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Las Vegas – Special Feature!

Viewers, I’ve got another special post for you today, something new and different to spice up this travel blog!

I’m very proud and excited to say that I’ve teamed up with the legendary Travel Enthusiast, Former Orbitz Director of Communications and proud Mom : Kendra Thornton to share our knowledge, tips and experience about one amazing, energetic and vibrant city; a city that has something for just about everyone out there: Las Vegas!

First, Kendra will share her take on the city with us, then shortly after, I will share my tips, advice and secrets about the city.

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Kendra:

Hot Spots for Family Fun in Las Vegas

I love to travel, and these days, I usually bring my family along. When planning a family vacation, I always look for locations with something that my kids will enjoy along with my husband and me. One of our favorite spots to enjoy time together as a family is Las Vegas. It seems that this desert oasis always has something new and fun for us to do.

1. Miniature Golf

My husband is a golfer. The kids and I prefer the miniature version, and Las Vegas has plenty of options for us. We especially enjoy playing 18-holes at KISS by Monster Mini Golf. The glow-in-the-dark course features animated replicas of rock-and-roll memorabilia. The kids love putting into the giant Gene Simmons head. As an added attraction, the course also features a huge saltwater aquarium made by ATM of Animal Planet’s show Tanked.

2. Sharks

In Las Vegas, you can swim with sharks in the middle of the desert. My oldest loves sharks, so when I found out about Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, we had to visit. The water park features North America’s only predator-based aquarium. Here, you can view moray eels, rare golden crocodiles, piranhas and 15 species of sharks. The kids and I also participated in the 45-minute shark dive.

3. Adult Beverages

Of course, Las Vegas has plenty of adult beverages. When traveling with my girlfriends, I once took the Sommelier wine class at the Michael Mina Restaurant. Guests get to explore the nuances of eight different wines. You’ll learn about the effects of soil and climate on grapes. This is a great way to spend date night as well as an awesome activity to enjoy during a Las Vegas bachelorette weekend.

4. Museums

Those who love to learn can have a great time in Las Vegas. My family enjoys taking trips to quirky museums. My personal favorite is the outdoor Neon Museum just off the strip. It displays the history of the city in lights with a park-like atmosphere and design. My kids love spending time at the Discovery Children’s Museum. Also of interest is the National Atomic Testing Museum.

Las Vegas is always good for a good time. I’ve enjoyed traveling there on business and with friends. Now I enjoy taking my family and exposing my kids to some of the wonderful treasures there. With so many places to stay and things to do it can get a bit overwhelming. Sites like Gogobot make it easy to read user reviews so you can better plan your trip. I hope you can enjoy this great vacation spot as well.

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Jordan:

Spontaneous Fun & Hidden Gems of Las Vegas

Las Vegas is always a blast, no matter who you go with, it has something for everyone. Myself? I am pretty open-minded and like to try just about anything, especially if it’s a new experience! I’m going to share with you some advice, tips and hidden gems of Las Vegas that I hope will be at some use for you. Here we go:

1. Restaurants

At one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, how could Las Vegas not have some of the world’s greatest restaurants?
One of my most memorable restaurant experiences was eating at “Gordon Ramsey’s Pub & Grill” at “Caesar’s Palace”.
If you’re feeling a little more on the Breakfast or Dessert side, then you HAVE to try the Crepes at “Le Creperie” in “Paris”. I’m going to let you in on a little secret as well… If you’re looking for a delicious meal that is a little more budget friendly, then look no farther than “Tony Roma’s” on Fremont Street. Seriously, Tony Roma’s! You can get a Steak and Lobster for $11.99 or a Prime Rib for $8.99. You can find details on this special here: Tony Roma’s on Fremont.

2. Entertainment / Shows

I’ve been to Las Vegas twice and without a doubt, my favorite thing to do is see the shows. There are shows that will suit anybody’s interest here: Comedy, Cirque du Soleil, Concerts, Burlesque, Magic and so on. Lots of famous people host their performances here: Shania Twain, Madonna, Carrot Top, David Blaine, Kris Angel, Penn and Teller.
Buying tickets for shows can really add up, so here’s a little tip to nab yourself free tickets and even a free dinner to go along with; walking down Las Vegas Blvd, you’ll notice that there are several individuals trying to grab your attention to sell “Timeshares”. Most of the time, you probably ignored them and walked right by them, but here’s the secret… If you decide to take the free tour that they are promoting, you will land yourself free or highly discounted Dinner and Show tickets; this is no scam, it is actually true! The catch is, you have to spend a few hours listening to their sales pitch and viewing the units, building and property that they are attempting to sell to you. At the end of the tour, a highly skilled sales associate will personally try and sell you a Timeshare – all you have to do is politely decline and then, VOILA! You will have your free Dinner and show!

