15.01.2014 - 17.01.2014 20 °C
So after packing and a few games in the games room (gotta keep those teens happy!) air hockey being our family game....... Since they were preschoolers if we are at a hotel with a games room, this is our game of choice. We hit the road for our stay at Vegas. I was told the drive was long, and it was 5 hours with and hour stop, but it didn't feel like it took forever. It was an interesting drive, but it was the same same same the whole way...... Not much variety, it was however exciting to be driving to Vegas from LA.
Check out the many freeways below.
We stopped at a 50's diner called 'Peggy Sue's diner' it was very cute, and had a lot of memorabilia, I of course was in my element! It was in a place called 'ghost town' the photos will show you why.
Following this as the sun began to set behind us, the moon began to rise in front of us over the mountains. Now, capturing this on our phones (cuz someone left the fancy camera at home!) doesn't do what we witnessed justice. The moon was huge, the landscape was breathtaking and the colours of the sky were amazing. The teens were even happy to be woken to see this majestic sight that nature had put on for us tonight! How fortunate we were to be part of this miracle and watch it happen.
Then we began seeing neon lights amongst nothingness in the distance - a false alarm (an outlet mall with a roller coaster!) then what couldn't be mistaken for Vegas, Time square lights multiplied by 100! This place is crazy, and so we discovered last night, you need never leave a casino to get to where you need to be, walkways, footbridges and trams from one place to the other. We have yet to step outdoors....... But that is the plan today!
New York, New York, Paris, the bellagio, MGM, mini cities all in one building.
We checked into our Vegas Penthouse, on the 29th floor of the MGM signature apartments, they really are 2 interconnecting fancy suite, mirror images of each other, there is a main entrance that can be closed off so that we can leave access from one to the other. TV in the bathroom, spa bath,balcony to give me a heart attack! You know standard fancy suite.
After settling we booked our shows with the concierge, Michael Jackson tonight, David Copperfield tomorrow and off we went to explore vegas - or should I say smoke filled casinos on our way to the show. The boys were horrified that their favourite movies were turned into slot machines (or pokies as we call them).
OH MY GOODNESS tonight we saw 'Cirque Du Soleil - Michael Jackson One' - it was THE best show I have ever seen and considering my Nan took me to every show known to man from when I was a little girl, that is saying something!!
It was such an amazing way to share the stories of his songs and aspects of his life through song, dance and acrobatics - done with such acknowledgement of his success and respect for him, it was fabulous. It had the Aussie girl who was supposed to play the guitar at his last concert tour and the young girl who would have been singing with him, they both featured in the movie 'This is it' about his last tour plans..... Tonight, Just when you thought it couldn't get better it did - they even had a hologram of him dancing with them on stage it was so awesome. There was no doubt many a tear shed tonight for that very talented artist. It helps to be a fan of Michael Jackson, but isn't necessary. It was just am amazingly put together show!
Memorabilia on loan from Michael Jackson's estate
So glad we went to see it!
Off to start day 2 in Vegas!