Spring Break!!!

Hello!!!! How are you’ll?? Hope you’ll have had an amazing 1st quarter of 2018, yep shocking ..we are done with a quarter of the year, didn’t it like just start!!! Nevertheless, many more exciting months and days to come 🙂

Today’s post is just a small sneak peek into our recent vacation with the fambam. Well it wasn’t really pre-planned and was an impromptu throw in of places to visit. Normally, the hubs and I try to cover places we haven’t seen before but this was one of those vacations where we just wanted to relax and not go through the hassle of timing things, chalking out an itinerary and finishing off all the tourist places at a location since we had our family travelling with us. So yes it was a super relaxed 5 days of exploring the best food in the places we visited and spending some quality time with our parents visiting. Listing down a low profile and relaxed travel itinerary that can be covered from Vegas to LA with the elderly fam in tow hence nothing wild though it included Vegas 😉 . This ones going to be a long one but interesting, so do get your coffee mugs and recliner chairs along 😉

Well talking about Vegas, who doesn’t like going to Vegas, not me!! Its one of my favorite places not because i love gambling lol 😛 but just for the love of cities that do not sleep, yep born and brought up in Mumbai so that’s where i get that fondness for such places from (my fellow Mumbaiwalas will know the feeling :)). Always lite and bustling. So we stayed at the Paris Paris hotel, which is right in the middle of the strip and believe me you, staying in the middle of the strip is the best bet if you’re not much of a walker as this way your closer to all the pretty decorated and fancy casinos on the strip. Also its bang opposite the famous Bellagio fountains so that covers one of the must see places on the strip. Pretty much all we did in our two days in Vegas was walked around the must see and amazingly decorated casinos around and eating to our hearts content at the fab restaurants. Almost all the casinos on the strip are a must see with their grandeur and decadence thus making a choice of which one to visit and not is an onerous job, thus just listing down the ones we did walk through this time. The Venetian(for the decor and the Sephora right outside it, the girls and wives will understand), Flamingo (for their back garden with the pretty birds around), Paris Paris(we stayed there so had free tickets up the dummy Eiffel tower to watch the fountains atop, also their restaurant at the top has a good view), Bellagio (since it was right opposite and kind of like their lunch buffet, though ceasar has the best buffet if you love crab legs and seafood..yumyum), Aria (A Thai restaurant there called Lemon grass serves some amazing shrimp dishes) and Cosmopolitan (they have a huge chandelier right in the middle which looks amazing), well and we drove past Newyork Newyork, MGM and Excalibur to just see the amazingly created structures at each of these hotels. Special mention of a breakfast place we went to called ‘Hash house a go go’ for their huge plates, the foodie in me was kind of crazy happy looking at the food served (lots of food makes me happy though i end up packing it up..lol). A glimpse of our breakfast and few shots of the places we visited on the strip.

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From the so many years we visited Vegas this was the first time i saw the sign :p

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Our bf at Hash house a go go

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Mid night room hunger pangs 😛

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Marshmellow coffee ;p

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Stayed here!!

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Cosmo

And that was up and about the places we visited on the strip which we tried to cover in two days.

Apart from the strip, places worth visiting include, Fremont street, Valley of fire (an hour away from Vegas), Seven magic mountains (30 minutes away from Vegas) can club all these places together in a day if required.

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Seven Magic Mountains!!

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Valley of Fire

Death Valley would require an entire day and make sure your not visiting the valley during the peak summer day, we did that mistake once and were seriously baked in the 120 F temperature, nope never doing that again.

The next stop was LA and we decided to drive to LA covering a few more places en route. So our first stop was the seven magic mountains right on route 15 towards LA and this ones a pretty site with colorful rocks but that’s all :), it does look pretty but that’s bout it.

Further we drove to Palm springs, nope not for Coachella i wish though it was :P, but just a pit stop for lunch. Though i wish we stayed there for a day or two, just to enjoy the amazing resorts and boutique hotels i have heard about, they look amazing. And of course the most instagrammed and talked about door in Palm Springs, the little pink door which i didn’t get to, due to the lack of time :(:(. Also if you have the time, you could, check out the Cabazon Dinosaur park and the Tahquitz Canyon, though i didn’t get a chance to visit.

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In the Desert near Palm Springs!!

Once we reached LA all we did was pick up food on the way and slept like babies in our AirBnB right in downtown LA tired from the drive and to rejuvenate ourselves for the next two days of LA exploring. LA, another city I simply love vacationing in, mind you vacationing cause my lazy southern self( the side effects of living in Charlotte too long i guess!! 🙂 is no more used to the traffic( 35 minutes at any time of a weekday to drive 4 miles nope not used to this) and crazy crowd everywhere, but yeah its an amazingly diverse place. Listing a few of the touristy places we visited.

Griffith Observatory and the famous hollywood sign, The Walk of fame, Melrose avenue (for the multiple wall graffiti walls angel winged wall, MadeinLA wall, the lipstick wall outside Carrera cafe), Beverly hills and a tour of the famous Hollywood houses, the rodeo drive( just drive around if you’re not one of the brand crazy spend thrift) and the Groove(for my fellow shopaholics, our happy place).

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Hollywood sign from Griffith Obs!!

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Melrose Ave!!

We also did drive to, Santa Monica and visited the Venice beach. If you’re visiting LA during the spring time they have a bunch of hills and valleys worth visiting for their spring flower blooms . We drove to the Antelope poppy reserves, we weren’t that lucky to see a full bloom but it was fun nevertheless. Heard a lot about the Carlsbad Ranch for their Ranunculus flower beds which look pretty awesome though i didn’t have the time to visit.

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Food recommendations in LA are mentioned below, though I’m sure the localities or yelp might know more but these were few of the places i liked:

Indian food ( one or two of our meals on any vacation has to be indian :P) : Mayura indian restaurant (amazing appams and chicken curry), Samosa house (Rajathani and Gujurati thalis)

Ramen: Slurpin Ramen house (if you’ll follow me on Instagram you would know about  my love for pho and i always try to find a good place to slurp them up, also this place had kick ass macaroon ice creams, heard of that ?? i hadn’t :), they were delicious)

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So pretty much, this was all we did in two days or rather two and half days in LA, before we returned to cold temperatures back in Boston, can we be done with the cold already, my summer shopping’s all waiting to get out of the packages :P. The weather in Vegas and LA both were welcoming and as i wrote the post all i could think of was when would the east coast get warm again !!!!!!!!

Do let me know if you need any first hand information while planning your travels or DM me on instagram.

XoXo, Nikki

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