NT

Tips: Tips:Use Traveler's Checks, Credit Cards and Bank cards. All stores accept at least one of them. You can enjoy shopping without carrying a lot of cash on you.

Hangouts:
The Grand Hotel
The Grand Hotel
At Our Hotel:

AquaKnox, Bouchon, (California food...means it looks like but you'll have to go eat a burger later and California wine), Canaletto, Delmonico Steakhouse, Pinot Brasserie, Postrio, Tao Asian Bistro, Valentino and Zeffirino Ristorante, (serves food from Italy, Spain, China & the USA.).

The Grill at Valentino, Canyon Ranch Café, Tintoretto Bakery, Noodle Asia, Grand Lux Café and the Taqueria Cañonita.

Restaurants:
Hilton Hotel
Hilton Hotel

You’ll find Café Trilussa on Las Vegas Blvd. South.The Boulevard Mall is on the Maryland Parkway. The Fashion Show Mall is on Las Vegas Blvd.

The Rio Hotel has the best buffet in Vegas. The Rio on Flamingo Road.

For French Food we go to the Le Provencal on the Strip. We like Chang’s in the Bally Hotel. We go to The Prime Steakhouse if we want steaks or prime rib roast. It’s in the Bellagio Hotel.

Other recommendations:
Luxor Hotel
Luxor Hotel
Carry bottled water the desert gets so hot during the day ou do not want to dehydrate yourself.

Don't try to carry too much back with you under the hot noon sun.

Don't leave any thing valuable in your room.

If you can't find a place to stay phone 1-847-4858.

Published on Saturday January 20th, 2007


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Sat, Jan 27 2007 - 01:07 PM rating by marianne

Lyla,
It is good to read and see photos of a place I am not likely to visit.

Fri, Jan 26 2007 - 06:52 PM rating by alfonsovasco

How luckt you are to visit so many beautiful places!

Fri, Jan 26 2007 - 12:05 AM rating by eirekay

Lyla, nice report! I go on business a couple of times a month, but I forget about the "fun" side of Vegas - Nice reminder!

Tue, Jan 23 2007 - 08:15 PM rating by st.vincent

Nice to get an insight into "old" Vegas, and compare it with the present day city.

Mon, Jan 22 2007 - 07:51 AM rating by rangutan

Another great report on Vegas. Some useful tips and contacts. It's not my scene and not my budget but will combine seeing it with the Grand Cayon and Hoover Dam oneday...

Sat, Jan 20 2007 - 09:31 AM rating by barcelona

I enjoy reading your reports. Very good.

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