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 View of the Paris from the Bellagio Terrace.

View of the Paris from the Bellagio Terrace.

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada!  For my 40th B-day Cassandra took me out for an exciting weekend on the strip and a stop in the Grand Canyon.  We arrived after a 5-hour flight from Philly.  The view of the strip from the plane was electrifying.  You know you’re in Vegas when there’s slot machines in the airport.
We booked a suite on the 43rd floor of the Palazzo.  The views of the strip, desert and mountains were fantastic.  We were directly across from Treasure Island and could see the “Sirens” pirate show each night from our window.  The Palazzo is the adjacent sister property of the Venetian.  The two venues combine to form the largest resort in the world with more than 7,000 suites.  The shopping and restaurants within are spectacular.  There is a canal inside that runs the lengths of the shoppes.  The ceilings are painted to give the illusion that you are in Venice on a warm summer night.  Gondoliers are available for hire to serenade you on a romantic cruise.
We had some amazing meals.  Sushi Samba was a vibrant fusion of Brazilian & Japanese cuisine.  Leffirino was an award -winning Italian masterpiece overlooking the Grand Canal.  Tao Restaurant and Nightclub is the place to be seen on a Saturday night.  Their Asian fare is as good as it gets.  If you dine there they’ll give you VIP access to the club upstairs.  Tao Nightclub is more than 60,000 square feet of pulsating action led by the best DJs in the world.  Later that night we stopped at our first oxygen bar.  They hook you up to a tank and give you a massage – quite an enjoyable experience.
Earlier that day we booked a Maverick Helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon.  The chopper took us over Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam before setting down inside the Canyon for a champagne toast. The fluctuating colors of the canyon at sunset were a sight to behold.  On the ride home we circled the Vegas strip – it’s the best way to sight see.

It would take a week to fully explore our resort.  We had a blast at some of the other spots along the strip. We had the best Sunday Brunch at La Cave inside the Wynn.  Instead of a mundane buffet, they have a rotation of 25 dishes plus bottomless Mimosas butlered to your table.  You just take what you like.  The Minus 5 Ice Bar inside Mandalay Bay was exotic.  The entire bar (glasses, chairs, floors, etc.) are made of ice.  Faux fur Arctic gear is available to rent.  The music was great and the Ice Bar was jumpin that afternoon!
We had a successful day of Blackjack afterwards at the adjacent Luxor.  We toured the sports book inside of Caesars Palace and the shops of the Bellagio.  The evening culminated in a sunset dinner in the Eiffel Tower.  The restaurant overlooks the Bellagio fountains and we had a brilliant view of the water show while savoring delightful French delicacies.
Our final stop was the Stratosphere Tower. At the top is a revolving restaurant with an assortment of thrill rides.  My choice was the X-Scream – it dangles you 900 feet over the strip and then propels you 30 mph over the tower.  The afternoon flight home offered awesome panoramic views of the Grand Canyon and the Rockies.  This may be the most exciting city in the world and the nearby Grand Canyon makes it a must-see destination!

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