Viva Las Vegas

Sunday, February 8, 2009

After Jason and Emily came in, we all sat in one of the room's for a while and rehashed all of the things that had happened the night before. We listened to Jason and Emily's tales of somehow getting lost on the strip (seems impossible!), and making their way back "home."

We all really wanted to sleep later, but were having difficulty because of the timezone change. Everyone was hungry again, so we decided to all shower and get ready and go out in search of breakfast.

We left Treasure Island and started walking down the strip.

That's our group walking out in front of me. Have I mentioned yet how COLD it was in Vegas? Unfortunately for us, temperatures were below normal and only hovered around 50 degrees. Most of the time, it was still comfortable to walk around in, but it was quite shocking for us. When you think Vegas, you think warm. Well, not for us. Hmph.

We decided to go inside Caesar's Palace and see what they had to offer in terms of food. We ended up finding a little cafe.

There was a pretty long line, but it did move fairly quickly. We figured that since it was a Sunday morning, we were going to find a line no matter where we went, so we stuck it out.

The food was decent, but the service was awful. The waitress completely mistook Lynsay's order, so she had to wait a lot of extra time for her food, and it took FOR-EV-ER to get the bill and then forever to get it paid for. Pretty ridiculous.

After breakfast, Emily and Jason went back to the hotel for some much needed sleep (those crazy kids!), while the rest of us went off to explore Vegas.

Our first stop was the Bellagio.

This is a realy cool ceiling made out of colored glass in the Bellagio.

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, Vegas was completely decked out in Chinese decor. The photo above is of the conservatory, also in the Bellagio.

Pandas carved out of bushes. Awesome.

Outside of the Bellagio, there is a little overlook where you can stand and look at the famous Bellagio fountains. From there, you can also see much of the other sights on the strip, including the Paris Hotel's Eiffel Tower.

Shannon, Lynsay, and me in front of the "Eiffel Tower."

Dave and Lynsay in front of a fountain at the Bellagio.

Michael and me at the same fountain.

Our next stop was New York, New York. We were originally looking into staying there, so we were interested to see inside. It turned out to be really, really cool. I can't speak for the rooms, but the atmosphere downstairs is fun.

The area of the hotel with all the shops and restaurants is designed to look like the streets of New York. The attention to detail is pretty amazing. Fire escapes, items in all of the "apartment" windows, street signs, etc.

We walked through all of the little "streets" and through to the casino.

There, we found a giant slot machine that was just begging to be played. So Dave obliged.

And consequently won $30.

So then I played, and won... well, nothing.

We decided to continue our travels and went out onto the skywalk to cross the street into the MGM Grand.

View of the strip from the skywalk.

The New York, New York skyline.

Once inside the MGM Grand, we walked around it and its casino for a while, too. We ultimately made our way to the lobby, which looked like this:

Really cool.

Once back outside, we happened upon an M&M World. Apparently Shannon has a love for all things M&M, so we had to make another stop.

And once we saw that there was an M&M mascot floating around the outside of M&M World, well, us girls just had to get our photo taken with him.

We also took a lap inside of the store, which was--interestingly enough--probably the most crowded place we went to the entire time we were in Vegas. The entire place smelled of chocolate (I think they pump it through the ventilation system!), which was fantastic. For fun, Lynsay tried on some of the M&M wear, including little M&M antennae.

Before long, we continued to make our way back up the strip.

Our next stop was Paris.

The inside of Paris was as impressive as New York, New York. Again, the details!

These were the beautiful (and expensive-looking) chandeliers hanging in the lobby at Paris. I think they were supposed to emulate the ones at Versailles? I'm not sure, it's been a long time since I was in France (1999!). Either way, they were pretty.

Our boots were made for walkin', so we continued on yet again. It was a LOT of walking. By the end of the day, we estimated that we had walked at least six miles.

We stopped outside of the Venetian to see if we could catch anybody on a gondola ride, but had no luck.

By this time, it was almost 5:00 p.m., and we wanted to get back to the hotel to relax a little bit before going out for dinner. Before we went up to the room, we stopped at a little convenience shop in our hotel and bought a few essentials, like water and 24-oz. beers.

Modeling with my 24-oz. Miller Lite. In Vegas, it's all about class.

Emily and Jason had managed to get a few hours of sleep, and we all took our time getting ready, leisurely showering, ironing, getting dressed, and drinking beer. :)

Around 7:00 p.m., we left the hotel and walked over to Wynn, where we decided to eat at The Buffet. Jason had declared that we MUST eat at a Vegas buffet, and since we had wanted to go to Wynn anyway, we figured we'd indulge there.

Walking through Wynn, we came across a frog singing Louis Armstrong.

Not to be outdone, the Wynn was also dressed up for the Chinese New Year. It was really pretty, especially this walkway with all the lights.

Our cab driver from the airport had informed us that the Wynn had the best buffet in town. We put it to the test. Well, after we waited in line. I didn't keep track, but I'd guess it was about a half hour wait?

This is what it looked like once we got inside:

Our cab driver was not lying. I have nothing to compare it to in terms of Vegas buffets, but this one was impressive. A lot of variety, and everything was really tasty.

Once done with dinner, we continued to walk through Wynn a bit more to head over to the Venetian's casino (Wynn and the Venetian are connected).

The boys in front of a cool fountain.

We played slots for a bit at the Venetian's casino, and then Lynsay and Shannon came over and asked if I wanted to go upstairs to see more of the inside of the Venetian. Once again, I was impressed with the design. Like New York, New York and Paris, the Venetian's marketplace area is designed to look like Venice.

We went back downstairs and continued to play slots until we met up with our Washington, D.C. group. We hung out with them there a little more, then everybody wanted to leave and head to a bar. We ended up at a place called Rockhouse, which was um... interesting. Very amusing crowd of people there; it was great for people-watching.

At around 2:00 a.m., Dave, Lynsay and I decided to make our way back to the hotel. We left Michael, Jason, and some of our other friends there to continue the fun and went to sleep. Michael and Jason weren't too far behind us, and we closed the book on another day in Las Vegas.


Linda February 11, 2009 at 3:56 PM  

I love the Bellagio lobby with their glass ceiling. It's my favorite place to stop. I'll have to add the Wynn to our list. I haven't been to their buffet yet.

Laura February 11, 2009 at 4:02 PM  

i loved reading about your trip. i can't believe it was so cold! when i was in vegas 4 years ago, the wynn was still under construction. craig and i plan to go back next year, so we'll definitely have to stop by!

[Elyzabeth] February 11, 2009 at 7:46 PM  

You and I did very very different things in Vegas, even though we were there the same time.

As I was leaving on Sunday night and I looked out of the cab, I saw really pretty lights and I said to myself, I have to come here one time and walk the strip, because I have never walked the strip, even though I've been here like 4 times. Another thing is to go out when I'm sober because it's so pretty!

Looks like a blast!

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