Viva Las Vegas

I’ve only been to Vegas twice, but it doesn’t take long to figure out things in Vegas are, well, a bit different. Sinatra may have sung about New York being the “city that doesn’t sleep,” but he should know Vegas stays up later. The shoe market was amazing, but the experiences outside the show were also memorable and reminded me that Vegas is one-of-a-kind.

• Rooms in the Trump Hotel are like miniature apartments. You enter one door and are in a small entryway with two doors, one being your room. There’s no need to knock as the rooms have doorbells. And if you want Housekeeping or not to be disturbed, you press a button and it lights up outside your door.

• The first night we were in Vegas, there was a party by the pool at our hotel. When we walked into the lobby we were greeted by a red satin carpet. As we followed it towards the elevators, it became clear the “carpet” was a train leading up to a model’s dress. She stood on a platform as party goers walked down the carpet into the event.

• On the 30th floor, I could clearly hear the horrible music being played outside at the party. I learned it would only be going until 11 p.m. so I didn’t fuss, but I couldn’t believe how far the sound traveled.

• When I looked out my hotel window, I could see Nordstrom. Alas, I only got to spend about 20 minutes there.

• Taxi lines are amazingly long, but move really, really fast. Even standing outside in 105 degree heat waiting isn’t as miserable as walking to my car here.

• In Vegas, if the humidity is above 40% it’s considered muggy and people complain. I found it quite pleasant.

• It was fun to see people dressed up at night.

• It amazed me how many people attending the fashion market appeared to have no concept of fashion.

• We dined at a restaurant that had a wine list as thick as the September issue of Vogue. The most expensive bottle of wine on that list is $25,000. And no, that isn’t a typo. They sell about 2 bottles of the 2006 vintage a year and the empty bottle is worth several thousand dollars.

• I had a $12 glass of wine and it was fantastic.

• I learned that cab drivers had better not piss off the valets. One valet got so mad at a cab driver that he told him to leave and never come back.

• Several shopping malls, including the shops at Ceasers, are open until 11 p.m. but Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus close at 9 p.m.

• When you order water at any restaurant they ask you if you want still, fizzy or tap.

• Room service is awesome and the egg white omelette at Trump is fantastic.

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