After a few days in the relative wilderness of Yosemite, we were in for two nights in Las Vegas. It had been a long while since I had even passed through Las Vegas, but while there always seems to be construction going on, the major icons of the Strip never change.
We stayed at the MGM Grand, complete with (enormous) lion statue. Brian said they used to have real lions at the hotel, but apparently that’s no more. Maybe for the best.
Our visit touched on a lot of the Las Vegas highlights.
We saw the Bodies Exhibit at the Luxor, home of the Las Vegas Sphinx (about half the size of the real thing, at 110 ft tall). I’d seen the exhibit as it passed through Chicago a few years ago, but it was still great the second time around. Recommended if you haven’t seen it yet.
We had dinner at the same place both nights because it was that good — the Julian Serrano tapas restaurant at Aria. The house cabernet is great, as is the eggplant special. The lobby of the Aria had a very cool kite display going on when we were there.
On Sunday night we went to see the Cirque du Soleil show “O” at the Bellagio. Amazing show, as I’m guessing all the Cirque shows are. It’s really incredible what the performers are capable of. We had seats in the Upper Orchestra, which I recommend for a great perspective on all the aerial acts in the show. And the signature “O” cocktail is delicious if you like peaches.
After the show, the Bellagio fountains were in full force, spouting water as high as the Eiffel Tower at the Paris Casino across the street and showering us with mist.
Great food, great shows, great people watching. Typical Vegas.
It was a fun weekend in the city which ended with Hawaiian-style poke and a stop at Midas to look at our broken hand brake. In the end we decided to push on to the Grand Canyon and worry more about the brake later. So we were off to another few nights in the Great Outdoors, a welcome change of scenery from the hustle and bustle of Vegas.