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Zoe Sherratt
09-01-2009, 04:42 PM
(Still getting the hang of the uploading picture thing so sorry if they are stupidly big or not there or something).

Thought I would write a report about what me and Steve did over the New Year. It was decided that a trip to Las Vegas would be an interesting way to spend the New Year so at 7.30am on Boxing Day we headed off to Heathrow.

We managed to get a very good deal on the tickets and with BA miles that were saved up it meant we could upgrade to first. Arriving early at Heathrow to chill out and enjoy the lounge before the eleven hour flight.



We took full advantage of the food that was on offer, along with champagne.


On the plane and off we went. As we were settling down to sleep, ear plugs in, PJs on Steve starts looking for something. I try asking him what he is looking for but he canít hear me because of the ear plugs. He is looking all around his seat, on the floor, under the covers. Finally he takes his ear plugs out and I ask again. He was looking for his eye mask/cover thing.

It was on his head :rolleyes:.

We were flying into LA and then driving to Vegas, so after collecting our bags and making it through customs we set off in search of our hire car. We had decided to go with Alamo and had requested a 4x4 but when we got to the Alamo desk we were greeted by a two and half hours queue, they only had one guy on the desk :( . Then to be told they were running out of cars and we would have to take what we could get. We eventually managed to get hold of some car keys for a Mercedes and we headed off on the 4 hour drive to Vegas.

The first day we mainly slept and had a wander round the hotel, we were staying in the Encore. It had only been open a matter of days so all very new and shiny. This was the view from our room.


I think what has happened here is we got the reflection of the room as well as the view of the strip, still it looks interesting though.


Day two we headed off to Red Rock Valley, we took the time to have a drive round looking at the scenery and also taking some pictures.




Zoe Sherratt
09-01-2009, 04:43 PM
Day three we got up and late and headed over to the Hoover Dam, the queues to get to it were awful as they have security checks. It seems silly, they donít check cars they only check trailers and SUV but they donít have two lanes so the traffic backs up while they check the vehicles that need to be checked. They are in the process of building a fly over so people no longer drive over the dam as after September 11th they worry there is a terror risk. So after sitting in this queue for over an hour when we finally got there we had to turn around and back to Vegas. This was going to be a queuing holiday.

Day four was spent having a look round the immediate area of the strip around us and some gentle shopping. The problem I found was that most of the shops were Dior, Channel or Cartier and Iím more a Primark girl ;)

Later that evening we went to see a show called Le Reve at the hotel, it was hard to describe but it was sort of a dance telling a story but the dance was done in the water and the stage was basically a large plunge pool. It was impressive to see them drop girls over 20metres into a plunge pool that didnít look all that deep. I think they resurfaced, it was hard to tell.

New Years Eve we decided that as we had a good view and the fireworks over the Strip in previous years have been very good, we thought we would go for dinner and then go and watch the fireworks from the room.

Normally the fireworks are set off from the roofs of the hotels, but last year the top floor of the Monte Carlo hotel went up in smoke so they were setting them off from the car parks. We had been told that not as many hotels were taking part this year but we still hoped they would be good. Unfortunately we couldnít see all that much, only one hotel near us had fireworks and they set them off from the car park behind the hotel.



Lots of people were also down on the Strip, but it was freezing and after the fireworks not being as good as in previous years Iím glad we stayed in the room.

New Years Day was spent relaxing and having lunch in the Stratosphere. The views over Vegas were fantastic and I would recommend going if you are ever in Vegas. The dining room sits at 800 feet above the ground and it is one big rotating plate, so you get 360degree view while you eat.

The menu


It all looked very nice but being the common girl that I am the burger seemed the only option LOL.


The views down the Strip.


The inside of the restaurant.


The dessert trolley, we still canít work out how the ice cream didnít melt as the trolleys were permanently left in place.


Steve with the trolley.


I had never seen crystallised sugar on a stick before.


Day seven was spent walking the strip. Well part of it.

The Venetian has gondola rides.


Zoe Sherratt
09-01-2009, 04:45 PM
Outside Creasers Place.


The ceiling in the Bellagio.


The fountain at the Bellagio.



Me and Steve outside the Bellagio.


The Pairs hotel.


The volcano at the Mirage.


