Exploring Las Vegas

27 October 2014

Bally’s Hotel, and the Paris Hotel with the Eiffel Tower


Today is our last day in Las Vegas, and the second last day of our adventure in the United States of America.  We were in no hurry to get up, and had decided to visit a few of the other hotels and perhaps have breakfast at Caesar’s Palace, which is close to our hotel.  However….we again got lost going out of the hotel – the previous night the Grand Canyon coach had dropped us off opposite our hotel and we could see Caesar’s Palace next door.  So, it seemed feasible that if we exited the hotel where we had entered the night before we would be right where we wanted to be.


The gigantic Mirage Hotel

One advantage of losing your way in the Venetian is that you are bound to find another part of the hotel that you haven’t seen before, and this is what happened – we discovered another cafe where we could have a late breakfast, before setting out on our discovery tour.  We finally found our way out (I’ve decided roller skates would be a great mode of transport, as you can walk miles!) and Caesar’s Palace.  First we walked past The Mirage, Treasure Island and Harrah’s before reaching Caesar’s Palace.  Again it is a vast complex of buildings including The Forum Shops with a large fountain out front.  They are also doing renovations there, so we had to do a bit of a detour to find our way in.  The entry opens straight on to the Casino, which is vast.  We had a wander and found a Starbucks within the hotel, so had a long cool drink, it was very hot outside.


Caesar’s Palace – what can I say?








The Forum Shops, part of the Caesar’s Palace complex (left) and (right) it was so hot I would have liked to dive into Caesar’s fountain!

Pete was beginning to feel the heat at this stage, so decided to head back to the Venetian while Marlene and I soldiered on.  The billboards and neon signs are huge, some of them almost covering an entire building – you couldn’t miss them!  We had to use a bridge to get over the busy road, and then found ourselves back at the Bellagio where we had been to the Cirque du Soleil show the night before, after walking past Bally’s,and the Paris Hotel (with the Eiffel Tower).  It was cool and quiet in the Bellagio, the quaint gardens are so colourful, and we decided to stop at the Bellagio Cafe for lunch.










The attractive entry (left) and cafe where we had lunch at the Bellagio Hotel


















The decorative and vibrant gardens in the Bellagio Hotel

Then it was time to make our way back to The Venetian to cool off a bit, have a rest, pack our bags for tomorrow, and get ready for our last show, Cirque du Soleil “Zarkana” at the Aria Hotel.  It was a beautiful theatre, and a great show (although ‘O’ had probably lead us to expect more!).  It was a 7pm show, so it was only 8.30pm when it finished and we decided to finish off the day with a nice buffet dinner at the Aria, before catching a taxi back to our hotel.

Tomorrow will be our last day in the US, and it is going to be a long one.  We will catch an early taxi to the Greyhound depot for our coach to Los Angeles and our flight home.  Time for bed!

Las Vegas street scenes









 You never know who you will meet in LasVegas!







Carmine’s confirms the size of American meals – and you can’t get much bigger than    the billboards in Vegas!








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