I spent the majority of this evening agog with wonder. I think my jaw dropped quite a few times at all the various sights I was taking in. The evening started off fantastically when we got taken to the beautiful Venetian Hotel to see the Blue Man Group.
We popped upstairs to see the gondolas first and saw the canals, and people eating outside, even though they were not actually outside. It is very confusing!
Also, the sky changes over time so it started off dark and went to daytime by the time we came back after the show, which was very odd. It made me wonder how long I was in the show for!
The show was absolutely amazing. It was so funny, vibrant, colourful and interactive. I started off a bit worried by writing on the screen informing us of ejector seats for misdemeanours and the strong advice not to leave the show. So my terribly pathetic bladder would have to suffer for the length of the show. However, I was instantly distracted by the screens giving instructions to the audience including having to speak, not sing, Happy Birthday to a member of the audience. I would never have guessed that it is so hard to refrain from singing the Happy Birthday song. The audience tried but it did end up a with a bit of a sing-song lilt to it. Then there was an explosion of visual delights, including factual nibbles, music with paint and the Blue Man Group’s facial expressions, which were priceless. They also got members of the audience up and this is when I slouched in my seat and then I nearly got smothered by an enormous mass of toilet rolls that were covering the audience who had to pull them forward until there was none left. Unbelievable.
We then said goodbye to the other cruisers and scampered back upstairs to the Venetian. Here was where the LuLu’s began their hangover re-enactment. It was very surreal walking through the Venetian when it was in dawn mode and seeing all the beautiful statues, canals and shops.
It was a bit like when you have stayed out all night and you get that sinking feeling as it becomes dawn and you are not in bed yet. We were thoroughly disoriented when we stepped outside and we were squinting as we had returned into darkness. Well, as dark as the Las Vegas Strip
can be! We then began to wonder down the strip in amazement at what could be found there (please see my Las Vegas
strip photo blog post and video blog post as words can’t do it justice) but after having gone in a circle and ending up back at the Venetian an hour later we had to have an emergency caffeine shot at Starbucks. The staff looked harassed but I got to try the new salted caramel mocha frappacino, which was heaven! Luke even had a latte to keep him awake as it was one am.
Loaded with caffeine we were good to go again. We stopped at some slot machines and tried to win some more money . I got about eight cents but I was happy with my small profit. We then got to spend Fifty dollars (for free) in Casino Royale and we are now members of the casino! Just in case we ever go back of course.
Unfortunately there was no James Bond walking around (Sorry Luke, but it is Daniel Craig
!) and we didn’t win any money but it was fun.
We then re-entered the strip and spotted the coliseum so we went into Caesars.
After a few goes on the slot machines Caesar pointed us towards the direction of the music,
even though Luke got a bit confused.
We followed his directions (my directions) all the way to Paris where we got to admire the miniature version of the Eiffel tower
and then headed to Las Vegas’s only beer garden , apparently. It was the Chateau at Paris
It was full of female dancers,
great music and dressed up people. The club inside was immense as well, considering it was just a beer garden!
We enjoyed our first drinks in Las Vegas overlooking the strip form a great vantage point. We then said Au Revoir to Paris and hello to New York, New York
! Here we played on a few slot machines, surprise surprise, and got to see not only the Statue of Liberty
and an Irish pub (of course), but the Brooklyn bridge and Chrysler building too. They even had a Coney Island! We also saw a lot of people sat around looking very sorry for themselves and a little worse for wear. Well there is gambling and alcohol everywhere! I can imagine there are some very disheartened people!
I soon showed him the Tiffany shop and he was then very quick to get moving. Away.
We also saw a few chapels and followed a bride who was crossing the road.
But did we? No. Not last night. I think luke may need to be considerably more drunk before I get him in front of Elvis.
We then got let back into the castle and made our way back to the hotel.
Where we found people still gambling and even eating a full steak meal! Even though it was nearly four am. Can you imagine eating that much at that hour! Although, my tummy did give a hopeful flip as we passed the restaurants but I waited until breakfast. We popped onto the slot machines at Luxor and by then I had enough of the slot machines singing at me and not letting me win. However, I did like the new twist of actually being paid by the cash machines in exchange for vouchers I had won! With our small winnings, and I mean small, we eventually found our room after going down various marbled hallways. We then tried to get a little bit of sleep before having to get up again in three hours. Now that is how to do Vegas!