Vegas Vacation

las vegas welcome signIf you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you probably saw that a few weeks back (well before this craziness we call back to school time) Nick and I had our Vegas vacation. This was a pretty spur of the moment trip, planned about a month out, but it worked out pretty well because of that. We got some great deals on flight and airfare which was perfect for our limited summer budget. Of course I would have loved to go somewhere more glamorous, like visiting the real Paris instead of just the Las Vegas resort, but I think everyone should see Vegas at least once. It is one of the crazier truly American places with its opulence and silliness and tourist traps. As for our trip, we had about four full days after arriving Monday night around 1am and leaving Friday night at 11pm. Nick and I stayed at Paris Las Vegas and I highly recommend it. We were upgraded to a suite (which unfortunately I didn't snap any pictures of!) and it was right in the heart of the "newer" part of the Strip. The Bellagio fountain was right across the way and other casinos like New York New York and Caesar's Palace were a pretty short walk away. It was great being located where we were because we walked. And walked and walked some more. My legs were seriously sore on the flight home!

Everything in Las Vegas is larger than life and also pretty expensive. We spent the majority of our money on food and did free stuff like wandering through the air conditioned casinos and lounging in the desert heat by the pool. One of my favorite meals was at Gordon Ramsey's BurGR at the Planet Hollywood casino. The burger was so juicy and the fries had the best dipping sauces. It might not be a "glamorous" meal but a burger and fries is the way to my heart. We also had the most delicious and high priced meal at Carnevino, Mario Batali and Justin Bastianich's steak house. My filet and mashed potatoes with egg and bacon were so decadent. The service was impeccable and so relaxing, the absolute perfect vacation dining experience. We also had a fun night at Serendipity over at Caesar's and our final meal was at P.U.B., Todd English's beer bar and restaurant. Oh and let's not forget my scrumptious lemon and blueberry crepe at our very own hotel. That's reason enough to return!

People flock by the thousands to gamble in Las Vegas but because I'm not a gambler and Nick really isn't either, we explored all the other things Las Vegas has to offer. Also I didn't want to spend a lot of money so the cheaper the better. My favorite thing to do was to just roam through all the casinos. It's like an adult Disney World! New York New York was amazing with its city streets and the roller coaster that circles around the whole resort and rumbles overhead sounding like the subway. I definitely want to go back and visit the pool at Mandalay Bay because it has a lazy river and wave pool. It was fairly easy to fill our days with free stuff and wandering around. When we got tired we just hung out by the pool in the shade of the "Eiffel Tower"! Seriously, I could go into a ton of detail describing the amazing sights of Las Vegas but I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

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butterflies aria las vegasI loved the butterflies overhead at Aria Resort and Casino on the Strip

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sting ray las vegasThis sting ray lived in the aquarium inside the Forum Shops at Caesar's. They were renovating it so we couldn't see the whole thing but I loved watching the rays glide through the water.

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bellagio flowers las vegasThese flower umbrellas hanging from the ceiling in the Bellagio were so colorful; they'd make a fun DIY project.

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Okay, I did win a little bit playing the Deal or No Deal slot at the Monte Carlo. Our Vegas vacation was definitely fun, pretty relaxing and I'm glad I finally got to go!