Oh hello, Las Vegas. I’m missing you!
As some of you may know, at the beginning of March I took a vacation to Las Vegas with my best friend Emily, can I just take a moment to say how has it been a month already? This time one month ago, I was loving life in Las Vegas. I miss it so much but finally, my Vegas posts are here. Exciting!
So we arrived in Vegas on the 2nd of March, a Monday evening. After a delayed flight, we were pretty tired so after checking into our hotel – Paris Las Vegas – from memory, we quickly grabbed some food at Pinup Pizza (thanks Hunida for the recommendation) and headed to bed, after unpacking. We were so exhausted from our flight, we were just ready to sleep.
The next day, our first full day, we headed to IHOP for our breakfast. After visiting in New York, we were eager to get back for some more yummy food asap. I got pretty much the same as before, only this time I had fried eggs as opposed to scrambled and they were so good. I obviously ordered a hash brown because IHOP’s are the best and of course, what we went for – the pancakes. I ordered my favourite chocolate pancakes and I can’t even look at my picture of them without my mouth watering, I need again ASAP. Goodness I love IHOP!
Earlier that morning, pre IHOP, we also took some really cute photos. Hotel Paris is very Instagrammable!
AFTER IHOP, we had a look round Walmart where we got some treats, and I picked up a bag of Hershey’s Hugs for myself and my family based on Emily’s recommendation. Yum!
Then, we headed back to the Strip where we grabbed some of the giant novelty cup alcoholic slushies (which you can purchase almost everywhere on the Strip), checked out the pool at our hotel, which is absolutely stunning, with views of the replica Eiffel Tower, then in the evening we went to see a show we had purchased tickets for earlier on that day. I can’t remember what we had for dinner that evening, but of course, I do remember which show we saw.
My first ever Cirque du Soleil – ‘O’ at the Bellagio. I believe this was recommended to me by a friend, which definitely helped to form our decision on which show to see that evening. Wow! What an incredible performance. These performers are unbelievably talented, phenomenal is the only word for them. What they are capable of is incredible, and they put on a fantastic show.
‘O’ is a water based performance, with the performers doing amazing acrobatic tricks both in and out of the water. I would 100% see this show again and I definitely recommend.
The show was so good, we decided we wanted to see another one that week but FIRST Grand Canyon time!
On our second full day in Vegas, Emily and I had booked a trip to the Grand Canyon. We had to get up bright and early ready for our coach to pick us up around 6am, where we were then taken to a ‘coach station’ type of place where we were given the options to upgrade our tour, and Emily and I decided to upgrade ours to include the ‘Buck Wild Hummer Tour’ around the Canyon.
We grabbed some snacks, settled onto the coach then headed off on our journey. Before stopping at the Grand Canyon, we were first able to stop at the Hoover Dam where we saw a lucky sheep, we spent around half an hour here and then it was time to get back onto the coach and onto the Canyon.
Our bus driver / tour guide was such a great guy, providing us with lots of interesting chatty information on the way, and generally being friendly. He definitely added to the wonder of the tour!
After a couple of stops along the way (stopping at the petrol garage for example, Hoover Dam etc), we were finally at the Grand Canyon. The journey was a LONG one, but SO worth it, for those views at the Canyon are breathtaking. I can’t believe how lucky we are to have the Grand Canyon, I can’t believe Mother Earth has blessed us with this gift. It is a sight to treasure, and one I hope I am blessed enough to see many, many a time.
As I mentioned previously, we decided to enjoy the ‘Buck Wild Hummer Tour’ on our visit to the Grand Canyon which definitely gave us one of the best experiences. Our tour guide Taylor was brilliant, driving the tour group around some of the best spots at the Grand Canyon, providing us with information and knowledge and taking us to the best photo spots – taking us to view points we likely wouldn’t have visited had we not done the tour.
The tour was so much fun, and I can see the Grand Canyon in my minds eye now. It is so beautiful and whilst a little crazy considering there are SHEER drops everywhere, so worth a visit. Just don’t get too close to the edge right? Unless you’re Taylor the tour guide, who literally hopped about on the actual edge of the rocks, which I can still see him doing now. He really is living life on the edge!
I one million percent intend on visiting the Grand Canyon again, and I would love to camp there, and potentially get engaged there. Wouldn’t that be dreamy? It’s such a peaceful place, so breathtaking and truly a gift. I love.
Once our hummer tour was over, we had a little look around the gift shop whilst we waited for our coach back to Vegas, and as Emily was paying for her souvenirs, I walked outside to see MORE Grand Canyon. I spent the rest of my time waiting for the coach really soaking in the views, feeling grateful to have those extra moments with the Canyon.
We then hopped back on the bus, ready to go back to Vegas, but we had one more stop along the way.
We were lucky enough to drive through a part of Route 66, stopping shortly for us to get off the coach and have a quick look around. To me, this type of place is what America is all about, Saloons and vibes and the sun setting… oh, this is where my heart feels alive. I LOVE!
We had a look around the area for a short while, got back on the bus, stopped off at McDonald’s where I was disappointed to order an egg McMuffin only to find it had BACON in it, then slept pretty much the whole way back to Vegas.
After a fantastic day exploring the Canyon and having such a fun, happy time, making treasured memories with my best friend, it was time to hit the hay, ready for day 3…
Have you seen a Cirque Du Soleil show?
Have you visited the Grand Canyon?
What are your favourite type of pancakes?
Please let me know all your thoughts in the comments below,
and stay tuned for part 2!
As always thank you so much for reading,
with lots of love,