Sin City…..ticked off the Bucket List & Grand Canyon Too!

One of the Seven Wonders of the World………done!

Hope the weathers still good at home? It’s very chilly and dry here in Nevada. Lets hope it gets warmer!!

Grrr the Americans are still finding me very hard to understand, it’s doing my head in a little now, but I’m recognising mid-sentence the look the comes over their faces as if they can’t understand a word and I no to stop and slow it down.

Some of the notable differences for me have been, smoking allowed in bars, Plastic glasses, tin beer bottles instead of cans , though fizzy still comes in cans. Everyone walks the street carrying their alcohol, easily walking form one bar to the next. No alcohol bans here!! Lol Everybody wants a tip! And not the sharpen ya blades for a good cut, kinda one…a $$$$ one!

Early start 5am after a long day yesterday, it’s like getting up for work! We meet down stairs in the lobby with the others for a pickup in a stretch limo.

Its very chilly, but clear, not a cloud in the sky –perfect for flying and not unlike the Central Otago brisk clear mornings.

The sun is rising; it’s a great time of the day.

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We weigh in and are too heavy to combined to all go in the same helicopter……they are all blaming my handbag hahaha.

We have a safety briefing  and are introduced to our pilot “Tony” who tuned out to be a character and a half, just full of knowledge while cracking funnies all along the way and took the piss out of me and Annie constantly haha.

We sat up the front with him; I think he preferred us sitting next to him then Phil and Putty 😉

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I had a blonde moment, and spoke in to the CB backwards; Annie had hers when she questioned Tony about the hoover dam and lake. She asked what they did with all the dirt they dug out to make the lake. LOL Tony was quick to reply they used it to make a north island and a south island and decided to call it New Zealand! We all pissed ourselves laughing. Not so much at Annies expense but the way he answered.

We landed, after a fly over the Hoover Dam and up the Grand Canyon. The terrain is amazing, very sparse and all rock, nothing much grows but the few plants that do have adapted. Rainfall is only 4-10 mls per year, but when it rains there is nowhere for the water to go because it’s so dry it doesn’t absorb, so it leaves dry river bed looking pat\terns all over the canyon.

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We took 100s of photos, sat for a lovely champagne breakfast on a cliff in the Grand Canyon, before flying back to Vegas a different way and taking in more stunning views. A very unique view was seeing all 3 states at once, Nevada, Utah and Arizona.

The dam is at its lowest (see pic) its ever been. It doesn’t look that much but if you think about the size of the dammed lake, it’s actually a huge amount, with little rainfall, warmer seasons and more population……makes ya wonder how long their supplies will be there for future generations?

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We arrived back into Sin City , the day was just beginning!

Meet up with Swiftys and Mains and we started on our explority adventure, of course these don’t last long before the boys find bar ha-ha.

We walked the pavement of the famous ‘strip’, it looks a lot different place in daylight, weather still fresh. We went in and out of all the casinos, everyone with a different theme to entice you into spending all your money with them.

Our hotel has a rollercoaster with a NY yellow taxi as the carts outside the whole casino-it’s huge! The New York skyline is the view from the strip. Truly amazing! Inside it’s a mass of different towers-each containing accommodation along with different bars, restaurants and shops all with a New York theme and feel about them, including the floor!

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(the veiw out our bedroom window)

We saw the fabulous water fountain show at the Bellagio, the famous Caesars Palace, all so much to see a little over whelming and lots of walking. The Venetian my fav (I’d have to say) for Lunch- expecting of course an Italian eatery, instead we sat by the canal (a water feature runs throughout the hotel with singing Italian men serenading couples on their gondolas).The restaurant was Mexican! Not Italian?

Putty ordering us all margaritas and then we ordered the meal, it was amazing, like everything else we had so far experienced. Best Guacamole I’ve ever had, hot and tasty!

More margaritas and a few different beers, we were all getting our glow, feeling full!


We decided to keep moving, walking through the Venetian, experiencing the Italian feel.

Us girls purchase handmade masks (fingers crossed they make the trip home unbroken),the boys purchased cigars from a proper cigar den. Then while we were booking a trip for the gondola, Phil surprised me with the biggest strawberry I’ve ever seen and chocolate dipped  ooouh!So sweet , he and the strawberry too LOL proberly the most expensive strawberry I’ve ever eaten!

