Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Las Vegas with a seven year old & his Mum. Day 3 - 5

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We are getting into the groove of Las Vegas.
We tend to have early starts, and early nights.
But that is also as I don't want my son exposed to a lot of the events
in the street at night.
This includes drunks, and drug addicts - some of which break my heart.
I think "that is some-one's son".
One guy had me in tears - I was really sad.
We have a cleaner who seems to think we need toiletries.
I mean 10 cakes of soap, and multitudes of hand cream.
I try only to keep what we need.
So we decide to hand the rest out to the homeless as we walk along.
This is actually received very well.
Many just want to be spoken to and cared about.

I have been approached to do a time share visit and in exchange there are freebies.
This includes a dinner, a show, Madam Tussauds, gondola rides etc.
So we sign up and take the coach ride out of town.
They have a kids club and I have to sit through two hours of hard sell.
Alas, I say no - and we head back on a coach.
We meet a lovely couple of people - so it turns into a fun ride back.

Then we decide it is swim time at Caesars Palace.

There is a photo shoot going on nearby.
There is also Mike Starr who plays in Dumb and Dumber and the Goodfella's.
He is asleep behind me.  
My son comments on his snoring as he is asleep with his mouth open.

Again it is way too cold for me.
I snuggle into a gazebo.

We have a quick shower there before racing up The Strip to Planet Hollywood.
We have booked tickets to Pet Popovich.
It was a pretty good show.
It includes a lot of circus acts as well as pet tricks.
He has saved a lot of strays and trained them up for the show.
It all seems petty loving and caring.

We head from there to use our outdoor gondola ride.
The neon edges on the gondolas makes it very pretty.
Our driver sings us some funny songs.
This time we meet a couple of girls and share the gondola which was nice.

We head inside to a lovely Italian Restaurant where we have our dinner voucher.
It is actually really hot in here - I am melting!
We meet some nice people at the next table.
As I have hardly been out at night, this feels like a real treat.

We finish dinner and just as we do we hear the volcano show will start in 5 minutes.
It is right across the street

Next day we had plan in the a.m. 
So after that we headed to Circus Circus.
It was old and run down.
I suggest you give this a big miss.
Apart from a great lunch we had at a reasonable price at the Mexican Restaurant.
So we drive and park at New York New York.
We wander around there.
Not much for kids - there is a kids arcade though.
But we have seen too many by now and so that is a good $$ save to leave there.

Then we head next door to the Excalibur.
It has a great Jelly Belly Statue of Liberty.
I don't suggest touching it - saw one guy lick it - gross!!!
They have a downstairs fun park.
We change some $$ and get two free games.
Then my son plays and wins tickets.
He finds the machine open, and without prompting, 
he quickly goes and finds a staff member to fix it.  I am impressed. 
 "I never took any", he tells the man.
So the guy opens it up and gives him a heap.
It was a great lesson in honesty paying off.

We then walk to the Luxor.
It is quite impressive to wander around.

Even the foyer is well presented, and we talk about Egypt and learn a bit.

There are a couple of non suitable shows here.
Human preserved bodies for one.  I had seen the posters so we steer clear of this area.
We do enjoy this cafe area.
This seat is made up of bottle tops.
Others are made of number plates - excellent art!

The tram is running for free today (aerial monorail).
So we take it a couple of times for fun.
Then we meet a guy in the carriage who lives here and fills us in on how much Las Vegas is losing each year; how the taxes work; and what else to see.

So next is the M&M shop.
We pick this, as by far there are more M&M shopping bags walking around town,
than anything else we see.

It is 4 floors and also has a movie theatre.
We watch a 3D movie "I lost my M in Vegas".
Really it is a bit scary in a couple of parts for little kids!

We enjoy the top floor.
My son has a temper tantrum as he wants to buy a load of stuff and I say "no".
One of the hard things about travel.
I mean he was seriously throwing a fit!
The guy tells us there is an M&M store in New York.
So I promised him I can look there for a "small item".
We buy a $2.50 M&M ice-cream and go.

Next day we head to Madam Tussuad.
We do love the interactive models.
There are way too many to load up here, but it is a heap of fun.
You can be on TV shows, play sport, laugh with a talking Elvis etc.

I do like this shot of Obama and my son - very life-like.
However, I don't suggest the Scream section for little ones.
But it is set well apart and signposted if you wish to avoid it.

We then head for lunch to Caesars Palace.
We know the Cheesecake Factory is in here - and this is a favourite restaurant.
Good food, great service, and we get to talk to a couple lovely people.
I love how in Vegas there are up and down curved escalators at the Venitian.
And this curved one at Caesars Palace too.

After a long and late lunch we head to Flamingos.
They have an awesome garden with pink flamingos
(you can see behind us).

This will be our last night.
We want to see the opening Christmas parade.
there are three faced walking snowflakes and flowers on stilts.
It is an open air Italian Theatre.
There is ice-skating, and a changing colour Christmas Tree.
It is also cold!

These actors are fabulous.
Our flash would not work and they were patient for about 5 minutes.

These flower people were beautiful and so graceful.
If you are planning a holiday before Christmas - I would see this.

This is a great time to start talking about Italian Operas to my son.

It is a magical and awe inspiring night.
Something you have to see - the camera does no justice.
What an end to Vegas!

As we drive out the next day town is empty.

Goodbye Las Vegas.
I doubt I will be back.
There is an air I didn't like.
It is Sin-City.
But we did try to find the good.
And we were able to talk and care for a few lost souls we met along the way.

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