Matt had to go to Round Mountain, Nevada, for a last minute business meeting, and his work was nice enough to put me up for a few days while he was down there. His meeting was on Wednesday, so we left Tuesday morning, arrived in Vegas Tuesday morning (gotta love time differences), he headed up to Round Mountain (about 4 hours away), and went to his meeting the next day. I stayed in Vegas, and he got back here Wednesday night in time for our third anniversary. We stayed Thursday and Friday and went home Friday night, arriving home Saturday morning (gotta hate time differences). I paid for only my flights and meals, and lounged around while he was gone (probably would have done that back in Toronto anyway). I didn't bring my DSLR, so these are all iPhone photos.
Weather check prior to the trip - looks good! No humidity, hot and sunny.
Oh yes, that flash of blue above was our rental car - the bright blue Mustang. Very flashy, but just honestly what they had in terms of a mid-sized car. I'm pretty sure the guys at the mine site made fun of Matt for it!
Also shown is the famous "welcome to las vegas" sign, and the view from our room of the "beach"
Tuesday night solo dinner - went to Fleur in our hotel, sat at the bar, and had an amazing caprese, plus the sea bass, plus some wine. Very proud of myself for going out to eat. Wasn't nearly as awkward as I thought it would be!
After a Wednesday of relaxing outside by the pool, cooling off with Shark Week and Starbucks
Anniversary dinner outfit - trying a new peachy shade.
Matt drove around Nevada looking for a florist open at 9 pm. Awww.
One of many delectable parallel courses at Aureole.
Happy 3 Years!
Thanks, multiple waiters (seriously, we were not left alone for a second! Guess it was a slow night...)
Evening wandering - directly beside us was the Luxor
And beside it Excalibur
"I don't wanna be a princess!"
Then New York (fun hotel)
Thursday wanderings - all of the above hotels were not there 5 years ago...
Aria was one of my fav hotels - beautifully decorated and the least smokey.
Ohhhhh Paris (said like par-ee)...
Closest I'll get to France for now!
Okay this looks gross, but it was pretty much the best food I've ever eaten.
Crepe, with nutella, caramel, creme fraiche, bananas. Wow. I felt so sick after - totally worth it.
The Cosmopolitan hotel. Can you say SATC?
From Michael Kors in the forum shops - my 3rd anniversary gift - leather!
Just one of the great decor areas of the Aria hotel
Caprese, done with marmalade and pesto too, in layers
Oh we need to get dessert...
Jean Philippe gelato
Went to see the Cirque show "Ka" - so incredible
(though I was terrified the entire time that another person was going to fall off unintentionally)
Why is food in the States often in such huge portions compared to Canada?
Aquarium and shark reef!
Have you ever pet a stingray? They are very soft.
(Hope got stung by a little one on her honeymoon...Jamie wouldn't pee on her...#lovefail)
Schools of fish
Wow scary when it goes above your head...
Oh yes, we did this. Going to 3 things was cheaper than just one - so we did the shark reef, Titanic, and Bodies. We had been to the reef before but Matt wanted to go again. Titanic was cool to see all the artifacts - my mom would have really liked it. I loved Bodies because it was so science-y and I never went when it was at the Science Centre here (Body Worlds). This one, however, was more explanation of all the body parts versus the bodies in random poses - much more educational. Matt, however, was pretty much traumatized by it. Wimp.
Lunch at "Gonzalez Gonzalez" in New York (I missed you when I saw this Dawn!)
They called this a "salad" - I ate 2 bites.
View of the Mirage
The Venetian (great shopping here)
Bellagio fountains set to Frank
So overall the trip was good for the fact that I didn't have to pay for half of it, we ate great food (but way too much), and saw a fun show.
BUT...We first went in 2008 and we definitely thought we hardly saw any of it. We were wrong - we saw all the best parts. Going back this time I realized how crowded, and hot, and smokey it truly is. Really, you can smoke everywhere, so most hotels you wanted to go in to either see the sights or escape the heat were really just hazy and made me feel sick. Especially if the stores or restaurants were right beside the casino, where people smoked the most. Also it was sad to see people just sit at the slots for hours on end like pod people. I'm not really a gambler, so I guess I don't really get the appeal. There are people on the streets everywhere trying to sell prostitutes and drugs, and it's so busy everywhere. Definitely won't be going back again just to see the sites!