What Happened in Vegas…

Ends up on the blog… I cannot count how many times I’ve been to Las Vegas in my life. It’s funny now living in Texas how it is not nearly as common, but growing up in CA it was so convenient we used to drive over all the time. I have too many stories in this city, from singing Rudloph on a stage as a kid, to my 21st, to girls trips, let’s just say I’ve seen the strip a bit. Not enough to be an expert but I’ve had my fun in the city of sin.

This trip I went with my darling boyfriend and we met up with his best friend and his wife for a long weekend getaway. They live in Virginia so this was my first chance to meet them and we had a great time getting to know each other. We stayed at the Palazzo for the first 2 nights and migrated to the Monte Carlo for the third (his work was covering that night). First of all the Palazzo is beautiful and I strongly recommend.

We got in on Friday night and checked in and went straight to the nightclub. Now normally I’m the girl that is in bed by 10pm so I can get up and run the next day, but about once a year I get a wild hair and want to pretend like I’m 21 again. So I got us on the guest list at Tao, if you are going to go clubbing in Vegas the guest list is a must. I had used this website before and it worked again like a charm. We got to Tao right before 11, get in no problem and no cover, make our way to the bar to get the first round and discover I get free drinks till 11:30! We only lasted about an hour (we were still on Texas time) but we had fun dancing, and enjoyed only paying for 2 over priced drinks for B.

After a few hours of sleep, I still managed to get up and run 4 miles. Then we mostly walked around the strip that day and explored. Saturday night we had tickets to go see the Cirque Du Soliel show KA. Which, as with any Cirque show, was amazing. The floating stage thing was incredible. The only show I’ve seen in Vegas that I can’t recommend is Criss Angel. On the way back to the hotel after the show we got to see the Bellagio water show which is always a good time. Then I discovered that heels look great but are not so great for walking 2+ miles down the strip #shouldhaveubered.

But after we found our way back and I found some flats, B and I took advantage of some of the artwork in the Grand Canal area. Because when you are dating a photographer, why wouldn’t you go do glamor shots at midnight?

I LOVE this pic of us.

The next morning again I got up to run 5 miles, shocking I know. B’s best friend was at a conference during the day so we hung out with his wife by the pool. Again more glamor shots, because why not?

After the pool fun, and a couple of frozen beverages for B and I, I was really looking forward to a little place called Lobster me for a ‘Lobsicle’. Lobster meat on a stick – what could be better?

More than 4 oz’s thats what could be better. Good, but so disappointing.

Thankfully that night I was getting food redemption as we went out for a big dinner at the Gordon Ramsay in the Paris hotel. MMM Steak! Definitely a good meal, and great company! Although for the price I think I’d rather go to Ruth’s Chris next time. But it was a neat place and I’m glad we tried it.

After dinner we watched a dueling piano show for a bit which was rather tame but nice to chill and people watch. And just like that the weekend of fun was about done. I took one last mis-timed selfie that I think actually turned out rather cute.

Thankfully my flight out wasn’t until the afternoon on Monday. So I still had time to squeeze in the long run! 13 miles alone under the hot and dry Vegas sun. Let’s just say it was rough. I carried my normal water bottle and had to stop at gas stations TWICE to buy more water. Still I felt like death after. Ironic that my running was much more exhausting in Vegas than any partying, welcome to my 30’s I suppose.