Viva, Las Vegas!

I went to Las Vegas on Sunday morning – a 6:00 am flight – for Chelsey’s bachelorette party. After Saturday’s Tiara Happy Hour birthday party for Syd and Natalie, I headed for home to pack and get ready. Once Kymberlie arrived, I realized there was no point in going to sleep – it was after 1 am, and I was going to have to get back up at 3:45 to leave for the airport at 4:30.

I still haven’t recovered.

To be honest, I have never wanted to go to Las Vegas. I live in a city that is already way too hot. I don’t care if you tell me that “it’s a dry heat” – it’s a dry heat in my oven too, and I’m not about to stick my head in there. Also, once it hits 110 degrees, it doesn’t matter how dry the heat is. It is still too damn hot.

So I was surprised when I arrived in Las Vegas and was immediately hit with what a beautiful place it is. We went to the Hoover Dam, and that was really, really, really cool. Kymberlie stood in Nevada while I stood beside her in Arizona. Yeah, it’s the little things that amuse me.

We stayed at Treasure Island. We went to see “O” – the Cirque du Soleil show at the Bellagio. We didn’t get to see the Pirate show, it’s now been replaced with “The Sirens of TI” (truly cheesy, but hysterically funny). We rode the coaster at the Stratosphere. We had pedicures at the Canyon Ranch spa at the Venetian. We did the Bellagio lunch buffet. We saw the fountains there too, which were beautiful but made Kymberlie cry – so I proposed to her. On one knee, in front of the fountains, across from the Eiffel Tower at Paris. She said yes. We shared the news with everyone for the rest of the trip. We rode the Manhatten Express roller coaster at New York, New York. I took a TON of photos.

It was beautiful. Wonderful. The only thing that would have made it better would have been to have had Mike and Jason there. Oh, and for it to be about 80 degrees. I would definitely return, and I would stay at New York, New York. Man, that placed rocked.

We flew in to Houston at 1:20 am. I got home about 2:30 am, and didn’t get to sleep until 3:30. My head aches from sinus pain due to flying. I just want to curl up and sleep. When I do, I think I’ll be dreaming of a return trip to Fabulous Las Vegas…

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

10 replies on “Viva, Las Vegas!”

Sounds like you really had an awesome time! I love Vegas–though I am more of a Mandalay Bay kind of girl. NY-NY is pretty cool though too. Isn’t it totally cheesy how Treasure Island is trying to convince people to call it “TI”?? Come on, bring back the pirate ship!!

We didn’t make it down to Mandalay Bay. We talked about it, because we wanted to see the shark reef, but there just wasn’t enough time. Maybe when we go back. As for that “TI” thing, it’s one of the stupidest things they could do. Why mess up the marketing you already have? Just silly.

America West Vacations has good travel packages at great prices – although we had red-eye flights and a layover. With research, you could probably come close to the same deal.

As for the “TI” thing, I believe it’s because of the whole deal where Vegas is trying to be more “adult” in its entertainment, and get away from the childen-friendly aspects. Hence why you have the shows such as Zumanity and Sirens of TI.

I don’t care if they add more adult content–however, I do really miss the pirate theme! The COOLEST aspect by far was when you’d see on their video billboard an example of a Treasure Island wedding. You see a bride and groom in traditional gown and tux, and THEN….the guy officiating swings from a rope on the mast and lands right in front of the couple–AND he is dressed like a PIRATE! You can’t get much better than that, unless you do the drive-through Elvis chapels. 🙂

And I do admit, Mandalay is a bit far to go–especially when you’re staying all the way at the other end of the Strip at TI.

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