Day 8 we headed off to the Hoover Dam for the second time, we decided to get up a little earlier this time. It is huge, it was built to control the Colorado River and to stop it flooding and also as a source of hydro power, as a result of the Dam there is now Lake Mead. Our tour guide told us that contrary to popular belief only 4% of the power created actually goes to Las Vegas and none of that goes to the Strip.


On the tour we went to look at the turbines that are making the power.



The view looking down at the power houses from the top of the Dam.


The border line of where Nevada meets Arizona on top of the Dam. Steve was in Nevada and I was in Arizona and an hour ahead.


One the way back we stopped in at the Sercet Gardens where they had 8 month old tigers and a 4 month old dolphin.

This tiger came and posed for pictures.


Watching the dolphins.


Zoe Sherratt
09-01-2009, 04:47 PM
Later that evening we went to see Phantom of the Opera, the show was very good but some planks turned up over 20 minutes late and then the staff let them in meaning we had sat up as they barged their way down the row.

Day 9 we had a lazy day and went to go and see David Copperfield in the evening, he was impressive. He appeared on the stage in what looked like an empty box on a motor bike. Walked through a big fan and appeared on the other side of the theatre and for his final trick made 13 members of the audience disappear from the stage and then reappear at the back of the theatre.

For our final day we decided that doing a sunset flight over the Grand Canyon would be a nice way to finish the holiday. The tour entailed a flight to the Grand Canyon to have a champagne lunch (sparkly wine in a plastic cup and celery sticks), then fly over the Hoover Dam (making it now the third time we had seen it) and finally a flight over Las Vegas at sunset. Unfortunately it was the one day out of the whole trip that was cloudy.

Valley of Fire from the helicopter.


Helicopter landing in the Grand Canyon.


I should point out it was freezing with the wind chill, even the Russia couple who were on the tour were saying it was cold.

Steve with his cup of champagne.


View on the flight out of the Canyon.


On the flight over Vegas we managed to get some OKish pictures.



The Strip.


The freeway that runs parallel to the Strip.


Early start the next day to get back to LAX, no real problems getting there. We stopped on the way the way to get a Macdonaldís as the US is the home to it. I asked for a chicken nugget meal expecting 6 chicken nuggets. No I got 10!

Boarded the plane and settled for the 10 hour flight home. We flew back over towards Vegas and the Grand Canyon.



Us having dinner.


Steve looking like he is enjoying his soup.


Landed in Heathrow and arrived home later on Wednesday, we had a really good time and enjoyed seeing the sites. It was a bit of a shame about the fireworks but we enjoyed the evening none the less. Just very very tired now.

09-01-2009, 04:58 PM
Originally posted by Zoe Sherratt@Jan 9 2009, 05:43 PM
The problem I found was that most of the shops were Dior, Channel or Cartier and Iím more a Primark girl ;)
:lol: :lol:

Don`t believe you. :whistle:

Looks fabulous, thank you for making us jealous :thumb:

I can`t see Steve in a silk shirt :o

First class, blimey, I wish :(

09-01-2009, 05:16 PM
Fantastic report, great pics and glad you and steve had fun!


09-01-2009, 05:27 PM
Great report, you certainly enjoyed Vegas a lot more than I did! :lol:

Good read though, and Happy New Year!

09-01-2009, 05:38 PM
Great report, we did NYE in Vegas a couple of years ago and it was great. As for shopping, if you go back, try the 2 outlet malls, good shopping and stupidly cheap prices.

09-01-2009, 06:01 PM
Nice report - I need to go to Vegas sometime.

09-01-2009, 06:04 PM
Wow, Zoe, that looks great.

Cold? we'll have to take your word for that. Bloody freezing here.

Happy New Year to you both, and thanks for sharing a trip report that isn't just about the track! :D

Chris D
09-01-2009, 06:24 PM
Wow, i need to go to Vegas.

Was this a spur of the moment thing then, did you get a good deal?

Who did you fly with, Air force one?

Zoe Sherratt
09-01-2009, 06:30 PM
We knew we wanted to go away at New Year and it was a choice of the Ring or someone else and we decided for a change we would try somewhere else. Then Steve found that BA were having a massive sale and we had saved up miles so flights were a good price and Vegas at new Year looked like fun.