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The girls decide a bit of shopping is in order; Annie has been itching to get a shopping bag in her hand. They have lists of orders from the kids. I’m not a shopper, but hanging with the guys ain’t that appealing either. We head out to the outlet stores in South Vegas.

I found a Chinese massage and then I planted myself there, having the most amazing foot and neck massage. While the girls shopped up a storm. Michelle buying another suitcase and filling it!!!

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I must say I brought some cosmetics, Elizabeth Arden (I use) were a quarter of the price then at home! Sooo cheap.

Girls still shopping I found myself sitting at a wig/extension stand. The sales assistance helping me fill in time while I wait for the girls. One blonde wig later and attached, I left with long blonde curls …1 out of the 3 girls noticed immediately (took a few minutes for the other 2).

Shopping done, off to drop the bags off at the hotel and then find the boys… Hooters

They’d been there a while, surprisingly not looking to bad considering the jaegers they had consumed (see receipt)

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Time to move….we traipse off into the city that never sleeps to the MGM-the biggest of all the casinos I would say. We managed to walk in a complete circle easily done hahaha…… saw this guy (see pis)

the size of a table literally!!! See 2 chairs next to him? I actually am surprised we haven’t seen more big people, the way food flows over here and everything is supersize before asking it to be up sized!!!

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I have to say these boys are the most touchy feely bunch lol, always punching, hitting and tripping, ankle tapping ,they must miss each other (Swifty did a geat action move, when Phil ankle tapped him in the middle of the casino, he did a drop , roll and up in a split second to the delight of everyone in the area that was watching).

Found our way outa of the MGM finally, At this stage, late and drunk , all still in our clothes since sun up this morning, we were all in 2 minds what to do? Tired, but its Vegas!

We decide a show is in order!

Unfortunately it seems all the greats are on their week off this week.

*Advice good idea before you book your trip to Vegas, check out who’s performing in town)

Celine is in China for the Chinese New Year, Rod Stewart finished on the 9/2/13, Shania is on holiday and Pink starts here world tour here in Vegas tomorrow (15th) When the others fly out to Fort Lauderdale. Gutted, all acts I would have like to seen, but there are still 100s of shows to choose from though.

We decide on Zumanity a Cirque Du soliel show

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Very sexy, raunchy, with hot topless bodies and a bit of comedy thrown in as well. It was great! Although Phil did sleep  through it haha (true to form).

A great show with some extraordinary acts, woman swimming-diving into a large cocktail glass. Lots of High ribbon dancing (think PINK) and acrobatics also added to the humour was the audience involvement too, but we had to wonder if that wasn’t staged too???

One of the characters did come up behind us while Phil was zzz-ing and placed his arm so it was around my shoulder… woke him for a bit lol. It finished with a fantastic finale with 1000000000s of red rose petals falling from the entire theatre ceiling all over us (I’m still finding the petals in my hand bag now), it was kinda magical.

Show done and everyone horny, we head to bed —-in our respective rooms! Sleep and ready for another day.

Michelle and I booked on the Gondola, so we dragged Swifty and Phil along and Mains as the Paparazzi for us (chief photographer on this excursion)

A short ride but totally worth it.

We were the 1st of the day so we were privileged to be sung to by all 8 of the Gondolier, before being ushered into our waiting Gondola and then our ride with good humour, jokes and serenading (not by the boys but our Gondolier) as Mains ran alongside taking photos lol.

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Valentine’s day in NZ but still the 13th in USA, he told us the story of Saint Valentine.

He was Italian and accused of a very bad crime, was incarcerated and was to be killed. He loved his wife so much, he wrote to her daily. What he didn’t know was that authorities were intercepting his mail and reading his letters. With that they worked out that he in fact was innocent, he became famous a ‘The Romantic’ and so became St Valentine’s Day in his remembrance.

An enjoyable experience and neat to share with good friends….even if Mains was on the outside of the boat lol.

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We caught up with Chris and Anne, M and swifty left us to go on a hunt for their 20th wedding anniversary pressie to themselves…..platinum watches.

We all went to Madame Tussards a fav of mine.

