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I didn’t realize how short I actually was until I looked at the photos!

I had wanted to do this tour after reading about it on a Vegas site.  It was great and if you get the chance to do it, don’t hesitate.   To be exact it’s an All Access Backstage Walking Tour  and provides a whole different perspective on the Jubilee at Bally’s topless show.  The show is based on numbers around the ‘old Las Vegas’ style shows.

We were met by our guide (the leggy, beautiful one in the top photo), on the actual stage where she and her co-stars/dancers perform every night.  How can I describe her?  Beautiful doesn’t do her justice, amazing is over used but to be truthful she was both.  I’m sorry that I can’t remember her name but let’s just call her Belle for now.

She started by giving a short history on Vegas shows.  How tall you have to be.  Obviously, I won’t be employed anytime soon.   The differences between the bluebells and topless dancers.  She also said that they have to audition every 6 months for their jobs, it’s an iconic post and they only want perfection!

 She gave a good insight about the costumes and the amount of work that’s put in making up a show like this.

We got to see backstage and the dressing rooms, and an in-depth look at costumes, props, headdresses. 

 Some of the bedazzled costumes, can weigh as much as 35 pounds.

We were allowed to poke our noses in the wardrobe crew room.  They handle everything from laundry to costume maintenance, sequin stitching and alterations. Because fishnet stockings rip on a daily basis, the wardrobe team can spend as many as 13 hours a day mending them.   Thank goodness I haven’t got that job!  Although, I’m sure my husband would be up for the post as dresser!

The tour takes you also to see the huge props that are used for the various ‘numbers’.  ‘Belle’ explained that they have an army of stagehands working behind the scenes to create the different stage backgrounds.

So interesting to see another side of my beloved Vegas and one that I would recommend to anyone and everyone!


Thinking back now, the day I met Mike Tyson was surreal.

It was our last day in Las Vegas and had already checked in for our flight home.  The great thing about checking in here though, is that, you can do it at your hotel and make use of another full day spending money!

My husband spends every waking minute, with a grand camera strapped around his neck.  The one time he didn”t have his camera is when we came face to face with MIKE TYSON.  That could only happen to us.  All was not lost as my son did have an iphone fortunately.

For collectors and enthusiasts of memorabilia Vegas is great.   There are brilliant stores full to the brim of autographed photos, records, sportswear and general tat.  Together with my next holiday fund I will be trying to squirrel away $7500 more for the signed ‘Thriller’ album cover + glove in a presentation box.  Being a Michael Jackson fan and Thriller particularly holding so many happy memories.

Well, to get back to Mike, whilst we were sifting through autographs in a shop in Ceasar’s Palace, I overheard a conversation between two of the assistants.  They were complaining that it was going to be slow because Mike Tyson was signing memorabilia in another shop in the same mall.So, I inched in further and couldn’t resist poking my extremely long nose in and asked, where exactly could I find the former undisputed champion of boxing.   Guess what?  They wouldn’t tell me!  How callous was that???  Calmly I turned,  collected hubby and the kids and pushed them out of the shop.  The hunt was on for Mike Tyson!!!! 

Luckily, for us he was 150yards away at ‘Field of dreams’.  We got in line with our newly bought boxing glove,  iphone at the ready.  The kids excitement was infectious by the time  it was our turn, all six of us were giggling with nerves,   even me.   In we went.  We gave the camera/phone to his assistant and that was that.  The kids were firing questions, left right and centre.  He was soooo nice.  He smelt and looked pristine.  The man definitely looks after himself.  (I had read a few things about him in the newspaper about all his past antics and hadn’t been impressed).  Then, I don’t know what happened to me, whether it was nerves or just complete insanity.  I started telling him off about the tattoo on his face.  My kids started screaming with laughter and trying to pull me out of the room but I still continued to take the legendary Mike Tyson to task.  When I was finally finished, I took the camera off the assisstant and said ‘Goodbye Mr Tyson’ and walked out.  I don’t know who was more surprised me or him. 

We then, still laughing went into Planet Hollywood for a burger and to look at the photos.  Attached is the evidence of my Mike Tyson adventure.

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This post could take a long time in writting, so I will keep it to the point.

My favourite is The Wynn because it’s the classiest.  When I go on holiday, I want the best that I can afford.  I have stayed in all 3, The Wynn, The Bellagio and The Palazzo, but the standard never drops in The Wynn.  Unfortunately, in the other 2 (maybe because of the recession) the attention to detail isn’t there at the moment.  It is an absolute tragedy that so much money has been invested in building these wonderful resorts and someone, somewhere is responsible of letting this happen.  Who is in charge of stained carpets in the guest rooms?  Who is in charge of re-touching up the wooden furniture?   Who is in charge of re-filling the tolietries?   It’s in these tiny details that will set you below the benchmark.  What were once the height of glamour and excellance are just becoming slightly lacklustre.  The Wynn (Dec 2011) has the edge.  So for the same amount of bucks, I know where I’ll be checking-in to.

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What is not to love about Vegas?  It’s the original ‘Emerald city’, and everyone has the possibility of becoming rich. 

As you exit from the airport and can at once see the outline of the Strip, the rush of excitement starts.  It’s definitely magical.  Unfortunately or fortunately depending upon how you look at it I’m addicted to Vegas!  Fortunately because I spend 11 months and 3 weeks dreaming and saving for my return and unfortunatelybecause  the week that I’m or rather we’re there passes TOO FRIGGIN QUICK!

I’m not a gambling addict or have lots of money to spend.  What is the main attraction then for me?  It has to be the greatest place on earth for an observer.   Don’t get me wrong, it is the best place for shopping, (yes, better than New York, London and Barcelona).  It is the best place for variety of shows (yes, better than the West End, Broadway and I’m definitely not including Barcelona in this comparison as it’s dire).  I don’t know if it has the biggest or best collection of luxury hotels in the world but if it doesn’t hold this accolade, it must be very close.  But the award for most amazing contrasts in one location HAS TO GO TO VEGAS.  That for me, an observer, is certainly the main draw.

For me to physically get to Vegas, is a major undertaking.  I live on the Costa Brava in Tossa de mar, Spain (a very beautiful place and completely different from LV).   It’s a very long way and very expensive too.  To get there, we generally first fly to London and then travel by Virgin Atlantic.  I’ve tried over the years of looking at price comparison sites, with Virgin, with BA holidays and have found that the cheapest for the same holiday + insurance (if booked 3ish months in advance) is  Don’t get me wrong NOTHING ABOUT THE WHOLE ADVENTURE IS CHEAP.  However, after 5 successive years and more hours than I care to think of trawling the internet.  This is my personal conclusion.

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