This week I’m turning the tables on the lovely Claire at Tin Box Traveller.
Claire is one of my favourite travel bloggers and I was delighted to see she’s a finalist in the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging awards – so well deserved!
I was lucky enough to feature on Claire’s wonderful Travel Timehop series recently. Claire features bloggers taking a look back at a previous travel memory, sharing photos and stories. You can read my Travel Timehop here!
Claire’s holidays and travels always look so much fun and I really wanted to feature one of her own travel memories here. So over to her!
How exciting to be back in the Travel Timehop driving seat and sharing a special memory from my holidays from days gone by.
I started Travel Timehop in 2015 as a way of sharing stories from trips I had taken before I started blogging. Many of them were also BC (before children). Oh, the luxury! I had lots of people say they enjoyed the feature and fancied having a go themselves, so this year I’ve opened it up to other bloggers, including the lovely Mim.
However, I still enjoy a rifle through my old holiday photo albums, so thanks so much to Mim for giving me this opportunity. Here’s a Travel Timehop that I’ve loved revisiting.
When are we time-hopping to?
It was August 2008 and we were on the first leg of our two-week honeymoon in the US.
Where in there world
We were in Vegas baby! Although I think you might have already guessed that.
Las Vegas wasn’t top of our travel bucket list when we booked our honeymoon. In fact, it didn’t feature at all. The only reason we went was because it was part of a Virgin Holidays package that included Mexico and New York, which were the main attractions for us.
However, I fell a tiny bit in love with the flashy, plastic fakery of Sin City during our four night stay. We spent our time eating amazing food and walking (and sweating) it off exploring The Strip. The dry heat was unbelievable – no wonder people spend so much time inside the air-conditioned casinos!
In our short stay we managed to cram in Madame Tussauds at the Venetian, the Lions at the MGM, and Fremont Street, as well as quite a few honeymoon cocktails. However, the highlight was a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon.
In my opinion, you can’t go to Arizona without seeing something other than the fairy lights, so we used some of our wedding money to book this tour. It meant getting up at a mad time in the morning, but as we had flown in from the UK the night before our body clocks were up the creek anyway.
We got a limousine from our hotel – the Bellagio (amazing!) – and joined another couple for our Sundance helicopter ride out to the Canyon.
It was just the best way to start our honeymoon. We flew over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead where all the celebs have their Vegas pads, past the Skywalk and then down into the Grand Canyon for a champagne picnic.
After breakfast by the Colorado River we flew back over Las Vegas Strip to complete the tour. It’s a shame that part was in broad daylight as it would have been spectacular at night.
On the ride back to our hotel our limousine driver – obviously keen for a tip – offered to stop and take a photo of us by the famous ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign on Las Vegas Boulevard South. It was the quickest of photo opportunities and very surreal. This photo will always remind me of the great contrasts of Arizona that we saw that day – the bright lights and the rugged landscape.
Thank you so much to Claire for sharing her awesome travel memory with us! I LOVE Las Vegas, I went years ago and I’d love to go again.