Since we didn't do anything big for our 10th anniversary last year, Ryan and I decided to go on a quick trip to celebrate our 11th anniversary. What better place to have some childless fun than Vegas?
It's too bad our anniversary falls in December because the pools outside our hotel room looked quite inviting:
We had lots of fun just sight-seeing. We walked through most of the major hotels and watched the Bellagio fountain shows (during the day and at night) and the Mirage's volcano show. We marveled at how big everything is, too. After all, who needs to go to Paris when you can see the Eiffel Tower in Nevada?
And forget the real Venice when you can see the gondolas at the Venetian:
The Christmas decorations were phenomenal, too. This polar bear at the Bellagio is made entirely of flowers (you can see the worker repairing his paw):
I even got Ryan to pose in front of these super cute penguins:
We took a half day trip to the Hoover Dam. And, yes, since our dam tour guide encouraged us to take "all the dam pictures you want to", we did:
(The only picture we have of the two of us together!)
The highlight of our trip was the Beatle's LOVE show at the Mirage:
(The entry way to the show)
(I thought the cocktail list was cute.)
Ryan is a huge Beatles fan and I'd always wanted to see a Cirque de Soleil show so this was a perfect fit for us. He really enjoyed the music and the symbolism involved in the show (which I totally didn't get because I don't know their music as well) while I was just awed by the whole thing in general. Wow.
As for gambling.....well, we're not big gamblers. Ryan broke even on the craps game he played and I lost one dollar in a slot machine just to say I gambled while there. Other than that, we didn't even glance at the tables and slots. The city of Las Vegas didn't get a whole lot of money out of us.
As always, we learned some lessons while there:
1. Keep your hands in your pockets so no one can hand you fliers while you're walking around.
2. Don't even make eye contact with the guys trying to sell you a time share. Definitely don't talk to them; otherwise, they'll follow you and won't leave you alone.
3. Once you've walked through all the hotels you care about seeing, use the monorail or bus system to get around. Save your feet.
4. Despite what the ads may say, don't take your kids to Vegas. It is NOT a family oriented place.
5. If you do take your kids, don't let them take pictures with the people dressed up like Elmo, Hello Kitty, Disney characters, etc. that stand on the street corners. We saw a few of them take their costume heads off and well, let's just say they're not the classiest people.
6. Vegas isn't just a tourist destination for Americans. Don't be surprised if you start to think that there must be no one left in Japan when you're visiting.
7. There's no such thing as a cheap buffet in Vegas anymore. That is most definitely a thing of the past.
8. Get your inevitable embarrassing moment out of the way as soon as you arrive. If possible, get the same cab driver we did; he dropped us off at the wrong hotel and since we'd never been before and didn't know where we were, we looked really stupid trying to check into the wrong hotel.
Overall, it was a fun trip. I don't know that I want to go back any time soon, but it was definitely memorable.
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