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Old 11-08-2011, 11:28 AM   #31
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Hi Kirby.

Sorry I've been away for a while. DW and I had our own trip to Vegas recently. Getting ready to head out to Phoenix this weekend.

If we ever go to the GC, I'll have to remember to stay away from the restaurants you ate at. DW and I have never been. We will one of these days if we can ever get over our fear of heights. Well so much the fear of heights, I think it's more the fear of falling off the edge.

I'm trying to think of what hot dog stand you're referring to. DW and I go to Vegas at least once a year. We'll be on quest to find it next time we go. I want to say I've seen it also, but I want to say not inside but outside Caesar's.

We have only stayed at the Mirage once. We usually stay at TI and did the last trip. DW's cousin is the CFO of TI, so he usually hooks us up with a room or a great rate on a suite. Good to have family in high places.

This last trip we tried California Kitchen as well. Awesome pizza. Would go there again. I have the same playing strategy as both of you. Depending on how the slots are paying is how choose which strategy to use. If I see them paying but not paying big, I go with Joe's strategy. If they're not really paying, I go with yours and hope for the big win.

Thanks for the update. Hope to hear you hit it big.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:41 PM   #32
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Thanks Thumper_Man. Most of the trails are along the GC edge but you don't have to stand right at it if you don't want to. I'm afraid of heights also but had no problem for the most part.

The Arizona Room might be better for lunch. There is a great view from the restaurant in the day light hours. I've also read good reviews during the lunch time over on Trip Advisor so we just ate there at the wrong time.

Your post reminds me that I need to finish my trip report. I'll need to get to that soon.
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Old 11-12-2011, 05:01 PM   #33
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Day 5

I had told myself that I was going to sleep in this morning. Not! I woke up at 7:00 am fairly refreshed and decided I might as well get up.

We had breakfast at BB King's. It looked just like a bar after a hard night but was clean and didn't smell of cigarette smoke. Our waitress was friendly and we were seated right away.

I chose the Memphis Scramble. I can't remember what Joe's meal was called but it had the largest pancake I've ever seen. He said that it was good. My meal was good also. I would definately eat breakfast there again.

After our meal, we went back up to our room. Our keys would not work in our door. We trekked all the way down to check in and they gave us new keys. Said if they didn't work then we probably needed new batteries in the door. Fortunately, our new keys worked. Never knew what the problem was.

We tossed around some ideas on what we might do that day. No, we didn't really want to walk back through the Forum Shops. We were just road weary and a lot of walking was not real thrilling but that's what you have to do in Vegas.

We decided to head over to the Venetian, maybe take a gondola ride. I had seen discount coupons for Madame Tussauds in one of our hotel room magazines and grabbed those.

The walk up to the Venetian is so pretty. And we just loved the moving sidewalks! We'd never been to a wax museum before and thought that it might be fun to tour Madame Tussauds. We were not disappointed. We had a lot of fun taking pictures with a number of the figures. Some were done really true to life while others needed a little more work.

Walking into the Venetian was just gorgeous. We didn't go into the casino or the main lobby area. Just where the shops begin. The ceiling was amazing.

We stopped at the Pearl Factory counter and got sucked in. I chose an oyster, did the count, Aloha and I had a pearl. I remember doing this years ago (without the Aloha) at Epcot with our daughter. I thought I would get a pearl, buy a necklace and be on my way. Hundreds of dollars later with the pearl at the end of an Australian opal pendent, I was. They even comped me another oyster. I did the whole bit and then they tried to sell me the little pendant holder for the second "free" pearl. That's the kind of holder I had wanted for the first pearl. I said "no thanks" and walked away with an expensive necklace and a free pearl that I'm not quite sure what I'll do with.

We wandered around in the Venetian shops, saw the living statues and an act. Such a pretty place. We chose not to ride in the gondolas. Seemed like fun but once we saw what it cost to ride one by ourselves, we decided to pass.

Back on the strip, we walked north a bit still looking for that hot dog place. Didn't see it. Then we thought we would walk south back to Paris. When we had originally toured Paris on our first day, my pictures inside did not come out too well and I thought it might be a good time to get some better ones since I had figured out my camera.

The sidewalk was so much more crowded with pedestrians on this side of the strip plus there seemed to be less sidewalk for them to walk on. It was getting hot and we were getting thirsty. A stop at the Flamingo was in order. We walked into the casino from the street and I felt so much at home here. I don't know what it was but I liked the Flamingo.

At the food court we ordered cheese fries and drinks at Johnny Rockets. While we were waiting on our order, some of the JR employees came out and did their little dance. It was fun to watch.

We toured the Flamingo a little and went on to Paris. After seeing the Venetian, the wow factor was there like it was on our first day. In fact, I didn't even take the pictures we had gone there for. Actually, we were just so tired we walked back to the Mirage and our room.

Well, we did stop at the Ghostbusters slot machine (Joe had wanted to try it the night before). I won $10 on my second bet and Joe lost money. I cashed out on my win and then we went up to the room.

We had tickets for Mystere that evening. We freshened up and took a load off our feet for awhile. Joe actually got in a short nap. We knew about the tram from the Mirage to Treasure Island and arrived at TI in short order. If we had known how quick it was to get to TI, we would have eaten at BLT Burger or Cravings at the Mirage. But we didn't and walked around TI trying to decide on where to eat. I guess we could have gone back to the Mirage for dinner but we chose not too which was definately a wrong decision.

Because we didn't know how long it would take to eat at a TI restaurant, we got in line at the buffet. We were seated fairly quickly. It was not a good buffet. Nothing looked appetizing, it all looked like it had been there for awhile. I did eat, mostly at the Chinese food counter. It wasn't all that good. Even the desserts looked old.

Finally it was time for our show. We got in line 30 minutes early and before we knew it, were headed to our seats. We were seated in the top of the second level to the left of the stage. Perfect seats for us.

The pre show act with the old man showing people to their seats was so funny. We enjoyed the show. I was having motion sickness feelings with all the high wire stuff so I didn't get to see those acts. Some of the other acts were amazing. I would definately recommend this show.

We rode the tram back to the Mirage and went back to our room. We had an early flight out the next morning.


Day 6

We checked out with no problem about 6:00 am. Valet had our car to us in no time. And turning the rental car in was easy as pie. We had no problem circumnavigating the airport to our gate. Because we rarely fly, we aren't real good at figuring out our times so we had about an hour and a half to kill before we began boarding. We ate breakfast at Burger King and bought some souveniers. Wish we had done that on the strip but oh well........

Our flight was good and very crowded. A little bumpy over Austin but not too much. It was good to be home.


Final Thoughts

I enjoyed our trip to Vegas. I wish that we could have visited Mandelay Bay.

If we go again, I think I would like to stay off strip or at the Bellagio.

We loved the Grand Canyon. I wished we had booked two nights instead of one.

I would definately take advantage of the Deuce Bus while on the strip. It might take a little longer but you save your feet.

I don't miss the cigarette smoke though I never found it too bad anywhere we went.
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Old 12-25-2011, 01:00 AM   #34
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Great trip report, thanks so much for posting it!
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:02 PM   #35
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thanks for sharing really enjoyed your TR
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