A Little Las Vegas


An interesting portrait of us through the mirrored top of a casino escalator, taken by David.

I mentioned in the previous post that David and I spent the weekend in Las Vegas (and one day in Death Valley). It was my third time. We stayed at the MGM Grand, a definite step up from Circus Circus and Bally’s where I stayed the first two times.

Betting money for a chance to win more money just does not appeal to me. However, I do like Vegas for its eye candy and especially the shows. My favorite show of all time is “O” at the Bellagio, which I saw with my Mom the last time I was there. This time, David and I were lucky to snag a last minute cancellation to see Cirque du Soleil’s “KA” on Friday night. On Saturday night we had already purchased tickets to see Bjork at the Palms to celebrate David’s birthday. Although she is not one of my personal favorites, I really respect her music and had a great time at the concert. Did I mention she spent the whole time on stage barefoot?

My other favorite show is watching the Fountains in front of the Bellagio (free!). They are just magnificent. I could watch them for hours. I love the spray and the sounds as they dance their choreography to the music. As a special birthday treat from David’s parents, we also got to enjoy Bellagio’s delicious gourmet buffet. I’ve never seen such a large and appealing array of foods – things like beef wellington, osso bucco, leek spatzle, champagne pasta, seafoods I’ve never heard of, cheeses, fruits… and the desserts! Beautiful creations that were a feast for the eyes as well as the palette. If only I had four stomachs!

Of all the casino games, my favorite is Craps. I’ve played it before, knowing just the barest essentials, but we were lucky to stumble upon a lesson at New York, New York. The only bummer is that most crap tables are $10 minimums, with some $5 every now and then. However, on our last day, we passed Casino Royale, a smaller, somewhat rougher casino on the strip with more of a locals feel. They had $3 crap tables, so we stopped in and I took my chances. I wish I could say I won big, but I didn’t. However, my small bets got me over an hour of fun (plus free rum and Cokes for David) and for the first time I really felt like I was getting a true Las Vegas experience. Meanwhile, David doubled his money playing the slots, so we both left happy.

Taken from outside the Bellagio, looking toward Planet Hollywood.

Tempting desserts seem to be everywhere.

An interior display at the Wynn, where I’d stay if I were rich.

An outside shot of the gondolas in front of the Venetian.
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4 thoughts on “A Little Las Vegas

  1. Fun! I love Vegas – we go about 3 times a year, since it’s driving distance and we have family there to stay with most of the time. When we do stay in a hotel, we stay at the MGM or the Venetian. I love visiting the Wynn, but I’ve been told that the rooms are small and not all that fantastic – when you’re rich, stay in a suite at the Venetian. They’re amazing. We were gifted a stay in one for a wedding present. The Bellagio’s rooms are great too. We’re going to Vegas in 10 days and now I’m looking forward to it even more!

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed your trip to Las Vegas! I’m jealous, but not because of the casino experience since I don’t gamble. My grandbabies live in Vegas and I live on the other side of the country! 🙁 I don’t fly for a lot of reasons so seeing my grandbabies is almost seemingly impossible to me. We hope to move close someday–at least within driving distance.

    I’ve been inside a couple of the casinos you mentioned, and they really are interesting to see–at least for someone like me. I also enjoy the water show outside the Bellagio, but the day we went, it was windy and chilly, and they cut the show short so we didn’t get the full experience.

    It sounds like you had fun, and I think it’s important to have some fun in life. 🙂

  3. i would love to go to las vegas! so jealous. looks like you guys had a wonderful time!

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