Las Vegas

Saturday 30th June, 2018

We arrived here late at night (still June 30) and couldn’t wait to get to bed. The lights of Vegas from the plane were incredible. It didn’t take long to realise that Las Vegas is where everything is bigger, louder, more expensive and tackier than it should be.

The formula is shopping, gambling, drinking and eating. Repeat. Endlessly

Our Accommodation - Casino Royale

Our room at Casino Royale right at the start of The Strip. Cheap, clean, close…

Sunday 1st July, 2018

10 hours of Walking the Strip

I had a bit of the moment this morning. I was so tired, probably jet lagged, and felt like I had a hangover even though I hadn’t touched a drink.

We left our room and walked the short corridor to the stairs, climbed them and exited straight into the guts of the casino to be met with AC/DC ‘Back in Black’ blaring and poker machines making all sorts of commotion at full volume.

I suddenly felt claustrophobic and had to get out of there… but didn’t know how to.

After finding the exit, and feeling relieved that I could escape, I headed for it, only to step outside into the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas and 42 degree heat that literally took my breath away. There were people everywhere and nowhere for me to hide 🥺

After composing myself next door in the foyer, we grabbed something to eat and started our 10-hours of walking The Strip.

Caesar's Palace

“Caesars Palace is a luxury hotel and casino in Paradise, Nevada, United States.

The hotel is situated on the west side of the Las Vegas Strip between Bellagio and The Mirage. It is one of Las Vegas’s largest and best known landmarks.”

The Venetian

“The Venetian Las Vegas is a luxury hotel and casino resort located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States.

The Venetian was built on the former site of the Sands Hotel and Casino, which was closed and demolished in 1996.”


You’ve got to stay inside out of the oppressive heat.  It’s only 42 degrees Celsius today but it feels like 50. Every place we’ve been to seems to be a copy paste of the previous one: pokie machines, beautifully cold air conditioning and designer shops.


While we were wandering around the Bellagio, we actually forgot where we were and ordered 2 drinks.  I ordered a beer and Angela ordered a spirit mix. With tax and tips the bill was $25 USD (about $35AUD).

I’d love to know how Americans afford to do this as they are paid waaaay lower, as a country, than we are…

New York, New York

“New York-New York Hotel and Casino is a casino hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States and is designed to evoke New York City in its architecture and other aspects. The design features downsized replicas of numerous city landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty.

The hotel tower represents various skyscrapers. Its tallest structure is a replica of the Empire State Building, standing at 47 stories and 529 feet (161 m). This made New York-New York the tallest building in Nevada until the completion of Wynn Las Vegas in 2005.

The property includes the Big Apple Coaster, which travels around the hotel tower. The casino is 51,765 sq ft (4,809.1 m2), and the hotel contains 2,024 rooms.”


“Excalibur Hotel and Casino is a casino hotel on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, in the United States.

The resort features a medieval castle theme and is named after King Arthur’s mythical Excalibur sword. Property features include a 92,389 sq ft (8,583.2 m2) casino, a 28-story hotel with 3,981 rooms, and various restaurants.”

M&M Shop

The most expensive M&Ms I have ever seen… 900g of M&Ms for $40USD ($~62.50 AUD)



Why would you go to France when you can see the Eiffel Tower here… 🙄


Same goes for Egypt really… 🙄

Park MGM

“The Park MGM, formerly Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, is a megaresort hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States.

The hotel, with a height of 110 m, has 32 floors, including a 9,500 m2 casino floor with 1,400 slot machines, 60 table games, and 15 poker tables.”


After 10 hours of walking the strip, and very little sleep the night before, we headed for ‘home’ and a good night’s sleep.

We’re off on a road trip tomorrow to Williams, before seeing the Grand Canyon Tuesday…

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