Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Venetian Hotel

I have taken a few photographs of the interior space in the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Vegas Gondola

No trip to Venice or The Venetian [hotel] would be complete without a graceful and romantic glide down the Grand Canal in an authentic Venetian gondola. Float beneath bridges, beside cafes, under balconies and through the vibrant Venetian streetscape as your singing gondolier sweeps you down the Grand Canal for a ride like no other.

M and self took a ride in one of these gondolas yesterday.

The Venetian and The Palazzo hotel complex in Las Vegas, Nevada, is said to be the world's largest, with 7,117 rooms.

The ceiling is truly vast and replicates the sky during a day with sunny intervals, believe it or not.

There are expensive designer shops, ranging from Davidoff cigars to Godiva chocolate; to the artist Graham Knuttel's gallery.

M bought me a luxurious shirt in Robert Graham's designer fashion shop:

Don’t be afraid to wear this seriously SHARK statement shirt. Featuring a pinup surfer girl, horizontal stripes in the latest hues and bobbing ducks…just because we can. With silk jacquard details and Swarovski crystal buttons it’s set to make a super stylish bite in your summer style.

My shirt is Number 408 of 815.

The gondola ride was enjoyable to the extent that the gondolier burst into song on two occasions.

Later in the evening we saw a show in our hotel called Fantasy.

Grand Canyon

The weather yesterday had improved to the extent that our trip to the Grand Canyon, Arizona, was on.

The courtesy coach collected us from our hotel at six-fifteen in the morning and took us to the aerodrome, a distance of about one mile.

In the reception centre we were all briefed about the rules.

The helicopter had four seats in the rear section and three in the front (including our pilot).

Our flight left at seven o'clock.

The journey to the Canyon, about an hour's duration, took us past the Hoover Dam and a very large man-made lake.

At the Canyon itself we landed and looked down at the Colorado River.

There was a pair of handsome ravens waiting for us and, since this is a regular stop for the helicopter, they eagerly awaited tasty crumbs and bits of muffins and cake.

Having enjoyed a glass of champagne, we took some photographs and departed.

About half-way back, our pilot landed in order to refuel.

The whole experience lasted about two and a half hours.

I must buy a DVD about the Grand Canyon, because seeing it has whetted my appetite, as it were.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

TENDER Steak & Seafood

TENDER Steak & Seafood restaurant is located at the casino level in our hotel, the Luxor, at Las Vegas, Nevada.

Last night, prior to the Carrot Top show, we dined at TENDER.

This is an American fine-dining restaurant. Its reputation was reflected in our bill, which came to about $240.

In the restaurant's cocktail bar we enjoyed a Tanqueray gin & tonic and an Elite Margarita cocktail.

The ambiance is elegant, refined, quiet, and opulent. Leather Chesterfield sofas prevail.

We were seated at a curved banquette.

M and I both had the Exotic Mushroom Soup (creamed organic exotic mushrooms and micro-herbs).

This was very good indeed. It reminded me of my own home-made mushroom soup at home, in fact.

Our main course consisted of a trio of fine beef medallions, which must have been about an inch thick.

They comprised Wagyu Kobe-style beef, bison (Osso Buco, Durham Ranch, Wyoming) and another cut which eludes me.

We also had one portion of Petite Maine Lobster Ravioli (braised de-shelled petite lobster in lobster Alfredo sauce with lobster ravioli).

Grilled asparagus in lemon olive oil and Yukon mashed potatoes with roasted garlic and chive completed the feast.

We had a bot of Braida Moscato D'Asti Piemonte 2010 ($50).

This is a fairly expensive establishment, the dearest meat being the Japanese Kobe Wagyu beef (A5 grade, 8 oz) at $115.

We took our leave thereafter and made a beeline for Carrot Top.

Las Vegas: III

Our trip to the Grand Canyon was cancelled by the helicopter company yesterday due to adverse weather conditions.

However, it has been re-scheduled for today. I gather that the distance from Vegas to the Grand Canyon is about 280 miles.

Last night we were entertained by Scott "Carrot Top" Thompson at a show in our hotel.

This is one seriously funny man and he received an ovation at the end of the show.

The weather has been similar to an average summer day in Northern Ireland.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Las Vegas: II

This afternoon we visited the Shark Reef aquarium at Mandalay Bay resort, Las Vegas.

Marine creatures ranged from hammerhead sharks to piranha fish and exotic lizards.

Tonight we attended a performance of the the Criss Angel Believe show in the Luxor hotel, Las Vegas.

This proved to be another spectacular show by the famous magician and illusionist.

The 2,000 seat theatre was full.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Las Vegas: I

Our flight- on an American Airlines Boeing 737- took five or six hours to fly from New York City to Las Vegas.

There were no free meals or alcoholic drinks, though soft drinks were complimentary.

The flight arrived about eight-thirty in the evening, three hours behind New York.

We took a cab from the airport to our hotel, the Luxor.

This is a huge establishment, comprising 4,407 rooms (including over 430 suites).

It is shaped like a pyramid and has 30 floors.

Our room - a large suite on the top floor - contains a lounge area, dining area, kitchen, home entertainment system, spacious bedroom, double bathroom.

The theme pertains to Thebes in Egypt during pharaonic times.

We hope to take a trip to the Grand Canyon.