I remember my first trip to Las Vegas like it was yesterday. In 1998, my parents won a trip for two to Las Vegas, but with some negotiating, they were able to have me tag along. I was only thirteen years old, but I was ready for the Neon City.
We stayed at what was then known as the Flamingo Hilton and it was wonderful. The room was nice, the dining options were great, the shows were terrific and the pool area was like heaven. I vividly remember sitting on the edge of the bed watching the movie, “Fools Rush In” and listening to the song, “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis. To this day, whenever I listen to that song on my iPod, I am transported back to that bed in Vegas. I remember eating breakfast at the buffet and loving it. That was my first experience with a Vegas buffet. Today, I still eat at Vegas buffets and love them! My parents tried to get tickets to see the show, Splash, but it was sold out. Instead, we went on a timeshare tour and scored free tickets to a show called Forever Plaid. It was in an intimate theater and we had great seats. The show is no longer around, but my memories are. The pool area is as spectacular today as it was in 1998. I recently visited the pool area to see the flamingos, as I did thirteen years ago. The gardens are as lush as ever and the flamingos march around in their pink beauty.
The Bellagio was scheduled to open the week after our trip, so we did not have the chance to see the interior, but we did see the famous Bellagio fountains. The three of us were in awe and still when I see the fountains today, I am awestruck.
I remember my first visit to the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Caesars Palace was fabulous then and they have done a wonderful job keeping it fabulous. The Forum Shops look the same today as they did in 1998. I loved shopping then and I love shopping now.
Our family trip to Las Vegas left an impression on all of us. My parents spoke of it for years. I still feel emotional when I walk by the Flamingo. Even though I have not stayed there since then, it will always have a special place in my heart.