My dear friend Diana and I took our first trip to Las Vegas last February (2010), after a particularly generous tax refund from Uncle Sam. It was her first time, my... 4th? 5th? I'm starting to develop a strategy with Vegas First Timers. That strategy being: they need to go back a second time. The first trip to Vegas is overwhelming. If you've never been, you simply cannot comprehend it. Vegas is always open. It's a 24/7 Disney World for adults. You can get a drink in one casino and sip your drink walking down the street to the next casino. There are no rules. It's glorious. It sparkles. It is complete sensory overload (even for a veteran like me). And yes, for a first timer it is overwhelming. You cannot possibly see or take in all Vegas has to offer. Which is why after you get your bearings on Trip 1, you need a follow up Trip 2 to really dive in and learn what you love about Sin City.
That said, Diana and I had a great time on her maiden voyage to Vegas. I taught her to play Blackjack and she really held her own! We went to fancy restaurants, had makeovers at the spa and drank enormous margaritas on The Strip. We took pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower and ate chocolate delicacies at the new Aria Hotel and Casino in City Center. We watching the dancing fountains at the Bellagio and stayed up until the wee hours of the mornings. But now she needs to go back.
But before she goes back to Vegas, Miss D is joining me in a fabulous trip to Europe! (I feel like the announcer on the Price is Right.) Always my reliable travel buddy, she booked her ticket last week to join me as I travel to Germany and Spain for a college friend's wedding. We'll stay with Rob and Dave for most of the trip and travel locally around Germany. Then the final few days we'll jump over to Madrid and down to Sevilla for the wedding. It should be a really great trip and I'm excited for her to see my home away from home. I'm sure there will be antics, there always are when D and I travel together. The trip is at the end of September so look forward to some great pictures and even better stories!
Enjoy a few pictures below from our adventures in Vegas...