A Farm Girl Does Vegas

This Christmas we decided to head south to warmer weather for awhile rather than hunkering down in cold and snowy Canada. Our first stop was the sunny desert city of Las Vegas, Nevada. From there we drove to Phoenix, travelling along Route 66 and making a pit stop at the Grand Canyon. If you missed the blog posts I wrote about those experiences, be sure to check them out.

I’ve travelled through Las Vegas before but have never spent a significant amount of time there. We were there for 3.5 days and I must admit that I was ready to leave by the time the final day arrived. Yes, it was fun but it was also exhausting for this farm girl. Las Vegas is coined The City That Never Sleeps – and is that ever true. It’s non-stop action. Throngs of tourists crowd the streets making it difficult to get anywhere. The bright lights at night and the constant noise of not only people but of the casino slot machines is almost too much for me. I’m also not much of a gambler which is a big reason why many people go to Las Vegas.

We eased into our time in Las Vegas by starting with some “country” experiences. We checked out Gilley’s, the famous country saloon in Treasure Island, and took in the Country Superstars show. We also enjoyed breakfast at the popular Hash House a Go Go in The Quad, which serves “twisted farm food.” I really liked the decor which included old farm photos on the walls and wheat sheaf bouquets on the tables.

As I look back on my Vegas experience I can’t help but think that the farm girl in me definitely came through. The farm girl who often prefers wide open spaces, the sound of silence, natural light provided by the glowing stars and no one around (except maybe some animals), felt a bit out-of-place among the crowds of people, bright lights and loud noise of The City That Never Sleeps.

Some of my Sin City highlights are captured in the photos below.

The Bellagio had some of the best indoor Christmas decor including a huge Christmas tree, reindeer hanging from the ceiling, a running model train set and tons of beautiful poinsettias.
The Bellagio had some of the best indoor Christmas decor including a huge Christmas tree, reindeer hanging from the ceiling, a running model train set and tons of beautiful poinsettias.
The Bellagio fountains from the ground. The fountains are choreographed to music.
The Bellagio fountains from the ground. The fountains combine water, music and light for a spectacular performance.
On Christmas Eve we went to the top of the Eiffel Tour and took some nice photos of the Bellagio fountains.
On Christmas Eve we went to the top of the Eiffel Tour and took some nice photos of the Bellagio fountains.
The Venetian also had some nice outdoor holiday decor including an outdoor skating rink. And of course they offer the famous Venice gondola rides.
The Venetian had some nice outdoor holiday decor and activities including an outdoor skating rink. And of course they offer the famous Venice gondola rides.
The Wynn created beautiful things out of flowers including this hot air balloon. Incredible!
The Wynn created beautiful things out of flowers including this hot air balloon. Incredible!
We went into the huge Coca-Cola store and enjoyed a Cherry Coke float.
We went into the large Coca-Cola store and enjoyed a Cherry Coke float.
We went into the huge M&M World store which is four floors. On one floor you can buy different kinds of M&M's in bulk (pictured). I couldn't believe how many different kinds there were and kinds that are not available in Canada. My favourite is the raspberry-flavoured M&Ms.
We went into the huge M&M World store which is four floors. On one floor you can buy different kinds of M&M’s in bulk (pictured). I couldn’t believe how many different kinds there were and most of these kinds are not available in Canada. My favourite is the raspberry-flavoured M&Ms.
New York, New York is always popular. Perhaps because it has a fun roller coaster through it.
New York, New York is always popular. Perhaps because it has a fun roller coaster through it.
The Statue of Liberty made from Jelly Belly jellybeans in New York, New York.
The Statue of Liberty made from Jelly Belly jellybeans in New York, New York.
We walked through the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay and met this bad boy. Check out his teeth!
We walked through the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay and met this bad boy. Check out his teeth!
A trip to Las Vegas probably means you'll be doing lots of walking - up and down The Strip. We came across this Emergency Footwear vending machine on the sidewalk where you can actually buy new slipper-like footwear. Do your feet hurt? Why, yes they do!
A trip to Las Vegas probably means you’ll be doing lots of walking – up and down The Strip. We came across this Emergency Footwear “vending machine” on the sidewalk where you can actually buy new slipper-like footwear. Do your feet hurt? Why, yes they do.
View of The Strip from the top of the Eiffel Tower at night.
View of The Strip from the top of the Eiffel Tower at night.
View of The Strip from the top of the Eiffel Tower at night.
Another view of The Strip from the top of the Eiffel Tower at night.
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  1. I love how your report what you did, I could easily be in Vegas from your photos and little notes, It must have been a nice change from your winter. I am happy you got to experience it. Keep those blogs coming, I love to read about what you are doing, Sandra

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