Sunday, April 29, 2012

Las Vegas Day Two- Part 1

The morning of our second full day, Todd wanted to play in a small Texas Holdem' Poker tournament which started at 9:00 am.  I thought great, I would take it easy in the morning, keep my feet up.  Being the sweetheart he is, Todd went out and picked up breakfast while I was in the shower, so I did not even have to leave the room.  My feet were killing me but I told Todd they were good.  His tournament play was very short, he was robbed basically by luck.  He should have been the person with the most chips but lady luck was against him on the River and he busted out early.  I was sad for him because this is what he has always wanted to do...win playing poker in Vegas.  I was also sad for me because that meant we would be venturing out sooner...more time on my feet, more time of me faking how much pain I was in, however it also meant more enjoying the attractions of the strip.  I focused on the positive to enjoy my day.  First thing Todd wanted to do was to actually go back to Caesar Palace and go into the actual hotel since we only made it to the shops.  We stepped out and then looked at one another realizing how far of a walk it was going to be from our hotel.  He asked how my feet were and I lied and said they are just barely sore, I could not say they were good because I had a little limp.  Off we went, we first stopped at some little souvenir shops because we had to get something for the girls, this was our first mission.  We also needed to get water because I was going to stay hydrated today.  After the little shops we stopped in at the M&M Factory.  We found several little things we wanted to get Taj but none in the correct size.  We went to the 4th floor to see the M&M race car and of course this meant more opportunities for pictures.
 
After the M&M Factory, we visited the Planet Hollywood Hotel.  It seemed like it went on forever, the shops that is.  I did not take any pictures but it was cool inside.  There was an area inside where there was a thunderstorm, they had lightning and thunder and a section blocked off where it rained.  I thought it was rather cool, but I knew my pictures would not do it justice.  It was noon while we were there so we thought we would try to catch a bite to eat and since we were in Planet Hollywood we wanted to eat there, however after walking and walking (that seemed like forever) we could not find the restaurant.  Silly thing was, they did NOT have the restaurant there.  Isn't that crazy?  We left Planet Hollywood and headed to Paris.  I was excited to see this hotel.  The Eiffel Tower was opened to take visitors to the top but I really wanted to go at night so I can see the beauty of Las Vegas at night.  We both agreed to do this later that night.
 
 
 

We left Paris and then went to Caesar's Hotel.  This was one that Todd was looking forward to seeing.
 
 
 
 

After looking around the hotel, we headed towards the shops again and had a bite for lunch.  We also caught a show "The Fall of Atlantis"
 
 

We left Caesar's and headed towards the Bellagio.  Another hotel I wanted to see at night because I heard that their fountain light show at night should not be missed.  This was my favorite hotel on our second full day.  Todd mentioned that he thought it was one of the prettiest hotels.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The bees are made of flowers as well, all but the wings.

We both were exhausted by this time. I ached in the worse way, so we both decided to head back to the hotel to nap.  We both wanted to see Las Vegas at night.  My feet ached, my legs ached, my hips ached.  I hit the so call wall around New York New York.  I just wanted to drop and cry.  My face must have shown all of my pain because my wonderful husband asked me if I wanted to sit and rest a little.  I explained to him that I definitely hit the wall and I felt like I could go no further, but I had to.  He asked me if I was sure and I explained to him that if I sat I was afraid I would not get up.  We were so close to our hotel I had to keep going.  When we finally reached our room, I took my shoe off and could not help but whimper some.  He made a comment that we were definitely done and I asked him to just give me some time to rest and let's see how I feel once I try to put my shoe back on and I then set my alarm for 3 hours later.


