Viva Las Vegas – Part 2


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Some more photos from my recent viaggetto (little trip) to “Sin City”. If you missed Part 1, click here to check it out!

 

The Paris

The Paris

 

The Paris

The Paris

 

New York, New York

New York, New York

 

The Vegas Strip

The Vegas Strip

 

Fremont Street - The Original Vegas

Fremont Street – The Original Vegas

Don’t they make you want to go?

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Viva Las Vegas – Part 1


Not Just Another "Dolce Vita"“Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire.” – Viva Las Vegas, Elvis Presley

I’ve decided that Las Vegas is a place everyone should visit at least once in their life, and not just because I happened to double my money while I was down there! The lights, the shows, the restaurants, the hotels, the interesting characters, the history – it all adds up to make a very worthwhile few day vacation. As you know, readers, I was there between Christmas and New Year’s this past year and it was a great time to go. There were lots of shows going on and the weather was perfect for walking the Vegas strip. Mind you, there were also a TON of people there, but I guess that’s to be expected any time.

We had the pleasure of staying at the Venetian Hotel, which was lovely. Inside the place is decorated very elegantly, and they’ve even recreated St. Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal, complete with gondolas and gondoliere. You almost felt like you were in Italy. Plus, my room was equipped with the most comfortable, plush, marshmallowy bed I’d ever slept in. Between eating expensive food (Starbucks is the cheaper option around there) and trying our luck in the casinos, we took in three shows: Elvis impersonator Trent Carlini (I LOVE Elvis, by the way), the musical Jersey Boys, and the (amazing)  singing ventriloquist Terry Fator. We managed to snag discounted same day and next day tickets for the shows from the various Half Price ticket sellers along the strip. We went to the one closest to the Ventian, just down the strip beside the always-packed Denny’s.

We spent our days walking the strip, checking out the other hotels, and visiting the casinos. We had Margaritas (yum!) in Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, went to a shooting range, visited a “classy” jewelry pawn shop and also visited the Mob Attraction. Mob Attraction? Yeah, like THE Mob. Like Lucky Luciano and Bugsy Siegel and the boys who helped put Vegas on the map. Las Vegas’ history is inextricably linked with that of the Mob. For someone (moi) who considers The Godfather one of her all time favourite books and movies, this was very interesting.

So enough with the words – Las Vegas is a feast for the eyes and ears. Here are some photos of my little trip:

Suite at the Venetian

Suite at the Venetian

 

Venetian Hotel - Outside

Venetian Hotel – Outside

 

Venetian Mask Shop

Venetian Mask Shop

Gondolas on the Grand Canal

Gondolas on the Grand Canal

Discounted Ticket Selle for Shows - Made use of them!

Discounted ticket seller – Made use of them!

Elvis Impersonator Trent Carlini

Elvis Impersonator Trent Carlini

 

Ventriloquist Terry Fator + Winston the Impersonating Turtle

Ventriloquist Terry Fator + Winston the Impersonating Turtle

More photos of the Vegas strip, the Mob Attraction and other Vegas hotels to follow in

Viva Las Vegas – Part 2.

Better Late Than Never


Not Just Another "Dolce Vita"

Buon Natale, even if I am a couple days late with my Christmas wishes, and Felicissimo Anno Nuovo!

 

I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas season and I wish you all the best for the new year. Personally, I’ve got a good feeling about 2013, and I sincerely hope it extends to all of you. As always, thanks for reading commenting and passing along my writing to your friends. Let me know what else you’d like to see here on Not Just Another “Dolce Vita” in 2013, and I’ll do my best to make it happen.

I’m closing out the year doing one of the things I love best – traveling. Since Italy is a bit far for a five-day jaunt, my family and I have picked the next best thing: the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas! That’s right, I’m up for 5 days of bright lights, big city, food, shows and maybe I’ll even try my hand at a few giochi d’azzardo (games of chance). Wish me luck!

The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas.

The Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas.

 Here’s to health, happiness and prosperity in 2013.