My escorted tour of American National Parks & Monuments ended in Las Vegas where I stayed a couple of nights..
Whilst staying in Las Vegas I stayed at the Flamingo Hotel. I have been to Las Vegas a few times in the past & have seen most of the tourist sites & stayed in lots of different hotels. I was only staying here for two nights so on my first evening I walked along to the different hotels to see if I could see any shows that I could go & see.
Just along from the hotel was a ticket office selling cut-price tickets to shows that hadn't sold out. I saw that they were selling tickets to see Gladys Night in The Tropicana. I had always been a fan so I bought a ticket. A $150 ticket only cost me $75 so I was very pleased. They were selling tickets to see Garth Brooks for $250 & I would have bought one if I hadn't been leaving the day before the show.
The following day I just walked around, looking at some of the large hotels & casinos. It was the first time I can remember going to a Las Vegas casino & not hearing the sounds of machines paying out. For some reason the machines don't pay out cash anymore, if you win they give you a ticket & you have to redeem it at the cashier's office. It really affected the atmosphere & I much preferred it when you heard the machines paying out cold hard cash.
Before going to see Gladys Night I ate at the MGM Grand at their all-you-can-eat buffet. Feeling very full I decided to walk along to the show. When I arrived I was ushered into the showroom & shown to my seat. I had a bit of fortune, the ticket I had been sold was front & centre of the stage. The table I was seated at, should have seated six but I was the only person there, in fact, there was no one else in the front section of the theatre, the rest of the theatre was packed but no one had bought any of the expensive seats I had paid half price for. I ordered a couple of cocktails, they were two for one & settled down for the show.
I really enjoyed the show with Gladys Knight singing some of her old songs from when she was appearing with The Pips & some of her new material. Because I was the only person in the front row Gladys Knight would often speak to me directly as I watched the show & as she performed it was almost like having a private show. Unlike Tom Jones who I have also seen in Las Vegas, she didn't buy me a drink. I loved the show & felt very pleased to have got such a good seat with such a large discount. After the show, I walked back to my suite at the Tropicana Hotel for a much-needed sleep.
Tomorrow I would be flying on to San Francisco as I had extended my holiday by adding a couple of nights to my holiday. I had arranged to meet a cousin that I didn't know anything about until a couple of days before this trip to America.