Month: June 2016

Las Vegas Bug

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The Las Vegas Bug, it’s a real thing, it grips to your soul and will not let go. A place that isn’t just bright lights and gambling.

It is more of the unique, the wild, the different, a place full of contrasts, shows and fun.

Fancy flying down Fremont Street on a bed? (not literally but you go down on your stomach). A helicopter flight to see the strip at night?.

Hotels

Each Hotel is different, hence has something to offer from the others. The only theme that runs through the place is the casinos and the bright again each trying to outdo the other.

A Gondola ride at the Venetian,  the thrill of a roller coaster through the New York New York. The amazing Fountains outside the Bellagio. From the modern to the Old the lights, the diamanté and the sculptures, there is no place on earth like Las Vegas. Walking through the Cosmopolitan with it dazzling curtains of diamante and striking pink colour to the Shopping in the Ceaser’s Palace with it unique escalator.

In the two trips I have taken, I haven’t seen inside each hotel yet due to time.

Depending who was to come with me again depends on which I stay in, (Money allowing).

  • If I went with a bunch of friends – The MGM. The place to go for Irish trash cans (cocktails).
  • If I were to go with husband again – The Cosmopolitan. Its simplicity is yet stunning and as the name suggests very Cosmopolitan, A view of the fountains please.
  • If daughter came with me – New York New York. It would feel like we had visited 2 cities in one trip. Unless she could sleep in Victoria’s Secrets, then she would be happier.
  • Finally with little man – Excalibur. What Child doesn’t like dragons? the whole place is designed for children or young at heart, it even has a place for kids to enjoy a ‘gamble’.

These are my recommendations from what I have seen from going in to the hotels. I have only stayed in the Circus Circus and Luxor but as previously mentioned all are unique and if I could I would stay in each and every one for different reasons.

Booking travel

Our First trip, I visited our local Virgin Travel Shop. I didn’t care where we went, just had a date in mind. The lady went through lots of choices, prices, dates and flight duration. We eventually chose Las Vegas and for less than £1100 my daughter and were booked to go 21 days later. Flying with United airlines. Whilst there the east were having extreme weather conditions and in light of that and our flights schedule, we visited Virgin. The staff were busy on the phones, not only did they help us but went out the way to ensure we were reassured about the journey home.

Second was different, I was Lucky enough to win the trip so all bookings were done via Endless UK and Ireland therefore it wasn’t in my hands but what a trip. Direct flights with Virgin Atlantic, 3 nights at the Luxor Hotel. In addition to that show tickets  to see JLo Live at the Axis Theatre.

Ultimately there are many choices of agents you can use, from big companies who sort it all for you, to sorting out flights and accommodation separate. Its easy in Vegas to get from the airport, book a limo in advance with sites such as Viator or jump a taxi (between $20 and $40 depending where you go). Daughter and I shared a cab with another couple as a result that helped the cost.

As a result I intend to go back, with daughter who will be 21 by then and can celebrate and enjoy it differently and with the boys to see it via a child’s eye.

Finally don’t forget to sign up to any loyalty card schemes.

 

 

 

 

 

The beautiful Gozo

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Grab a coffee, sit back and close your eyes!

Actually please don’t close your eyes as then you can’t read about the beautiful Gozo.

Arriving via the ferry from Malta you are instantly taken back, while knowing and seeing this beautiful country is steeped in tradition just from first sight. The beautiful limestone houses with charming doorways, some old with flecks of paint and little rusty handles, all as a result add to the charm of this tiny island.

Relax in a country filled with tradition, friendly people, beautiful countryside and rugged coastline. Visit the stunning Azure window or the Ta’ Pina Sanctuary. Enjoy a walk along the coast or hire a bike and cycle round the quaint little villages. Villages bustling with locals watching the world go by or being part of the cottage industries within the small communities.

You can see more about this little gem here . With a selection of accommodation, places to visit and lots more helpful advice.

Visiting Gozo can be as adventurous as you want or completely relaxing, it’s what you want to make of it but you won’t be disappointed.

Finally before we go, remember whilst to support the cottage industries such as Gozo glass, the lace makers and those who weave therefore buying these wares. These unique items help the communities keep to the traditional causing people to return.

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Finally A lovely Maltese Proverb

BEWSA MINGHAJR TAGHNIQA DONNHA WARDA MINGHAJR FWIEHA.
A kiss without a hug is like a flower without fragrance.