USA Road Trip – Day 2 – Golf, Goals & Guetta!

Due to jet lag Matt and I were wide awake by 6am so we decided to get up, get dressed and go for a wonder through our hotel. That’s the great thing about Vegas everything is open 24/7.

Megs and Fraser were also up early so we all decided to go for breakfast at The Buffet. It was still pretty early and there only seemed to be a handful of us there, so no need to queue or wait for a table which was great.

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The service was amazing, everyone was super happy and helpful and you barely had to wait for anything. The restaurant itself was very in keeping with the rest of the hotel, super modern, spotless and the food was delicious with so much choice, who knew sushi was so good for breakfast!

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Over plates of pizza, waffles and smoked salmon bagels (seriously who doesn’t love a buffet breakfast!?) we decided on our plan for the day. We had tickets for the Rugby Sevens but agreed we didn’t want to get there until early afternoon.

The boys wanted to try Top Golf but Megs and I didn’t really fancy it, so after breakfast the boys left and Megs and I decided to go back to the hotel. Megs decided to go back to bed but I decided to have a bubble bath. I know I should have been out exploring but sometimes when you have a bath that big you just have to use it.

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The boys had a pretty good view from Top Golf!
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Who doesn’t love a bubble bath?

Around midday the 4 of us made our way to the Sam Boyd stadium which is roughly a 30 minute drive outside of the strip. You honestly feel like you are in the middle of nowhere in the desert but it was quite nice to venture out and visit somewhere new.

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It felt amazing to be wearing shorts and flip flops at the beginning of March!

Friends that had been to Twickenham Sevens (in the UK) kept telling me how much fun it is however as rugby isn’t that big in America (compared to in the UK) I didn’t know what to expect, but the atmosphere when we arrived said it all, everyone was in great spirits, the weather was amazing and everyone just seemed to be having a great time.

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I loved how you could just sit wherever you wanted, so we found a spot, grabbed some drinks and enjoyed the afternoon of rugby and sunshine. Things got quite exciting when England beat USA much to the majority of the stadiums upset!

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As the sun began to set it was starting to get quite windy and the temperature was definitely starting to drop. There were still a couple of games to go but as we were all in shorts and T-shirts we decided it was best to head back to the strip, get some dinner and get ready for the night ahead.

We were feeling pretty exhausted by the time we got back to the hotel, I guess a mixture of jetlag, booze and sunshine will do that to you and we didn’t have the energy to head out to dinner. So we decided to order room service (delicious fried chicken sandwiches) and took a much needed nap, as we still had a crazy night ahead of us.

By 11pm we were rested, glammed up and ready to head out, as after all it was Saturday night in Vegas! We got a taxi to The Encore Hotel where we had tickets to see David Guetta at XS Nightclub.

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The nightclub was pretty big and split between 2 sections. The indoor club/dance floor and the outside pool area, with the DJ booth positioned between the two. We decided to stay outside, as inside seemed a bit too crammed and full on. Outside was way more relaxed and when do you get to enjoy an outdoor nightclub in the UK? So we thought we would make the most of it.

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We managed to grab a great position around the pool with a couple of sunbeds (which were great for dancing on!) and drinks in hand we danced and sang the night away. Guetta was amazing!

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Finally making our way back to our hotel at around 5am, almost a 24 hour day!

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Love, Chloe x

Honeymoon Day 10 – Unusual Utah & Viva Las Vegas!

A 3am wake up call is never fun but we were both excited for the next adventure and exploring somewhere new.

It was dark driving to the airport, but we managed to drop the hire car off with no issues and made it through security in good time – considering how busy the airport already was, with everyone trying to escape the hurricane. We bought a couple of hot drinks and boarded the plane to Utah, ready for our 6am departure.

It was roughly a 4.5 hour flight to Salt Lake City, Utah, but as we were both pretty tired we decided to try and sleep the best we could and actually the time flew by.

