We finally board after strolling around Sydney Airport looking at the shops and duty free shops. We brought some sweets to have on the flight but believe me, if you are flying Qantas you don’t need any extra food. We were offered food and snacks on a continual basis during the flight. The last time we flew to the US we booked with United Airlines and the food was sparse and there were very few if any snacks, so we were making sure we were prepared this time. We needn’t have worried as the food was tasty and plentiful including hot chocolate with marshmallows as a nightcap. There is even a snack bar at the rear of the plane where you can help yourself to cakes, biscuits and drinks.
There was a delay of about an hour once we had boarded the plane, it appears there was a technical malfunction and some parts needed to be replaced. I really wish we didn’t live in an age of full disclosure at times. I don’t need to know that we have problems before take off, just fix it and go.
Another thing I was grateful for was the back of the seat, inflight entertainment with movies, tv and games. So I didn’t have to use my iPad to keep myself entertained this time. I watched the last twilight movie, episodes of Modern Family, My Week with Marilyn, and Midnight in Paris. And by the time I had played a couple of games of bejeweled and a crossword puzzle, and had a couple of naps, we had arrived in LA.
My only complaint on the flight was that I had one of those people in the seat in front of me who feel the need to put their seat right back so I had no room to move and getting out to go for a walk was an ordeal. But there you go, these things happen.
I loved the blow up pillow was amazing as a foot rest. Being short I often find that my feet dangle and the seat edge cuts off the circulation to my lower legs after a few hours. Of course I do all the required exercises to keep the blood flowing on a long journey, don’t want DVT.
We had been booked right through to Las Vegas and ended up with around a 5 hour stop over in LA. We thought this would be just as well seeing we had been delayed before the flight and taking into account the time it would take to clear customs and find where we needed to go to board the next flight, but none of it seemed to take as long as we thought it would so it was a long wait. We could have taken an earlier flight to Las Vegas but our bags had already been checked so we decided to just leave things as they were.
I’m not sure why but this trip we were both really tired, it could be because of the timing of the flight which was during the day, usually we have an evening flight so we sleep for a large part of the journey.
When we got to Vegas it was an easy matter to find the bus shuttle, we are old hands at this now having been here so often. The shuttle was included with our hotel booking which is a plus.
This is our first time staying at the Bellagio, and what a beautiful hotel it is. Elegant and old worldy, are how I would explain it. I love everything about it, from the reception area, to the botanical garden and room is nicely decorated and relaxing.
So after we have a shower and a nap we headed of to the Paris across the road for dinner. We brought the buffet pass for $44.95 each and settled in to dine on typically Parisian fare.
On the way we stopped to watch the Bellagio fountain show which was choreographed to the music ‘All that Jazz’. The fountain shows are amazing to see and the music and the show varies over the night. One of the most popular being Sarah Brightman and Anrdea Bocelli singing ‘Time to say goodbye’.
Then we headed back to the hotel to have an early night. The beds are wonderful, it’s like sleeping on a cloud. I had the best nights sleep for a long time.
So we woke up in the morning well refreshed and ready to start a new day, fully recovered.