5th - 10th June.
11.06.2007 -17 °C
Hi all, its my turn again !!! (San will audit shortly).
Well we are in Hawaii after an absolutely fantastic time in the "party capital of the world".
By the way a correction in past mails..Imelda not Amelda but I`m sure that everyone jumped on that fairly quickly.
We departed NY faster than anticipated, our shuttle arrived some 20 minutes earlier than the time arranged. There were 4 other groups onboard, most having departure times earlier than us, and all at JFK (ours at Laguardia). Everyone else was rather "twitchy" as we were delivered first. Normal security process, shoes also.
One of our carry on bags questioned but allowed. Landed at Dallas, had to catch train, directions very poor, but managed OK.
Touch down in LV was rather "hairy" and for a moment I thought that we were going to slide sideways down the runway, even one of the attendants appeared from the back and said "what happened there ?". (Confidence in American Airways is fast fading). No comp meals or drinks apart from soft and H2O.
First thing you see when you step into the terminal, "slot machines", welcome to Vegas. Shuttle to Treasure Island, great hotel, excellent location in the middle of the strip. (Pridmore Rd Travel Agency, doing a great job). Room had great view and also KS bed.
As we arrived late, we decided to walk the "strip" to get a feel then had a drink and crashed, as the day had been long due to early rise and time change. (We had planned to eat but fell asleep and woke too late much to Phil's disgust!!)
Next morning walked south to Mandalay Hotel, viewing externally with the plan to revisit each hotel/casino. All that I can say is "what a massive place, and where did all the people come from !".
Along our walk we purchased tickets for that night to "Cirque Du Soleil- Mystere" which just happened to be at T/Island. We also investigated our trip to the G/Canyon and settled on a helicopter trip for Friday from "Bolder" to the G/C, travelling down the canyon nearly to the bottom, landing and spending 45 mins enjoying the scenery and having a champers lunch.(We travelled to and from Bolder in a Limo).
We enjoyed a meal that evening (Wed) at one of the many restaurants in the complex, then thoroughly enjoyed the diversity/colour/skills and overall"wow" factor of the Cirque. Brilliant show.
Thursday saw us walk north to view the other end of the strip. (A long walk by the way, they operate shuttles, but we decided to walk even in the heat). Along the way we purchased tickets for Friday night to (Yes this is his name) Hans KLOK (Magician) with his assistant (briefly) Pammy Anderson. That night we ate outside at a beautiful French Rest (Mon ami ) and enjoyed an outdoor floorshow by the french can-can dancers from next door. There was also a fantastic water display to music across the way every 30 mins. Thousands!! of people walking the streets and filling up all of the casinos.
Friday we were collected by our limo and driven to Bolder. Matt our pilot advised that the other passengers were a no show, so we had a personalised trip, along with a young lad, brother of an employee of the firm. We both sat in the front, and San was a little nervous until we had been travelling for a few moments. What an absolute blast. Magnificent trip, travelling over the Hume Dam (eagle view), the meandering Colorado river then the G/Canyon. Decending down into the Canyon and landing was great. The views were breath taking to say the least. We could not visit the new viewing platform on this trip, but we flew past it, and I was disappointed in that it was not a big as I thought, and also it is tucked away in a side canyon. We also flew over the viewing spot where bus trips stop (am I glad we did not go by bus !!). Many photos taken, although I must admit we were both absorbed on the way there, that we nearly forgot. The trip back was excellent, with Matt providing a very detailed commentary. (He was great).
That evening we went to see Hans Klok (magician) who provided a real LV show, with colourful dancers etc. He was also (ably ???) assisted by Pam Anderson. She really confirmed that she cant act ,cant speak, but everyone screamed approval, not sure why...!!!!!!!
Overall the show was worth attending and his tricks even had Sandra saying, "how did he do that ??".
Saturday morning, I headed off to the ticket office to buy half price tickets to "The Legends in Concert" . You can only purchase on the day of the show etc. After a late rise we headed off to one of the largest fashion outlet complex`s, approx 20 mins nth. I have never seen so many shops, especially given all of the ones on the strip in the hotel/casino complexes. Afterwards we ate at Pho ( Vietnamese- T/Island), then attended show. We saw, Ricky Martin, Bruce Springsteen, Janet Jackson, The Blues Brothers, Whitney Houston and to top the show Elvis. Believe it or not it was a very enjoyable night, as they were supported by a full troupe of dancers/singers in colourful LV gear. Afterwards we journeyed back to our hotel and enjoyed the half hour free outside entertainment. It is a Pirate theme, taking place on two life-size gallions, outside the hotel, with one boat actually moving and then sinking. Great free entertainment, including fireworks, explosions, girls dancing and singing.
Next morning, back to packing and catching planes etc, on our journey to Hawaii. We flew to LA via smaller jet, then changed to the huge monster, having the displeasure of having the last seats in the plane, again. Complained a number of times, but nothing happened. American Airlines, never again.
Thanks again for your comments etc, this will probably be our last written "blog" as we will be on the beach for the next three days, enjoying the 30 degrees, but we will post photos when we return.
Chow for now....