Thursday, April 17, 2014


The best thing about going to Vegas when you feel like it is a "been-there-done-that" trip, is going with someone who actually has never been there and done that! So we stopped at all the casinos to see their attractions.
 Every hour daily starting at 11am, you can watch the Fall of Atlantis show in the Forum Shops inside Casears Palace (next to the Cheesecake Factory).
It includes fire, water, and a surprise dragon at the end.
Saturday and Sunday champagne brunch (we didn't champagne, but we brunched) is available at the Bacchanal Buffet inside Caesars Palace. Big variety (asian, seafood, italian, home-cooking, and desert tables), lots of food, will make you not want to eat for the rest of the day because you are so full.
 Since we saw the hourly waterfall show outside the Bellagio last night, we went inside to check out the gardens and glass flower sculptures inside the hotel.
 The crystal chandelier inside the Cosmopolitan is amazing. I couldn't get over it. You must walk in and see this huge piece of beauty.
 There is also an old car covered in crystals below it that people were going gaga over.
Then we walked to a new, super classy area on the strip near Aria casino 
with expensive shops and cool studio apartments. 
 There are a couple really neat art galleries near here with work by Dale Chihuly.
He created the glass sculptures inside the Bellagio lobby and other works around the world.
Look him up if you have never heard of him.
 Next stop, the M&M's World next to the MGM Grand casino.
 You can find M&M memorabilia and candies in every flavor, color, and size imaginable. You can even customize your own bag of M&M's to say whatever you want. 
 They play a short (10 minute) free 3D movie every 15 minutes or so.
 Just next door to the M&M's World is the World of Coca-Cola.
 You can try a sampler tray of coke products from around the world for under $10.
 I've been to the same place in Atlanta and both are fun if you're a Coke fan.
 A view of the posh Vegas strip area at night.

 If you like up-scale dining (and have a free $150 food voucher like we did), you should definitely eat at the Old Homestead Steakhouse inside Caesars Palace. Ohymosh it was so good! We ordered a rib eye and filet mignon with sides of asparagus and mac & cheese. This might be THE BEST mac & cheese I have ever had in my life (and I'm a mac & cheese connoisseur...or something).
 Next, we drove to the other side of Vegas. It is definitely different.

 The Freemont Street experience is full of crazy street performers. There are lots of people waiting and available with some interesting photo ops for you. Watch your valuables here.
Be sure to enjoy the overhead lights and music of the free Viva Vision shows every hour from dusk to midnight.