Friday, April 20, 2012

the voyage west: 3/4

Part 3: Grand Canyon, AZ --> Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas was a decided road-trip destination for us the moment we knew we’d be driving cross-country. Finn’s brother Michael has lived there for over 2 years and we looked forward to spending some time in his world. Michael is a legendary host & we had a perfect (I mean it) Vegas experience packed into 2.5 days. He took us to the aquarium and famed Bellagio fountains, led us around the extravagant hotels & casinos, escorted us to a bangin’ sushi dinner AND using his Vegas connections, treated us to a night in the Venetian ALONG WITH tickets to the blue man group. The boys knew about this and kept it a surprise from me – I was thrilled to put it lightly. 

happy in the tunnel at the aquarium. also if it looks like we've been in the
steam room, it's because the aquarium was unusually hot and we are in fact very sweaty.
Jean-Philippe's delicacies at the Bellagio and the wowzas-view from our room at the Venetian. 

me hugging the world's biggest krispy kreme, obviously.
 inside the Venetian. exactly like Venice, but cleaner & it smells good!

you know a hotel room is fancy when it has two levels.
the boys with ceremonial cigars while watching the Bellagio fountains. it was a must.

I didn’t expect to like Vegas as much as I did & I believe my level of enjoyment can be totally attributed to Michael’s incredible hosting.  He made it easy for us – we skipped all the lame parts and soaked up the best. I mean, we even had a few hours poolside at the Venetian and got some desert sunburns – it was picture perfect.  Michael, thank you 1000 times for spoiling us the way you did – your attention to detail is remarkable and I’ll remember our time in Vegas always. You’re really great.

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