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June 16 Day 4 back in US-Vegas to LA

e have the morning in Las Vegas then United Airlines Flight in the afternoon to Los Angeles

This morning we checked out of our hotel at 10.00am and went back to The Strip for breakfast. Most people don't know that Las Vegas is the general name for this area but The Strip itself is an unincorporated town of Paradise. Paradise is a census-designated place part of Las Vegas Township in Clark County, Nevada, United States. The population was 223,167 at the 2010 census. As an unincorporated town, it is governed by the Clark County Commission with input from the Paradise Town Advisory Board. Paradise was formed on December 8, 1950.

Paradise contains McCarran International Airport, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and most of the Las Vegas Strip. Many tourists visiting the Las Vegas area are actually spending most of their time in Paradise rather than in the City of Las Vegas. However, downtown is in Las Vegas. Despite this, Paradise remains relatively unknown since the unincorporated Paradise, NV does not appear in postal addresses.

The area containing most of the Strip to The Sahara is Paradise and therefore is not subject to the laws of Nevada. This means that activities with the people handing out cards on the corner advertising illicit relations is illegal in Nevada but not in Paradise.

Our flight was to leave at 4.22pm for Los Angeles. Luckily for us we got there early and found we were booked on a flight leaving at 2.30 pm.

Even on a Sunday people seem to be in a hurry in Los Angeles. We had a very fast ride into our accommodation via Super Shuttle with just a few close shaves. This picture is a common sight here. Along the roads and even in Beverley Hills you see these small oil derricks called "donkeys".
Oil Derrick

Oil Derrick

Our accommodation is just off Hollywood Boulevard and is reallyhandyto the train and buses. We plan to go to Disneyland, Universal Studios, J Paul Grtty Museum and perhaps, Long Beach to see the Queen Mary.
Colleen with the luggages outside our LA apartment

Colleen with the luggages outside our LA apartment

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15 June Day 3 back in the US -Las Vegas

Saturday in Vegas and a show tonight with Celine Dion

The weather in Las Vegas is fairly even-no rain and hot days. It is in the desert after all. Apparently it rains in in August and September with on average 9 showers.

We explored some other areas of Las Vegas today taking the shuttle north to Fremont Street. This street is a covered mall for four blocks or so.
Freemont Street Las Vegas

Freemont Street Las Vegas

Freemont Street Las Vegas

Freemont Street Las Vegas

Oxygen stall Freemont Street Las Vegas

Oxygen stall Freemont Street Las Vegas

We took the city bus back to Bellagio. Colleen took some street view photos on the way back. here are a few.
Street view Las Vegas

Street view Las Vegas

Street view Las Vegas

Street view Las Vegas

Street view Las Vegas

Street view Las Vegas

We stopped at Bellagio which has acres of grounds including these water fountains which display every hour during the day and every half hour at night. It is a spectacular sight at night. Bellagio has a flower courtyard out the back. This is covered and air conditioned and has a greenhouse with birds.
Bellagio

Bellagio

Bellagio

Bellagio

Bellagio

Bellagio

Bellagio

Bellagio

Tonight we went to see Celine Dion. Her concert is without doubt one of the best shows we have ever seen. It is a spectacle of light and sound with a 30 piece orchestra. She has an incredible voice and was impressive when she sang without accompaniment. Cameras or photos were not allowed......more is the pity.
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We had dinner at the Trevino Restaurant and this is a photo of their entrance -a replica Trevino Fountain.
Trevi fountain in Caesar's Palace

Trevi fountain in Caesar's Palace

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14 June Day 2 back in US -Las Vegas

Hot, dry days on the outside and air con everywhere

We woke very late this morning. This seems to be the Vegas pattern.

Colleen went shopping and I caught the shuttle to Ballys and eventually found my way through the building and out on to The Strip. Casinos have directions to everywhere except to the outside world.

