S: Las Vegas for Gaelle's 21st birthday August 2011
FC: Las Vegas August 15-20, 2011
1: August 13 (pre-Vegas) Gaelle's birthday at the State Fair | I won $100 on a free scratch off lottery ticket at the Fair!
3: Monday August 15 After a 6:35 am flight, we arrived at 7:35 am, took a shuttle to Excalibur, and stored our luggage
4: We set off to explore the Strip- and had breakfast at the Rainforest Cafe in MGM Grand
5: P A R I S !! | We found a Love Boat slot machine in Planet Hollywood, but it didn't treat us very well :( Then we explored Paris- our favorite, of course! | PARIS!!
6: We went to Caesar's Palace and through the Forum Shops and saw the spiral escalators | And then to Bellagio, where we saw the Chihuly glass in the lobby and...
7: the fascinating shooting water fountains in the conservatory | and the flowing chocolate fountain in the patisserie
8: Our first trip to Vegas! Cheers! | After checking into the hotel, we went to Cabo Wabo for Mexican food and margaritas, and a great view of the Bellagio fountains across the street
9: After dinner, we crossed the street and watched two more fountain shows, then enjoyed the lights of the Strip at night, and Gaelle ended the night by playing some Munsters!
10: Tuesday August 16 Tour to the West rim of the Grand Canyon | Breakfast at the Historic Boulder City Hotel | First Canyon stop was at Eagle Point and the Skywalk, which Gaelle dared to do!
11: Second stop: Guano Point Gaelle and Jennifer climbed to the top of the hill
12: Last stop before getting back on the "tank" of a bus: The Ranch, for lunch and an impressive magic show by Mark
13: We made a stop at the new Hoover Dam Bridge (Mike O'Callaghan and Pat Tillman Bridge) for a photo op before heading back to the Strip
14: For our evening's entertainment, we took the bus up to Wynn and hit the free shows along the Strip | Wynn's Lake of Dreams | The Sirens of TI
15: For dinner, we ate at KGB Burgers in Harrah's Gaelle had a Thanksgiving turkey burger and our waitress, Vanessa, treated us all to "special" shots in honor of Gaelle's birthday | The Volcano at Mirage
16: Wednesday August 17 We spent the morning at the pool
17: We explored Fremont Street with an internet scavenger hunt, discovering things such as the once owner of the El Cortez, and the award winning pool at the Golden Nugget Also, Gaelle won at Price is Right and we saw the new zipline | Wednesday evening Fremont Street
18: We saw Gordie Brown at the Golden Nugget (hilarious!) and enjoyed (?) a buffet dinner after
19: Nighttime on Fremont Street= CRAZINESS!
20: Thursday August 18 Off road Hummer tour with tour guide Richard | First, we drove to Lake Mead to feed the fish | Then we drove off into the Mohave Desert | Richard let Gaelle drive the Hummer
21: We saw Lava Butte and Lizard Eye Ridge Richard asked if we wanted to see "just sky." Then we climbed up to see some awesome views.
22: At Paris, we did some scavenger hunting and Gaelle purchased her first legal drink: a Miami Vice (pina colada/strawberry daiquiri) | More scavenger hunt at Miracle Miles shops and more Price is Right slot machines (at NYNY) | After we got back to the hotel we set off to walk the Strip some more (at least we had on our comfy shoes!)
23: Thursday evening We got all dressed up for a martini crawl at the Palazzo and Venetian | 1st stop: champagne at Laguna | 2nd stop: pear drink at Fusion | 4th stop: fruity drink, live band, dancing & crazy cologne man at LaScena | 3rd stop: mango mojito & dueling pianos at Salute | Final stop: Tao nightclub where we didn't stay long, but we got to see Flava Flav on our way out | Our group included a bachelorette party from Canada
24: Friday August 19 We went to Luxor and Mandalay Bay to complete the south strip scavenger hunt | At Luxor we were disppointed that the Little Casears pizza was no longer there :( At Mandalay Bay we saw the wine collection at Aureole and Jennifer won $10 on an Amazing Race slot machine
25: For lunch we headed to the Canal Shops at the Venetian We had a delicious Caesar salad and pizza at Wolfgang Puck's Postrio
26: Madame Tussaud's Interactive Wax Museum
28: Our last night in Vegas- We went to Ka at MGM Grand and Gaelle and Jennifer went on the Roller Coaster at NYNY
29: Saturday August 20 We had breakfast at Starbucks at the hotel and then took the shuttle to the airport Bye Vegas! Until next time!