Helen G
09-01-2009, 06:33 PM
Great pictures. Look like you had fun!

First class must have been nice! What did you think of T5? :whistle:

I was there from Boxing day till NYE last year, had a great time.


Dave G
09-01-2009, 06:35 PM
Oops that one was me (Dave G!)


09-01-2009, 10:59 PM
1st Class on long haul is the only way. If only I could afford it :(

Vegas looks B)

10-01-2009, 07:33 AM
great report. i am sure you had a brilliant ny eve :thumb:

10-01-2009, 10:36 AM
BA First FTW!!!! Its not virgin upper, but its not bad :D Looks like a lovely holiday, hope you both had a great time



11-01-2009, 02:12 AM
Originally posted by Weeman@Jan 10 2009, 11:36 AM
BA First FTW!!!! Its not virgin upper, but its not bad :D
Check you out!!! :smack:

Excellant report and it seems as though Vegas is a top place to spend new year!!!

11-01-2009, 08:17 AM
Great report!

This year was the first year in ages we didnt go away, so 100% need to go somewhere next new year!

Gary Kinghorn
11-01-2009, 09:13 AM
Did you have breaky at the Wynn at all. Now that is one amazing experience for just over a tenner :thumb:

Did you go on the rides on the top of the strat? I went on this :o

I didn't go on this :lol:

Same pics as you :lol:

Good fun isn't it :thumb:

Zoe Sherratt
11-01-2009, 11:49 AM
We did eat in the Wynn as our hotel was connected but not for breakfast.

Nope, we decided that doing the rides after lunch was not a smart idea or we were to scared :shame: .

11-01-2009, 12:22 PM
I've never wanted to go to Vegas but having read this I may have to put it on my To Do list B)

Looks like you had a great time....

but Zoe...NEVER NEVER admit in writing that you're a Primark girl! :lol:

11-01-2009, 01:26 PM
Would love to go to Vegas sometime. It's on my list to do.

Oakie was good enough to fly me to LA & back last year and I got a FC seat on the way home. Lovely :thumb: . If only I could afford to fly like that every time :(

11-01-2009, 03:26 PM
Originally posted by Hippychick@Jan 11 2009, 01:22 PM
but Zoe...NEVER NEVER admit in writing that you're a Primark girl! :lol:
A bloke would never realise that was a problem :lol:

11-01-2009, 07:13 PM
Originally posted by Helen G@Jan 9 2009, 08:33 PM
First class must have been nice! What did you think of T5? :whistle:

I was there from Boxing day till NYE last year, had a great time.
Yikes, 6 days in T5, unlucky

11-01-2009, 07:36 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Jan 11 2009, 04:26 PM
A bloke would never realise that was a problem :lol:
Some would think its an advantage, more cash for petrol :D

11-01-2009, 08:21 PM
Originally posted by rossm+Jan 11 2009, 08:13 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (rossm @ Jan 11 2009, 08:13 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Helen G@Jan 9 2009, 08:33 PM
First class must have been nice&#33; What did you think of T5? :whistle:

I was there from Boxing day till NYE last year, had a great time.
Yikes, 6 days in T5, unlucky [/b][/quote]
lol :lol:

Zoe Sherratt
11-01-2009, 09:44 PM
Originally posted by jjturner@Jan 11 2009, 08:36 PM
Some would think its an advantage, more cash for petrol :D
I&#39;m all in favour of more petrol plus a JK :D

11-01-2009, 11:45 PM
Good report, Vegas is great :thumb:

We stayed in the Mandalay bay, i remembered walking in and thinking wtf...Amazing, the whole place is bonkers :lol: :lol:

14-01-2009, 06:27 AM
Great report Zoe- I have been to Vegas 53 times with work (incl taking Gary) and have kinda got bored with it all, you have revitalised some of the pleasures of the place- Valley of Fire is stunning isn&#39;t it?

Looked bloody cold there- they had snow this year, unheard of, they closed everything down. How English.

15-01-2009, 04:59 PM
Good write up and pics Zoe, I&#39;ve been to Vegas 3 times, it&#39;s always been crazy hot, can&#39;t imagine it being cold :blink:

Rumour has it that the next US F1 race will be in Vegas, a good excuse for a 4th trip :D