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Unread 22 Apr 06, 04:37 PM  
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Return to Vegas: The Experience - Jet lag, shopping & getting around

Todays Objectives:

1. Las Vegas Outlet Center (Belz)
2. Star Trek: The Experience
3. Fremont Street Experience
4. Binions Steakhouse

Outcomes:

1. Achieved
2 4 Rescheduled
5. Dinner at Quarks bumped from Thursday

Jet lag is a wonderful thing isnt it? I woke up at 4.30 TC had been awake since 3.30 and was trying to be quiet!

Made some coffee with new kettle TC said it was very slow I asked if it was dual voltage he had been using it at 240! Once switched to 120, it worked much more quickly! Watched the Weather Channel for a while - by 6.30 we decided to get into gear and were down at the Java Coast Coffee Bar by the time it opened at 7.00 am. Had another coffee and chocolate croissant sitting outside on the patio by the fire. It was actually quite fresh!
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Unread 22 Apr 06, 04:38 PM  
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Wandered around the gardens found the memorial to Bugsy, watched the flamingos and penguins we planned to come back to watch feeding time at 8.30 but TC got engrossed in teaching me the joys of Penny Slots. We never did get to a feeding time!

Bought a ticket for the monorail. The Monorail runs from Sahara at the North of the strip to MGM at the South with stops at Hilton, Convention Centre, Imperial Palace, Flamingo and Paris. Single trips cost $5 there are a variety of multitickets available we choose 10 ride tickets for $35 (this has already shown on CC translated to 19.99).
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Unread 22 Apr 06, 04:46 PM  
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The gardens are free and well worth a look and a quiet sit down. As well as the flamingos there are penguins fed at 8.30 am and 3.00 pm daily. There is also a memorial to Bugsy Siegal, one of the original gangsters responsible for establishing the Strip. In the entrance under the walkway to the Monorail there is a display of old pictures showing how the Flamingo has changed over the years - well worth a look if you are interested in heritage type stuff.
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Unread 22 Apr 06, 04:52 PM  
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We headed off to MGM, crossed the road walkway to New York New York and walked through to Excalibur. From here we took another walkway to Luxor where we caught a cab to Las Vegas Outlet Center (Belz). The first major shopping ensued TC had travelled without many clothes and needed an urgent supply of boxers and socks! I managed to pick up some yoga trousers and jeans. The line in Levis was horrific as all the tills had failed, but we had to stick with it as our return taxi from Gatwick wanted 2 pairs of Levis as his fee!

We had lunch in the food court there before deciding that we would try the bus to get back. The Deuce runs up and down the Strip - $2 per trip or an unlimited 24 hours for $5. The first bus turned up OK and took us to SSTC South Strip Transportation Center. I forgot to take a picture here but it was a strange place out in the middle of the desert rolling brushwood and all! This is where things went wrong. The traffic on the Strip had been heavier earlier in the day and by lunchtime had become gridlocked. This meant all the buses were stuck. Already there was a huge line waiting. and waiting. information being very scarce, a bus finally turned up about an hour later. We all crammed on because of the delay they were not charging. Once the bus hit the Strip it stopped. We were tired by now but came round by the time we reached MGM to realise it would be quicker to get off and Monorail back. Which is what we did. We then needed a shower and a lie down it was nearly 4 pm and we had left Belz at 1.20!
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Unread 22 Apr 06, 04:56 PM  
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Duly refreshed, it was back onto the Monorail, heading North to the Hilton for Dinner at Quarks. I choose Sulus Tossed Shrimp with a glass of Trill wine (White Zin) TC had Tripps Jambalaya. After eating and avoiding the Klingon singing a drinking song, we hit the shops on Deep Space Nines Promenade here I must have saved at least $150 as the selection of goods was very disappointing to hardened Trekker merchandise customers like ourselves! I only managed to spend $45. Trill wine, jet lag and an advancing Klingon accounts for the look in my eyes!

It had dropped really cold by now and the wind was positively chilly. On the way back it became so fierce that at one point, the monorail stopped! We got off at Paris and investigated the Penny slots here before finding a shop within the Flamingo selling White Zin. in little bottles a regular stopping off point before bedtime!

By now it was all of 9.30 but we were fit to drop, so after watching the fountains for a bit that is exactly what we did!

Tip 3: Plan your bus trips around a 24 hour $5 ticket then you can hop on and off at your leisure! (if you buy at 11 am it is valid until 10.59 am the next day!)
Tip 4: Monorail is not subject to traffic delays multi tickets work out cheaper as you pay for more journeys smaller journeys e.g. Paris to Flamingo are not cost effective!
Tip 5: Use the walkways (usually a moving walkway!) that go from hotel to hotel free trams run from Treasure Island to The Mirage; Excalibur to Mandalay Bay (on return it also stops at Luxor)
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Unread 22 Apr 06, 05:44 PM  
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Thanks for the travelling info as Rio and myself are staying at the Luxor.
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Unread 22 Apr 06, 07:32 PM  
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pity about your plans, pics look great
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Unread 22 Apr 06, 07:51 PM  
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those penny slot machines grab you every time! great report

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