World Travel

USA Rad-venture: Exploring Vegas & the Mob

Still catching up. Hope my last post was worth the wait. As I hope you enjoy this one about how we turned our time in Vegas around.screen-shot-2016-07-16-at-8-56-47-pm

12th July 2016 

Tuesday

Ok, so day two of Vegas and things are on their way up. Well, to be honest, we couldn’t have gone any worse. Oh wait, we did miss our trip to the Grand Canyon due to the stress and lack of sleep. But they were amazing and let us reschedule for Friday, at no extra charge. So we took to the streets to explore and wait for Leah to contact the hotel and get it all sorted out. 

We explored the Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace, and Planet Hollywood. It’s hard to describe how big this place truly is so I have just added a few photos to help you try and imagine it. We finally got in the hotel at 3:00 pm after much rudeness from the screen-shot-2016-08-07-at-4-41-25-pmhotel manager. Couldn’t believe it. Thank god Leah was there to help otherwise, I would have easily lost my cool.

Anyone who needs an amazing travel agent click here, ask for Leah. She has gone above and beyond, not to mention it was her day off work and she seemed as angry if not more than we did. screen-shot-2016-07-16-at-8-54-56-pm

We also found our way to a little cupcake shop called ‘Sprinkles.
The cupcakes were so amazing. We tried the Chocolate Mudcake and the Red Velvet. They were perfect in every way. The one thang that made me love this place the most was the fact that they had a 24hour ‘
CUPCAKE ATM‘. I really could have lost my mind. It was perfection. Nothing better than walking the streets of Vegas after a long day with the sky beginning to be lit up with Neon and finding the perfect pink ATM. No better way to end the day.

 

13th July 2016 

Wednesday

Today was really great. We were told by a friend of my parents that we should go and have a look at Freemont Street. We took a cab there as it is a fair way off the strip. It claims to be the second most famous street in Las Vegas. Back in the day of mobsters and neon light cowboys, Freemont Street was the heart of Vegas. screen-shot-2016-08-07-at-4-39-37-pm

Freemont dated back to 1905, when Vegas itself was founded in the heart of the Nevada desert. Numerous films had been filmed there from Elvis’s ‘Viva Las Vegas’  to Robert DeNiro’s ‘Last Vegas’. I can only imagine what it would have been like back in the day. Unfortunately, the passing years have not been too friendly. But I would still recommend seeing it.

We found it full of cheap tourist shops and it’s streets full of homeless people. It was really quite confronting. Not at all what I imagined it to be. May have been nicer to see at night when it was all lit up with the numerous Neon Lights. But during the day it was rather dismal. 

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After leaving Freemont we made our way down the street to the Mob Museum. It was rather interesting to find out so much about the Mob’s hand in creating this oasis in the desert. We saw the ‘St Valentines day massacre wall’, that of course, had to be reconstructed. In 1929 seven men from the North Side Irish gang were violently murdered during the Prohibition Era.screen-shot-2016-07-16-at-8-53-46-pm  This massacre was led by Al Capone’s South Side Italian gang in order to take control of crime in Chicago. The wall itself had been moved and reconstructed brick by brick in the museum. 

The day itself was a rather interesting day with a deeper insight to how Vegas became a haven for Mobsters and criminals during the Prohibition. The flamingo hotel (we are finally staying in) had such an important part in the establishment of Las Vegas, as it was one of the first big casino/hotels. Many famous mobsters stayed there over the years. 

screen-shot-2016-08-07-at-4-40-25-pmAfter our day in the old parts of Vegas we headed back to the hotel to get dressed and head to the Rio Hotel for our Penn & Teller show. We had dinner in their hotel lobby and then took our seats and enjoyed the show. It was so funny and so magical. The perfect show for Vegas! Would defiantly love to see it again one day if that is ever possible.

I’m beginning to like Vegas.

 

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