Viva Las Vegas, Baby!
January 29, 2013 4 Comments
Las Vegas is the sandbox/playground for adults and a very reasonable tourist destination for people like Ed and I who don’t gamble or drink. We spent a day wandering around the world for our first stop on our winter retreat last week.
The weather was a bit warmer than our Oregon winter but the mist and clouds that day were very familiar though oddly rare according to the locals. We didn’t mind the mist one bit and it was a relief not to worry about sun burn.
Outside the Eiffel Tower hotel and casino is when Ed was asked to take a picture of four lovely young women and it was nostalgic for us as they were sisters. Three even had dark hair and the forth was a blond – just like our four girls. Taking the picture of the four sisters had a circle-of-life feel. We began as a couple, and now are again.
Ed and I have not been to Venice, yet, but we were able to get out of the misty streets of Las Vegas and wander along Venetian styled canals – complete with Gondoliers serenading the passengers – and through a representation of an outdoor marketplace.
The sky and cloud painted high ceiling really made it feel like a summer day. The aromas were mouth watering and this hotel-casino is on our list as a place to stay when we return to this desert oasis.
We have been to New York City many times and were amused to see a magical castle in place of Ellis Island, and a roller coaster instead of the bridges. NYC’s city streets (inside the NY/NY hotel-casino) had the flavor of an earlier time than our memories from the past few decades. We could have wandered those streets all day.
But there were gardens to enjoy and Grecian Statues to admire.
We also loved the dolphins, waterfalls and fountains – some even danced to the music.
We stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel, which lived up to its name with loud music and memorabilia that included spangly outfits and smashed guitars. Every dynamic entertainer was represented in life size displays and actual costumes. The casino is always open and players were always present, even on a Thursday afternoon in January.
However, the real highlight of our one day-night in Vegas was directly across the street from our hotel – The Hofrbrauhaus – a traditional German beer hall where we not only enjoyed the foods but the music.
This was very nostalgic for us as we attended The Hofbrauhaus in Cleveland, Ohio, on many weekends when we were dating. The first song played, as we took our seat at the long tables, was performed exactly as we remembered.
Dressed in traditional Bavarian apparel (Dirndl), the staff paused from serving steins full of beer to participate in The Chicken Dance that has somehow become an Oktoberfest requirement – at least in America. The lead singer of the band shared that this song & dance is no longer performed in Austria or Switzerland and has been replaced by The Macarena and other group dances.
This was my first trip to Las Vegas and it was an utter delight for me. I’ll be watching for package deals for winter-weekday specials in the years ahead. I’d hate to be there during the busy seasons but the variety of international flavor, only a two hour flight from our dreary Oregon winter, is nicely condensed. There was nothing dreary or shabby about the Las Vegas I tasted.
We did gamble a bit and lost about seven dollars. This picture is to prove I played the slots as I promised my friends I would. I stuck with the penny and nickel wagers and only played the machines that appealed to me for personal reasons. Like Lil Red and her wolf reminded me of my friend Gina, who knows a thing or two about playing the slots. I’ll have to ask her for insights before I try again.