Las Vegas Weekend Escapade – Traveling Robert

Las Vegas Weekend Escapade – Traveling Robert

August 15, 2019 84 By Bertrand Dibbert


– Hello, everybody. In today’s video I’m gonna
take you on a weekend escapade to fabulous Las Vegas,
so come along with me and then we’re gonna explore
the surroundings too. Check it out. (upbeat jazz music) ♪ I’m riding ♪ ♪ Riding riding ♪ ♪ Riding with my RV ♪ ♪ My RV ♪ ♪ Wherever I want to be ♪ ♪ ‘Cause I’m free ♪ ♪ In my RV, yeah ♪ Well, we’re going to Las Vegas, Nevada. I must say the TSA, more
efficient than usual. We didn’t have to take
off our shoes or anything, so that’s… Sometimes things improve
and this time they did. (upbeat electronic music) It is a long walk to our gate. We are at 351, which is
all the way to the end. This is, of course, concourse D, which is over a mile long and there’s even a La Carreta location. A La Carreta, by the way,
is a Cuban restaurant chain here in South Florida. Well, as you can see, no RV travel today. We’ve decided to fly to
Las Vegas for the weekend. We’ve got a pretty good
deal, so off we go. We’re here leaving on Friday night and returning on the red-eye on Sunday, arriving back in Miami
early Monday morning. It should be fun. We do this every four to five years. You know, last time it
was in February of 2013. It is an old, uncomfortable plane, but the good news is
that five hours later, we are landing in Las Vegas. The Stratosphere, the Circus Circus, and the rest, the strip. Yeah, check out that view of the strip. Here we are, Las Vegas McCarran Airport. And just to make sure we’re here, there are slot machines
all over the terminal. So, we have arrived at Las Vegas airport. Now we’re gonna take a taxi. Actually, we decided to take an Uber instead of a regular taxi and the ride-sharing
lanes are all the way back inside the parking lot. The Uber driver takes us
through Western Avenue, where all the dispensaries
and strip clubs are. Yeah, it is a whole
different Vegas down here. Anyways, this time, we
are staying downtown, instead of the strip, at the famous Plaza hotel, famous for being Biff’s Pleasure Paradise in the movie, Back To The Future Part II, and the quintessential,
you know, classic hotel here in Las Vegas. Well, this is our room here at The Plaza. And this picture, The Plaza. It’s a very elegant,
old-fashioned kind of decor. But check it out. Look at our view from our window. It’s a little dirty, but Fremont Street. We’re gonna go check it out now. Oooh, they turned off the lights, which means it’s time for
the Viva Vision Light Show, which happens every hour, after six PM. Let’s head downstairs. (upbeat electronic music) Going through the lobby,
the casino is here to the right. So many lights. This right here is classic Las Vegas, before all the oversized
mega hotels of the strip. And I really like it. I really like it here at the
Fremont Street experience. Doesn’t our hotel look
like it isn’t really there? Hmmm, weird. – [Announcer] The ultimate zipline. Experience this one– – [Robert] This light canopy
above originally opened in 1995 using incandescent light bulbs. How retro is that? But at the time, it was
a technological marvel. It was upgraded to LED in 2004 and now called Viva Vision. There is also the SlotZilla Zip Line. Tempting, really tempting. And we also have plenty
of bars along the way. (upbeat dance music) Fremont Street here was
the first paved street in Las Vegas and it also had, you know, the first hotel, the first
telephone, traffic light, elevator. You get the point, right? Nowadays, man, the colorful characters. – [Announcer] This hour’s
Viva Vision presentation. – [Robert] You see? That’s what I meant by
colorful characters. (rock music) (rock music) ♪ It was the summer of ’69. ♪ – [Robert] This here is one
of the three music stages along this five blocks
covered by the canopy and they have free
concerts here every night. ♪ Mikey got married ♪ ♪ Should’ve known we’d never get far ♪ We are visiting, of course,
right before Christmas. ♪ Oh yeah ♪ ♪ Best days of my life ♪ This here is The Tony Marques Band. There you go, more colorful characters. One thing I like about Las
Vegas is that it is a city that knows how to do entertainment right. The band sounds great. You know, great sound quality and they often call this
town Disney for adults, really just because usually it is such a flawless experience. When it comes to production value, everything is world-class here. We’ve reached the end of the canopy, as we continue walking towards the east Fremont Street area. (light rock music) (steel drum music) There’s The Heart Attack Grill,
