How do I even begin to recap our trip to Las Vegas? I suppose the best way to attack this is to start at the beginning. And we’ll use titles because who doesn’t like organization? Nobody, that’s who.


Thursday saw us leaving the house at 8 a.m. in order to drop the dudes off at school and head to the airport. International flights require you to be there two hours in advance and we live over an hour away, which means that by the time noon hit…we hadn’t even left the country yet. Eight hours and three flights after that startling revelation, we finally arrived at our hotel (The Mirage).

People had told us that the hotel was not only nice, but that it was in the perfect location – right in the center of the strip. Even our can driver told us that we had made a great choice. While Matthew checked us in, I got distracted by the hugest indoor aquarium I have ever seen. This is but one tiny snippet of it.

Aquarium at the Mirage

I cannot remember how many gallons of water it contains, but if I were Miss Emily I would go by her old standby: One thousand hundred billion hundred thousand. Or something.

We had told the hotel staff that it was our anniversary and they upgraded us to a beautiful room on the 23rd floor. Would you like to see the view?

That’s facing south down the strip.

Here’s the view after dark:

Not too shabby.

We quickly freshened up and headed downstairs. We had been told great things about the piano bar at Harrah’s across the street and had planned to take it in since it was already so late. I had mentioned this to a man in the elevator who had asked us our plans and he gently corrected me on my pronunciation – I had been pronouncing it as “Hurrah’s”. As in, “Hurrah! We’re in Las Vegas!” I kept slipping up with the pronunciation all weekend, but hey. Hurrah! We were in Las Vegas!

We acquired margaritas to go, headed out to the street and promptly decided that we should explore the strip instead of going inside another hotel.

Walking the strip was indeed a sight to see and before we knew it we had spent two hours wandering around the area close (“Close” in Vegas is not what it appears to be) to our hotel.

We had a lot of fun apart from the fact that I had worn strappy heels instead of comfortable shoes. We had planned to simply walk across the street! Our plans changed! Band-Aids from Walgreen’s saved the day! Eh, lesson learned.


You guys aren’t going to believe all that we crammed into Friday. Heck, I was there and I don’t even believe it. My feet are still cursing me and all of the walking I did.

Matthew had heard about this huge store (Bass Pro) that carries outdoorsy stuff. Seeing as he’s into hunting and fishing and all things manly, he really wanted to go to there. It was a little ways past the very south end of the strip so we hopped on the bus which took us to the smaller outlet mall. I walked around for, oh, almost two hours while he drooled over range finders and gun straps and whatnot. Being the frugal man he is and the fact that there were no real deals to be had, he met me back at the mall empty-handed. We had a quick lunch and then got on the bus to head back north.

Because we started at the end of the line, we managed to snag front row seats on the top level of the double decker bus. Yeehaw.

We saw “the” Las Vegas sign.

We had a great view of New York, New York

We had a great view of everything, really.

(That’s M&M World, etc. – we went in there on Sunday.)

Being the geniuses we are, we thought we should maybe get all of our planned shopping done and over with. This saw us stopping at our hotel to drop off my purchases and then getting back on the bus and going to the very north end of the strip to where the Premium Outlet Mall is. Two more hours of walking and shopping and all of our “must-buys” were crossed off of the list.

THEN, to further prove our intelligence, we thought that since we were already in the area, we should explore Fremont street (Old Vegas).

We grabbed dinner, asked what time the lights came on and found out we’d have to wait two hours. Um, no. As much as I’d love to have seen the full light display, my feet had been on the go for over nine hours straight. We headed back to the hotel, filled up our margarita containers and…hit the street again. Lest you think that we’re completely insane, we merely sauntered across the street to the Harrah’s Piano Bar. (Hurrah!) If you ever go to Vegas, I highly recommend it – a lot of singing and a lot of laughing.


We had planned on lounging by the pool for a few hours but we slept in until nine. Nine! NINE. I can’t remember the last time I slept in that late. Maybe when we went to Mexico? Two years ago? Anyway, by the time we pulled ourselves together and grabbed breakfast there was not a single empty deck chair to be found. So, we did what we knew best – we bought a bus pass and went exploring. I KNOW.

We decided to check out the Miracle Mile because, you know, we hadn’t done enough shopping the day before. Good grief. We ate lunch on the patio of a Mexican restaurant and basked in the sun while people watching. I like people watching in general, but people watching in Vegas takes it to an entirely new level.

We wandered across the street to the Bellagio. We had heard nothing but good things about their atrium and fountains, and had tickets to see O that same night, so we thought we best know where exactly we would be going. Upon walking through the lobby and catching a glimpse of the atrium, my mind was instantly blown.

