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First Trip Out West~Last Trip of 2018!

September was a bit rough for me this year and ever since we got back from this trip, my life has been crazy.  It normally is crazy anyway - who am I kidding?  But its been really hard for me to sit down and write.  I'll get to everything else soon, but this post is about our Las Vegas trip.

Originally, hubby planned this trip for his birthday weekend in August, but after 7 hours of waiting at Newark airport for our United flight - it was canceled.  United could not book us on another flight until a day later, which was ridiculous and we wouldn't have more than 1 day in Vegas so that was not an option.

So, we went back home and planned some more.  We finally decided on the first weekend in September since our daughter was still out of school.  We wouldn't have to worry about her missing school or family having to drive far to get her to school.  So we booked it!

We took off September 1st, really early in the morning, so we'd still have most of the day to enjoy Vegas.










When we arrived we went towards the check-in counter for the bus transfer we had purchased.  Took us a little over 30 minutes, but we were finally at Planet Hollywood!





We checked in but our room wasn't ready, so we left our bags with the bellhop and went out to check out the strip.

Our first stop was right across the street to check out the fountains at the Bellagio.  I've seen them in videos many times but to see them in person was amazing.  It was still daylight, I couldn't wait to see them at night with all of the lights!
















We walked some more and then headed to Giada's for our lunch reservation.  We were early, but I hoped they could seat us if there was an open table.  Lucky us!  We got in an hour early.







We started with the Fresh Pastry Assortment.  Everything was delicious!



Hubby had a hard time finding something because he really doesn't like to try new things.  He decided on the spaghetti and meatballs.  I ordered the cavatelli.  He wasn't impressed and he thought the portion was too small.  I, on the other hand, loved my meal!  After lunch, I ordered the Build Your Own Sundae to share with hubby.






After lunch, we walked back to the hotel to see if our room was ready and it was!

Wow!! Our room was Amazing!!! Incredible!!  Hubby really outdid himself!! The room was huge!  The bathroom was huge!  The tub was amazing and the view from the tub and the room were also beautiful!






Of course, we wasted no time in using the tub!



After a nice bath, we got dressed up and headed out on the town!



We walked everywhere, and we went looking for the Harley Davidson dealer like we always do! 


We also stopped at the Flamingo Hotel to check out the flamingo exhibit....I love flamingos!



oh and I started trying the drinks around town.  This slushy margarita was amazing.




So amazing that I took a nap, and we ended up ordering room service.  We were both too tired to go out again!  It was a long day!



The food wasn't great-it was disappointing because the chicked quesadillas looked really good.  Hubby didn't complain about his food, so that was good.
The next morning we had breakfast downstairs at Cafe Hollywood.
Hubby had the banana split French toast - which he loved!


I had eggs benedict - they were delicious


This was a great start to the day.  Then we changed into bathing suits and headed to the pool for a little while.


I had a pina colada while we took in the sun....the pool was freezing!  We tried to get in, but no way - it was too cold!



Afterwards, we cleaned ourselves up and headed to the Miracle Mile Shops

We stopped here at the Tipsy Robot, and decided to get a drink.



It was pretty cool seeing robot arms prepare our drink, and I really did enjoy it.




We continued our walk, there was so much to see.



Beautiful cars almost everywhere we turned.





Then we moved on to the Bellagio to checkout the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens














It was so beautiful.
Next stop - Ceasars Palace





We got hungry so we went by the food court and decided to try some Mexican.





The Mango margarita had this hot pepper in it - OMG was it hot!! The drink wasn't bad though
My tacos were good too, but I wish I would've know I had to buy the sour cream seperate! I found out after and didn't want to make a line again for just sourcream.


We stopped to watch the Fall of Atlantis show



then checked out some of the stores.  I could've bought one of everything, LOL



Then stopped for some gelato - it was so, so good!




After so much walking, I needed some wine and a relaxing soak in the bath.  Did I mention I brought some Lush bath bombs with me?  Did I mention how much I loved this tub?! LOL




When I finally got out of the tub, it was time to get dressed up and head back to the Magic Mile Shops to go see Vegas! The Show





the show was great!  Very entertaining and the performances were excellent!
We also tried to get tickets to Jennifer Lopez's concert, but sadly the seats we could afford were gone.



Back to the strip to check out the night scene and check out some other hotels


and more cars














The next day we had scheduled a half day tour of the Hoover Dam 







This place was amazing
























the views are breathtaking











Amazing to learn how much work and how many lives were lost in the construction of this dam.





We ate at the cafe here, and it wasn't so bad.  Finally got my chance to eat a grilled cheese - haven't had one of these in a long time




Then the bus driver took us to the bridge that is directly across from the dam.









This truly was the best view of the dam.  Absolutley beautiful!

















When we got back to the hotel, we changed and got comfy.  Then headed to the Gun Store, cuz one of Hubby's birthday gifts was a shooting session at the gun store.



He enjoyed himself and took the targets he shot home.

That evening we had our last dinner reservation.  We went to the Golden Steer which has a lot of history, as well as great food.  I'm not a steak eating person but I couldn't help not ordering a steak & it was delicious.





Our last night in Vegas was unforgettable.  And this view, amazing!



We had a very early morning, so stopped for my Starbucks and then over to the bus stop to wait for our airport shuttle.



Bye Bye Vegas!!



Back in NY!

This was a great trip and I am so thankful for having a great flight.  I've always heard that flights out west were really bumpy and that had me a bit nervous, but it was great.
Hubby really did a great job booking this trip.  We both had an unforgettable trip.

I think this is our last trip of 2018.
Hoping 2019 has many more adventures.





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