'Bright Light City...'
27.05.2007 - 29.05.2007 36 °C
Today we're sheltering from the sun in a souvenir shop on the Strip, (just next to the personalised ashtrays, in front of the shot glasses) as it's the only place we've found internet in Vegas. We arrived on Sunday evening after a pretty painless flight from San Francisco (painless except the excess baggage charges we picked up - it's amazing how heavy your bag gets after two months!) That evening we wandered around our casino (The Excalibur) and the neighbouring Luxor and Mandaley Bay.
Blame it on the travelling, but we quickly found ourselves invited on a tour of a local timeshare resort. But, eager for new experiences, we went along merrily (the free gambling and dining cash had something to do with it) and the following morning found ourselves on a bus with twenty other bemused looking couples driving to the Grand View Las Vegas resort! We got some breakfast and a nice little look around the place. The tour was followed seamlessly by the vicious, number scribbling hard-sell, followed eventually by the 'thanks for coming/last gasp offer' interview. Then our free gifts were thrown at us and we scrambled back on the bus, full of twenty or so shell-shocked couples.
We quickly found our dining coupons were quite limited, as they seemed to only be redeemable at 'restaurants' that charge in old Italian Lira (awfully big numbers next to awfully small dishes). We opted for the buffet, and can still just about smile about it!
The rest of Monday we spent by the pool, having the sun paint us in varying colours of pink (I think Dave may have crossed into crimson). In the evening we walked down the Strip, watching the dancing fountains of the Bellagio, seeing the Lions inside the MGM Grand and the aquarium in Ceasars Palace. We dragged ourselves back to the hotel around Midnight.
Today (Tuesday) we have organised our two flights - the first for tomorrow morning over the Grand Canyon, the second on Thursday night in a chopper along the strip. Between now and Friday we plan on a bit of table gambling (roulette seems the least frightening), maybe a film and a night out, plus some other Vegas sightseeing.