Things to Do in Las Vegas If You’re Not a Player

Consider the following insider tips that can let you maximize your stay in Sin City.

Dress comfortably.

Las Vegas is located in the desert. So, the temperature can reach 115 degrees during the summer. It is ironic, though, that even if you want to wear comfy clothes like tank tops, shorts or sundresses under the scorching heat, especially when you are strolling along the Strip or Fremont Street, you are likely to freeze when you go inside a casino. You may think that there is something in between, but there must be a reason why casinos have a tendency to control the thermostat at a surprising 60 degrees. Therefore, it is sensible to take along a light jacket or sweater to use when you enter. When you visit Vegas during the winter season (Halloween to Valentine’s Day), do not get deceived. You should definitely bring your jacket, especially when there is strong wind. Perhaps the blood of the locals is already thin because of living there, but be warned that it is much colder there than you can imagine. When it comes to shoes, fashion comes first before comfort in some places like Hakkasan, Marguess and Tao nightclubs. However, if you keep moving around in daytime going shopping, casino happing or falling in line at a tourist spot, use Tennis shoes or Birkenstock.

Take advantage of the 24/7 opening of establishments.

Since a lot of businesses either stay up late or 24 hours, it is easy to be spoiled by Las Vegas living. During travel, it can be upsetting if we cannot buy dinner after 9 pm or when grocery stores or gas stations are already closed by this time. Therefore, while you are in Vegas, eat whatever and whenever you want, even at 3 am only because you can. When you want to unwind after a show, you can hang out at a great spot like the Peppermill to get some dessert or cocktail. The coffee shop and lounge are open round the clock and have the ambience of Old Vegas. All major resorts along the Strip and in downtown Vegas come with bars and cafés that are open 24/7.

Enjoy people-watching.

If you are fond of people-watching, you can visit many wonderful spots in Las Vegas. Once you get to The Forum Shops at Caesars, go for patio dining at The Cheesecake Factory or Spago. No matter what you are eating, lunch or dinner, people visit the fountains in front of these venues. The other bars and restaurants that have patios which show unique views of tourists that stroll along the Strip are Cabo Wabo Cantina & PR Rock Bar and Grill at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Fatburger across CityCenter, Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas, and Rhumbar at The Mirage.

Be an obedient pedestrian.

Always look to the left and the right when crossing the street. Pedestrians have to pay more attention while walking across the Strip. Traffic can be scary. Maybe it is the lights, dancing fountains, Eiffel Tower or erupting volcano. No matter what it is, it is quite difficult for drivers to obey the basic traffic rules. Therefore, when the instruction says “Walk” you still have to look to the left and the right and continue with caution.

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Two Ways to Explore Walled Medieval Lucca in Tuscany, Italy

Lucca is a captivating medieval walled city located in Tuscany, one of Italy’s most visited regions. The selection of a destination city can be either measured in hours or in days… day tripper versus slow traveler.

We encourage the latter whenever possible… so stop and smell the pizza!

The Day Tripper’s View of Lucca

With a relatively tight timeframe, the challenge is to see as many ‘highlights” as possible during a brisk march through town and checking off the must-see sites within the city’s walls such as…

The Statue of Puccini and his home/museum, or the Church of San Michele in Foro, or the Cathedral of St. Martin, or the Piazza dell’Anfiteatro (Roman Amphitheater), or the Torre delle Ore (Clock Tower), or the Torre Guinigi (Tower).

If time permits the day trippers may add a brief walk (up one ramp and down the next) on the tree lined pedestrian promenade known as the city walls… yep, been there done that… check the box and take a few pictures with your cell phone.

OK… you can say that you have just “seen” Lucca… but have you?

The Slow Traveler’s View of Lucca

Lucca is a fascinating city with a history dating back into the Etruscan and Ancient Roman times.

On our first visit to a destination, in addition to the normal research, one of our go-to options is to arrange for a private orientation tour.

We were fortunate to find Wanda Martinelli with “Lucca Tours” who met us on our first day and set our tourist compass for the rest of our visit.

We enjoyed a four hour walking history lesson which was enhanced by this talented storyteller who loves her work and is very proud of her ancestral roots.

Through Wanda, we were immersed in the real vibe of this area and were now armed with a list of the best restaurants, shopping, museums, concerts, must-see churches (there are nearly 100!), and sources for survival provisions such as wine, bread, pasta, cheese, and deli.

Views along the Walls of Lucca

Bicycles are the preferred mode of transportation inside and on the walls and, fortunately for us, our apartment rental included two bicycles.

We rode numerous times on the 2 ½ miles long, flat, garden-like pedestrian promenade situated on top of the ancient defensive walls that were actually designed by… Leonardo di Vinci no less!

Run, walk, ride or simply stroll along this elevated structure affords you with amazing views of the entire city below… very much worth the time and effort… and a little exercise doesn’t hurt.

On our travels we came across an exceptional photography exhibit featuring “Henri Cartier-Bresson” and as we continued our bike ride we observed numerous, large sculpture installations throughout the city that were created by the Italian artist “Rabarama”.

As a slow traveler you can simply… stop and smell the pizza!

