10.04.15 Flamingo Casino and Sprinkles Cupcakes

Sunday, October 4, 2015 – The next leg of our casino tour took us flam 1 (Medium)to the Flamingo Casino, then to Sprinkles Cupcakes.

On the strip there are several locations where escalators take you up and over then down a street which cuts down a lot on street crossings and helps gain access to second floor locations from outside.  Here’s one of the many

First up with lots of pictures is the Flamingo Casino.  The casino/hotel is known for their beautiful tropical gardens with flamingos,  black swan and beautiful Koi fish.  Here’s the outside first!

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Here’s some pictures of the casino.

flam 5 (Medium) flam 10 (Medium) flam 6 (Medium) flam 4 (Medium) flam 27 (Medium) flam 28 (Medium)From the Flamingo Casino we went to Sprinkles Cupcakes an upscale cupcake, doughnut and soda shop where I got a root beer float and Roy got a coke.   Mostly we got to rest our legs for a bit in the shade.  It was 100 degrees all day which didn’t help our growing tiredness but since we were in the shade of the buildings a lot it didn’t feel 100.  Thank Goodness~

sprink 4 (Medium) sprink 1 (Medium) sprink 2 (Medium)sprink 3 (Medium)We were on to Caesar’s Palace from here.  It is the largest of the casinos we visited so it needs it’s own post! That will be shared next time!

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10.06.15 Caesar’s Palace Casino, Mirage Casino, Venetian Casino, and Circus Circus Casino

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Our wonderful New Orleans Saints won their first game! Yes I am happy even though they have an 1-3 start!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – I am about to burst wanting to share the Grand Canyon with ya’ll but first I need to wrap up all we saw in Las Vegas on the strip.

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I could never capture this in a photo so I got it from the internet. All of the buildings, except for the Mirage which is the building in the upper right hand corner, are all part of Caesar’s Palace.

The last post ended with enjoying our time at Sprinkles Cupcakes.  From there we went to Caesar’s Palace which is the largest, grandest place on the strip.  Big gawks at this one!  Here’s some pictures of SOME of the outside which covers at least three city blocks.

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Another aerial photo from the internet of the swimming areas!

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Interior videos and photos!

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Panoramic photo of the aquarium behind the check in desk!  Click on it to see it full size!20150930_154721 20150930_154956 20150930_155401 20150930_155614 20150930_155730VENETIAN  CASINO AND HOTEL – Delightful place!!!  Indoor and outdoor waterways with gondola’s going up and down the waterway singing songs and delighting their passengers!  There are living statues that look like stone statues (until they move, blink, flinch or whatever and scare the dickens out of you), costumed musical troupes while strolling down the hallways, beautiful shops and just a carefree Venetian atmosphere.  The photos below are just a tiny representation of this casino.

Inside some of the casinos look just like you are outside.  The skies here outside are usually blue with maybe a few clouds so it’s hard to tell sometimes in a photograph which is inside and which is outside!

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CIRCUS CIRCUS CASINO AND HOTEL  We were pretty worn out by this time so we saw a lot but didn’t get many pictures.  There is a short circus show on the second floor every hour or so.  We made our way there and rested while we watched the show.  Really cool show!

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The sign below is what we saw when we left.  Kind of appropriate since we were exiting the Strip for the last time!20150930_200203This concludes our stay in Las Vegas.  Now that we’ve also seen the Grand Canyon I have to say that I doubt God’s hand was involved in creating any of Las Vegas and the Strip but I know for sure His hands created every square inch of the Grand Canyon!

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10.01.15 The Chauvins are High Rollers!

high roller 2 Thursday, October 1, 2015 –  Oh my goodness – what an amazing place the Las Vegas Strip is!  We did and saw soooooo much today! I know it’s known as Sin City but I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be if you choose to not do all that.

We went to the Bellagio, Mirage, Flamingo, Harrah’s, Ceasars Palace, Paris, Venetian and finished the day up by eating and watching a Circus Act at Circus Circus!! We started early and ended late and took our time so we could enjoy all we saw.

We easily walked 5 miles today since these casinos are huge and the high roller 3space between is sometimes great.  A couple of days ago we went to the MGM Grand and New York New York casinos so I think we’ve covered a lot of what Vegas has to offer. I am a happy girl!

The absolute highlight of our day was not one of the casinos or even the strip.  It was a new attraction here called High Roller!

Here’s a bit about High Roller from the internet:

High Roller is a 550-foot tall, 520-foot diameter giant Ferris wheel on the Las Vegas Strip.  It takes 30 minutes to make one complete rotations.  It opened to the public on March 31, 2014, and is the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. It is 9 ft taller than its predecessor, the 541-foot Singapore Flyer.

night high rollersThe passenger cabins (or capsules) are mounted on the wheel’s outboard rim and are individually rotated by electric motors to smoothly maintain a horizontal cabin floor throughout each full rotation. There are 28 passenger cabins, each with a 40 passenger capacity for a total capacity of 1,120 passengers. Each 225-square-foot cabin weighs 44,000 pounds, has a diameter of 22 feet, includes 300 square feet of glass, and is equipped with eight flat-screen televisions and an iPod dock. At night the wheel is illuminated by a 2,000-LEDhr1 (Medium) system which can display a single solid color, differently colored sections, multiple colors moving around the rim, and custom displays for special events and holidays.

Due to High Roller’s size you can see it from everywhere in Las Vegas,  however from a distance it looks like it is standing still, no rotation seen. As we got closer to it hr3 (Medium)throughout the day we realized it is moving just very very slowly. That caught our interest and Roy agreed to splurge a bit and ride it!!!  I am normally uneasy with heights but this felt so stable and went so slow there was none of that!

Even though the cabin can hold 40 people there were only four in ours!  Two really nice guys, dad and son, from Texas took the ride with us!  They were so nice and took pictures of Roy and I for us!

As we went higher and higher the city belowhr2 (Medium) looked more and more different!  This is so very worth doing if you’re in Las Vegas.  Not really cheap, but worth doing! The pictures below are from various elevations throughout the thirty minute ride.

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I always think videos show so much more than a photo could ever show so here’s 5 videos showing various aspects of the High Roller experience.

I’ll share about the casinos in the next few blogs.  We took so many pictures (both of us) that sifting through them and uploading them will take a while!

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