This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Bright Light City
freaks out in the street
Handing tickets out for God
Turning back she just laughs
The boulevard is not that bad”
John – “Tiny Dancer”
Kathy & Dakota
quote from the Elton John’s song that regained prominence when featured in a
key scene of the film “Almost Famous” could easily apply to the Strip in Vegas.
It seems each time we visit, the Strip becomes slightly more of a freak show
with all manner of people hawking everything imaginable. There are any number
of costumed people who charge money for photos, performers of various levels of
talent busking, the ever present clusters of people handing out cards
advertising escorts, free passes to nightclubs or discounted tickets to shows
and even helicopter trips over the Grand Canyon. It is some of the best people
watching on the planet and is just part of the quirky charm that is Las Vegas.
Kathy & Dakota
spent a lot of time wondering up and down the strip, on the way to shows,
dinners, bars, or just exploring and soaking in the crazy atmosphere. Not being
big gamblers, our attraction to Vegas is found in the shows, food, shopping and
over the top experiences that can really not be found anywhere else.
are all sorts of fun things to keep you busy and to explore. We always enjoy
checking out the garden atrium at the Bellagio, which is always beautiful, full
of fresh flowers and plants and decorated in a rotating, seasonal splendor that
is constantly changing. The current display celebrates Holland and the Spring
blooming season and is once again a creation of beauty and a breath of fresh
air in the seemingly endless maze of casinos found in Vegas.
Bellagio is also home to our favorite buffet in Las Vegas. While there are
countless wonderful upscale dining options, many of which we took advantage of,
the buffet dining experience in Vegas is a tradition and the Bellagio
successful merges high end dining with the buffet concept. Sure it is more
expensive, but the value for what you actually receive is totally worth it. We
make it a stop every time we are in town.
last show that we saw while there was yet another winner, even though we had
just seen Elton John just over a month ago in Ft. Lauderdale, we decided to go
see his new semi-permanent show, “The Million Dollar Piano” at Celine Dion’s Coliseum
theatre in Caesar’s Palace.
of the reasons we choose to see him again so soon is that the show in
Lauderdale was stellar, the other reason is that unlike that show, this one has
a complete light and sound show that is all Vegas- over the top and unlike any
concert I have seen in ages. The show was shorter and he played mostly hit
songs, but the size and scope and overwhelming presentation made it a pretty
Elton John “Rocket
remainder of our Vegas vacation involved more amazing meals, hanging out in beautiful
and relaxing Spa Mandalay, shopping in the myriad of shopping malls and stores
that are found throughout the Strip and in most all of the casinos, riding the
fun and somewhat long rollercoaster at New York, New York and lounging poolside
or in the Lazy River at Mandalay Beach. It was a great getaway and a lot of
About Us- We are Kathy Kilroy and Michael Blades and this blog was created to document our summer travels around the nation in 2006 and we have opted to continue posting to keep our friends and family informed of our lives. We each have lived in Key West for over 20 years and met and were married here in October, 2003.