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"Cocktails"

It's like Marmite

sunny 34 °C

Room 21221, Golden Nugget
24 May, 3.50pm

You either love it or hate it. We love it. And we love to see how this city has changed, a lot for the good, but not all.

As you sit playing your chosen gambling game (we find Video Poker almost profitable if played properly) you listen out for call of the drinks waitress. "Cocktails" (pr CAAKTAYYELS). If you're gambling, even on a 1c machine, you're entitled to a "free" drink, though a dollar tip is expected.

These waitresses can be buxom youngsters to aged, toothless hags, all in extremely short, "sexy" outfits. The older the waitress, the more downmarket the casino.

Unfortunately no photography allowed in Casinos so we have no evidence of this. But take our word.

We now always stay at the Golden Nugget, in the new "Rush Tower" which has its own entrance and valet parking. We were lucky enough to get the room we hoped for. High up (21st floor out of 25) with a view towards the strip. So, this is our view:-

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After a cruise up and down The Strip we were ready for bed, but only after some VP (Video Poker) where Bob almost immediately won $100. This has been the pattern for most of our sessions: nearly always walking away with a small profit.

Next morning it was off to Caesars Palace to collect our tickets for the Elton concert on Thursday.

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Of course it wasn't to be as we learned this morning that Elton was urgently taken to hospital early yesterday with respiratory problems. So our concert is cancelled. We will automatically get a refund. Elton was released from hospital so hopefully he will soon recover.

I nearly typed Elvis, instead of Elton then. Was it Antonia who asked if we had yet seen Elvis? Well, of course we have:-

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Tuesday evening we repeated our "special treat" from last visit. Dinner at dusk in the restaurant at the top of the Stratosphere tower. Of course, it rotates every hour or so.

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The only morning we could fit it in, so Wednesday we drove down the Strip to the poshest of the casinos (resorts) that of Encore, which is the even-more-upmarket and OTT sister property of (Steve) Wynn's. All very posh. And very camp!

John's Eggs Benedict (a very light breakfast!)

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Bob's Corned Beef Hash:-

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We've found the posher the place, the more polite and friendly the Valet parking boys/girls are. Valet parking adds enormously to our fun when here. Instead of bothering about finding a parking place, THEY do it. For free (well, small tip expected on car return, as ever).

There's sometimes a problem in the evenings when Valet Parking can be full. Last night, it was full at Manday Bay so we just drove round to their adjoined and also very posh and expensive "THE Hotel". "Are we checking in sir?". "Nope". "OK. Good luck!". Only in America.

Fremont Street (not THE Hotel!):-

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Arthur's stretch Hummer limo:-

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Today we explored new civic projects aimed at regenerating Downtown.

A new arts centre built in traditional art deco style and there's a new convention centre as well as new Clark County admin HQ all on land "on the wrong side of the tracks".

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No breakfast today so we needed coffee. We decided to return to Bellagio (pr BELLAAAAAJIO).

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A lot busier than the last time we were there in 2001, 2 days after 9/11 when the place was deserted.

Finally we visited the Mob Museum. Another Downtown project. The story of the mob in Las Vegas and throught the USA. Fascinating. An excellent museum.

This guide at the museum, it turned out, was a Brit, now living in Las Vegas, who used to have an apartment near Cartagena. (We've heard much talk of "not liking Americans". Well, almost without fail, we have found every single person we have encountered to be friendly and polite. Politeness is so much a way of life. And they are all interested to talk to us and find out about our trip).

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Finally to the downside of changes here. Following the corporate greed of the 2000s when they bought up and blew up a number of iconic casinos in order to build ginormous resorts, at least 3 of these projects went belly up and there are now huge tracts of land on the strip either empty and barren, or containing half-built and also empty tower blocks. Also, a lot of the traditional neon lights have gone and our traditional drive up the Strip, for Bob to film the lights, was not as exciting as it used to be.

Still damn exciting, though. Just Love Drivin' in Las Vegas!

While I've been typing this, Bob has been sorting out the packing. Tomorrow we are off to Flagstaff via long, empty sections of Route 66. We'll be leaving early at it's a big drive

Posted by Johnash 17:09 Archived in USA

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So sorry you missed Elton, tell him to get well soon; still it gave you some unexpected free time to go to the Eyeful Tower. Not familiar with eggs benedict (is that custard on top?) but could sink a pile of corned beef hash served on Bob's flies (or am I seeing things - it has been known.) Get Arthur to drive through the desert, then you two can snooze and arrive refreshed.

by Lin & Norma

Gmornin...Bob makes a great American in Paris...another fine blog with great pics. I think a Gershwin day is in order, are you playing music as you drive? Is that a FG building in your pic or some kind of modern art statue? It's great that art deco is making a revival, love it xxxx
27d here hello beach :)

by Paul

OMG! Just love seeing Vegas once again! Brings back so many fond memories! Once again you have made me very hungry on a Friday morning! Food looks amazing! Your photographs are stunning! Enjoy Route 66! Take care xx

by Emma

sorry about missing elton but West Life would have been my choice so should be at O2 in London.Great pictures glad that Bob is now smiling and having pictures of John as well and no breakfast one day unbelievable I am getting fat with just looking at photos no comments from my friends please.xxx

by vivienne

Blimey O'reilly thats some view from your room & the top of the stratosphere. I see the new hats are on, I like them, very cool . Once again you have come up trumps. By the way did either of you dress up as Elvis whilst out playing in Vegas? (Viv I'm not commenting although i have a cheeky smile!)

by Antonia

Same as everybody else shame about Elton but you did see him in Los Angeles.
I love the Corn Beef Hash, making me wanting to return to Las Vegas.

by brien

How many hats & cowboys boots in your collection? Hope you do not get weighed on your return... as always LVegas serves enormous meals. Far cry from the Saturday Bar Miguel breakfast. At least you were lucky at the casinos. Just found out Rte66 passes by the hwy not too distant from Josie's little town (says hello to you fellas). Wish I was going to Sedona too. You may find your wigwams there & Lone Eagle. Bob must be rested, he's smiling now.

by MC

The more I read, the more jealous I get! We WILL get to go on a trip like yours one day (when the kids are grown up).

I thought the Wynn Theatre (Theater) looked beautiful.

by Louise

Loved photos would love to go back to Las Vegas the hotels look fabulous when we went they had'nt even built Belagio or Paris once again the food is making me drool.Brien says we can go if I get a job at a casino I might stand a chance going by the description you gave.Enjoy drive to Flagstaff.

by jan

Thank you, thank you, for all the comments. Often think, "oh no Blog tonight" but you encourage us. And would not forgive ourselves if we did not keep it up. We have had great pleasure reminding ourselves by going back over our old Blogs. Do not want to forget!

Good to hear, too, from MC. We went to pay for a meal in the Golden Nugget and thought it was MC taking our money! The voice and lovely nature were identical. Another lady from the Philippines who was delighted to hear about our friend from those islands!

I could see you on the Wheel of Fortune, Jan!

Looks like may be storms today. See ya later.

This Blog dedicated to the memory of John's cousin, Monica, who died peacefully yesterday. Just John's age.

by Johnash

looks like you boyz are having agreat time! fab pics loving the stetsons.keep up the good blogs X MATT AND AL

by MATT JONES

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