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Vegas Trip Review 2009

We arrived in Vegas bright and early yesterday morning at 8:30am. Our flight left at 6:30 so I was TIRED! We went to our hotel (the Bellagio) and they didn’t have any rooms ready. We left our bags with the bellman & headed out to find breakfast. I had done a bit of recon work on www.chowhound.com so I knew where I wanted to go. We headed over to Bouchon at The Venetian. It’s a great little French bistro with the most amazing chocolate croissants EVER. I ate entirely too much but it was worth it! After that we headed back to the Bellagio to check things out. Our room was ready so we headed up. We got a room with a view of the mountains. Our room was much bigger/nicer than I had expected. Score! Dewey wanted to play some poker & I played a few slots. Dewey is much more of a “gambler” than I am. I like things that have 100% payout….like the spa & shopping!

After a pretty uneventful day (which was exactly what I needed), we headed off the strip to dinner. Another rec from chowhound was Lotus of Siam. Hands down the BEST Thai food I have ever put in my mouth. Definitely worth a visit if you are ever in Vegas. We had the Sea Bass on drunken noodles and the beef shortribs in red curry sauce. I can’t get across how good this was!!!!! Yummy squared! After dinner I was DONE since I got up at 3:30 that morning. After a quick visit to Planet Hollywood & a bit of shopping I went to bed. Dewey stayed up a bit after me. One of the perks of Vegas, everyone can do things together & do their own thing.

I stopped updating the blog while we were away because the Bellagio is one of those lovely hotels that charges $20+ per day for internet access & blocks wireless internet within their walls. The Venetian had free wireless so I was able to check Facebook & Twitter from my iTouch without breaking the bank but I had to draw the line at updating the blog & posting pictures. That little keyboard is not THAT user friendly.
Here are some pics from our trip. We had a great time. I didn’t take too many pics b/c most things were indoors & the light always looked weird.

Paris hotel & Casino which is across the street from Bellagio

Our hotel room….nice (the first pic on this post is the view from our window)

Dewey with Poker star Greg Raymer

Dewey & I in New York New York casino. I wanted to try the pizza.

Me @ the M&Ms store. I had to buy white M&Ms for my sisters wedding.

The conservatory at the Bellagio…isn’t it pretty?

Me with one of the ushers from Love the Cirque de Soleil Beatles show.

One of the atriums at the Bellagio

Me & Dewey at brunch at Cafe Bouchon in the Venetian.
Dewey LOVES it when I take pictures when he’s trying to eat….Not! This was at Cafe Heidelberg – great German food!

Me & Emery at Cafe Heidelberg. He’s playing the zither (which I had never heard of). He kept us very entertained!
Dewey when we were watching the National Heads Up Poker Championship at Caesar’s Palace.
The shoppes at the Venetian. This gondola lady was singing opera!

Accordian player at the Venetian. Side note on the Venetian: It is a beautiful hotel & Dewey really likes the poker room their but the whole place reeks of flowers. They pump this fake rose smell throughout the ENTIRE hotel & it is very strong. It was insta-headache for me so I couldn’t stay there very long. We considered staying there but read about the smell on tripadvisor. So, so glad we didn’t stay there!!!!

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Jennifer

Tuesday 31st of March 2009

I think I could sit and watch the fountains forever! That's all I really care to do if I have to go back.

Shan

Sunday 15th of March 2009

Great pictures. Looks like it was a fabulous trip!!

Merry

Friday 13th of March 2009

I KNOW! It was the weirdest thing ever. It totally grossed me out. We would go back to our hotel & walk by the conservatory & get a big wiff of real flowers. They smelled amazing. If you want the place to smell like flowers then bring in real ones. Perfume is just NOT the same!

Lianne

Thursday 12th of March 2009

Great pics! It looks like you had a fantastic time. That is so weird about the rose smell. I wonder who thought that was a good idea?!

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