Route 66 Day 18
Our first full day in Vegas began with meeting Joe and his wife B. It's always when you meet face to face someone you've known for a long time as a byline on a blog, and so it was with Joe. They met us at our hotel and instantly gave us an enormous Vegas welcome, plying us with hats and fans and taking us for breakfast at Bouchon in the Venetian. We loved the breakfast, we loved the Venetian (how can you not love somewhere which improves on Venice by having gondolas in St Mark's Square and then sticks the whole thing on the second floor?) and we loved Joe and B who were great guides.
Of course, everything on the Strip is engineered to persuade you to part with money, preferably in the casinos but also in the shops and restaurants. The casinos are quite something: for someone from Britain where betting on sports is something you do in seedy high street betting shops, to see the sports betting set-up in a big Vegas casino is rather a shock.
here). Then after a brief pause for a swim back at the hotel, we met Joe and B once more and went to see Cirque de Soleil's O, which is their aquatic show at the Bellagio.
After which we decided to call it a day, thinking maybe we'd save Vegas after dark for the end of one of the other evenings.
The music has to be this: