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Another day another dollar, getting back on track with our fast food addictions we started the day with breakfast rolls, before heading to the Polynesian themed hotel, The Mirage.

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But couldn’t resist stopping for a couple of snaps along the way.

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The entrance to the hotel has lush planting and waterfalls flowing past, the exterior consists of gold windows, which sparkled, in the glistening boiling sun.

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The windows were created using actual gold dust during the tinted process, which I guess is why the hotel has been recorded as the most expensive hotel-casino in the world, costing over $600 million!

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We strolled through an atrium blooming with gigantic palm trees, water features and exotic flowers, the 100foot dome created a dramatic entrance into the hotel.

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To cool off under the AC we took a time out at the slot machines situated on a neon pink and lime green floral carpet.

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The Mirage has a secret garden, which we were keen to explore; we stumbled across the gardens and Dolphin Habitat.

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The Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden gave us the chance to spy on beautiful bottlenose dolphins as they casually splashed about.

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The clever creatures took part in their daily training to keep themselves fit and healthy and provided a pretty cool show for us onlookers as they exercised and chased each other.

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The garden also had striking white lions, leopards and tiger enclosures. These bad boys seemed to be struggling in the heat and were all passed out having catnaps when we passed.

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Our next spot to explore was The Venetian with it’s grand interior that featured replicas of the well-known Venetian landmarks.

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Through heavy doors with curved bronze ironmongery we landed in an incredible space, the entire ceiling was a fantastic mural with gold leaf detailing.

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The space oozed extravagance, with layers upon layer of detail. We explored the grand gallery that had tremendously high ceilings and every inch was covered in decorative murals.

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We opted for deliciously fresh lunch at Table 10, the interior displayed colourful glass canopies and a wall clad with iron gates.

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The Venetian’s resort complex is the world’s largest hotel and as you can see had so many incredible features that left us fascinated.

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Bright Venetian masks were displayed under a contemporary gushing waterfall.

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Inside the hotel we discovered St. Mark’s Square at the Grand Canal Shoppes, and spotted gondola rides floating through the canal.

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Desperate to be transported through the Venetian canals we hopped in our gondola, swaying away as our gondolier serenaded us with classics…

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‘When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore.’

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It was fun giggling away as we whizzed through the beautiful hotel admiring how each area changed to a different night sky and ambience as we passed.

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As we left the hotel the night sky shone a burnt red and as we casually walked past a volcano erupted outside The Mirage.

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We watched the volcano show from across the road; with each spray of flames we could feel the heat even from across the street.

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We popped into Paris to check out the Moulin Rouge inspired shows, I loved that even the bar stools represented corsets – it’s all in the details.

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The hotel displayed cobbled Parisian streets and delicate lampposts. Magical murano glass chandeliers lit the lobby, with intricate gold leaf panelled walls and mosaic-tiled floors.

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Back onto the strip we passed Lady Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building at the awesome New York New York Hotel – that even has a rollercoaster wrap around the outside.

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Feeling like brave ladies, after a spruce up we walked the length of the strip to Encore for a night out at Surrender club.

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Treated to free drinks and entry we watched Flosstrassmurer perform as a trolley rode up and down offering rides inside the club.

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The hotel interior has bright red carpets and marble floors inset with gigantic butterflies throughout.

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Our appetites kicked in and we feasted at Caesars Palace for an exceptionally early breakfast, followed by collapsing after one hell of a day exploring.

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