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San Diego to Las Vegas map

My husband and I recently flew down to San Diego, California, to visit my mother and help her out with a few things. (She’s 88 and doing well. ) For those who aren’t familiar, San Diego is a real paradise and we enjoyed the sights immensely. Spent three nights in Las Vegas on the way back. That was fun, but exhausting! (Sadly, we weren’t lucky at gambling either.) So much walking and we aren’t getting any younger.

Here’s a pictorial of our trip:


My favourite “hangout” in San Diego; OLD TOWN. Best Margaritas anywhere!

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The El Fandango Restaurant in Old Town, San Diego. It has quite a history:

El Fandango, San Diego

Took a day off with hubby here. It’s a beautiful 14 acre complex, right on the Pacific Ocean.

Seaport Village, San Diego

Hyatt Hotel, (shaped like a razor) and Marriott Hotel in the background.
San Diego has a lot of unique architecture.

Hyatt Hotel and Seaport Village, San Diego

seaport village fountain

Seaport Village, San Diego

Downtown San Diego; the hub for dining out and night life.

Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

Downtown San Diego. Balboa Park houses acres of gardens, museums,
plus the world famous San Diego Zoo. We took my mother here to see the gardens, mostly.
Didn’t get to the zoo, (too exhausting for her), but, we have been there before and it is really great!

Balboa Park entrance, San Diego

Lily pond and exterior of the Horticultural Building

horticultural building and pond

Lily pond, full view

lily pond

Mother, inside the horticultural building. Age 88! ☺ We rented a wheelchair for her,
because she can’t walk that far. By the end, we could have used one as well. Whew!

Mother at Balboa Park

horticultural building, San Diego

Casa del Prado building

Casa del Prado building Balboa Park, San Diego

Cactus Garden; the most fascinating one of all!

cactus garden

cactus garden

cactus garden

Cactus Garden 1


Planet Hollywood.
Had dinner here our first night, with a dear friend. Fantastic buffet – lots of seafood! ☺
We didn’t think to take pictures, as we were having such a good time.
(This is a Google shot)

Planet Hollywood

The beautiful Bellagio Hotel.
Was trying to save a few bucks, so we just rented a room
at the Travelodge on the strip. Not the greatest decision. :-p

Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas

The amazing Paris Hotel.
Loved the interior! It was made to look like the outdoors in Paris,
including the bridge over the Seine River, complete with street lights.

Paris Hotel, Las Vegas

paris las vegas inside

The Monte Carlo Hotel in the foreground and New York, New York, behind.

monte carlo

New York, New York Hotel.
This was our favourite! If we ever come back, I’d like to stay here.
They recreated entire buildings and streetscapes of New York City.
It was also easy to find your way around, unlike most of the other hotels.

Las Vegas NY NY Hotel

NY NY, Las Vegas

NY NY Las Vegas

Interior; restaurants and shops. They also have a Coney Island area and a giant roller coaster.

NY NY Hotel, interior

Exterior of New York, New York Hotel – Replica of Fire Dept. dinghy

NYFD Dinghy, NY NY Hotel

The beautiful Venetian – complete with Gondola rides
(sadly, we didn’t get the chance to try it. They weren’t operating)

Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas

The Mirage, (where Siegfried and Roy had their white tiger act for decades).

the mirage

Street view. Treasure Island in the background.

Mirage and Treasure Island Hotels, Las Vegas

Actor as Capt. Jack Sparrow. Street performers in various costumes were everywhere.

Capt. Jack Sparrow look-a-like, Las Vegas

One of the older casinos; renovated, as they all are.


The infamous Bugsy Siegel hotel. He was killed because of it.

flamingo hotel

The famous Caesar’s Palace.
Another giant hotel complex with a huge mall attached.
We didn’t have time to go in, but, it’s one of the most expensive hotels.

caesar's palace

The downtown area has been turned into a pedestrian mall.
Last time I was here, the streets were wide open.
This is much nicer, with a light diffusing overhang, to block out the burning rays of sun.
The famous Golden Nugget is on the left.

golden nugget

downtown las vegas

The Luxor Hotel.
This was just being built last time I was here, in 1989.
Home of Magician Criss Angel’s “Believe” show,
(which we attended; loved it! Click on link below for description).

Luxor Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

Nocturnal Light Show (from Google; my camera messed up)

Criss Angel, at the end of the show.
No pictures allowed prior. We thoroughly enjoyed it! ☺

Criss Angel

The actual stage for Criss Angel’s show.

Luxor stage

While at the Luxor, we toured The Titanic exhibit -so fascinating!
No photos allowed, so this is from Google. It’s an actual piece of the ship.

Titanic piece of ship, Las Vegas

Also toured this exhibit, where they use real bodies.
Apparently there are many different incarnations of this.
The one we saw was quite the anatomy lesson. Very educational!
(From Google again; no pictures allowed)

bodies exhibit

The Excalibur; right next to the Luxor. King Arthur’s Court is the theme.

the excaliber

Thirsty? ☺

giant coke bottle storefront


It was fun! This was my second trip to Vegas and much has changed since the last time.
I’d like to go back again in a few years. I’m sure it will have evolved even more.Debbie

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Debbie D.
Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as "The Doglady". Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal "hippie/rockchick". Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!
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  1. What a wonderful feast of photographs for us
    and lots of exciting memories for you Debbie 🙂
    Your mum looks very well and is enjoying her
    ride in that wheelchair, perhaps taking turns is
    fairer but hey you had fun so that is the main
    thing for such a fine holiday 🙂 Have a great rest
    of evening and a wonderful start to your week 🙂

    Androgoth xxx