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A bit of a giggle posing with life size and life like celebrities and taking pics.

We went in to Area 51 a sideshow at Tussards.

Mains lead the way, we had to all place our hands on the person in fronts shoulders. Very scary but fun at the same time. Annie and I literally wet our pants and both agreed lucky Kirsten went shopping instead! We were in hysterics laughing but scared at the same time! Putty wanted to hit someone …ha-ha he was at the back so got the brunt of it.

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The experience was a live act, with us walking through several dark and poorly lit areas with real monsters, creeps and freaks ( out of work actors proberly) coming out and frightening the bejesus out of us!!

Still on an adrenalin high after that we went to find all the shoppers at the shopping mall, more shopping!!!, Though this time I did find a dress, or the dress found me I should say. A designer hand made number….oooozing Vegas, I had to have it…(See pic of us all off to Old Vegas)it was on SALE and half price! I had to have it!

The boys took off to do what they came for….well one of the things, To the Gun club, these boys were like kids in a candy store shooting ooziies,9mm pistols ,Glook 9mm and a saw!


The day was getting away on us, I was starting to feel the effects of not enough sleep, so much fun and too much booze…..I decided I needed a snooze instead of shopping I also needed to pack for LA.

Boys back at the casino; Phil gets his winning streak on playing Black Jack-wins $700 before tea. We all get dressed and ready….my last night in Vegas!

We are going to Old Vegas a part of Vegas off the Strip about 20 mins drive, less expensive and more authentic with a lot of locals.

We all dressed to kill, grabbed a limo and headed to Old Sin City… the looks a lot more Sin goes on there then the strip these days 😉

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We’re all buzzing-marvelling at what we’ve already fitted in Amazing!!

Old Vegas was rocking, it’s kind of how I thought the whole of Vegas would be.

Music, dancing in the street, lights everywhere, eccentric people, weirdoes and all sorts. It’s fair to say we were slightly over dressed.

The locals tend to go to Old Vegas because it’s cheaper. Not all of it but most.

We went to a fabulous (and expensive) steak house. Gold Nugget, it wasn’t just any old steak house! No-siree! Steaks to order, Crab, lobster all paid for by the kilo and they weren’t cheap!

But the meal was amazing, the thing over here appetisers (we call entrees) are big! Entrees (we call mains) are massive! Everything is super-size!!!

Bart and Putty decide on the Alaskan crab, Putty let me have a try. My best description would be not so much seafood taste, but a lush silky taste, it’s like a chicken/turkey flesh but not taste.

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They served it with sweet corn and macaroni cheese if you please!

The bubbles were flowing and Phil was still winning!

Every time he would go for a smoke he’d put a bit on the table, he couldn’t lose!!!

The bubbles still flowing, we had a fabulous meal with extraordinary service……..

Dinner done! We went into the fanfare of Old Vegas, they have covered it and have an amazing light show on the ceiling. The music is pumping, people are everywhere and everyone is fizzing. Such a great atmosphere.

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After dancing up a storm, Michelle almost tripping over Annie in her OMG  Vegas purchase shoes (see pic below) and the 3 of us almost wetting our pants again in fits of laughter, we thought it a good idea to head back- I had an flight to catch…

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Dilemma, our earlier limo driver had waited for us and spotted us after we had organised another…..some of the others felt bad so went with him, we stayed in the Limo that we hopped in with Mains….it was a Escalade with all the bells and whistles.

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A night cap back at our Casino and I say my goodbyes……Mains till next time, the rest for 2 days.

Michelle and her shoes (I’m still to try them!) got the better of Kirsten , Annie had tried them earlier. Kirsten adding to our nights entertainment with a fashion show of her trying to walk in them…so funny….oh and then Putty surprising his missus with a lovely single rose……It was Valentine’s day now!!!

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2am And I’m to bed… I have to be at the airport in 2.5 hours!!!!

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2 thoughts on “Sin City…..ticked off the Bucket List & Grand Canyon Too!”

    1. Thanks Daisy 🙂 we have just returned back home to NZ. I have plenty more blogs to update on here yet.I,like you ( at a look at your blog-its great btw) wish I had 2 sets of hands so I could write as much as I really want to 😉

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