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October 15, 2015

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The land of the BURGER

October 15, 2015

Well that explains my mistake Bob! I always thought that the Burgomeister in Germany was the local head of his district, but your report has enlightened me - he is really the man who sells burgers in the centre of German towns/ villages from his bicycle and heater!!! Thanks for putting me right Bob, much appreciated.... So who DOES run the German councils then?

October 15, 2015

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The land of the BURGER

October 15, 2015

Bob, We've been to Vegas 8 times now, first visit in 1999, when I was truly gob smacked by it all ! We've stayed in a different hotel (resort) each time, the worst Circus Circus, the best the Venetian, with MGM Grand, Caesars Palace & the Stratosphere all to be recommended, with some others still OK. However, over the years I noticed a deterioration in what was offered for free (breakfasts, live tribute shows etc) and the raising of prices all round. At the MGM (in '99) we once watched fantastic tribute acts non-stop for 8 1/2 hours, ranging from Elvis, Elton John, Tina Turner, The Beatles, Ricky Nelson, to Dolly Parton, all whilst sitting at a "bandit" facing the stage and being plied with free cocktails ! Sadly, those days are gone (the area turned over to Poker Schools) and now you have to pay a fortune to watch a show, especially the headliners. We did watch Celine Dion (the real one !) in "A New Day" at Caesars a good few years back, but not before I had to join her Fan Club in order to get tickets !!  Me, virtually an old man, having to join the teeny boppers in a fan club ! With that said, it was worth it, the show really was fantastic. Now, however, I feel we are "Vegassed out", have thoroughly loved the experience and still reckon they're the best holidays we've ever had, but enough's enough, getting too old for all that walking, and the burgers you spoke of, are just too fattening (nice though !). John (JKW)

October 16, 2015

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The land of the BURGER

October 16, 2015

We did Vegas 3 times, MGM Grand each time. Like JKW we loved the tribute acts and we sat in the same place he mentioned slurping fantastic pina coladas made with dairy ice cream watching acts that were the best tributes we have ever seen. Last time we went we won $10,000 on a 25c slot just as we walked into the casino from parking our suitcases in our rooms. Biggest kerfuffle ever, lights going off everywhere, loud music, whoops et al. I had to go back to my room to get my passport before we got paid out as the Americans have to declare their winnings for tax purpose as I understand it. Loved the light show in Freeman Street. First time we went there Vegas had it biggest ever flood. It had its annual rainfall in one two hour slot. The entire strip was 2 feet under water, limos were floating out of Caesers Palace entrance down the Strip. Vegas had never seen anything like it nor had we!!I loved the free drinks that were brought every 20  mins or so by the very cute girlies to anyone gambling at the tables or the slots. Like John, we are done with it now there's only so many times it continues to fascinate and we never went for the gambling really. As for the burgers, like everything, they are ok in moderation. I was never particularly impressed with food in the US. As for Bob's remark apropos the yanks not having heard of a knife and fork I don't think the Goanese have much use for such untensils either when eating their curries, leaves and fingers when I last last in India!!

October 16, 2015

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The land of the BURGER

October 16, 2015

Okay so "KFS" are not used in Goa except buy the tourists,well some of them anyway. I'm now back sitting in my kitchen with heating on going through my mail after flying from Vegas-San Francisco to Dublin and a drive of 2 and a half hours driving to Tipperary, thinking FECK should have stayed another week. Yes David is right in fact John has got it in ONE , I've been going to Vegas for nearly 25 years, Travelodge was apart of the company I joined on leaving the Army,so prices we're nominal,get the flight and have a really cheap holiday. This October is the second in a row I've been with my youngest daughter,but as the taxi driver who I've known stated "the fun has gone out of Vegas only the dollar " hotels on the strip are asking silly money ,my favourite is SAMs Town on Boulder,it has good nightly entertainment plus a multiplex and a world championship bowling alleys in the cellar...now that I've reached ########old car higher is stupid in the USA so we've used the bus system , it's $5 a day pass ,when you want it plus you get to meet some real crazy people and see the USA for what it is ,and land of migrants. What the most annoying thing is as David said "all that walking etc" getting too old for it, l wonder if I could borrow one of them electric buggys from Asda ????? After all that I've now got the garden to sort out for winter,  shit this being retired is such hard work as in 3 weeks it's Chester,then Germany for xmas UK for New Years....and then feckin Goa for 2 months , back to some English cooking !!!!


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