The atrium is amazing.

So is the lobby ceiling.

We headed back to the hotel to change, grab some dinner, and head back to see our very! first! Cirque du Soleil show! We had picked seats that were basically smack in the middle of the theater and I was in awe of the view we had. The show itself left me gasping at some of the stunts and applauding many times over.

I think they should rename O “OMG” because that’s what I was thinking as I walked out of there. We got outside just in time to catch one of the fountain shows.

(I have approximately thirty photos of the fountain show alone. It’s hard to delete any of them because water + lights = pretty.


The weather was a little bit cooler which meant that us hearty Canadians were finally able to find a chair by the pool. Two hours of sitting in the sun with a book was exactly what my body (especially my feet) needed.

The afternoon saw us exploring. Again. Despite the fact that my hips and ankles had now joined the chorus of, “CAN YOU PLEASE STOP WALKING ALREADY?” We headed back to the south end of the strip where we checked out Coca-Cola World, bought M&M’s in each of the kids’ favorite colors at M&M World and went into the MGM Grand to see the tigers.

Nice kitties.

We finally wandered through New York, New York and loved the food court design.

We had planned on eating dinner at Nine Fine Irishmen but we ended up at the hotel in the early afternoon and had no desire to walk anymore. At all. Ever. We did manage to make it to the bus stop and back to the hotel where we freshened up, grabbed dinner at the burger joint downstairs and mutually agreed that the only walking we would be doing for the rest of the evening would be back up to our room in order to relax.

Honey watched a basketball game, I started going through photos and slapped up a quick post and then we curled up together with the bottle of champagne that the hotel had sent up for our anniversary and watched LOST. The perfect end to a perfect weekend. Well, apart from the fact that we still don’t know what LOST was really about.


Another twelve-hour travel day which included a three-hour layover in Seattle (Which gave me time to edit photos and draft the bulk of this epic recap). It’s great to be home with our three little munchkins and I’m looking forward to getting back into our routine. As much as I love to travel and to see new places, I love coming home that much more. My feet are pretty happy too.

*More photos will be on Flickr this week as I go through them and throw them up there.

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  1. Hannah May 25, 2010 3:21 am edit

    Sounds amazing!! I know if Rob and I ever get to Vegas we will also do an insane amount of walking. We did when we went to Melbourne. We walked that entire city!!!! I lost weight whilst on holiday and whilst eating out 3 times a day (or more). I guess we’re not ones for just lounging around doing nothing. There’s always so much to see! I’m glad you saw it all, and shared your awesome photos with us!!
    .-= Hannah´s last blog ..Unconditional =-.

  2. Sizzle May 25, 2010 7:58 am edit

    I went to Vegas for my 29th birthday. Great trip! If I ever went back I’d see shows. Cirque is SO AMAZING! I also loved the water show at the Bellagio. Glad you had such a good time. :-)
    .-= Sizzle´s last blog ..Carry On My Friends =-.

  3. Hilda May 25, 2010 8:21 am edit

    You know we’ve got one of those Bass Pro Shops in Calgary now… and it’s attached to our brand spankin fancy new mall. Perfect arrangement… mall for the women folk and all things manly for the men folk.
    .-= Hilda´s last blog ..Camping and Casseroles =-.

  4. Jenn of the Roof May 25, 2010 8:30 am edit

    Margaritas to go? Genius. (Please tell me you brought those fancy beverage receptacles home with you??!!)

  5. Sharon May 25, 2010 9:29 am edit

    Yay, glad you had such a good time! :) Love your photos, and can’t wait to see the rest. I totally hear ya on the feet killing you thing. Mine were dead, and I had GOOD walking shoes on that weekend. My poor BFF’s feet were trashed about 10x worse, because she didn’t believe me when I said to bring good shoes. LOL. We were taking cabs everywhere by our last day. ;)
    .-= Sharon´s last blog ..The one in which I meet George and swoon like a little fangirl! =-.

  6. Jen May 25, 2010 10:10 am edit

    Wow lady. I think you are the greatest time manager I know. Also, you make me want to visit Vegas. With really good shoes. And you as my follow-me-wherever-I-go camera person.

  7. Janssen May 25, 2010 10:30 am edit

    Oh, I am SO happy you had such a lovely time. I love Las Vegas, as you can well imagine. Doesn’t the Bellagio just take your breath away?

  8. Kerri Anne May 25, 2010 10:42 am edit

    Hurrah! for Vegas. (You crack me up.)

    I’m so! glad it was such a great trip. Your pics are rad (as usual!).

