On the Strip

April 19, 2008 at 10:10 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I started Friday morning on The Strip taking pictures of the numerous fountains at the Wynn, getting sucked into a game of craps, and gambling away $6000! Thank God for onsite ATMs, right? But no worries, I’m sure I can turn it around today. Blackjack is really more my game…

Ok, just kidding. I called James last night to check in — I haven’t talked to him since Sunday — and he was like, “Why are you calling? I know what’s going on with you, I read your blog!” I hope that gave him a scare 🙂

Anyway, I really did start my morning at the Wynn, a beautiful new hotel that Celena recommended. She had to work today, so she dropped me off to do some wandering until she could join me in the afternoon. I hit the Venetian, Mirage, Ceasars, Flamingo, Paris, and the Bellagio, where I finally got to see those fountains. Very impressive! I think my favorite was the St. Mark’s mall in the Venetian, which was like a miniature Venice, complete with canals, gondolas, and gelato. I stopped at a sidewalk cafe for some eggplant and wine, and had an amusing hour people-watching — just across from me was a living statue, and tourists just couldn’t get enough of posing with her. You could tell she was not enamored of the creepy old Italian guys, but she was nice to the kids. After lunch, I strolled back to the main square to have some pistachio gelato. There were many fine and contemporary art galleries to peruse, my favorite being the Peter Lik photography exhibit. Absolutely gorgeous landscapes. On my way out, I passed over a replica of the Rialto Bridge, but because here we’re fat, lazy Americans, the entire span was traversed by moving sidewalks, lol.

At the Flamingo I found a wildlife habitat, which had, of course, flamingos, as well as other interesting birds. It was a nice reprieve from the constant din of bling, bling and blooooop, bloooop that greeted me at the entrance to every one of these places. Each casino had it’s own feel — Paris had a replica of the Eiffel tower and the Arc de Triomphe, the Mirage was like an island paradise, and Caesars, probably the most over-the-top, offered a “Colosseum” — but each casino floor was essentially the same.

After resting my achin’ dogs at Celena’s and cooking a yummy pasta dinner, we headed to the Stratosphere, known for it’s thrill rides at the top of the 108-story needle tower. Like everything in Vegas, the price was steep, (they charge you just to ride the elevator up to the top, and then charge you again for each ride, and you only get to ride once!) I opted to just ride the X-scream, which dangles you over the edge. It was pretty thrilling, though not nearly as much as the New York, New York coaster I rode on Monday. Perhaps it was because I took off my glasses — I nearly lost them on the coaster Monday — and all of the skyline lights looked like skyline blurs. The place was not crowded at all, surprising for a Friday night, so I think next time I’ll try riding all three rides. On our way back to the other end of The Strip, we passed by a NASCAR coaster that was pretty close to the Hilton. Perhaps if my boss sends me here again next year, I can talk Craig into going on that one. He’s such a good sport! 🙂

We finished the night at the Bellagio to watch the fountain again — at night I thought it was much more spectacular. From 8PM to 12AM it shows every 15 minutes, and each show is different, so we sat through four. Very pretty!

Today’s my last day, and we’re taking her easy. We’re meeting Celena’s dad for dim sum later, and if we can squeeze it in, we might head over to Red Rock Canyon to take some photos.


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  1. Nice try smart-ass. I am not that gullible.

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