Harsh words! Yet my excursions to
Gambling aside, and that’s a big aside as you can hardly escape from it here. There are slot machines in the airport, in the convenience stores and just about everywhere you can turn.
You can tour the world and rove through history on The Strip. There’s the Venetican for that touch of
Travel back in time to visit the ancient Egyptians at the
Lots of famous cities, like
They even had a contribution from the Irish.
How glamorous? They even knew how cold my Mums home town was that day!
The only place to stay in Vegas is “The Strip”. Don’t even consider anywhere else! Last time I was here, I stayed just off The Strip, in a cheap dive. Our friends had their van broken into and had a lot of stuff stolen. The money we spent on taxis getting to and fro The Strip safely would have contributed nicely to staying in a better place, situated on The Strip. All in all, it proved to be more trouble and cost than the $25 a night room was worth!
There is a huge range of budgets to choose from on The Strip. The first night we were there, we stayed in the
This concrete box, with windows and balconies, is situated slap bang, mid strip and is an excellent location from which to see many of the wonders of The Strip. From here you can easily dander to places such as
We had Breakfast in Paris,
The room in The Imperial Palace was fine, with an oriental theme, but it could have done with a paint job and new carpets. It did have comfortable beds and was surprisingly quiet, except for in the morning, when a tour bus idled in a courtyard, beneath our window.
On our way back through Vegas, homeward bound, (I’ll deal with Vegas in this blog and discuss the Grand Canyon separately in the next blog) we stayed further south on The Strip, in the Egyptian themed
Though the room cost over twice as much as The
The restaurants were excellent and we had both dinner and breakfast in the
You are bound to find accommodation to suit your budget and style on The Strip. Check out the likes of Expedia for rates. Then, book directly with the hotel to avoid having to prepay. Very often you can cancel such bookings 24hrs ahead of time too, which you can’t do on Expedia. Check their cancellation policies to be sure.
I learned two very valuable lessons on this trip. The first is to do with car rental in
Recession has taken its toll on the car rental industry!
Photo taken on Route 66 on way to
The second lesson probably applies not just in
So, we self parked. We were tired, the car park was huge, and we got lost on the way into the reception. The next morning, we had to search three floors of the car park, dragging our suitcases behind us, getting grouchy and irritable, before we eventually found the car. It’s hard to find a car you’ve only seen it once or twice from the outside.
With great relief we found the car and headed to the
On our return to Vegas, homeward bound, there was no question of “to valet or not to valet” – we happily handed the car over. Lets face it, what good would the car be in an earthquake anyway, especially if we couldn’t find it?
Thanks to Jane – the nickname for our GPS system (I’ll explain more about that in the next blog) we found a short cut and managed to make it to the rental place, only to remember that we had not topped it off with gas (petrol – for my European readers), so I dumped poor Mum and the bags there. Heart thumping with stress and the fear of getting lost, I went and got the gas and was back in fifteen minutes flat!
It is always a relief to get to the departure gate. And a bummer when the flight is delayed, as ours was, for an hour! However, it was worth it as we watched the Presidents motorcade drive across the tarmac and minutes later Air Force One took off in front of us! Cool!
Next week – The Grand Canyon!