petek, 14. november 2014

Vegas part 2

My next stop was my favorite hotel, Encore, which in my opinion, is the best in Las Vegas. Highly recommended if you want a resort that makes a Vegas trip feel extraordinarily special. Encore &  Wynn are a level of elegance and extravagance you only find in Las Vegas and have the most exquisite décor. Again, I had a beautiful Strip View room there and managed to find a cocktail while working on my tan by the pool a few times :) I've noticed this place is popular with bodybuilders too, it was great to chat with people next to the pool and feel the excitement of the upcoming Olympia weekend!
Of course my main reason for visiting Vegas was Olympia... It was nice to see the girls again! Here are amazing ladies at Meet the Olympians; long time friends Melody Spetko and Sheila Bleck, always stylish and chic Anne Freitas, lovely and always positive Michelle Brent with Christine Envall all the way from Australia, I met Simone Oliveira and Margie Martin for the first time and they are really sweet girls!   

During the weekend I had to check the Expo ... where I got to meet the great Lee Haney, the greatest Mr. Olympia of all times! He was one of my role models when I started lifting weights as a teenager!   
 
I finally managed to visit Larissa Reis's Protein House restaurant with great protein food. Delicious! And I found a really cool batting cage where I had my first chance to swing at a baseball! It sure won't be my last one... it was so much fun!
 
If you ever have a chance to visit there one thing to see is the Neon Museum. I was pleasantly surprised by this short history tour of the lights of Vegas. The walk is pretty short yet provides insight into the properties, their owners and how Vegas (and it's neon) have evolved over the past several decades. The guides there are very knowledgeable and entertaining.
 
 And finally, Las Vegas isn't all bright lights and big city, there is a beautiful Red Rock National Park close by.  I was able to visit for the first time and take a few pictures.  Awesome views!

ponedeljek, 03. november 2014

Vegas 2014 Part 1

I love Las Vegas!  Just like the t-shirt says LOL! :D
Some people say it's just bright shiny lights and nothing there is real, but I love being there and I really enjoy the hot weather and desert air.  Las Vegas is a special city for me, it was THE highlight of the year for me the past 4 years. In each of those years, I always had an amazing time, both competing at Ms. Olympia and celebrating my birthday ...
This year was totally different, but again I had an amazing time!
My trip started with an upgrade at the Cosmopolitan hotel to a fabulous corner apartment with a spectacular view of the Bellagio fountains! I loved sitting on the balcony watching the world go by ... there was a great view of Caesars Palace, Paris, and the the rest of that part of the Strip.
 
It wasn't all about the balcony though, there was time for the pool area with sunbeds in the water...I didn't wanna leave! 
Another plus for Cosmopolitan is Holstein's! Seriously the best burgers are made here!  

The hotel is bristling with collections of contemporary art, my favorite one is obviously giant red stiletto shoe!

As a big Michael Jackson fan I went to the Mandalay Bay to see the Michael Jackson One performance. The dancers were great and the light show was spectacular!
It was hard to keep track of all the performers as they were on the stage, in the air, literally climbing up the walls and then coming down from the ceiling! Wow!

torek, 22. julij 2014

San Diego

I'm late again with my update which cannot be called an update anymore as those pics are few months old now...but I have to finish this trip before I can post more up-to-date photos.
Here are few more shots from my trip to San Diego...walking around the USS Midway after spending a day exploring the battleship...

Hotel Coronado was booked up but I had to visit the most legendary landmark and one of the most historic hotels in US; the famous movie Some Like it Hot with Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, and Tony Curtis was filmed here!
I was staying in a gorgeous place at Coronado Bay Hotel with lots of fruit trees and a beautiful view... I had lots of fun using my climbing skills (my favorite childhood activity) :D
 
The next stop was Sea World!
Dancing with dolphin and my best friend :D
 
Trek to the frozen north (ride with simulated jet copter) was exciting but watching poor polar bear pacing back and forth in utter boredom made me pretty sad. It's such a small space and such an artificial setting... Polar bears don't do well in captivity, and the pacing is the start of it. Typically, they will begin pacing to such an extreme that they stop eating and die of starvation...
 
Overall, the park is really nice but most of the animals live in very small, unnatural enclosures. It was depressing to see whales in such small and limiting environment. I was disappointed with the whale tanks which are the size of a bathtub by perspective...two of killer whales had curved dorsal fins...whales live half the life they should because they are in a tank... If you love whales and dolphins, I suggest you take a whale watching tour and go see whales free and happy to avoid heartache... 

ponedeljek, 14. april 2014

San Diego: USS Midway

Large and very impressive USS Midway Aircraft Museum is a must see thing even if you're not a military fan. There is a huge flight deck with real planes, jets and helicopters, real naval aircraft carrier that served in the United States Navy for 47 years. I couldn't stop taking pictures so here is only the "small part" :)



You can actually walk into and even sit in the cockpits of some planes!

I loved wandering through the ship, climbing and touring the various levels, imagining the way things were when it was not dry docked. You need plenty of time to wander the ship as it is much larger than it appears and there is tons of things you need to see!  
 And don't forget the amazing view :)