Living It Up in Vegas

Even though I lived in Las Vegas after graduating from college (that’s my old apartment building pictured below!),

and I have returned many times over the years, I still managed to take tons (hundreds!) of pictures this time around.

There are always fun new adventures to capture.

I promise, I won’t share boring vacation pictures; just the fun stuff. (added more pictures here)

The main reason we went to Vegas was to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary.

What better way to celebrate than going to a burlesque show!

We had fun seeing the Crazy Horse Paris show at the MGM Grand casino. Yes, burlesque = risque and very impressive.

We enjoyed a lot of great food over the course of the week, including this opera cake at Le Provencal at the Paris casino,

and a lot of fun drinks, like these Swedish Fish and Root Beer Float martinis at the Sugar Factory American Brasserie.

We at and drank at the Sugar Factory many times, since it was attached to the Paris casino, and we always walked past it on our way out of the hotel. The best place for people watching is at one of those outside tables.

They also have a cool chocolate bar, stocked with top shelf liquor for chocolate martinis.

We shared this one, an Almond Joy martini, for dessert.

Okay, back to some sights.

We rode to the top of the Eiffel Tower to see some fabulous views of the strip at night. Definitely get a 2-for-1 coupon if you try this.

The cool thing about many of these casino resorts is that you could be anywhere in the world.

You could be in ancient Rome (or just at Caesar’s).

You could be in Paris (or just at the Paris casino) looking up at the Eiffel Tower.

You could be walking down the street in Paris admiring the windows and flower boxes.

You could be shopping for a cool car, if you have an spare $150,000 lying around.

You could be in Italy (or just at the Bellagio casino) looking for a carousel to ride.

You could be in a city looking at a gorgeous crystal curtain (or just at The Cosmopolitan casino).

You could be looking for a place to take classes on how to be a stripper.

(I didn’t! I just posed next to a giant stripper statute – how could I resist!)

You could find yourself in vintage Vegas, in front of the old Neon signs.

You could be a graphic design and illustration student, admiring all the lovely illustrations on signs and murals.

You could be an art student who is excited to find out Vegas has a Blicks’s Art Supply store so you can stock up on a few supplies to work on your travelog.

See what I mean? So many cool things to see and do in Vegas!

We walked a lot, we ate some great food, we drank a few interesting drinks, we did a little shopping, we did a lot of laughing, we saw lots of cool sights, and we spent a lot of time people watching, always good entertainment no matter where you are.

Stay tuned for another post coming later this week featuring our day of hiking at Red Rock Canyon.

14 comments

  • Ah the drinks, the stripper joint—I mean, the Eiffel Tower! It looks like ya’ll had THE best time!!! So happy that you were able to celebrate in Style!!

    Can’t wait for more pics!

    P.S. You are such a lovely couple:)

  • What a fun time! I’ve always wanted to go there just once, so it is fun to see your pictures. And Happy Anniversary. This year is our 25th.

  • I have not been there in many years. It sure has changed. It doesn’t look like anything that I can remember. I know my husband was back there a few years ago on business and he said it has all changed.
    Looked like alot of fun. I love watching people. They are entertaining most of the time.
    Glad you two had a great anniversary there. This July we will celabrate are 29th. Boy it goes by fast!!!
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

  • I’ve never been but I sure wanna go now – it looks fantastic. Ok, spill the beans – what did you buy in Blick’s? ;o)

    • Thanks Shell! At Blick’s, I bought two watercolor moleskin notebooks (which I haven’t been able to find in Madison), the 6-inch square spiral bound sketch pad that I am using for my travelog (turns out I didn’t like the sketchpad I packed), a kneaded eraser (which I forgot at home), a set of 12 Blick’s colored pencils and blender pencil (even though I forgot I brought along those tiny colored pencils), a pencil sharpener, and a small clic eraser. There’s just something about Blicks!Terri

  • Wow these photos are making me want to go to Las Vegas (I’ve never been). That swedish fish drink cracked me up. Was it good? I loved the crystal curtain photo and would definitely go on the Eiffel Tower if I ever get a chance to visit. That is an awesome picture you got from there. Okay I’m off to google a recipe on an almond joy martini now. 🙂

  • Now I have seen your photos – I would love to go to Las Vegas – looks like a Disneyland for grown ups! Happy Anniversary – glad your enjoyed your celebration.

  • Wow – congrats and looks like a beautiful time. I haven’t been to Vegas for a while myself…but will be visiting when we head for a August vacation to the USA. Looks like there’s lots to do!

  • Fun times! Thanks for sharing all your great photos.

    You mean you won’t be posting a pole dancing tutorial on your blog? 😀

  • Happy Anniversary!! Ours was the 24th but it was a quiet one this year. (Nothing like a whirlwind 10th anniversary trip to LAS VEGAS!! ) I’ve never been to Vegas-and (I can’t believe I’m going to say this but) I never really thought it would be one of those places that I “wanted” to go. After these pictures, though I think I may need a trip out west!! Yummy drinks, burlesque, sight seeing, oh my!!!

  • Looks like a fun time! In Vegas, you can pretend to be just about anywhere!

    Good food, fun times and good company! A trip to remember for sure!

  • Damn, Terri, now I’m hungry.

    That is seriously one giant stripper (I didn’t even see you until I read the line below the photo!) I think I need to go to Vegas with you sometime, my one time there was not nearly so fun and eventful as your pics make it out to be!!!

  • Your photos are so artful!! The food looks delicious! A very happy ten years!

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