Bellagio, Caesar's Palace, random sites
19.05.2009 - 19.05.2009 35 °C
Overslept again, no big surprise. A simple day planned -- merely the Bellagio and Caesar's Palace which are relatively close (being across the street). Nonetheless I dressed appropriately this day in capri pants as to avoid further damage to my poor thighs. We decided to try another buffer for breakfast/lunch, and this time it was Le Village in the Paris. The food was good, in fact the gnocchi was some of the best I've ever had. I still find it ironic for a french buffet to have sushi, but I digress. The desserts were my favorite part of this buffet, where I had what I can only describe as a chocolate hazelnut tiramisu. I also had creme brulee for the first time and finally understand what all the hype is about. So good! At least I compromised with a sugar-free chocolate mousse that was to die for. Not sure if it was worth the $20 per person, but it was pretty decent.
We head over to the Bellagio first, and all I could do was feel like white trash upon entry. If entering from the overpass from Bally's then you walk right into the shopping area, which is where my feelings of inferiority stemmed. Chanel, Fendi, Gucci, to name a few. I peeked into a few stores, and even pondered going in, but never actually did since I probably couldn't even afford the shopping bags in any of those stores. This cemented my belief that I would have been uncomfortable staying at the Bellagio because I'd have felt this constant need to look perfect all the time. And while I have no issues with looking acceptable most of the time, perfect isn't how I really want to spend a vacation.
Our destination is the art gallery within the Bellagio, but along the way we get thirsty, stopping in a little ice cream shop and getting a chocolate gelato (so good!). After that we hit the gallery, which is actually doing a feature on Contemporary artists. So I got to see some Lichtensteins and Warhols (I very much liked the daisies). I'm more of a pre-raphaellite fan, so it wasn't exactly my cup of tea but cool. I think the Leighton I saw in Texas is still at the top of my list, just because he's my time period. I don't really think it was worth the cost ($14 a person) but whatever, it was fun. We hit the casino for a bit and I played a bit more roulette, at which I ended up learning a few more tricks (placing a chip between two boxes is 17.5:1 payout, on the corner of four boxes is a 8:1 payout, and putting at the end of a row is a 12:1 payout). I think I lost about $10 but had fun doing it at least.
Afterwards we played some slots, at which I ironically ended up being up $20 on a penny machine, which was rather crazy. Craving something else we checked out the gardens and conservatory in the Bellagio which were actually really astounding. It's amazing the amount of flowers that were contained within that one room, along with the amazing fountains that they housed. Over the walkway into the greenhouse (which houses birds instead of plants) there are these arcs that look like glass, but are actually streams of water. There are also characters such as frogs, ladybugs, and even bears that are made out of growing flowers. The amount of work put into it all really is amazing.
Oxygen and vitamin D levels restored after the visit to the gardens we head off to Caesar's Palace, to which the casino actually was rather dismal when compared to that of the Bellagio. When you enter the Bellagio you are just floored by how large the casino area is. In fact, it's very very easy to get lost in it, which happened twice. The main lobby has this gorgeous fountain with statues. Most of Caesar's Palace has statues located here and there, and all are exquisite. Along the drop off/pick up outside there are actually three statues on either side of the entrance, each with a fountain the base. I snap a photo of each since I found them very pretty, even if they're all partial nudes. We don't really spend a lot of time in the casino since it was pretty poorly laid out in my opinion. We opt to head back to the Bellagio instead, where I end up losing the winnings I had won on the penny slots earlier. Nothing lost, nothing gained in the end.
Back at the Bellagio we disagree over something, one of many on the trip. We go our separate ways and I end up wandering up the strip to do some exploring of my own. I had a few things on my list of things to do that I figured I could knock off during my free time that night, so I head up past Caesars Palace (oh the parthenon!) and the Forums Shops (beautiful fountain outside) and end up stopping up at the Mirage to watch the volcano eruption. Standing right against the railing I got an amazing front row view, and how they manage to make water look like lava with the use of red lights is really cool. Also the pyrotechnics with it made it all the more entertaining. Granted I think it burned all the hair off my arms with the heat from the fire, but definitely entertaining and worth seeing.
I went to catch the show at Treasure Island, but found there wouldn't be another showing for about a hour, which was too long of a wait for me. Instead I decided to head back south and check out The Venetian. I stood around for awhile watching the gondolas going by, listening to the gondoliers singing which was really relaxing. I needed to pick up a few things (i.e. water) so I stopped in at Walgreens to grab some stuff. There I ended up finding Snowballs to bring back for people at work, along with ice cream flavored Mike 'n Ikes, and jalapeno flavored Doritos, something unfamiliar to my canadian roots. Along the way I pass by Margaritaville and Flamingos with all their flashy lights and music. Back to the hotel.
Upon getting back we decide to grab some food, so we check out Le Provinciale in the Paris. Their vegetarian menu was rather disappointing, but in the end it worked. After grabbing some grub it's time for bed.