Trip Start Nov 12, 2008
3Trip End Nov 15, 2008
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Luckily, our taxi driver had a good sense of humor and a lead foot - a couple jokes about George Bush (which were enjoyed by all three of us at W's expense . . .) and some information about what was going on in Vegas. We passed the new huge high-rise condo and mall complex being built between the Monte Carlo and the Bellagio - seven or eight massive high rise buildings. We got to the Strip and pulled a very abrupt "u"-ey, fully equipped with a fist-shake and a swear from our friendly neighborhood cabbie-comedian to some poor, innocent family from Cornville, Nebraska.
We pulled in to the unloading area for the exquisitely named Bill's Gamblin' (that's correct no "g") Hall & Saloon.
Once we got settled, we decided to head out and see what we could find. I had already made a reservation at a restaurant at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay so we headed south along the Strip. We passed Bally's and Paris, then Planet Hollywood. The worst thing about walking through the Strip is the people flicking their damn sex fliers at you - "DUDE - I DIDN'T TAKE ONE FROM THE OTHER THIRTY IDIOTS BEFORE YOU. NOT GOING TO TAKE YOURS EITHER. THANKS!!" It was nice when we finally broke through the mob of people wearing "GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS! 20 MINUTES" on their shirts.
We walked past the New York, New York, and then my sister's favorite (not) casino, the Excalibur.
There is a specific elevator that goes to Mix - on the 62nd floor. It has one of the best views of the Las Vegas Strip, hands down. So up we go in what feels like Willy Wonka's Glass Elevator to the top; it opens up into a foyer with a viewpoint to the right with plenty of room for watching the lights of Las Vegas. This is part of the bar at Mix; definitely a cool place for a drink. We are directed through the bar, past the kitchen and into the area where our host is waiting. There is an elaborate and simply massive "chandelier" (I guess that is what I would call it) where there are blown glass "bubbles" hanging from the ceiling. Didn't get a photo of that unfortunately . . .
Luckily we landed a table outside (yes outside on the 62nd floor) where the view was awesome. The picture doesn't do it justice.
The unfortunate thing is that I forgot I wanted dessert. My brain said yes but my stomach said no, and with a great amount of willpower I said no. I realized that after shoveling about a gallon of cheesy pasta into my face I would not make a pretty picture then pounding some sweet concoction down. However, our waiter brings out some freshly baked madeleines with hazelnut dipping sauce, "courtesy of the chef". A perfect ending to a delicious meal. We headed back to the Great Glass Elevator, but thankfully it does not go through the roof to a space station. With full stomachs we decided to walk some to work off the dinner, and we walked back up the Strip towards the hotel.
As we approached Bill's from the south, we passed by the Bellagio fountains. It's a wonderful scene even when they are not flowing, but luckily we timed it right and they started the show that happens every fifteen minutes.
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