where you can eat for free if you weight more than 350 pounds. And there are all these
classic, restored neon signs from yesteryear. (hip hop music) – [Woman] Las Vegas. – Different type of
party vibe around here. Definitely, with a bunch
of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Yeah, maybe we should return to safety. Yep, this area is definitely happening and gotta love the classic neon signs. It is way past midnight,
actually past three AM, according to our eastern
time biological clocks. We haven’t been out this late in years and we are actually hungry. Let’s find something to eat. We end up eating here at
Taqueria El Buen Pastor. Good tacos and quesadillas
at one AM, Vegas time, four AM eastern, good times. The last Viva Vision show of
the night is getting started. Styx, Come Sail Away is
playing over the loudspeakers. I think we’ve done enough here during our first, what,
three or four hours in this great city. Subliminal messages on
the canopy, you think? (upbeat electronic music) (intense dance music) (percussive music) Well, that was our first night. Let’s see what tomorrow brings. (rock music) Here we are at The Main Street stage, listening to Spandex Nation. That’s so cool. He’s using an app on a
tablet to control the sound and they sound great, don’t they? ♪ Enter night ♪ I just love listening to live music, especially when it is of this quality. Well, it is past one am, so
we’re gonna call it a night. Back at the hotel, the band at the bar sounds pretty good too. (rock music) ♪ Here for the party, yeah ♪ Spy through the hotel window as the party begins to wind down on Fremont Street. Tomorrow, we’ll go to the strip. (upbeat dance music) Good morning, from
chilly Las Vegas, Nevada. Mmm, today we’re going to the strip. Everything looks so
different during the day, here in Las Vegas. I didn’t really notice that
construction site last night. (light electronic music) Fremont Street, mmm, slowly waking up. We have breakfast here at
The Hash House A Go Go, but I’m glad we decided to share in this sage fried chicken benedict. It is huge. Let’s go for a walk. There’s a huge mural on
the side of our hotel. Here’s the Golden Nugget,
the largest casino in the downtown area, dating back to 1946. Hmmm, pretty fancy lamp here in the lobby and the fishtank back
there is pretty cool too. The famous pool is closed. That’s the pool that had
a shark tank behind it. Golden Nugget. (country music) There’s the construction. Here’s what Fremont Street
looks like during the day and we’ve heard that bar is pretty good. I think that’s our room. Not really. I think we’re right under the TV and the glass dome is Oscar’s Steakhouse, supposed to be really good. By the way, all these views
are from the pool area. It is pretty cool how Las Vegas
is surrounded by mountains. I had never noticed that before. And there’s the light
canopy over Fremont Street. It is pretty quiet up here on
this rather chilly morning. Let’s go to the strip. (upbeat dance music) Wow, cool looking building. In my mind, it kind of
looks like a Salvador Dali rendition of one of the
Media Harbour buildings in Dusseldorf. Here we are. Let’s check out The Venetian first. (light piano music) Oh, wow. This is grand. This is, by the way,
the second largest hotel in the world, only surpassed
by it’s namesake in Macau. This area here with the
fake blue sky is called Grand Canal Shops. Basically, an upscale shopping mall with a bunch of dining options and it is always daytime, no
matter what time it really is. But that’s the whole idea, right? That’s the whole point of Vegas, for you to lose track of time. We came with the idea of
getting a gondola ride, but soon decided against it. First of all, it is rather pricey. And second, it does look
and feel kind of cheesy. Maybe we’ll wait a couple of years and do the real thing in the real Venice. That’ll be cool. This here is St. Mark’s Square, which is a rather loose interpretation of Piazza San Marco in Venezia and we arrive right on time for the hourly music performance. (opera music)
(singing in foreign language) Wow, that was really nice. Now, for something a bit more lively. (opera music)
(singing in foreign language) Oh, the gondoliere. (light orchestral music) Maybe we should get something
to eat while the band plays its own rendition of
Despacito as an encore. No comment. (light acoustic and flute music) And there they go. The ice bar was this way. Yeah, there’s an ice bar we might go to. Apparently some of the
gondolieres sing to you. We’re still not gonna do it, though. (laughing) And there’s the ice bar