Las Vegas - Our First Night
Las Vegas-  Day One~Part 1
Las Vegas-  Day One~Part 2
Las Vegas-  Day One~Part 3
Las Vegas-  Day Two~Part 1
Las Vegas-  Day Two~Part 2
Las Vegas-  Day Three
Las Vegas - The Fun and Not so Fun Moments

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Las Vegas- Day One~Part 3

We left Venetian and crossed the street to see Caesar's Palace.  We entered the Shoppe area. Just to let everyone know, most hotels have shops inside, some of the hotels, the shops area alone is like a mall or a mini mall.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Now I love the roman style, the columns and I love mythology so I was looking forward to seeing Caesar's Palace, however not only was my feet hurting but I was starting to feel ill as well.  I made the mistake of not drinking enough water as the day progressed.  The temperatures were high and close to breaking records high.  Typically I think of hydration and have no problems, but I was concentrating too much on hiding my pain from Todd because I did not want to ruin our vacation that I complete did not think about drinking water.  I think Todd could sense it because after we left the shop area he mentioned maybe we should head back to our hotel and rest for a little while before our dinner show at 8:30 pm.  Earlier we had purchased tickets to the Tournament of Kings dinner show.  He decided to purchase a bus pass for us to save time and to assist both of us.  I guess his legs were getting a little tired as well.  We arrived back to our room close to 6 pm and rested until 8 pm then off to our show.  I could not take pictures during the show but was able to take a few of the arena prior to the show.  It was a great show with the dancers, the knights, the jousting.  We sat in the Ireland section.  I thought that this was neat since my Mom's Father's side came from Ireland and we are related to the last great King of Ireland.
 

After the show I went to back to our room and Todd went off to play some Black Jack. I feel asleep shortly after my head hit the pillow.  Todd came to the room, he had a good time and broke even.  All was good that night.

Las Vegas - Our First Night
Las Vegas-  Day One~Part 1
Las Vegas-  Day One~Part 2
Las Vegas-  Day One~Part 3
Las Vegas-  Day Two~Part 1
Las Vegas-  Day Two~Part 2
Las Vegas-  Day Three
Las Vegas - The Fun and Not so Fun Moments
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Las Vegas- Day One~Part 2


Once Todd and I arrived to The Venetian we noticed the gondolas outside.  I explained to Todd that we can ride one outside or inside.
 I preferred the inside one since it was so hot outside.  We stepped inside and I noticed the ceiling.
Todd was just as amazed as I was and wanted us to go downstairs so I can get a full shot of the ceiling.

We then asked for directions where we can ride the gondola inside and headed the way we were directed.  As soon as walked into the hall we were amazed.  Todd again was amazed.

 
He mentioned how beautiful this was and how impressed he was of the beauty of it.  He loved how when we walked, it was as if the clouds were moving with us.  He was right, the way the pained the clouds on the ceiling it did look like they were drifting some.  We came across one of the live statues.  She was amazing!
While we were on the path to the gondola ride we stopped to get some Italian ice cream and sat on a bench next to another live statue.

We noticed some people dressed up walking towards our direction.  One even commented on Todd's hat and asked if we were from Iowa because she has relatives living there.  I leaned over to Todd and told them this must be the Street Performers, so we watched their show.  They had 3 jesters; one was walking on stilts and even juggled.  Here is a little clip that I recorded of the three performing.  I apologize for the sound; my little camera is not made for great details when recording.

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 The Street Performers then performed a few numbers, one is a classic I love to listen to, however after watching the movie "Step Brothers" I expect to hear a few English words thrown in every now and then.  Todd must as well, because he leaned over and said them to me.  Here is the clip of them singing.  Can you figure out the English words added to the movie's version?
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Did you hear him? "Boats and Hos!" I promise he did not say it loud, just to me so I can laugh.  After the show we then headed to buy our tickets for the gondola ride.  We had a very nice gondolier; he had an Italian accent and would sing to us every now and then romantic Italian songs.  He also shared with us the stars that enjoyed the gondola rides as well as who was married in one.  We really enjoyed interaction with him.

 
  
This was my favorite Hotel we went to while we were in Las Vegas, it was Todd's too.

Las Vegas - Our First Night
Las Vegas-  Day One~Part 1
Las Vegas-  Day One~Part 2
Las Vegas-  Day One~Part 3
Las Vegas-  Day Two~Part 1
Las Vegas-  Day Two~Part 2
Las Vegas-  Day Three
Las Vegas - The Fun and Not so Fun Moments
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