Vegas One

It certainly gets freaking hot in Las Vegas. The first two days we lounged there the temperature was 118°F! But it’s a dry heat, the way Hell should feel I think. Las Vegas is “Sin City” afterall. We had a suite at “Rio” which is just off “The Strip”.

Rio Overview (all ratings are 0-5 where 0 is ‘horrible-avoid’; 3 ‘good’; 5 ‘exceptional’):

Check-in: 3  – though we were zombies as it was 3:30am Toronto time; initial room had wet carpet and we were given another room after 10 minutes or so waiting for security up on the 17th floor
View: 4 – super view of The Strip (Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace, etc)
Value: 4 – booked last minute on; excellent value for money paid
Uniquiness factor: 4 – “Carnival” theme with requisite decadence and gaudiness; fun (and free) “Masquerade in the Sky” show worth a see (you get free beads thrown at you like in New Orleans); “all suites” concept is a winner; lovely pool area; good food at “Village Seafood Buffet” (seafood in the desert is so decadent!); best view of The Strip in Vegas from Voodoo Lounge on the 51st floor of the 2nd tower
Overall: solid 4

Vegas Rio - skyline at night from roomVegas Rio - room picVegas Rio - bathroom pic
1) view from our room; 2) the room; 3) the bathroom

Course, we did the typical tour of Las Vegas. G has been there several times but for me, gosh, probably back when I was a wee lad with my folks. So, we traipsed to all the sights – Caesar’s Palace, Paris, Harrah’s, the beautiful Wynn, Treasure Island, Fashion Mall, The Mirage and of course stopped to see the famous Bellagio Dancing Fountain and the stunning Dale Chihuly glass installation in it’s lobby.

Vegas Rio - ParisVegas Rio - Paris at nightVegas Rio - Paris from Bellagio
4, 5 & 6) oh, to be in Paris (Las Vegas) now that Spring is here!

Vegas Rio - Showtime floatVegas Rio - Dale's glass close upVegas Rio - Bellagio fountain day
7) Masquerade in the Sky; 8) Chihuly in Bellagio lobby; 9) the Bellagio fountains dances at sunset

Vegas Rio Brent ChippendaleVegas Rio - Venetian canalVegas Rio - room pic with Gary
10) me hanging with the Chippendale lads at Rio; 11) Venetian canal; 12) G looks to LA

Friday’s movie: The Da Vinci Code

Now, I know we’ve all been Da Vinci Coded to death but like millions elsewhere, G and I saw this flick last night in Vegas. I enjoyed it and thought it did a good job of interpreting the book. The ending was better was the beginning and, granted, it’s was too verbose and a tad too long. That said, a good 4 out of 5 for me even noting my bias: I detest Tom Hanks in anything.

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18 Responses to Vegas One

  1. abcyeung says:

    Vegas… YEAH!!!did you won some money…..I like the hot guys poster…..did you go to check out hot guys there..?? I don’t think you can, coz G is always around you…!!!

  2. willariah says:

    ok where are the pics of this alleged glam hotel room u were telling me abt?

  3. *HUG*you so awesome!have you seen it yet?i loved it so muchthe main character was so cute…

  4. Fatcat723 says:

    RYC; I agree –everything is different shades of gray. That is what makes life so enjoyable. $10 for gambling – Vegas will love you

  5. Anonymous says:

    hahaha G looks to LA… looks like he’s serenading LA : ) Vegas is so fun! love the food there…so cheap!

  6. mattfifer says:

    Las Vegas is just … weird. I’ve never been there — hopefully someday! Do you think there could be a triathlon there, or is it just too hot?

  7. kunhuo42 says:

    ooh, vegas is fun!  i’ve only been there once so far, but i wouldn’t mind going again.  i have yet to see a show there.  last time, i only gambled a little, but it was fun (and of course, it helped that i won a little bit of money too =D ).

  8. Anonymous says:

    yeah please send me the photos, i’m interested to see them!
    yeah the book is pretty good.. but u still gota get Culinary Arts  that book is godly haha

  9. Oh Vegas… i wanna go there some day and eat at that restaurant with the ubercool wine cellar where the stewards dangle from those flying harnesses. … i think i would go broke there eating myself silly more than gambling. hahaha… looks nice though.RYC-not going to FC (too pricey, albeit a good cause)

  10. m3galomaniac says:

    Las vegas looks dammmmn good. Harrah lost a bid in an Intergrated resort here, well, Sands looks way cool.

  11. orchidgrass says:

    i think most movies that are based on books are poorly-made, if you’ve read that book. every characters are not the same as i imagine in da vinci code.

  12. OMG it’s G!  Hm, hm!  And yes…118?!  Eech!  That’s seriously inhumane.  Haha.

  13. enRoute says:

    Nice to know that u arrived safe and sound! Have fun in Vegas! =)BTW, thanks for the tips!

  14. Fatcat723 says:

    Glad you enjoyed your trip. I was in Vegas years ago. I do gamble but I enjoyed the shows and saved some money!

  15. Anonymous says:

    I’ve never been to Vegas before because I don’t really gamble. But with all the shows and good restaurants out there, I think I might give it a try.

  16. bennykan says:

    Wow welcome back! Glad you had a nice trip in LV and LA! I want to go to LV at some point so if I have any questions on planning, I have the right person to ask :)

  17. willariah says:

    thank u for the the plug at the bottom. :) umm, yah re: da vinci code – i felt the plot line got lost somewhere in the mess of a love story. i was entertained for the 2.5 hours nonetheless. welcome back! (gorgeous hotel room btw) :)

  18. chipepndale and that means i gotta watch it =]and…lets see…visit me! =]

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