Utah are 2 hours behind Orlando so when we landed we had a couple of hours free before our connection flight to Las Vegas. We found a nice restaurant for breakfast and then had a look in a few of the gift shops.

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The airport was really busy. Clearly a popular connection stop and we were shocked to learn that the temperature was only 3 degrees outside. Crazy when Orlando had been so hot and then Las Vegas would be hot too. By 11am it was time to board our final flight of the day.

The last time Matt and I visited Vegas was in 2012, over Thanksgiving weekend. We met up with a few of Matt’s friends and partied every night, which was a lot of fun but quite crazy. So during our flight Matt asked me how we wanted to do Vegas this time around. Should we relax, go to the spa and try to bring The Bahamas to Vegas? Or should we just embrace Vegas, go with the flow and find some fun things to do to make it memorable?

I think you can guess which option we chose seeing as we started drinking at 11am…

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A bit sleepy but a couple of vodka’s soon woke us up!

The views from the plane were stunning and I got a bit snap happy, especially when I spotted the Hoover Dam! But the flight was over so quickly as it was just less than an hour from Utah!

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Salt Lake City, Utah

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The Hoover Dam

It was so nice to be greeted with pure blue skies and sunshine and once off the plane we headed straight to The Encore Hotel which is where we would be staying for the next 5 nights.

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As usual, check in in Vegas is always super busy but we were just so happy we were there and couldn’t wait to see our room and go and explore.

The receptionist was very excited that we were on our honeymoon and actually bumped us up to a suite on the 63rd floor, which was just incredible. We had a full view of the strip from our floor to ceiling windows and we could open the curtains from a button by our beds, so we could enjoy that view each morning and night.

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The view of the Strip from our room 

We quickly freshened up and then headed down the strip to Planet Hollywood Hotel, as we remembered from last time that they had the miracle mile shops and a vast range of bars and restaurants to choose from.

I love the relaxed but party vibe of Vegas, it just makes me so happy. I always feel like you can do whatever you like and no one will mind. It’s most definitely my happy place (this was my 3rd visit and we actually went back again in March of this year as part of our US West Coast Road Trip!)

I always say to Matt if I had to live anywhere else in the World it would be Vegas, but I don’t think that will ever happen!

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So amazing all lit up at night!

After a little bit of gambling and window shopping, we ended up in one of my favourite places. Blondies. It’s basically just like Hooters but the girls wear cheer leading outfits and there are way more screens around the place showing all the sports imaginable.

We noticed that they had an all you can drink for $20 offer on and were shocked when the waitress said the drinks included spirits as well as beers. So as Matt wanted to watch the football (American) we decided to find a spot to settle into for the rest of the evening.

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We decided to share the Blondies Sampler which included all of our usual American favourites – chicken tenders, buffalo chicken wings, onion rings and jalapeno poppers with a large basket of curly fries on the side.

In the end a mixture of lack of sleep and booze hit me and I was sound asleep in our huge bed by 9pm!

Love, Chloe xx

Bringing Chicago to Surrey!

I’ve been having Chicago blues, lately.

I miss my friend Christina and I also miss Buffalo sauce. Sad but true.

Unfortunately I can’t fly Christina over 😦 BUT I did find Frank’s Red Hot Wings Buffalo Sauce in the supermarket recently and that did manage to put a smile on my face.

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It sat in our cupboard for a couple of days and then one night after dancing, Matt kindly made me dinner. But this was no ordinary dinner. He had recreated my favourite Chicago Bar Dish… A Crispy buffalo chicken burger with sweet potato chips. I wish I had taken a picture, but I was too excited and hungry and so it got gobbled up pretty quickly! It was delicious and gave me a buffalo fix that I had been craving for weeks!

A few days later we were looking online for house bits and pieces..7 months in and still haven’t changed a thing!

