Tuesday, August 2, 2011

We Conquered Vegas

The ladies of my family, three generations of women, tackled the hot, hot, H-O-T city of Las Vegas.

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I feel like I sweated off about 10 pounds with the heat combined with the miles and miles of walking.

I had a fabulous time with my mom and maw maw and we saw SO much. I don't know if I'd ever return; I'm not a big gambler nor do I drink and well those two activities are sort of the main thing. Las Vegas is completely intriguing and impressive and I think once was enough to last my lifetime.

We booked our flight, car, and hotel through Southwest vacations and everything went smoothly. We stayed at the centrally located Mirage Hotel and it was so busy. {I took about 100 or so pics with my cell phone but my mom captured better ones with her DSLR...when she uploads them I will be sure to share!}

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Out of all of the hotels we visited I seriously think ours had the most amount of people milling about.

I fell in love with the volcano show at night, visited the frozen yogurt shop located inside twice, and enjoyed dolphin habitat as well.

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We did rent a car and used it two days. The other days we walked {A LOT}, took taxis, and the monorail. I would suggest taking a taxi whenever possible. Hotels look so close but really they are miles away. I was sort of prepared to walk a little but not nearly as much as we did. Thankfully I wore comfortable shoes and managed to keep my feet in shape.

On the days when we used the car we visited Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon. Both places were a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of Vegas.

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A couple of things that I particularly loved were the Bellagio Fountains {oh my word--they are stunning!}, taking a gondola ride, going up the Eiffel Tower and eating at Serendipity 3 and indulging in their famous frrrozen hot chocolate.

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We shopped a lot {I'll share my loot in a separate post} and visited lots of the hotel casinos. They are so much bigger than I ever imagined. I don't know why I thought they'd be smaller but I did. I was shocked at how expansive everything was!

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It was such a nice girls' trip and I loved getting to spend a solid 6 days with my girls!

xoxo

17 comments:

Two Thirty Five Designs said...

I am the same as you, not a gambler or a big drinker, but when we go (the mister loves it) I am always amazed people watching! And just everything going on around me ;)

Aubri said...

Joi, what kind of shoes did you wear? They look cute! I'm worried my sandals won't hold up and I'm not a huge fan of wearing my tennis shoes 24/7. How much is an average taxi ride?
Thanks!!

Mama Thompson said...

You really did go from one end of the strip to the other...impressive because yes, those casinos are not that close to one another. Glad you had a great time!

Lynett said...

Great pics!!! You made me so excited for my trip, I leave in 15 days!!! YAY!

Michael said...

I'm laughing because as many times as I have been to Vegas, I've never seen the Welcome to Fab Las Vegas sign!

Looks like you had a wonderful time...glad you're back safe!

Collins said...

glad you ladies had such a great time!!

Michelle said...

Vegas looks like so much fun! I have never been but will have to add it to the list of spots to visit. And btw, you look so cute in all your pictures Joi! Love your style :)

Amanda @ Heart Tree Home said...

Looks like you had a great time! We don't gamble or go "clubbing" either, so people were surprised we wanted to go to Vegas, but is there any better people watching anywhere? I don't think so...

Sharstin said...

looks like you guys had such a great time~ love your cute outfits too!
i am with you--vegas is fun--we don't drink or gamble either--but it is fun to go to some shows, and the hotels really are amazing.....and then there is the shopping... fantastic! can't wait to see your finds!

Coley said...

Looks like so much fun! I want to kiss that dolphin right on the nose :)

Coley

Melissa Beck said...

Glad you had some fab mawmaw and mom time :)

TamStyles said...

and to think we missed each other. i am still mad at the thought.

Cori said...

Looks like you had fun! Love how close you three are... That's so rare and special! And too look so cute in your outfits!

gail said...

wow! It looks like ya'll had such a good time!
I love the pic of you sipping on the drink. You're too darn cute! :)
gail

Leslie G said...

I'm like you- I'm not a big gambler and we don't drink, but I still crave Vegas. =) One thing that's nice is that when you have kids, it's hard to get away on vacation and going to Vegas good place to go for 2 days.
The Bellagio fountains are so breathtaking, I agree! On one of my trips to Vegas we drove through the Hoover Dam, and also stopped at the Grand Canyon. Glad you had fun! Can't wait to see what little shopping goodies you found.

Penny Nicole said...

looks like a blast! Your pics of the desert made me so homesick for arizona. isnt the west coast amazing?

Miranda said...

Those were some great pictures! Looked like sooo much fun!

Mianda
www.justdrinkacoke.com

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