I was telling you about, but instead we are going
to have a glass of wine at Piazza San Marco. OTTO Pizzeria. Prosciutto de parma. Right here. And Piazza San Marco doesn’t
get much better than this. And now a cheese plate, because why not? (camera clicking) (light Italian music) There’s a rare clock here in Vegas. Generally, they want you
to lose track of time. You know what happens
at the top of the hour? Another musical act. (light orchestral music) Ooooh, there’s a juggler too. That’s where we ate, OTTO Pizzeria. Excellente prosciutto de
parma and cheese plate and sangiovesa, mmm, to die for. And they have a human sculpture now. Sin City Brewing Company,
we just ran into this serendipitously, so let’s give it a shot. – [Bartender] All right,
I’m gonna start with you. – [Robert] Single IPA. – [Bartender] Hold on. – [Robert] Double IPA at the
Sin City brewing company. Not bad, not bad at all. (light Italian music) And we are back outside. Quinceañera, perhaps? The Rialto Bridge. The winged lion. Palazzo de Cali. All symbols of Venice. Oooh, and the Campanile de San Marco. With that, we say goodbye
to The Venetian for today. On to our next point of interest. – [Announcer] Colors and
player-payback free play credits. (rock music) – [Robert] Pretty cool McDonald’s arch. Here’s some contrast for you. We’ve got showgirls and a
few feet away, Mickey Mouse. (laughing) There’s a Caesar’s Palace and The Linq. And there’s Chewbacca. (rock music) And a pretty cool sounding rock band here at The Carnival Court. There’s my new favorite sign right there, with the digital columns
all wrapped around in super bright LEDS. Welcome to the future. They have In-N-Out Burger. It has been five years since
our last visit to Sin City and there is a new attraction in town, probably more than one, actually, but there is one we are
particularly interested in and it is through here,
through the Linq Promenade. (upbeat electronic music) There you have it. It is called The High Roller and as of 2017, it is
the tallest Ferris wheel, or observation wheel,
as they are called too, the tallest one in the world. And of course, by the time you watch this, this may have already dwarfed by two other observation
wheels under construction, one in New York and one in Dubai, both expected to open to the public some time in 2018. Well, let’s do it. This is not our pod, by the way. Ours is supposed to have a bar. Well, this is it. We opted for the happy hour option. Which is an extra $20,
but it includes open bar for the 30 minutes it
takes to go up and down, all around. – [Bartender] I don’t know. It’s making like a weird noise. Okay, just shut it. – I’m here doing a time-lapse. And we have reached the top, 550 feet above ground. This was The High Roller, very nice. Well, that half hour sure went by quickly. – [Bartender] There’s a weird little step. – [Man] Have a good one, happy holidays. – Thank you. Check it out, it’s a Class C. We exit through the gift shop, naturally. (camera flashing) And they have two pictures waiting for us. I don’t usually go for
these green-screen pictures, but hey, I’ll blame it this time on the bottomless gin and
tonics at The High Roller. (light dance music) And there’s a guy
painting behind what looks like a DJ booth. ♪ It’s only just begun ♪ ♪ Don’t tell me Earth is running ’round ♪ Yeah, I think this Linq Promenade, this is pretty new too. This wasn’t here the
last time we were here. We go into The Linq and put some money on the ol’ slot machine. Why not? (chiming music) And we exit through this
very lively bar and casino. It’s like an Irish pub
and it’s called O’Sheas. Music, gambling, and booze everywhere. Ah, it is such a fun town and I don’t even like to gamble. Okay, let’s walk back
into the Linq Promenade and then back to Las Vegas Boulevard. It is still kind of early, or so we think. By the way, fun fact,
in December the sun sets at about 4:30 PM, which I
think is really convenient for a city like Las Vegas, which thrives on the shiny lights at night, but not very good if
you wanna take advantage of the daytime. Let’s cross to the other side of the strip and go into the Caesar’s Palace. This is Las Vegas strip, guys. (upbeat dance music) Hmm, interesting haircut
here on this tree. Here we are, Caesar’s
Palace, let’s check it out. I haven’t been here in years. Pretty fancy and this is an older hotel. It originally opened in 1966, although I don’t think there’s much left of the original structure. It has undergone many many
expansions along the years, particularly in the 90s