The “Pizza da Felice” pizzeria is a popular small establishment and there is always a line to get in but well worth the effort. They specializes in creating pizza with a unique chickpea crust topped off with fresh, local ingredients. Also on the menu are the more traditional pizzas using a dough crust.. our favorite was overflowing with prosciutto… do not miss this one!

With a relaxed timeline we were able to enjoy a lite lunch at the renowned sidewalk café “Gli Orti di Vialisa” which has been a staple of Lucca for over three generations and serves regional specialties such as their version of Bruschetta Lucchese, Polpette di Nonna Bianco (traditional fried meat balls) and the unusual Sformatino di Verdue con salsa di Fegatini (vegetables pudding with chicken liver sauce).

On another occasion, we dined at the “Ristorante Giglio” which offers an amazing culinary experience with entrees such as Tortino ai Funghi… ricotta cheese and mushrooms in a pastry crust with chickpea sauce, and Polpo Croccante… grilled octopus with celery and black olives, and Mussels Risotto Zafferano… saffron risotto with mussels and followed by Maccheroni Lucchesi… squares of fresh pasta with porcini mushrooms.

How do they stay in decent shape still amazes us… must be all that bike riding and walking!

Lucca’s Favorite Native Son – Giacomo Puccini

Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini was born in Lucca on December 22, 1858 into a very well-established musical dynasty dating back to his great-great grandfather.

He grew up in Lucca and developed into what has been noted to be “the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi”… and that is saying a lot!

His birth home has been restored and turned into a small museum, but more importantly, his musical legacy is presented throughout the area in venues ranging from the Annual Summer Opera Festival to daily recital concerts held in various locations in the city.

We were fortunate to enjoy an intimate recital of “Madame Butterfly” in the Church of San Giovanni which was also the church where he was baptized. The setting was stunning and the acoustics were perfect.

The performances are varied from day-to-day and best of all the tickets are reasonably priced and readily available.

The Cathedral of Saint Martin

The legend goes something like this… in the 14th century the powers-to-be held a “contest” among a group of well-known artists tasking each of them to sculpt a support pillar for this Romanesque cathedral with its elaborate marble exterior.

When they were finished no winner was declared and no one was even paid for their efforts… and the powers-to-be got away with it, too.

The Cathedral also contains the most precious relic in Lucca… Volto Santo di Lucca is a wood crucifix with the image of Christ and was carved by Nicodemus, a disciple of Christ.


The medieval walled city of Lucca can be seen in one quick day but the essence and warmth of Lucca requires the investment of days rather than hours. Think of it like consuming a special meal or a good bottle of wine… savoring rather than gulping makes the difference between a memory and a digital image.

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Reasons Why Sailing Greek Islands Is An Unparalleled Excursion

Sailing Greek Islands, for most people, is an unavoidable urge to discover the buzzing sea shores of gigantic Aegean and Ionian seas, tranquil isle waters and the areas of unspoiled nature and distinct lifestyles.

Unfortunately, not all cruising adventures end up with a pleasing experience. No matter how much fun and pleasure Greek islands hold within, there’s no way you are getting all the best of those islands without a reliable cruising partner.

We have gathered for you a bunch of reasons to expose yourself to rich culture, history and adventure around the beautiful Greek islands.

But before we move to learn about benefits of sailing Greek islands, let’s first have a quick glance at perks of sailing holidays at all.

Sun + Sea +wind = Good Health

Getting yourself on a yacht, particularly in the sunny season, means getting access to a lot of healthy sea oxygen, sunlight and fresh air. All of these elements offer considerable health benefits like natural disinfection, improved mood, and enhanced cholesterol and Vitamin D levels.

Peace of mind and soul

Being around the sea makes you feel calmer not just because of the serene waters but due to saltiness of sea air. The air around the sea contributes to a more balanced level of serotonin (a human body chemical which is responsible for maintaining mood and emotional sobriety), which in turn leaves you happier and more joyful.

Relax and unwind

Cruising takes you away from the city crowds and rush of daily life for a while, reluctantly keeping stress and anxiety tamed.

In addition, the rhythmic movements of the yacht combined with the swooshing and splashing of the ocean water and the buzzes of the blowing wind helps calm a busy and strained brain.

These benefits indicate that sailing is not solely an enjoyable voyage adventure. In addition to soothing one’s wanderlust, sailing impacts your current physical well-being as well as psychological health.

So now each time you decide to embark on a sailing excursion, you are already aware that you are going to return as a much healthier and more stress-free human being.

Now, let’s uncover the best which has been kept for the last. Yes, the advantages of sailing Greek islands.

Explore the GREECE ON WATER sailing through the endless Aegean and Ionian Sea.
Discover the hidden island treasures, unspoiled historical sites, enchanting villages and marine biodiversity.
Enjoy a luxury stay on-board including single night accommodation at a 3 star or 4 star hotel in the beautiful city of Athens.
Learn sailing basics including simple procedures, terms and guidelines with expert sailors while on board.
Enrol for a certificate course (available only for 16+ years old) for Coastal Skipper Sailing License approved by the Greek General Secretariat of Sports.

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