Cocktails In a Chandelier—And Other Las Vegas Wonders

by Nancy Bestor

Bob and I are just back from Las Vegas, and although it is not my favorite place in the world to visit I must admit there are things you can see in Las Vegas that you won’t see anywhere else.

Most years we head to Las Vegas to see the latest and greatest travel products at the Travel Goods Association show. As in years past, we stayed at the Las Vegas Hilton, recently renamed the LVH (I wonder how much they paid for someone to come up with the new name?), right next to the convention center. This is one of Las Vegas’ older hotels with little charm. Truth be told, the LVH has no charm, not one bit.

In years’ past I’ve insisted that Bob and I walk to various destinations in Las Vegas. While walking is good for exercise and for avoiding seemingly outlandish taxi fees, it often puts you up close and personal with the seedier side of Las Vegas. So this year we bit the bullet and cabbed to our night spots.

We were in Las Vegas for two nights, and although we didn’t see a show on this occasion, on a previous visit we took in Cirque de Soleil’s “O” and highly recommend it. We loved it, and in our opinion, it was well worth the steep (most seats are $155) ticket price. With trapeze artists and acrobats launching themselves from land to water and back in the blink of an eye, “O” is like a highly imaginative and top-notch circus event. Continue reading