Our very first stop driving into the city was at Pawn Stars location. Of course. Because we love that show! The guys weren't in that day, which I wasn't surprised by. It was really cool though seeing all the places that they are during the show but in real life.
Then we went to our hotel room. We stayed at the Trump Hotel. We booked through Hotwire and I purchased a 5-star hotel because it was so inexpensive and it said that it was on the Strip......on the Strip It Was Not. It was WAYYY north of the main strip, no possibility of walking, but the hotel itself and the amenities were above par. Incredible experience.
Fleur. He has a restaurant in St Louis, and I've actually met him twice, so I thought it was a good idea to visit his restaurant while we were in Sin City. Silly me though did not take a single photo with them while we were together. I was too caught up in catching up. :-) The food did not disappoint (again, post to come on the food), and it was a wonderful evening with good friends.
After dinner, we walked over to one of my bucket list items: Seeing the wine and the wine angels at Auereole. There were no angels flying because the restaurant had closed, but it was still as awesome as I expected the wine rack to be. I wished I was an angel in there. Ha
Jen and Paulie had to call it an early night since they had to be at work the next day, so we wandered the strip. We walked in and out of a few hotels to get the feel and vibe of the different themes. I just can't get over the excess in that town. Everything is so over the top and to the extreme. I mean, I should have expected it, but actually seeing it and being immersed in it is such a different experience. It makes perfect sense how people could get addicted to being there; it is a definitive escape from reality.
The next day, we actually ended up going back to Mandalay Bay to go through their Aquarium.
Reflections. Nerd Alert.
Then we walked to see the Water Show in front of the Bellagio. It was SO HOT outside, so once the show started, there was a continuous mist from the water that was delightful! It was beautiful to witness, regardless of the heat.
No, that's not a Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, or Saks 5th Avenue bag I'm carrying.....that's leftovers from dinner!! Priceless!!