A Weekend in Vegas

In similar fashion to our recent trip to NYC, Jesse and I decided to steal away for another short stay in the States. This time: Las Vegas. Invited by our good friends, we had the blessing of staying in a home not far from the Strip and had a weekend of non-stop action.

thr strip from red rock canyon

Despite the reputation of Las Vegas, our favourite aspect by far was the desert. The serene, expansive, colourful, mind boggling desert – cacti, red sand and all. We couldn’t resist making the 10-hour round trip to see the Hoover Dam and Grand Canyon. It was a relief to escape the city after a Black Friday shopping trip.

hoover dam
photo opportunity
hoover dam
hoover dam

grand canyon

We returned to Las Vegas for an evening on the Strip. The architecture, hotel lobbies and bright lights were nothing short of spectacular, and the relaxed laws humored us. Where else do you purchase alcohol in a pharmacy and stroll town with a drink in the hand? With no laws on smoking the casinos wafted cigarette smoke and, being Vegas, naked ladies printed on business cards littered the streets.

planet hollywood
in Vegas you can buy a drink anywhere. including the pharmacy
MGM grand

The dancing fountains outside Bellagio Hotel were spectacular; the imitation Statue of Liberty, and Eiffel Tower, although tacky, were quite impressive. But the best part of downtown – the shows. We bought tickets to Cirque du Soleil, Ka. I highly recommend the front row seats…

bellagio fountains
beneath the eiffel tower... in USA

Unlike our usual trip, this one was not foodie-focused. Although we ate well and enjoyed a range of cuisines, I didn’t embark on this trip with a list of must-visits, and instead found myself enjoying some American chains (including Chipotle) rather than the usual boutique foodie finds. A highlight was finding Project Pie in the basement of the hotel where Cirque du Soleil was shown; wood fired pizza makes for an excellent midnight snack. Oh, and a trip to the Hersheys and M&Ms stores for dessert.

project pie pizza
m&m store

On Sunday we were taken to Red Rock Canyon by our incredibly hospitable hosts to see the views from above and to look down on the Strip in the midst of the great expanse of desert. They later took us to a local chocolate factory and a cactus garden – to see huge, real cacti in person was yet another highlight for me!

atop red rock
atop red rock canyon

Overall, Las Vegas was a complete contrast to what we expected. The amount of nature and beauty within the vicinity blew us away. We loved spending time with our friends and their family, being educated on the history and the economic downturn that affected the city, and experiencing American culture for ourselves.

3 thoughts

  1. Great post, Christina! Thanks for these glimpses of your whirlwind time in Vegas. Looks like you packed lots of epic moments in! 🙂 Especially love the pics of Red Rock Canyon.

  2. Awesome photos Christina! Looks like a lot of fun 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it so much despite the “non-foodie” focus of the trip. I always enjoy reading your blog whether its food focused or not!

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