3. Fremont Street

Most people are attracted to the Las Vegas Blvd strip and frankly, I don’t blame them! With the bright flashing lights, energy, music, street performances, erupting fountains and state-of-the-art architecture, who would not want want to be around all of that? What people need to know though is, Fremont Street is the “original” Las Vegas and it boasts a magic of it’s own. Let me tell you what’s special about Fremont Street! First off, you’re going to find MUCH better deals in this area, probably because they want to take the crowd away from the overpriced Las Vegas Blvd.  When you’re not playing at the Casino, you’ll find that it’s quite easy to find 1-2$ beers, 3$ Margaritas, 10-15$ meals at sit-down restaurants and best of all, the slots are known to be more “loose” on Fremont Street.  If you walk a few blocks up, you’ll find yourself in front of some original and unique bars and restaurants, for example: “Insert Coins” a video-game based bar – you basically pay to play arcade games with friends while sipping away at your favorite drink. How about “Heart Attack Grill”? A restaurant where all the staff are dressed in Nurse outfits and serving you the most unhealthy food that is known to man.  There is actually a large scale just outside of the restaurant that lets you weigh yourself, if you weigh over 300lbs, then you get to eat free!
Looking for cheap daiquiris? I’ll tell you where to get the cheapest in all of Vegas! Two words… “La Bayou”. It’s a small Dive Bar & Casino located on Fremont Street. You can fill up your meter long drink-holding device for pennies compared to the other places out there. The cool thing is, “La Bayou” uses the traditional-style “quarters” to play in their slots and when you win, spits quarters back out at you. Ever heard of those? They are small circular pieces of metal before the “cash receipts” were used in slot machines. A new piece of History for you!

4. Shopping

Las Vegas is probably right up there with London, Paris, New York and so on for it’s shopping scene, it can also get expensive very fast if you don’t have the budget for it. I found that I had the best shopping experiences at both the North and South “Premium Shopping Outlets”. There are literally hundreds of stores to choose from, it really does take a full day out of you. One of my favorite stores would have to be “Under Armour” which is located at the “South Premium Outlets”. If you’re shopping for luxurious brands, then you have nothing to worry about, Las Vegas Blvd is boasting with a nearly-unlimited amount of stores and malls to visit and it’s impossible to see it all in one day. For souvenirs, it’s always fun to check out the “M&M Factory” or the “Coca-Cola Factory”.

We hope this post was informative and fun to read as it was for us to write it!

If you wish to follow Kendra, you can do so by clicking the following link: @KendraThornton – she has a wealth of travel information to provide for you, so definitely check her out!

Please follow me for more adventures, travel tips and advice!

[This collaborative post was written by: Jordan Ilareguy & Kendra Thornton]

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Romanian Dining

To live Romanian, one must eat Romanian!

So I started with a glass of White Romanian Chardonnay and this plate:

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It’s Squash stuffed with minced meat and boy is it ever delicious! I had no idea that the wine was so tasty and sophisticated as well!

The restaurant I went to was called: “Cara’ cu Bere”; enormous restaurant, plenty of floors, countless tables, live music, traditional Romanian-style decor and so much more! Staff was very attentive and polite, a must visit if you’re making a pit-stop in Bucharest!

Tomorrow will be my “city exploration” day! Then it’s off to Brasov and Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle).

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Day out in Victoria, BC

My plane arrived at around midnight, so we took a taxi down to the “Royal Scot Hotel” where we stayed just for a night; straight to bed I went, I wanted to catch as much sleep as I could before venturing off into this beautiful city.
I woke up at about 0730hrs to enjoy a “West Coast Omelette” at “Jonathan’s Restaurant”; filled with shrimp, smoked salmon and topped off with Hollandaise sauce, I think I was in heaven! Man, do I ever miss the delicious seafood of British Colombia.

After my outstanding Breakfast, I took “Bus 6” down to the Naval Dockyard, which is where all the Canadian Navy ships rest, which includes my previous two ships: “HMCS Protecteur” and “HMCS Algonquin”. I walked onto the “HMCS Protecteur” and quietly made my way up to my old workplace where I surprised my buddies who are still working on the ship. When they looked at me, they glanced away and then quickly looked back. They must have thought they were hallucinating for a second, because they had no idea I was flying into the city. They were overjoyed to see me, just as I was to see them. These friends have helped me through the toughest of my times when I was living in Victoria, BC. They were true friends, always pushing their plans aside to help me out when I really needed it; these are the kind of friendships that you need to treasure and value for the rest of your lives, its not everyday you run into people like that. I stayed on the ship for just over an hour, wolfed down a bowl of “Cream of Chicken” soup for the Navy tradition of “Stand Easy”, which is at 1000hrs everyday, then made my way to the ship across from the “HMCS Protecteur”, which is the “HMCS Algonquin”. My awesome friend Jen, the one that we bumped into during my Vegas vacation was working “Quartermaster” duty. I paid her a surprise visit; it was really awesome to see that she is doing great overall and that she some awesome sails to look forward to!

