Monday, December 20, 2010


What can I say?

All the razzle dazzle, flashing lights and excitement, we loved it.
We stayed in the older part of Las Vegas at a casino called the Four Queens in Fremont Street.

Unbeknown to us there is what they call the Fremont Experience every night. A domed roof that was several hundred yards long was the venue for an incredibly colourful laser show. There was music, bands, performers and people walking around dressed as Elvis Presley, Batman, Superman, Mary Poppins, Dracula and heaps of other well known characters. Not forgetting the show girls, decked out in their skimpy costumes, fans and feathers. It was amazing, bus loads of tourist came down every night to see the display, but we were right in the thick of it, standing at our hotel door.

Many of the casinos on Las Vegas Boulevard - The Strip, have themes. We visited Paris Las Vegas which was very French with a giant Eiffel Tower as the main feature.

You could actually take a ride right to the top, but for us unfortunately, it was too windy, so we missed out. Someone told us that the Eiffel tower here was exactly 1/3 the size of the Eiffel Tower in France, but it was still a huge structure. While we were there I bought the most decadent French pastry I have ever eaten. It was to die for.

New York New York, was another interesting casino, Circus Circus was actually like being at the circus, we were only there for a short time, but watched a world class juggling act. Hubby won $100 on the pokies so he was happy. I wanted to stay and keep trying our luck there because he was on a winning streak, but he grabbed his money and ran. Another very interesting themed casino was Treasure Island, and the name truly said it all. It really did look like an island from one of Robert Louis Stevenson’s books, pirate ship and all.

We went through the Bellagio, luxury personified. Unfortunately, this poor Aussie author didn’t have enough pennies in the piggy bank to be able to afford to stay there.

One of many highlights of the trip was the Awards Banquet at the Readers Favorite Awards.

I say highlight because my novel, Frontier Wife, won 1st prize in the historical romance section. I had a lovely time there, had to attend on my own as hubby had got sunburned the day before and felt sick. Not to worry, an elderly gentleman, (80 year old Colonel) gallantly came to my rescue and made sure I had plenty to eat and didn’t feel out of things. He was very excited because his book of poems got 2nd place in the Poetry section.

Did I mention the shopping? Wow. So cheap. We had to buy an extra suitcase to bring home all the goodies that we bought.

All in all we had a wonderful time. The only downside was the trip home, talk about the flight from hell. We were diverted to Sydney because the plane was running low on fuel, then after sitting on the tarmac for an hour, a passenger became ill and had to be rushed off in an ambulance, then security stepped in because the passenger’s luggage was on board and he no longer was. Three hours later it was all sorted out, and we took off and headed for Melbourne.

Frontier Wife TWRP


Joyce Henderson said...

Hey, Margaret. Congratulations on your win! Well deserved. We haven't been in Vegas since 1990. It's a whole new world out there, now.

We always stayed downtown when we used to go there annually in December. Shoot, you spend so little time in a room, why break the bank paying for a Strip bells-and-whistles hotel room?

We always gambled at the Golden Nugget and other downtown casinos, spending only one evening on the strip to see a show.

Mona Risk said...

Congratulations on your award Margaret. I am glad you had such a good time in Las Vegas.

Jill James said...

Margaret, congratulations on your win. I love Las Vegas. The excitement, the free entertainment at the casinos, and the thrill of winning.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Congratulations on your first place win. That is a great accomplishment. So glad you had a fun time on your stay in Las Vegas. I haven't been there since I was a child so enoyed hearing about it through your descriptions. I live close to Lake Tahoe and, even though it is on a much smaller scale, it still has a lot of lights, noise and excitement.

Merry Christmas to you.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Joyce,
Thank you for dropping by. I am as sick as a dog at the moment but you have all cheered me up.
The Golden Nugget was across the road from where we stayed at the Four Queens. Hubby and I had a little flutter there, didn't win anything. We used to limit ourselves to $10 a day gambling.



Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Mona.
Thank you for having me here today.
Don't be modest, your name was up on the Winners board at the Readers Favorite Awards banquet too, so I was in great company.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Paisely,
Thanks for commenting, we had such a great time. Gee, if I lived in America, I would go to Las Vegas at least once a year.

Merry Christmas to you and your family also.



Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Jill,
Thanks for dropping by. Yes, there are so many free palces to visit and everything was so cheap, we bought money home, unheard of when we go away.



Josie said...

Hi Margaret,
First, since congrats on your win!
We visited Las Vegas the first time this past summer and stayed at the Wynn. It was absolutely gorgeous, as was the wonderful show, La Reve.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Joanne,
Thank you so much for dropping by.Las Vegas is indeed a fabulous place, I just wish Australia wasn't so far away, so I could visit more often.

Merry Christmas


Anonymous said...

Just popping in to say nice site.

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi there anonymous.

Thank you so much for dropping by, I truly appreciate it.
Happy New Year to you and your family.