Podcast Episode 1: Las Vegas
Welcome to the Window Seat Podcast!
In this episode host Amy Ziff takes you to Las Vegas. You’ll find out what makes Sin City one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world.
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Classic Vegas [7:53]
Even though Las Vegas is constantly reinventing itself, vintage Vegas — the “showgirls and lounge singers” Vegas — does exist. You just have to know where to go. You’ll get the scoop on the Rat Pack’s hangout, learn what the city is doing to preserve its neon signs, and find out where to get the best old-school steak in town.
Inspiration Point [5:45]
Every year more than a hundred thousand couples tie the knot in Las Vegas. What makes Sin City so romantic? Some say it’s the view. From fifty-five stories above the Strip to flying over its skyline at night to moseying horseback at sunset, you’ll hear about the city’s best scenes for getting in the mood.
Relax, Vegas-Style [5:57]
Believe it or not, you can get away from the bright lights and big crowds — even here. Find out where a Las Vegas Showgirl goes to unwind and hear about the city’s best spas.
Dare You [5:36]
Vegas has another side — one that’s more extreme. In this piece, you’ll experience rollercoasters, rock climbing, skydiving and speed racing — if you dare!
My name: Amy is my name, but I'll answer to Ame, Ames or Aimee.
How I earn my keep: My beat is travel, but my passion is collecting stories from people I meet on the road.
Hotel I could move into: Must I pick only one?! The Palacio Duhau a Park Hyatt in Buenos Aires tops my list. For the stunning restoration of the palace and tasteful new tower that create a thoughtful intersection of old and new. Every public and private space captivates. I'd move for the grand Alvear entry as much as for the manicured garden. For the wine and cheese tastings, the dulce de leche, the art gallery, the flower shop and for all the careful attention to detail that went into creating a hotel that is transcendent. If I were to pick a hotel that most felt like me, it would be The Inn at the Manor in the Cotswolds. Oh, I could definitely live there curled up with a book in a leather chair in the bar or outside among the English wildflowers. If I wanted to live in a land far away, the Ngoro Ngoro Crater Lodge would make a unique home with a view of the crater floor from every room (including the loo!), sumptuous beds, endless roses and the most unusual neighbors - massive water buffalo who won't bother you if you stay close to your Maori guide.
If I won the lottery, I'd live in: A historic farmhouse with an enormous barn and hundreds of acres tucked into a small town in New England or a Malibu beach house with stunning views and the surf just steps away. On second thought, winning the lottery means I could jet from coast to coast and enjoy them both.
Favorite way to get around: By foot. Whether in the city or country, I find the best way to get to know someplace is ambling around to discover and sample the distinct sights, sounds, smells, and tastes a place has to offer.
View that took my breath away: Looking toward the sky in Arusha and watching black and white Colobus monkeys scramble among the treetops, jumping from one tree to the next, floating through the sky like a primate version of Superman. Monkeys know how to have a good time!
My most beloved place in the whole world is: The place I visited last. What can I say? I'm fickle.
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