    (Also: I can’t see pics of the Bellagio fountains without thinking of the end scene of Ocean’s 11. Love it.)
    .-= Kerri Anne´s last blog ..Lost & Found =-.

  9. Lisa Burt May 25, 2010 10:47 am edit

    Glad you had such a good time.

  10. Domestic Extraordinaire May 25, 2010 11:01 am edit

    sounds like a fab time. I hope that hubby and I can get to Vegas sometime. Last time we went I was about 7 months pregnant with The chicken and I forgot my camera. I really want to get back there without being a weary pregnant lady and enjoy.
    .-= Domestic Extraordinaire´s last blog ..The Nineteenth of May =-.

  11. Kami's Khlopchyk May 25, 2010 11:59 am edit

    What a great trip! And now I better start catching up on sleep for our trip in August. And start packing comfy shoes too.

    When Jay and I saw our first Cirque show we were blown away. Literally. And then we saw O. And I found myself somewhere in the Grand Canyon the next way I was so blown out of the water. OMG is right!

    Glad you had a wonderful 10th with your Honey! May you have many, many more happy and healthy ones:)
    .-= Kami’s Khlopchyk´s last blog ..Abstractual =-.

  12. Elizabeth May 25, 2010 12:15 pm edit

    Amazing. It sounds to me like Las Vegas is good for you. So glad that you enjoyed it.
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Long in the Weekend =-.

  13. monstergirlee May 25, 2010 1:13 pm edit

    I went to Vegas in 1998 and saw a Cirque show – AMAZING.
    Glad you guys had a nice weekend, sounds pretty fun. And your body won’t have missed boot camp from all the walking.
    Can’t wait to see more pics.
    .-= monstergirlee´s last blog ..OMG I am the worlds biggest dork. =-.

  14. karen May 25, 2010 1:43 pm edit

    glad you had fun!

  15. amanda May 25, 2010 2:32 pm edit

    I so want to go back…again after reading this! During both of my trips I never even got to the pool at the hotels. Nor have I been to a show…darn, yet another reason to go back.
    I’m sure the kids LOVED the M&Ms!!
    Glad to hear you had a great time….off to see the other pics. ;)

  16. hillary May 25, 2010 2:36 pm edit

    I’m so glad you guys had such an awesome anniversary trip :)

    I love your photos. Makes me very excited to head to Vegas in 3 months :)
    .-= hillary´s last blog ..And How Eventually Our Hands Will Just Turn To Dust If We Keep Shaking Them Standing Here On This Frozen Lake =-.

  17. vahid May 25, 2010 3:48 pm edit

    You’ve set the bar for how much awesome stuff can be packed into one weekend. Looks like you guys had a fantastic time! And if you want to see the Fremont Street Experience lit up at night I’ve got a few photos here.

  18. Amanda Brown May 25, 2010 3:52 pm edit

    Awesome photos, Ange! I am blown away by all the vibrant colour EVERYwhere there! Gotta go someday….
    .-= Amanda Brown´s last blog ..Say Cheese! =-.

  19. Rhi May 25, 2010 7:04 pm edit

    Oh…this makes me want to go to Vegas so badly. Sadly, it’s not in the cards until after the wedding.

  20. Victoria May 25, 2010 7:10 pm edit


  21. M. Bailey May 25, 2010 7:55 pm edit

    What a splendid way to spend your 10 year wedding anniversary — in Vegas with your Honey. Happy Anniversary!! (p.s. next year it’s our 10 year anniversary, and I think Vegas is calling!!)

    Welcome home!
    .-= M. Bailey´s last blog ..smartiebailey: Heading to #Stratford tomorrow. What to do/see/eat? Recommendations? =-.

  22. Kristabella May 26, 2010 8:49 am edit

    Holy crap! You did see like all of Vegas! I think you got a true Vegas experience! Great photos!
    .-= Kristabella´s last blog ..What Ails Me =-.

  23. Annah May 26, 2010 11:07 am edit

    Love love love the pictures of the Bellagio :) Vegas is tons of fun, albeit a bit pricey these days.
    .-= Annah´s last blog ..How To Effectively Potty Train Your Pet (It’s Not How You Think) =-.

  24. alimartell May 26, 2010 4:21 pm edit

    I haven’t ever been to Vegas (I KNOW) but now I have to go…your pictures are stunning and it sounds like you had the best time.
    .-= alimartell´s last blog ..Paychecks are overrated anyway, yes? =-.

  25. Kristin May 27, 2010 8:17 pm edit

    I’ve never been to Vegas but you make me want to go!

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