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:
PART ONE: SAN DIEGO
My favourite “hangout” in San Diego; OLD TOWN. Best Margaritas anywhere!
The El Fandango Restaurant in Old Town, San Diego. It has quite a history:
Took a day off with hubby here. It’s a beautiful 14 acre complex, right on the Pacific Ocean.
Hyatt Hotel, (shaped like a razor) and Marriott Hotel in the background.
San Diego has a lot of unique architecture.
Downtown San Diego; the hub for dining out and night life.
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!
Lily pond and exterior of the Horticultural Building
Lily pond, full view
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!
Casa del Prado building
Cactus Garden; the most fascinating one of all!
PART TWO: LAS VEGAS
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)
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
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.
The Monte Carlo Hotel in the foreground and New York, New York, behind.
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.
Interior; restaurants and shops. They also have a Coney Island area and a giant roller coaster.
Exterior of New York, New York Hotel – Replica of Fire Dept. dinghy
The beautiful Venetian – complete with Gondola rides
(sadly, we didn’t get the chance to try it. They weren’t operating)
The Mirage, (where Siegfried and Roy had their white tiger act for decades).
Street view. Treasure Island in the background.
Actor as Capt. Jack Sparrow. Street performers in various costumes were everywhere.
One of the older casinos; renovated, as they all are.
The infamous Bugsy Siegel hotel. He was killed because of it.
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.
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.
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).
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! ☺
The actual stage for Criss Angel’s show.
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.
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)
The Excalibur; right next to the Luxor. King Arthur’s Court is the theme.