When Matt came across a proper beer pong table on Amazon. Now, not very practical you may think or not exactly what we were looking for. But hey, we both looked at each other with silly grins and knew we had to buy it! After all, we are known to love a drinking game..or 5 😉

It arrived at my work on a Friday afternoon.. I liked this tables thinking.

But then I had the fun task of actually getting it into our car, after a few attempts, I finally drove home like this..

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As soon as Matt got home we excitedly opened it up and set it up in our lounge.

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We sent the above picture to a few of our local friends and said we would have to arrange a beer pong tournament soon, and began to pack it away. But when we looked back at our phones a couple of friends had asked why we weren’t hosting that night.

Good question!

We looked at each other and said It’s Friday, we’ve got beer.. Let’s play beer pong! and believe me you don’t need to ask rugby boys twice!

We quickly replied to our friends to say it was on! Not that Matt and I are competitive in any way!

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And before we knew it Megs, Fraser, Emily and Sam had come over to join us 🙂

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^^ These are the before pictures!

Now I must admit I hate beer, so what to do when you hate beer? Turn it into Prosecco pong! Because of this we decided to do teams of Boys Vs. Girls so the Boys could still have their beer and then it got serious, the game began…

The boys played fast and would bounce their balls (ha) quickly one after the other. Us girls tried to have a strategy and were a lot slower. But that tactic clearly paid off as the girls won the first game! 🙂

We also found our Polaroid Camera so as you can imagine many snaps got taken throughout the night!

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^^ Winners!

Randomly at this point I got a text from Christina, in Chicago, to say she was at a baseball match and to see what I was up to. I first played Beer Pong with her and I know she loves it so I quickly sent her a picture to show her what we were up to. Then Matt found the baseball match she was at on the TV so we tried to spot her in the crowd, no such luck though.

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^^ In our Chicago Bulls tops with the baseball on

And then we got back to game Two..

The TV had been changed back to a music channel and us girls were too busy dancing and singing along to Spice Girls to notice that the boys had gotten a ball in with a bounce shot! Sneaky boys!

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^^ Look how smug and happy they are

This meant they automatically won and we had to down all the drinks…all that prosecco..all the bubbles. Ouch.

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Feeling slightly tipsy by this point the next two games flew by in a blur of bottles. But after four games we were Two All. So we had to play a fifth game as the decider.

It got serious and we were all trying so hard to concentrate. But it happened. The boys managed, yet again to bounce the ball into one of our cups, and so they won the game! and the decider! 😦

After all the excitement, we had a bit of a rest, us girls needed a breather from all the fizz! And decided what to play next. After all the night was still young.

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And this is where things got a little messy. We then decided to play what I think is another American game..Flip or Flippy cup. Again in 2 teams either side of the table (this time long ways) You start with the first player of each team drinking their drink against each other. As soon as they finish they place their cup on the table the right side up and try to flip it to land upside down. As soon as your team member has done that the next person then drinks and flips and so on until you have a winning team. The losing team then has to do a dare, drink, shot whatever the other team decides.

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^^ You can see where the night was going with the blurred pictures!

As us girls were feeling quite tipsy anyway the boys decided that only the last member of our team had to do a shot from our ‘spinner’ basically a 4 bottle optic. Ours contains a bottle each of Vodka, Whisky, Rum and Peach Schnapps. We spin and whatever one it lands on you must drink. It’s a favourite in our house!

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To make it fair the last person of each team would then move up to become the first player for the next round of flip cup. After a few rounds of this we were all pretty tipsy and so decided to stop the drinking games and just chill, dance, sing and gossip instead.

Fraser and I even made a little routine to Sean Paul! If I could add the video I would but I don’t know how! If someone tells me I promise to add it. It makes me laugh.

The next morning there were a lot of sore heads and I’m not surprised given how much 6 of us went through.

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I’m happy we managed to bring a little bit of Chicago to Surrey, spontaneous nights are always the best!

Love, Chloe xx