I know I said in an earlier post that Sean and I are not “city dwellers.” This is true 99% of the time, with our idea of a vacation being a beach or a cabin where we can unplug, but Vegas has stolen our hearts in so many unexpected ways.
Today was our first and only full day here, and so we woke up early – well, I wanted to stay in bed but Sean told me it was noon to trick me into getting up. We headed downstairs for breakfast and had some delicious fresh-squeezed juices before venturing out on foot to explore the famous 4.2-mile Las Vegas Boulevard, aka The Strip. Tip: we quickly learned that it’s much easier to take a taxi to the different stops. Even though it’s a concentrated area, things are still pretty spread out.
I was worried we wouldn’t have too much to do since we didn’t come to party, but I was hugely mistaken. We had this stereotypical image in our head that Vegas was just one big drunken fest, but Vegas proved to be so much more than its casinos and clubs.
We started by going to The Luxor’s Titanic exhibit. Unfortunately photos weren’t allowed, but this exhibition was jaw-dropping. Heartbreaking stories of families who lost their lives lined the walls, while the ambience placed you back in time with reconstructed-to-blueprint rooms like The Grand Staircase. Recovered items, ranging from dishes and teacups to rose gold jewelry and ivory combs, further connected you to the thousands of passengers aboard. Suddenly you found yourself shivering in a pitch black room with an iceberg ahead, reading quotes from survivors. You can’t help but leave speechless.
Back to present day, we lightened the mood by playing tourist at all of the stunning resorts like Bellagio and Caesars Palace. The architecture, flooring and unique decor of each are enthralling. Getting lost in these majestic modern-day palaces was oddly fun, and before we knew it we had just burned through our afternoon and needed food pronto.
We were drawn to the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas resort, Mon Ami Gabi, and it was a food match-made in heaven. We kept reading about how Vegas has killer burger joints, but this French steakhouse blew our minds.
We ended our day at The ARIA, where we saw Zarkana, a Cirque du Soleil show. The pure talent here is out of this world. Of course watching dozens of performers with amazing bodies for two hours only made us hungry again, so we stopped at what we thought would be a more casual dining option – The Buffet at ARIA, but it was one of the fanciest self-serve experiences I’ve ever had. We went up four times to sample a little bit of everything.
The sights, sounds and food are keeping us up way past our bedtime. Vegas, I’m sorry that we assumed you were just booze and clubs. You are a multi-faceted city, and we will certainly be back someday!