Las Vegas Trip Scrapbook

I'm back home after spending three fabulous days in Las Vegas. It was my first time in the world's entertainment capital, and I enjoyed every minute of the trip. I also had the incredible opportunity of meeting one of my dad's old friends, José Antonio, and his lovely wife Marta. They've been living in the city for almost 40 years. José Antonio has recently retired after working in the local hospitality industry for many decades. This adorable couple made my stay in Vegas completely unforgettable. Thank YOU from the bottom of my heart!

Some of the most recognizable Vegas landscape

Saturday, May 26

10.30h I landed in McCarran Airport. There's a pretty convenient shuttle service that takes travellers to the hotels in The Strip for just $7. I made it to the hotel -Imperial Palace- before noon. About the hotel, well, it's the perfect option if you look for exceptional location and want to spend the minimum amount of dollars. Don't expect much more than that!

15:00h My dad's friends picked me up at the hotel and took me to lunch at Carnegie, a lovely NYC style delicatessen located on The Mirage. I had the delicious Salmon Chanted salad, and we shared the classic Cheesecake for dessert.

After lunch, we headed next door to The Forum, an AMAZING shopping mall and entertainment center, that recreates the glory and aesthetics of the Ancient Roman Empire. It's part of the Caesars Palace. You can find there a wide range of retail stores, from Gucci to H&M and anything in between, as well as some fine dining spots.

19:00h LOVE I was SO looking forward to watching the Cirque du Soleil tribute to The Beatles and the show totally surpassed my high expectations. It was a 90-minute fantasy full of magic, beauty and great music. It was delightful to see those guys interpretating classic hits like Drive My Car, Hey Jude, She Loves You...It's definitely the best musical I have ever seen!

21.30h Dinner time at Le Range. I had the best Filet Mignon of my entire life while enjoying some of the best views in Vegas La Nuit.

23.30h Bed time!

Sunday, May 27

5:30h The day started pretty early, as I headed to Grand Canyon. This definitely was the #1 highlight of the trip. You don't get to see one of the world's seven wonders every weekend, do you? The tour was kind of tiring but definitely worth it. I couldn't help but remembering the 'Grand Canyon visualization trick' that my beloved power-blogger Joanna Goddard, from Cup of Jo, wrote about on her post called 'Do You Worry Too Much?' Next time I want to get rid of a bad thought, I'll imaginary throw it to the Grand Canyon to then see how small it becomes!

Hoover Dam
By Eagle's Point

The skywalk
20:00h I finally returned to the hotel, and my friends were waiting for me with tickets for the Human Nature show. Oh Joy! Legendary producer Smokey Robinson discovered those four incredibly talented Aussie guys, and took them from Australia to Vegas to put together one of the most acclaimed and vibrant shows in The Strip. During 90 minutes, the band performs some of the most popular Motown hits and certainly got us dancing and singing our heart out throughout the show...It was SO much fun!

23:00h Bed time!

Monday, May 28

9:30h After doing the check-out at the hotel, I headed to Serendipity 3, for a 'light breakfast'

11:30h José and Marta picked me up at the hotel to take me to visit one of their sons and his family -her lovely wife and two sons, a four-year-old incredibly gorgeous boy, who loves to put on some customs, and an adorable 3-week-old baby boy! What a gorgeous family!

14:00h We headed to the amazing Tour Eiffel Restaurant, at the Paris casino, where I could meet José and Marta's oldest son. He is VP of Marketing and Public Relations of one of the biggest Casino Corporations in town. It was a privilege for me to hear him talking about some of the insights of that multi-billion business. As much as I hate gambling, I'm fascinated about how the whole system works! The food was amazing: I had Half Avocado, Lump Crab Meat à la Française and The Ocean Seafood Salad. To top it off, we were overseeing the Bellagio's Fountains! Pretty unbeatable!

16:00h It was time to have a little dessert and for that matter, we hit Sugar Factory, in an attempt to keep up with the Kardashians (Kim is one of the owners).

16:30h It was time to say good bye to my friends. What a lovely and unforgettable time we had! At that point, I had ahead of me three more hours to explore the strip on my own, before heading back to the airport. I decided to focus on two of the hotels/casinos: Paris and Venetian. Lovely!

At 20.15h I was at the airport, ready to get my 21:55h flight back to Miami. What an amazing and intense time I had! And then, it sudendly hit me: I had the best Vegas experience without gambling or partying at night!

Have you ever been to Vegas? What did you like the most?


  1. great post!! looks like you had an amazing time:)


  2. Las Vegas is my DREAM VACATION! :)

  3. Vegas- I've always wanted to go! Hope to make it there this time next year :) Pics are great!

  4. guapa¡¡ menudo viaje¡¡¡ que pasada¡¡ el gran cañon tiene que ser genial¡¡ mil besotesss

  5. The Forum is nuts isn't it? Best shopping all in one place.

  6. I just went on my 2nd trip there this past April. We had a blast! (Too much walking around though!) I loved the shopping! The Fashion Show Mall has so many great stores (Topshop, F21, etc.). Of course the Forum shops are incredible as well. My favorite restaurant there was La Cave inside the Wynn...Or it could have been the Encore. I can't remember. They had the best steaks I have ever eaten. Glad you had so much fun! I really wanted to see Phantom of the Opera while I was there but we didn't have much time. (It was playing at the Venetian I think...)


  7. Wow, looks like a wonderful weekend, love your pics! The Cirque du Soleil are just amazing, no?

    Yep I've been to Vegas but was 11 years old at the time so wasn't exactly the city's target tourist demographic... I remember being very excited about Merlin the Magician at our hotel, ha, and some white tigers in one of the casinos (I think). I'll have to head back soon and see the adult side of the city, looks like a lot of fun!

  8. Elsa... I don't even know how to start... Wow...
    Amazing!!! Vegas and the Grand Canyon... It must've been a great weekend...
    Those are 2 places I would really like to visit.. pity I didn't get the chance when I was kind of nearby...
    The pics are awesome!!! Makes you one be there!!! :)

  9. I wish I could get to Vegas- it has been years! All the food and shopping looks fab and I will add a Cirque one day!

  10. Wow !!! You squeezed so much in - loved your diary extracts and your Las Vegas snaps :)



  11. Love Vegas! Where else can you stay up all night, eat as much as you want, take in a show, and maybe come home with some extra cash?!? Looks like you were able to experience alot while there. Newly following and appreciate you stopping by my blog and leaving a comment so I could make my way over to you!


  12. I love the pictures! I have yet to visit vegas but I think everyone usually associates vegas with gambling! even though that is true lol but it's nice to see you can still have a great time. Makes me think of taking a trip a lot sooner. Nice blog :) Hope you can stop by!

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