Las Vegas live shows

I’ve been to very few ‘live shows’ throughout my life. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the arts, or ‘sophisticated’ entertainment. To be honest I couldn’t tell you exactly why, except that I grew up in a small town that didn’t present those types of opportunities.

When I was in high school, we went on a band trip to Chicago. It was a fun trip and our symphonic band actually earned a silver medal in our category! One of the sightseeing parts of the trip was to see Les Misérables and my 15-year-old self was blown away. I loved every part of it: I loved the experience of seeing it live, I loved the storyline, I loved the music. I even bought the cassette tape, and listened to the songs over and over in my Walkman until I knew all the lyrics and could sing along to every song!

I saw STOMP! in New York City at the Orpheum Theatre. If you love rhythm and beats, you’ll love this show. I even watched it a second time at Canada’s National Arts Centre when they came to town.

While we were in Vegas, there was no shortage of shows to see, and if you weren’t careful, you could spend a LOT of money on entertainment! My husband had treated me to my first Cirque du Soleil show for my birthday a few years back, so I wasn’t convinced that I needed to see another.

We looked at all the shows in the area and decided on two. We had a $200 credit at our hotel, and used it towards Le Rêve, then bought tickets to see David Copperfield the next night.

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Le Rêve was incredible! There were the elements of a Cirque show with so much more! Every one of these entertainers were athletes first! Gymnasts, synchronized swimmers, divers, etc. The stage was a pool, the ceiling and platforms that came out of the water. There are no bad seats in the circular theatre; everyone had an unobstructed view of all parts of the show. There was so much going on at all times, sometimes it was hard to focus on one thing cause you were afraid you’d miss something else!

VIDEO: Behind the Scenes at Le Rêve

David Copperfield was a completely different type of show. Everyone I know who’s seen him has praised how amazing the show and the illusions were, and I really wanted to see it for myself! This show lived up to all the hype! Some of the illusions, I could figure out, but others just blew my mind! People disappearing and reappearing, objects (sometimes LARGE objects) appearing out of thin air, ‘mind reading’… It was truly something to see and I was so glad I was able to see him live!

The best part of it all, was when David Copperfield’s Assistant came to us at our table before the show and asked us to wait after so David could meet us! There were people who paid for front row seats and a meet and greet, and he quickly stepped out to meet us before rejoining them. I felt truly honoured and special that he made that effort!

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Me and David Copperfield. The true magic is how he manages to remain looking so young!

It’s the end of the world as we know it… And I feel fine

Remember Y2K? All electronic equipment and clocks were supposed to go haywire. Everything was going to stop working, putting the globe into chaos!! Oh wait, nothing happened!

I’m curious how many people believed the world was going to end today?

I was checking out Freemont Street last night and came across this chalkboard.

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A guy was standing on the sidewalk and offered me some chalk. I asked, “Is this for the end of the world tomorrow?”

He went on with this awesome drunk-guy ramble about how he works for the History Channel and that if the world was going to end, we’d already be feeling it. Earthquakes, rumbles, signs, such as the airport repainting the runway every five days because true north and magnetic north were spreading farther apart. I was able to sleep soundly last night with that knowledge!

Freemont Street was a great experience. Old-time casinos and older, original neon lighting. I blew a whole $6 on the slot machines (I’m a wild woman, I know), and we stopped at the Heart Attack Grill (to buy a t-shirt, not to eat!). I swear I think that chain would be illegal in Canada! With burgers called the “Triple Bypass” I decided to pass and get a salad somewhere else!

Flightlinez at Freemont was a fun $10 over the esplanade, but then tried to sell the photo for $20. Since I’ve zip lined, rappelled and sky dived before, I decided against the photo.

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^ The old school lights and casinos were really cool.

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^ My first ever slot machine win – big money!

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^ Heart Attack Grill. Is this place for real? 350lbs and you eat free?

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^ Elmo texting. For some reason, this gave us the giggles!

On the road again – and a Las Vegas Virgin

After two years without a vacation trip (spending all our money on real estate upgrades), we decided to treat ourselves to a week’s vacay in Las Vegas. I had never been and it was definitely a place I wanted to experience once.

I was only here less than 24 hours before I realized that my friend Girl Gone Good was in Vegas at exactly the same time. How weird is that!?! Her blog is great. She has a plan and updates it regularly with content about health, nutrition, fitness and travel, unlike me, who only remembers once and a while that I have a blog!! Her posts have inspired me to write about my Las Vegas experience, proving that every Vegas experience can be completely different!

After about an 8-hour, two flight journey, we arrived in Las Vegas just before midnight, local time, which put our bodies at about 3am!

We were going to just take a taxi to our hotel, but at that time in the night, the shuttle was just as fast and a little bit cheaper ($15.00 for both of us).

We failed in finding food and finally crashed, not really sure of our relative location on the strip, or any of our plans for the week.

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The 32 year old bear, Cuddly Crocket, who was thrown in the garbage by a VIA Rail porter on the last adventure (another story that’s still ongoing) came with us in spirit, as he appeared after we boarded the plane as a photo bookmark. He would have loved this trip!

Viva Las Vegas!?!

One of the places in the world I have never been is Las Vegas. I never REALLY cared very much if I went or not, but it’s a place known as the city you have to experience at least once in your life. Well, we’ve done it. We booked our trip to Las Vegas, and now I’m getting excited! First of all, we haven’t travelled out of the country in two years due to real estate expenses, but now we are looking forward to getting away. We actually had to check to make sure our passports were still up-to-date!

I’ve been a bit manic about this trip. My husband now wishes he booked it without telling me as a surprise. I’ve been googling “things to do in Las Vegas” and trying to make a list.

So far:

  • David Copperfield 
  • The Strip (obviously, duh!) 
  • Hoover Dam/Grand Canyon (by helicopter at sunrise, hopefully) 
  • Gamble (just a little bit. I hate parting with my money, especially when the odds are I won’t have anything to claim for it!) 
  • Food: my boss told me about a great Brazilian Steakhouse, and my colleague told me to check out Battista’s Hole in the Wall 
  • The Atomic Testing Museum 
  • Maybe a Cabaret show? I watched Burlesque the other day and got it in my head to go to a TASTEFUL Cabaret/Burlesque show. Frontal nudity is okay – any sort of raunch is not.             

If anyone’s been to Vegas and has recommendations, please by all means, comment and let me know what I should NOT miss while I’m there. We’re there for a week!