I went to Paris Paris, the Hotel Casino next door to go up in the half scale Eiffel Tower. The Tower has some of its legs inside the building. At 540 feet in height the Eiffel Tower replica has very good views all over Las Vegas.
Inside Paris Paris

Inside Paris Paris


Paris Paris

Paris Paris

Paris Paris

Paris Paris

View from Eiffel tower at Paris Paris

View from Eiffel tower at Paris Paris

View from Eiffel tower at Paris Paris

View from Eiffel tower at Paris Paris

View from Eiffel tower at Paris Paris

View from Eiffel tower at Paris Paris

View from Eiffel tower at Paris Paris

View from Eiffel tower at Paris Paris

We took the Monorail to MGM and a tram from Excalibur to Mandalay Bay and then on to Luxor. This Casino is in the shape of a very very large glass pyramid with hotel rooms around the sides and a massive open space. there are no post, beams or anything else inside to provide structure. this place must have been a nightmare to build.
Street view of The  Strip New York New York

Street view of The Strip New York New York

Street view of The  Strip  Luxor

Street view of The Strip Luxor

Inside Luxor

Inside Luxor

Luxor

Luxor

Luxor

Luxor

Inside today was fine with the amount of air conditioning. Some of the outdoor areas use fine spray misters to keep areas cool. This afternoon the temperature here was around 40 Celsius.

Tonight we went to see Cirque du Soleil at the Mirage. This was a great show. The acrobatics and flexibility of these actors is awe inspiring.

Later we walked back to the Ballys on The Strip. Here are some night views.
Night view of The Strip

Night view of The Strip

Night view of The Strip

Night view of The Strip

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13 June, Day 1 back in US-Las Vegas

Vegas where everything is big

Yesterday afternoon we arrived at the Holiday Inn Vacation Club. It is in Koval Lane ( only here could a lane be 6 lanes of traffic wide). This resort is set on 19.5 acres and is just behind Harrahs which is the place we stayed last time. Harrahs is right on The Strip (Las Vegas Boulevard).
Holiday Inn Vacation Club Las Vegas

Holiday Inn Vacation Club Las Vegas

The bellman said there was a good Italian restaurant in the street behind us so (foolishly) we decided to walk. City blocks here are very, very large. On the way we abandoned our interest in Italian stopped for dinner at a Mexican Restaurant. The Italian Restaurant turned out to be just behind our hotel but a 1.6mile walk away.

The one bedroom unit we are staying in here is huge by any standard, starting with a bathroom larger than most living rooms. We have two 50 inch flat panel televisions if we want to see what's happening in the outside world.

Today's plan was to sleep in, have a leisurely breakfast then wait around for one of our two large ports to be delivered. United Airlines left one behind in San Francisco. The port turned up this morning.

We caught the shuttle around to The Strip. The Venetian is just a half block away but it wise to catch a shuttle or taxi here. Here are a few photos to show what the Hotel Casinos are like. Some of them have in excess of 6 000 rooms and are really like underground cities with all services available.
The Venetian - walkway to lobby

The Venetian - walkway to lobby

The Venetian - walkway to lobby

The Venetian - walkway to lobby

Venetian Poker Machines

Venetian Poker Machines

Tonight we went to see Human Nature again. They were just as good the second time round.
Human Nature at The Sands Room at The Venetian on The Strip

Human Nature at The Sands Room at The Venetian on The Strip

Human Nature at The Sands Room at The Venetian on The Strip

Human Nature at The Sands Room at The Venetian on The Strip

Tomorrow night we have booked to see Cirque de Soleil Love (The Beatles). It is on at The Mirage. On Saturday night we have booked to see Celine Dion at Caesar's Palace. This is an absolutely huge place with replica Colliseum and The Trevino Fountain. It is very easy to get lost. All of these places are architect designed to make sure whatever direction you take you are sure to have to go past poker machines and gaming tables.
Replica Trevi fountain inside Caesars Palace

Replica Trevi fountain inside Caesars Palace

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11and 12 June Days 20 and 21- Sailing to Vancouver

12 June disembark and leave for Vancouver Airport

Yesterday was a full day of sailing back to Vancouver. The first picture was the last one I took in Ketchikan and shows how close the cruise ships dock in the town. The second picture was taken at 9.05 pm last night. Sunrise is around 4.00am with sunset around 9.10pm.
View from coffee shop showing Sharon on the computer, street behind and funnel of Volendam

View from coffee shop showing Sharon on the computer, street behind and funnel of Volendam

Sunset last night

Sunset last night

Our stateroom stewards really look aft us. Every night we come back to our bed turned down and a creature made from the towels.
Towels

Towels


Another towel creature

Another towel creature


Here is a picture taken this morning as we slid into Vancouver. We transferred to Vancouver Airport at 9.30 am for a 1.45 pm flight to Las Vegas via San Francisco. We are staying at The Holiday Inn Vacation Club in Las Vegas for the next four nights before we fly to Los Angeles for six nights.
MS Volendam travels under the Lions Gate Bridge as we enter English Bay at Vancouver

MS Volendam travels under the Lions Gate Bridge as we enter English Bay at Vancouver

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