Vegas III

Okay, last tidbits of Vegas.  I can’t believe how much we did.  We got to Vegas early Friday afternoon and I left Monday morning, leaving John behind for another 5 days.

Sunday morning, we got up early and headed out for breakfast.  Finally found some good coffee.  Finally!

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Our mission was to head over to Mandalay Bay and check out the shark reef.  I wanted to go right when it opened because a lot of reviews said it got really crowded with families.

Some of what we saw along the way:

Excalibur.  This could use some blinging up, I think. I told John it looked like White Castle on steroids.

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Then there was Luxor.  This was very cool looking.

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It’s huge inside, too. It’s the second biggest hotel/casino in Vegas.

The pyramid has a light at the top that you can apparently see from a plane on a clear night.

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The shark reef at Mandalay Bay is a fun little attraction. Tickets were $18 and it was basically an aquarium.  Nicely done, too.

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Lots of sharks, of course.  Plus a very active octopus!

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There was a large room that looked like a sunken ship and had glass all around to see all the sharks. Then there were 2 tunnels going in and out, which were covered in glass and the sharks would swim all around. I could have sat in there for hours. Mute the sound so you don’t hear all the noise.

Here are just a few random shots from around the strip.  At the Jean Phillipe cafe.

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With yummy looking pastries:

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Inside the Wynn Hotel:

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The casino in New York:

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M&M World!

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(Sorry random lady that is now part of the internets – that’s what you get for walking into my picture)

Sunday night John R treated us to dinner and we went to Lemongrass.

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This was a Thai restaurant and probably the best food I had during the weekend.  I got the Panang curry with crispy duck.

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This was really, really good. I had it spiced at a level of 5 out of 10, which was about perfect. Although, it was a touch salty. Interestingly enough, we found this to be the case with a lot of the food here.

The volcano at the Mirage is pretty neat to see as well.  I think it goes off every half hour or so?  It’s a 5 minute display set to music of an erupting volcano.  Here is about a minute and a half of it.

It gets hot near there, too.

I have a bajillion pictures more pictures, but I think that’s enough for you all.  Thanks for coming along with!  I am glad I got a chance to experience Vegas. It’s not necessarily my type of town, but there certainly is a lot to do without dropping a dime in the casinos.  I only scratched the surface.  Now that I am gone, the guys can down to heavy-duty poker 😀

Thank goodness for airport delays so I could get these posts done and scheduled to run, too. Guess there is an up side to the delay at any rate.

Big, big thank you to John R for the invite – so very generous and much appreciated!

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24 thoughts on “Vegas III

    1. Lori Post author

      Those were all M&Ms and that was the dispenser wall. I did buy some 😀

      I did not get a dessert pastry, but I did have a cinnamon roll at breakfast which was ah-mazing!

    1. Lori Post author

      It’s funny – I think gambling has really taken a back seat in Vegas. It’s now more about the shopping, shows and dining.

  1. Biz

    Ha, I thought the same thing, but see that others pointed out it was a man. I was in Hobby Lobby yesterday and a transvestite was shopping in high heals, and these tight jeans. She/he bent over to look at something and all I saw was its g-string underwear – ew!

    Loved your Vegas recaps! And maybe everything is salty so that you drink more?
    Biz´s last blog post ..Doing Nothing is Easier

  2. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    You got to see so much more than I did when I was there! I’m like you, not really my kind of place, but I’d like to go back and spend some time exploring the areas outside of the city. I was mesmerized by Lake Mead and would have happily stayed there. 🙂
    Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog post ..The Great Cookie Power Grab

  3. Helen

    I bet the food was saltier than normal so that people will drink. The bar is always where the money is made. And if you think about it, even in places that give away free snacks it’s always salty stuff like popcorn, chips, nuts, etc.

    Glad you had such a great time – I’ve really enjoyed reading about your trip!

    How’s the jet lag coming along?
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    1. Lori Post author

      Jet lag much better. Tuesday was wretched because I was tired and had so much work to catch up on. Today finally feels normal.

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