Shortly after reminiscing with some amazing friends, I hopped onto a bus heading towards downtown to grab myself a delicious Lunch at one of the restaurants that serve the food that I miss most: “Azuma Sushi”. The sushi here in Trenton is overpriced and definitely not up to the standard of quality that you will find on the West Coast of Canada. I had a “Spicy Salmon Roll” and a “Yam Roll” with a bowl of brown rice topped with roasted sesame sauce on the side. The bill only ran up to 12.95$, now THAT’S a VERY fair price, especially for quality food!

I didn’t have a lot of time to spend in Victoria, so I slowly walked back to my hotel, grabbing a “Spanish Latte” at one of my favorite Cafes: “Dolce Vita”. What really impresses me about “Dolce Vita” is how they create coffee art in your drink. They actually construct some sort of complex pattern in your coffee; it looks so nice you almost don’t want to drink it! Don’t worry though, I don’t know how they do it, but somehow when you sip back your delicious drink, the pattern doesn’t disappear, it stays right to the bottom of the cup!

Well, I’m back home in Trenton now, but not for long! I’ll have another adventure shortly for you to read up on, just keep your eyes peeled!

Tomorrow, I start my first Piano lesson, I’m also hitting up the gym with Amy first thing tomorrow morning too. Nothing like a fresh start to your day!

Dolce Vita Coffee Art

Dolce Vita Coffee Art

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Las Vegas: Day 7

It’s our last day in Vegas and it’s more of a traveling day than anything else for us.

Yesterday was quite the adventure though! We ate our Lunch at restaurant with much prestige: Gordon Ramsey’s Pub and Grill”, which is located in the “Caesar’s Palace Casino & Resort”. Damn, was it ever good! Not only the food, but the outlay of the entire restaurant, the service, everything was just so proper, precise and articulate, but not in an uncomfortable “snobby” high-class restaurant way; the restaurant itself was really “hip” if you want to call it that. Everyone working in that restaurant knew their job and did it to near perfection, they hired the perfect staff; at least that’s how it seemed from my perspective.

Check it out:

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After one of the best restaurants experiences that I’ve ever had in my life, Amy and I trekked on back to our hotel to tour what’s called the “Habitat”. It’s basically an enormous garden that’s been created in the back of the hotel to house exotic birds and other animals from all over the world. They had Flamingos, ducks from Asia, birds from South America and there were an abundance of Koi fish in the water that were also monstrous in size.
I took a bunch of photos, but that will have to wait for a further post as I’m currently waiting at the Las Vegas airport with a limited Internet connection and no computer.

I discovered that my awesome friend Jen was vacationing in Vegas with her boyfriend Andre during the same time that we were there, so we all decided to meet up at “Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Restaurant” for Supper to catch up and have a fun and awesome last night out in town. For those of you who don’t know, “Bubba Gump’s Shrimp” is a chain of restaurants that specialize mainly in shrimp and fish dishes. They base the theme of their restaurant around the “Forrest Gump” movie and have the movie playing 24/7 on repeat. The restaurant is tons of fun; it’s great food and great drinks! I’ve been two the one in San Diego and Honolulu.

One of my Kung-Fu instructors insisted that I must check out the Stratosphere before leaving Vegas. He said that it’s a sight that must be seen! So, that’s what we did! All four of us bussed down to the Stratosphere and rode up an elevator to what I remembered was about 107 floors or so. Man, oh man, what a breathtaking sight of Sin City from the top floor. We were able to walk a full 360 degrees to get a full-on view on the city. To make it even a little more enjoyable, they actually had a bar all the way up there! Looking down through those slanted windows wasn’t adrenaline pumping enough, so Jen and I decided to try out one of the rides at the top of the tower called “The Big Shot”. It’s basically similar to “The Drop Zone” in Canada’s Wonderland and many other theme parks, except this one is on TOP of the Stratosphere. I must have been screaming like a school girl! Man, was that ever exciting as hell! Your body is actually floating in your seat for a few seconds!

That ride finished up our time at the Stratosphere and off to Fremont Street we went to get some drinks, check out the entertainment and play some slots. Jen and Andre never have been there during the night, but I think they had a great time for the time we were there. Andre even won 350$ at the casino, incredible! Last time I won a large sum of money was at the Winnipeg “Regent” casino and I walked out with nearly 1500$. On several occasions my grandparents walked out with at least one thousand dollars or more.

Well, my thumbs are cramping up from writing all of this on my iPhone and I’m going to be boarding my flight soon. I promise I’ll upload photos from my adventure yesterday in a later post. Time to zip forward three time zones!

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