Las Vegas Getaway!

For our 5th wedding anniversary, my husband and I decided to go somewhere we have never visited before- Las Vegas baby! We had an awesome time! But you know the saying “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!” so I will not share all of the awesome details of our trip.  I will however share with you guys a few highlights of the different things we saw. Enjoy!

One of the most exciting things we did was renew our vows in a little Vegas wedding chapel 🙂 It was so much fun and an awesome way to commemorate our 5th anniversary.

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The sign says “to be continued” just in case you are wondering. I made it specifically for this photo op 🙂

When we initially got married, I had seriously considered just running off to Vegas and eloping but my hubby was gung ho on having a large wedding so we went that route instead. So when we planned to go to Vegas I knew that we had to renew our vows Vegas style. It was sweet moment that was just for the 2 of us.

After the very short ceremony (like seriously less than 5 minutes), we headed back to the hotel to change our clothes for a day full of fun!

First stop lunch at a Pampas, a Brazilian steakhouse.

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I loved that the meat came out shaped like a heart :)
I loved that the meat came out shaped like a heart 🙂

We opted not to get a car during our trip since Las Vegas is very pedestrian friendly. We did a LOT of walking in the heat. I would suggest that you carry very comfortable shoes (closed toe shoes preferably) if you plan to walk the city.

Off to see the sights!

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On the replica Brooklyn Bridge
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Perfect backdrop for my bookworm! Gigantic bookcase at the Cosmopolitan Hotel
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Cool cakes at a bakery in one of the casinos.

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Petting the sting rays at the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay! Pretty cool :)
Petting the sting rays at the Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay casino! It was a very cool experience 🙂

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IMG_2862 Las Vegas is like a million times more beautiful at night!

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We finally got tired of walking so we decided to get a bus pass to finish our night tour of “old Vegas”  as it is referred to by the locals. It’s the original area of Las Vegas.

Surprisingly this was my hubby's first ride on a city bus!
Surprisingly this was my hubby’s first ride on a city bus!
Guess what? We have our own street in Vegas!
Guess what? We have our own street in Vegas!

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When I saw the advertisement on this restaurant, I was disappointed. As a nurse I want people to be healthy and this place seemed to prey on those who struggle with obesity.
When I saw the advertisement on this restaurant, I was a little disappointed. As a nurse, I want people to be healthy and this place seemed to prey on those who struggle with obesity.
Do you think I would make the cut? LOL!
Do you think I would make the cut? LOL!

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Even the local McDonald’s gets its golden arches in lights!
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Fountain show at the Bellagio!
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Volcano eruption at the Mirage!
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The newest hotel on the strip. Beautiful inside & out.

As with any trip we try to get the most bang for our buck. We like to save a few dollars whenever possible. For this trip, we participated in a short timeshare presentation to get free tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s KA.  The show was interesting but it was like in another language so I didn’t quite get exactly what was going on at one point. But I must say, all the acrobatics and technology in the show was amazing.

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Got to meet one of the performers before the show.
Got to meet one of the performers before the show. Not the most flattering pic but its the moment that counts.

Another cool thing we got to experience for the first time was spray paint artistry. I had never seen anyone create art in this manner. My husband and I were both in awe as we watched this artist create photo after photo of Las Vegas scenery. We were mesmerized (or maybe a little high from all the fumes being emitted). Either way if you ever go to Vegas, you will have to check out some of the many artists on the Strip.

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We purchased one of the artist's many masterpieces as a souvenir from our trip.
We purchased one of the artist’s many masterpieces as a souvenir from our trip.

There were other unique street performers who were very entertaining.

This dude had no legs but he didn't let that limit him! It was very cool to watch.
This dude had no legs but he didn’t let that limit him! It was very cool to watch.
This guy caught me off guard. He was initially like a statue and then he started dancing all of a sudden.
This guy caught me off guard. He was initially like a statue and then he started dancing all of a sudden.

The people are pretty friendly. I got to chat with an M&M and a Vegas showgirl.

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And of course we ate, drank (non alcoholic beverages) and were merry throughout our getaway. One of my favorite restaurants during this trip was Serendipity 3. I was very excited to go here for the frozen hot chocolate specifically but the food was really good as well.

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I fell in love with the decor in this restaurant. It was so whimsical and eclectic.
I fell in love with the decor in this restaurant. It was so whimsical and eclectic.

Of course there were some other ummm….antics but that’s all I’m going to say about that. Just note that we barely got any sleep during our trip but we planned to tire ourselves out for the long flight back home to TX. Overall we had a blast and we plan to visit Vegas again in the near future! It will definitely always be an anniversary to remember.

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Until next adventure,

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