Friday, September 21, 2012

Las Vegas For Beginners

Well we made it!

Taking two small children on a long flight where they miss out on a nights sleep wasn't the most fun thing I have ever done, but we survived and after a marathon sleep by all involved we were ready to roll.

Initial impressions of Vegas is how much like the Gold Coast it is.  The bit around Cavill Avenue that is. But on a grander scale. Except without beach and with a whole lotta desert. But just as much class.

Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike the Gold Coast? Especially the bit around Cavill Avenue?

We stayed in the MGM Grand for a couple of nights. The room was fine and the view pretty amazing. The hotel/casino itself was mind-blowingly massive. It was like a shopping centre/casino/hotel/water park all in one that took about 10 minutes to walk from one end to the other!

While out for a walk along the strip we spied these Aussie bikes leaning against the wall at FatBurger (how appropriate). While snapping these picks a guy rushed out and in an American drawl said "so you like the electric bikes?". I said "I sure do. They are Australian made" He replied "yep" and seeing no further opportunity to flog one to me retreated to his burger again.

While not my cup of tea, Vegas is nonetheless an experience and an eye opener to see what can be done when you throw a whole shipload of money at a barren piece of desert.

Apart from the food, the kids are loving it so far. They have blown lots on souvenirs and stuff. Next we pick up the RV and try to remember which side of the road to drive on.

Edit: I almost forgot this photo which says it all really....


  1. It sounds like your first impressions of Vegas are much like ours were too.

    We regret not renting a car and seeing some more of the State such as Hoover Dam. We were only in the city for 3 days and 2 nights, but it was about 2 days too long.

    I'd love to go back, but only to fly in, see a show, and fly home.

    1. No, not really my cup of tea.
      I added a photo of a shirt I saw on the last morning we were there. Says it all really.

  2. Nice pics mate.
    Those mountains in the background look like they could be filled with great motorcycle roads.

    Things really are bigger in america.

    1. Don't know about roads there. They looked pretty barren and it was about 39C each day, so winter would be the riding season I guess.


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