|us enjoying the hot vegas weather (102° to be exact!)|
|pool was magnificent- esp. with those unbearable hot desert temps!|
- the outside fountains [movie below- check it out!!]
- 3D animals created entirely out of flowers
- the garden’s crystal ball
- the carousel holding sunflowers in each of its compartments
|<3 this picture- but had to crop it because people were to the right of us- errrrr!!!|
Absolutely loved the scenic atmosphere! A whiiiiile back (most likely 10+ years?), my family stayed in Vegas as part of our Cali-Vegas vacation, and we stayed at the Flamingo.
Caesars Palace: We totally got lost in Caesars! And trust me- if you’ve ever been, you’d understand what i’m talking about! Shops inside, shops outside. Mall here, mall there. The Forum Shops and the Appian Way. Its crazy. Too bad our finances were lacking in the shopping department, or else we would have brought back numerous goodies from Caesars (hello Jimmy Choo, Valentino, and Louis!) It’s always FREE to look! We sufficed with window shopping.
The (marble?) painted ceiling and statues were simply glorious. Caesars Palace always makes me think of the Hangover’s “you probably get this a lot, but this isn’t the real Caesars palace, is it?” Makes me crack up everytime. And yes, I insisted that the boyfriend and I see the movie right before we went to Vegas. It was spectacular. Too bad our 5 nights didn’t even come close to the monstrosity they encountered in only 2.
The Venetian: Another italian-inspired hotel infused with beautifully painted ceilings as seen below in one part of the hotel and a man made blue sky ceiling in another part. With venetian styled buildings, grand canal, venetian gondola, plaza pier, rialto bridge, top brand indoor shops, and lots of italian restaurants, as well as Bouchon, hidden on the 13th floor if i recall correctly- we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves here. loads of major eye candy.
|look at that detail! it’s like Michael Angelo painted it himself!|
|before our indulgent meal at Thomas Keller’s Bouchon|
Bouchon, A French Bistro: A hidden gem on the 13th floor of the Venezia Tower. Thankfully we figured out how to get here. (Don’t quote me on the 13th floor!!) Otherwise, it would have a been a big misstep, considering the food was amazing, Atmosphere was sweet and romantic, yet relaxed at the same time. Great attention from the staff (free wine, thanks!) & Dessert was to die for. I stuffed down a really yummy gnocci dish, and I cannot remember what the boyfriend ordered (I was too infatuated with my own food to even slightly remember his). take me back to the food- please!
Gondola Ride: I was itching to ride the gondola the moment we booked our trip to Vegas. I’ve been wanting to get over to Italy recently ever since my 2008 Eurotrip. This was the next best thing. Well, I guess. The idea of the gondola ride is sweet, 2 lovers on a little boat while the gondolier is singing and hearing the soothing sound of the water beneath you. HOWEVER, if feel your oh-so-romantic trip (HA!) to Vegas is incomplete, consider coughing up the extra dough to indulge in a private gondola ride. Our frugality did not pay off in this instance- we were put on a gondola with honeymooners…. who insisted on making out under each and every bridge on the 14 minute ride (which if i recall correctly, seemed to be a bridge every minute or so). They were just too cutesy for me, and if you know me, I’m not ashamed of a little PDA. It was still cute to say the least. And it made for a cute picture.
Blue Man Group: BEST SHOW OF MY LIFE. and I don’t think any show will ever top this! (hopefully Avenue Q does- we’re planning on buying tickets for my birthday!) The entire production was so planned out, from it’s unique comedy to it’s creatively designed light-shows and music. I can’t even begin to explain. I don’t want to give any part of it away. Just go see it for yourself. You’ll be so ecstatic you did. You’ll thank me. Trust me.
|on the observation deck of the eiffel tower!|
|look at those views- with the magnificent mountains in the distance|
|look at our monstrous sized eiffel tower drink! it was just as yummy as it looks!|
|a small dose of “nyc”‘s skyline|