Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What Happens In Vegas...

Last Wednesday afternoon, Farzad called me and told me to pack. We were going to Las Vegas for our 27th anniversary on Thursday morning! What a sweet surprise!

In three-and-a half short days we packed in a lot of adventures. Here are a few snippets from our trip:

We stayed at the Bellagio. What a beautiful hotel! Farzad knows how to travel in style.

Here's a view from our room:

On our anniversary (Thursday night), we went to Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant and had a 9-course meal (their "tasting menu" which gave us small portions of 4 appetizers, 2 main courses, and 3 desserts). Absolutely divine food. We spent the rest of the trip visiting two other of the 6 Wolfgang Puck restaurants in Las Vegas in search of a meal to equal that first one.

On Friday we visited the Grand Canyon. We were supposed to go on a helicopter ride and then down into the Canyon for a boat trip on the Colorado River, but there were some weather issues, and the helicopters couldn't fly. No words can describe the beauty of this place, so I'm not even going to try. Just two words: awe-inspiring and breathtaking--literally.

Yes, I did get on the Skywalk, and yes, it was terrifying! But thrillling! The most amazing views.

Here's where we had lunch. Talk about a "nice table.":

And here's another view, from the other side of the cliff, to show you just how scary-exciting it was eating on the edge of that cliff (the arrow points to the table where we ate):

On Friday night when we got back, we got to see Cirque du Soleil Ka at the MGM Grand. (Sorry no pitures. No cameras allowed. But if you click here, you can see a tiny snippet of the spectacle we saw--make sure the sound is turned up.)

On Saturday, we went on a Hoover Dam tour and got to ride on a pontoon boat at the bottom of the dam, apparently a very restricted area that only this one tour company is allowed to visit. Just awesome seeing that engineering marvel from so many different angles--from the top, from the side, from the inside, and from the bottom--doesn't get any better than that!

We're not gamblers, but we did manage to spend a grand total of $5.00 between the two of us on slot machines!

It was unbelievably hot in Las Vegas--112 degrees on Thursday--but we had a wonderful, whirlwind time. I have the sweetest, most thoughtful husband to surprise me with this amazing adventure. I can't wait to start scrapping my trip!


Staci said...

Hehhea, I love that you only spent $5 gambling in vegas!! WHat an awesome awesome trip - that was so sweet of your hubby to plan! Sounds like so much fun! I love the bellagio and yes, there is nothing like the Grand Canyon!! Happy anniversary, Debbi! :-)

Sarah C. said...

What a wonderful surprise! The Grand Canyon is absolutely breath taking. I don't think words or photos can ever properly describe it. So glad you were able to experience it firsthand! LOL at the photo of Farzad and the big slot machine. :D Congrats to you both!

nfaband said...

Wow ... what a great anniversary trip you had. The pictures are awesome ... I've been to Hoover Dam, The Grand Canyon and Las Vegas ... unfortunately I was only 6 years old so I don't remember them but your pics make me feel like I want to take another visit. Happy Anniversary!!!

Jules said...

Wow...sounds like a great way to celebrate your anniversary...and many congrats!

Lynn said...

congratulations and how wonderful is that - he planned it. great pix and looks like you had a great time!!!! $5 in gambling. sigh. but isn't the grand canyon awesome!!! wow!

Jennifer said...

What beautiful photos, sounds like an amazing trip!! What a great hubby you have :) You sound like us when we went to Vegas, I think we gambled about 5.00 too, lol!

Sherri said...

Happy Anniversary! Glad you had a great time in "my" city LOL Your hubby is a keeper for sure! What a cool anniversary gift.

First time I came to Vegas I think DH and I spent all of $3 in I hear you LOL

kaj said...

Wow! That is very sweet of your dh. I also think that you managed to get in a lot of sight seeing in a very short amount of time. Great photographs, too.

Sheila said...

Beautiful pics Debbi! I haven't seen the Grand Canyon since I was a little girl, look foward to sharing it with my guys one day. Glad you were able to share it with your guy, he's a keeper. :o)

jakey said...

Wow... what a fantastic surprise!

One day I hope to get to Las Vegas... it's a dream right now... but one day.... :-)

jk x

Renee Lamb said...

wow! what a devine trip girl!!! and happy late anny! DH and I got married in Vegas 3 years ago - such a great place! So glad you had fun and I think I would've puked being that close to the edge of the cliff...*gulp* - and I don't know if I would've had the nerve to get on that glass thing....eek! Great pics and fun post!


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