Arrived in Vegas and booked into a motel on the outskirts due to another big convention and country Emmy Awards that were on in town !! It didn't particularly worry us as we were just looking to wind-down after our road trip and we still had our car to get us around to the fashion outlets in the suburbs. Soooo we shopped for a while then we shopped some more and when we were tired .... We shopped SOME MORE!!!!!
We returned our car back to the airport on the morning of the 24th and proceeded into town to check into the Palazzo for three nights after all the country singers/actors had left town.
Since our car had to be back by ten and our room wasn't ready we thought we would familiarize ourselves with the Venetian/Pallazo complex.
Well......7 hours and about another four shopping bags later we arrived back to check into our wonderful home for the next few nights. (Just for the record R did most of the purchasing).
The complex Palazo/Venetian complex is huge and the Grand canal/ St Marks square replica is incredible. The day sky with clouds painted above gives you the impression that the clouds are slowly moving across the sky as you walk around the. You have to be careful you don't walk into things as you study the sky!!
Our room/suite is huge. It is split level with a couple of steps down to the lounge area. Our room overlooked the Wynne Hotel's Country Club area with its decadent Pools and Golf course. We were told that it costs $500 for a round of golf!!!!! After all it is where Prince Harry got himself into trouble.
Awoke at 5am!!!! To catch our coach out to the southern rim of the Grand Canyon. After the pick-up and transfer we settled into our 5 hour bus trip to the Grand Canyon airport where we were transferred onto our Bell helicopter for our flight over the cayon.......Truelly SPECTACULAR
What an amazing experience, well worth the early start. For those who are yet to experience a helicopter ride it was very sedate, G found the rides at Disneyland to be worse. NOW THAT'S SAYING SOMETHING. We returned back into Vegas at 10 pm and collapsed into bed.
After a late start the next day we decided to check out all the different Hotels, Bri & Ash, Nan's favorite was the Dancing Water display at Bellagio, Pop enjoyed the volcano eruption at the Mirage . We both voted the Ventian as the best experience overall although the Bellagio,s Botanical gardens was also good. With Gambling tables every which way you turned R managed to only play once a grand total of $50 (such restraint). We had a really nice meal in one of the Palazzo restaurants, such a change from the normal, Pizza, Burgers and Mexican that are normally on offer.
September 27th & 28th
Had a late departure and then off to the Airport heading for NEW YORK, so exciting. Our flight arrived into JFK at 5:30am where we navigated ourselves out to the Express Shuttle that took us to Grand Central Station. That is an experience of its own with platforms going upto over the 100s. We managed to get ourselves train tickets and board the 7:05 to Stanford where we picked up our car ready for our next road trip. We couldn't believe the ease in which we were able to navigate our way around and made our destination in record time. Currently we are waiting for our hire car to become available and then we are heading for Newport Rhode Island area. Hopefully R will be suitably impressed.
PS Sorry for the lack of photos we are unable to transfer them from the IPad to the Website, hopefully we will be able to find a computer at one of the hotels we stay at that have this service