December 23, 2011

Las Vegas 2

While in Las Vegas, we got to see a ton of places.  We didn't have enough time to see it all but we tried to see as much as we could.

Arriving at the Vegas airport
We got there on a Wednesday and as soon as we checked into the hotel, we headed out.  We headed over to Venetian, where we had late lunch reservations at Otto, one of Mario Batali's restaurants. It was AMAZING!

My lunch
Some of our appetizers
We also walked around the 'Courtyard' there.  It's just like being in Venice, so I'm told.  Complete with gondola rides!

Yes, that's INSIDE
After we got done eating, I met up with my cousin, Russ, so he could show some of us around.  We went to see the gardens and fountains at the Bellagio.  Amazing again.
Waiting on the fountains. They didn't work here so we went back at night, much better!

The gardens they change out pretty regularly.

All made with REAL flowers

Yes, he talked just like in the Wizard of Oz

Largest chocolate fountain in the world

Russ and I
After we met back up with the rest of the group, we went to Freemont Street, which is where the Strip used to be before it got HUGE.  Since it was almost Halloween, we got to see quite a few characters.  The ceiling covering the street is a bunch of LED lights and is pretty cool. They play stuff on it about every half hour.  We also zip-lined down part of it.  That was fun but it was over quick and the pictures were expensive so I have no proof of this, except for the $20 it cost me to do it.
The ceiling

This is what it looks like when the screens aren't playing
We decided to head back out to the Strip to get some dessert since we'd had a big lunch and didn't want another fill meal.  We ended up across from the Bellagio at the Sugar Factory.  I had a chocolate milkshake that was DEVINE.

We were all pretty worn out at this point since we had to be at the airport early and jet lag was sinking in.  We went back to the hotel and called it a night.  We had to be up pretty early the next day too.

The next day we went to visit a member of ours who has a large OD practice in Vegas, but out in the suburb.  It was nice to get to see a not so Vegas type place that had Target, Starbucks, etc.

After we left his office, we had enough time before our Zappos tour that we were able to visit the Hoover Dam.  All I kept thinking about was when the Griswold's visit the Hoover Dam in Vegas Vacation!

One foot in Nevada, one in Arizona!
When we finished out whirlwind tour at Hoover Dam, we headed to eat and then the Zappos for the afternoon!

LOVE this!
This is not just for Halloween, it's usually decorated like this.
Marie was our awesome tour guide!
 When we got done with that, we headed back to the hotel to change clothes and head out to see a show. Some of the group went to see the Beatles Love at the Mirage.  My group went to the MGM to see KA.  AMAZING. The most visually stunning show I have EVER seen.  Even the theater was awesome.

After the show was over we were able to eat dinner (at Hard Rock, I know, I know but we were hungry and it was like game 6 of the World Series and I was with a Rangers fan).
We got to see some more sights but then we headed back to the hotel because we had to be at the airport early Friday morning.  I was with a bunch of picture-taking women so I don't have that many. I only took some on my phone and it drained the battery so I didn't take many.

Here are a few more sights we saw:

New York New York

We had a great time and I am so blessed to have been given the opportunity to go!  And, it's not all about the gambling. There are sooo many other things to do there, like EAT and EAT and EAT and go to the shows and see the sites.

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