and the early 2000s. This area, with the fake blue skies, is called The Forum Shops, built in 1991, and it was the first
high-end shopping mall here that became an attraction in itself. And it is today, the most
valuable piece of real estate in the city. I don’t know, but I recall the fake sky to look more real in the past, but it is probably just me. There is The Fountain of the Gods. And the Atlantis Show, the flat screens depicting underwater images. We are looking for The Statue of David, but we’re getting tired. I don’t know if we’re gonna make it. Look, there’s Rolex. (upbeat dance music) Yeah, we never found that David statue and I found out later that the statue is actually at the hotel lobby, but that place is so huge, we got lost. And when did night fall? Have we been here that long, really? Anyways, as you can see, the strip looks much prettier at night,
with all the shiny lights. And check it out, a Fifth
Wheel cruising down the strip in style, huh? We decide to go into The Bellagio. These corridors here almost remind me of the covered passages in Paris. And here’s the hotel lobby
and its most famous feature, the ceiling, The Fiori di Como, which was designed by Dale Chihuly. It is composed of 2,000
hand-blown glass flowers. The conservatory and botanical gardens, with these over-the-top
Christmas decorations, as is tradition this time of the year. The conservatory actually undergoes five seasonal transformations
during the year. (upbeat Christmas music) (light piano music) The main attraction at The
Bellagio is actually outside and it consists of this
dancing water fountain, which is actually synchronized to music. It’s very very way cool. (upbeat pop music) ♪ It’s that pivotal moment ♪ ♪ It’s subliminal ♪ ♪ This kiss, this kiss ♪ ♪ It’s criminal ♪ Yeah, that was actually magnificent. I am going to see if I
can catch the next show from the front. Here we are, ready for the show, with Chewbacca growling behind me. (Chewbacca growling) – [Stormtrooper] Yeah, I
had a real bad headache. I feel better now. – [Robert] Yeah, actually, I’m sorry. I apologize for the Stormtrooper chatting with Chewbacca
through the whole show behind me, but it is what it is. This week a new Star Wars movie came out and there are Chewbaccas and Stormtroopers and other characters all over the place. (grand operatic music) – [Woman] Whoo. (singing in foreign language) (whistling and clapping) – So, we decided on a whim
to go see Lionel Richie here at The Planet Hollywood. Nachos Grandes ready before Lionel Richie. (“Easy” by the Commodores”) ♪ Well, I’m easy like
Sunday morning, yeah ♪ Well, the concert wasn’t
really what I expected. I didn’t think it was all that great, especially for the price, you know? And I did have very high expectations. That usually is a problem too. (crowd cheering) Also, the fact that they
confiscated my camera bag because it looked professional
didn’t help matters. (upbeat pop music) – I can’t be responsible tonight. (audience laughing) I see you all way ahead
of where I’m trying to go and when I see the Commodore
T-shirt on the front row. (crowd cheering) That’s right, right there. I see him. You see, I know, this is
going to be an evening– – [Robert] I just expected,
you know, it being Las Vegas, for him to come out with at
least a three-piece brass band, you know? Those musical arrangements
of the ’70s and ’80s really call for that. And it was just not there. I hate it when they cut corners like that and use the least amount
of musicians as possible, especially for the steep
price that they charge for these concerts. I’m just saying it was
really cool to see ol’ Lionel in person, but I wasn’t
blown away by any means. No, been there, done that, won’t be doing it again. (“Three Times a Lady” by Lionel Richie) ♪ You’re once ♪ ♪ Twice ♪ ♪ Three times a lady ♪ (upbeat dance music) Taking an Uber on the
strip is a real pain, so we go to the Paris
and take a regular taxi. This time, back to the hotel and call it a night. It’s been a long day. Tomorrow, we are going to make day-trip to The Valley of Fire, but I might as well call is Mars and you will believe me. It is that kind of place,
where you feel like you are on another planet, but I’m going to save
that for the next video. We’re already running kind of long here and we’ve had way too much
fun here in Las Vegas. I’m just going to leave
you with some images of the strip at night. (light jazz music) If you have enjoyed traveling with us, make sure you are subscribed and check out my other videos. Also, share it with your
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