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Las Vegas-Day One May 18, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Katie @ 5:28 pm

Here’s what kept us busy our first full day of vacation. In general, on any vacation we decide while we are doing one thing what we are going to do next, but generally don’t make plans much more in advance than that except for something like a show that requires tickets. It works great for us, and we would have missed seeing a lot of stuff if we had a strict schedule.

After a nice 11 hour night of sleeping and waking up to no alarm clock, we had breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi, one of our hotel’s restaurants. We got to sit on the patio overlooking the Strip and engage in my all time favorite activity–people watching. We shared chocolate bacon waffles (so unbelievably good even if it sounds strange at first–waffles with bacon, a chocolate sauce, whipped cream and maple syrup) and a delicious quiche lorraine. PL also had a very good bellini to drink with her breakfast.

We spent most of Day One exploring the other hotels and their attractions a bit:

The Bellagio was across the street from our hotel so we went there first. The Conservatory was undergoing its Spring to Summer overhaul so we saw some cranes and lot of busy people, but were sad to miss the actual display. There was also a Warhol/Lichtenstein exhibit in their art museum but we didn’t feel like paying $15 each to see it. I’ve seen a similar exhibit before, and PL doesn’t really like art museums much. So, we just wandered around a bit more and found some other nice flowers in the hotel:

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Caesar’s Palace:

We ended up catching a bizarre animatronic show depicting Roman Gods and the fall of Atlantis. It was free and we walked by and saw people gathering so we knew something would be happening–which in general is a good Las Vegas travel tip. There was some fire and other special effects, but not something I would make a point to go see again.

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We also walked around the shops a little but Gucci, Armani, Dolce and Gabbana, Faberge, Versace, Jimmy Choo and Fendi are not quite our scene. We had fun in FAO Schwarz though.

I should mention that it was quite hot in Las Vegas, but not humid so you weren’t sweaty like here in Atlanta after being outside. You do still feel some pretty intense heat, especially in the middle of the day, but by going in and out of different hotels while walking you cool off. On our first detour, we went into the Casino Royale, one of the casinos on the strip without a hotel, and enjoyed some tasty, yet not all that strong or large, $1 margaritas.


We crossed back over to the other side of the Strip for gondola rides at the Venetian hotel. We had about a 30 minute wait between buying our tickets and when we had to show up, so we filled the time with some real Italian gelatto. The Venetian is designed to look like Venice, although I’m sure it really doesn’t since New York New York is nothing like New York at all, but it’s actually pretty cool anyway with buildings and a ceiling that is painted and lit to make it look like you are outside.

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We saw that Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall and Saloon, another Strip Casino also had cheap (99 cents this time) margaritas, so we decided to stop by and compare them and played some video blackjack while we enjoyed our margaritas. If I recall, I started with $5 in the machine and got up to $10, but then kept playing and lost all my money. Actually, I did this everywhere we gambled, which is why PL kept all the money.

We went back to the hotel to relax a bit and enjoy some air conditioning, and then went to dinner at Kahunaville, a bar and restaurant in the Treasure Island Hotel. I heard from an old friend who lives in Vegas that it was a cool place, and she was right. They have flair bartenders so they spin and toss the cups and bottles around while they make the drinks.

Treasure Island is also home to a show called the Sirens of TI which looks amazingly tacky yet also fun, but it was canceled due to wind that night–it was also canceled the other 2 times we ended up that way near a starting time, so we finally gave up.

We made our way back to the hotel via The Mirage for their volcano that explodes on the hour.

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And then by the time we made it near the Bellagio it was time for one of their fountain shows so we saw that too:

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It’s a pretty big lake and Vegas is pretty crowded, so by the time we walked past it going back to the hotel it was almost time for the next show, so we watched it again before going back to the hotel.


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