In March of 2018, I decided to go with my mom on a trip for her 50th Birthday. We decided on going to Las Vegas, Nevada (Yesss, girls trip with mi madre lol). Interesting fact is neither of us gamble nor do we care for the taste of alcohol (which is some of the known highlights of a trip to “Sin City”). So, we explored the city, shopped a little, saw a show, did an excursion, and ate good!
The shopping experience was unique. We went to Fashion Show Mall, which is your typical mall with a food court, your well known department as well as boutique-style stores. While there I bought a charging battery case for my phone (I take A LOT of pictures and videos with my phone, and need all the battery life I can get lol). I also bought a yummy tropical fruit smoothie before heading out for dinner (not the best idea because we were having an expensive steak dinner that night, and smoothies are filling like an entire meal for me lol). The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, on the other hand, offered quite a different shopping experience; it felt like being in Venice, Italy. From the fountains, the outside design of the shops (i.e. Nevada’s only Barneys New York, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Burberry, and Guerlain), and the extensive water ways with gondolas, they spared to expense to giving that authentic feel of Italy. We also went to The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. This mall was more like an indoor strip mall with a plethora of designer stores and beautiful architectural designs to view while you shop. It is known as “The Shopping Wonder of the World” (and rightfully so). It contains approximately 160 specialty stores (the biggest names in fashion including: Christian Louboutin, Giorgio Armani, Versace, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Salvatorre Ferragamo, and more), upscale restaurants, an extensive 50,000 gallon aquarium, and the spectacular “Fall of Atlantis” animatronic show.
We also scheduled seeing a live show during our stay there. Since the girls and I loved the Cirque Du Soleil show we had seen in New York City, NY the previous year, I decided to take my mother to see Mystère (one of six resident Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas) at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. The show was first performed on Christmas day of 1993, which makes it the longest-running Cirque show in Las Vegas. It relied mainly on acrobatics, aerial artistry, comedic magicians, tumbling gymnastics, and an amazing trapeze act whereby the performers go non-stop for ~5 minutes.
Last, but not least, we decided on a final trip through the desert. Our 4.5 excursion from the Las Vegas Strip (via the Hoover Dam bypass) to the Grand Canyon in Arizona was one for the books; it was an extraordinary experience. The views were absolutely breathtaking… Nature at its best! This was the last stop of our trip, and the most remarkable end to the celebration of my mom’s 50th birthday.