Neon Lights Tour
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Have recovered somewhat - still a bit wobbly (maybe that was the wine!!) Anyhow we decided to take it easy today - only have the Neon Lights Tour tonight.
Went our for a cup of coffee - should be simple enough you would think? Think again! In Vegas nothing is simple. Only seem to like the coffee "on the go" - polystyrene cups ... really good to get the flavour of your coffee - NOT! I think I've seen 2 places since we'be been in America that actually served coffee in a cup! Anyway after two hours of looking we settle (YEP! You guessed it - for polystyrene - Starebucks - where else??) We did some more shopping - you better believe I deserved it! Back to hotel for a bit of a rest and do some packing - we leave at 6:00 am in the morning for New York (via L.A.)
We waited ... and waited ... until around 6:15 pm, when a large tour bus pulled in ... it was not ours. The woman courier was very good and tried to call our mob ... they put here on hold ... on hold ... on hold. She had a tour to conduct so had to go. John flagged down a small airport USA bus (6:30 by now - the tour start time), and the driver was very helpful. He contacted base and told them what had happened. They said if he dropped us at the Tropicana we could pick up our Tour there without missing too much. That is what he did and we finally met up with our group.
We took in some dance and tapeze type acts at the Tropicana (very good!), plus a tour of the Museum .. a bit about Vegas in the early years and the different casinos in town. They also had some memorabilia from entertainers such as Liberace and Elvis as well as from previous years of the golden days; e.g. people who performed and stayed in Vegas.
We saw all the sights with a water display at the Bellagio and a volcano erupting at the Mirage. The lights are fantastic. We went to a Wedding Chapel (no we didn't get married!!). It was a drive-through as well ... anything in Vegas!! We went on to the older part of Vegas - the first hotel and streets. All re-done now with a spectacular light show produced on the ceiling of the covered mall. 10 super-computers and LCD lights. I believe they started with 20 or 30 PC type computers and several hundred light bulbs!! It was the idea of one woman and she had to convince the town Governors that it would work ... with no way of showing them what she had in mind??!! That was the finale of the tour and a very good one it was. Our last night In Las Vegas.