Back to the Deep Freeze – Vegas/Phoenix Recap

Last night I arrived back in Calgary to a lovely -20 degrees Celsius, the 45 degree temperature difference was not very welcome, especially considering I was already miserable since it was 1 a.m. But never the less while the vast majority of me is still wishing to be in a warmer climate, part of me is happy to be home.

My trip was really, really fantastic! We started off Las Vegas with a bang when we got a limo from the airport instead of a taxi or shuttle. When you get a limo, you pay for 1 hour, so we decided to make the most of that hour and cruise around a bit. We made our first stop at the liquor store, obviously, and picked up a few things including this classy champagne. (BTW…it was terrible tasting)

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Then we headed to the Las Vegas sign! I have seen the sign before but never stopped so I was pretty psyched. I wish we had gotten a picture of our whole group together but there were people a bunch of pushy people trying to sell you photos, I got annoyed and wanted to get out of there.

The Group Minus Tom

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There he is!

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We stayed at the Planet Hollywood, which was an awesome hotel. I love the location on the strip. When we got there, Tom cooly slipped the check-in-attendant a tip and voila we got an upgraded room with a view of the Bellagio fountains!

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I figured our first night would be an early one since we had all worked that day, I had been up since 5 a.m. However, there are no early nights in Vegas. After a night of craps, beer pong and a late night sandwich, we didn’t turn in until 4 a.m.

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The next day it took us a little while to get going. We mostly just wandered around the strip and got in some shopping at MAC! Then after a power nap it was time for Celine!!

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The concert was good, the sound was absolutely phenomenal, the best I have ever heard at a concert. However, I would have to say overall I was a little disappointed. Totally my own fault, but I didn’t realize that her show had changed from her first Vegas stint. Celine’s first show was a true “Las Vegas style show”. This performance was really a more low-key performance. It was beautiful but just not what I was expecting. Definitely a bit of a let down after waiting all these years to see the performance. After the concert, us girls headed to Freemont street to meet the guys. We ended up going to bed a bit earlier this night, 3 a.m. 😉

The next day was all about shopping! We headed to the outlet malls and I shopped, boy did I shop!

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Okay, those aren’t all my bags. But I still got some really great stuff. My favourite store, shockingly, was this place called The Cosmetics Company Store. I don’t know if it has always been there and I’ve missed it every time but it’s a discounted brand name cosmetics store! So of course, I had to check that out.

That night we went for dinner at our hotel at P.F. Changs. Holy food! We had enough food to feed another 6 people, it was kind of ridiculous. Then Tom and I went with one of the other couples to Cirque du Soleil, Love! It was a fantastic show! I have seen a number of Cirque du Soleil shows and this one was really great. It was very different because it didn’t have very much acrobatics but it had such great music, dancing and other special effects that it made up for it.

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After that we stopped at this hookah bar. I am not a smoker and find it repulsive, but I decided to give this a try. Actually not bad! Not something I would do often but it was kind of fun experience. We stayed there until they kicked us out because they were shutting down. Then we were starving for some late night snacks. For the past couple of days we had talked about going to Hash House A Go Go for breakfast but never got up and were too hungry for the 1 hour wait by the time we got going. Since it’s open 24 hours, we figured this was our perfect opportunity to go! It was quite the experience, we got there and saw about 20 open tables and yet were told we needed to wait for a table. Well it was worth the wait! I ordered a banana brown sugar pancake. It was HUGE! And the most amazing pancake I have ever tasted. I think it was around 5 by the time we rolled into bed the last night.

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The next day we were off to Phoenix, I felt bad the first day because Tom and I were just so tired we made very terrible company for my Dad. Phoenix was just about relaxing which was perfect after all the craziness of Vegas. We lounged around the pool most of the time although we did get out for one day of sightseeing. We went on a scenic drive to Saguaro lake, checked out the world’s tallest fountain, went to an orange orchard and had lunch in an olive grove.

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Overall, a perfect getaway. Now it’s time to get my butt back in gear with eating properly and running. My half marathon is just over 2 weeks away!

How was your week? What’s your favourite hotel to stay at in Vegas?

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