Viva Las Vegas
Check out was set for 11am on our last day, but even a late night yesterday couldn't stop us from visiting the famous Garden of the Gods pool deck at Caesars before we left. Julie and I grabbed our complimentary coffees and took in some early morning pool time. This pool area is without a doubt one of the nicest I've seen in person. A large lap pool, a circular pool complete with columns and fountains, and several other smaller pools made it all very unique. Even though we were there early, it started to fill up fast. If you want a full pool day with a good spot I'd recommend getting there no later than 9am.
After that refreshing start we packed our bags and checked them for the day, as we were not flying out until that evening. We met up with Phil and headed next door to The Mirage for breakfast. You wouldn't think it would be hard to find late morning breakfast in Vegas, but it is actually a bit of a challenge. However, Pantry in The Mirage just opened recently and serves breakfast 24 hours a day, so of course that was our destination. BACON! It's a neat restaurant set up to look like a family kitchen and has a fairly decent menu. Though there were what appeared to be several available tables, the wait to be seated was much longer than expected. Since we were starving, we decided to sit at the bar area which had immediate seating. Breakfast was good, and I was happy to discover they serve La Colombe coffee (we love the show Dangerous Grounds!). I had the white chocolate brioche French toast with berry compote and whipped mascarpone. Julie had the Black Forest sandwich with scrambled eggs, truffled mushrooms, and smoked Gouda on toasted ciabatta. I thought Julie's was much more flavorful than mine. Though breakfast was fine it was overpriced, which is sort of the theme for Vegas.
We left The Mirage and hit the strip for some gift shopping back at Margaritaville, The Sugar Factory, and inside the Paris shops. Of course we weren't going to miss out on the ice cream sandwiches at The Sugar Factory this time! You get to pick what kind of cookies you want, as well as the flavor ice cream. We chose the s'mores cookies and sea salted caramel ice cream. WOW! Messy but worth it!
Since we still had a lot of time left in our day we headed back to The Mirage to see the tiger and dolphin exhibits at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden. At first, the $20 admission seemed a bit much. However, it turned out to be much more interesting than we had expected it to be. There was a short dolphin show soon after we arrived, and there was also the ability to view them underwater. The young dolphins (which had their own habitat) were extremely playful and fun to watch. Though the tiger and lion exhibits weren't huge, it was still impressive to see these enormous creatures up close. With it being mid-day and super hot we didn't expect to see them doing more than sleeping. However the tigers were very active, and we even got to see them playing with each other. It was just like watching our dogs play at home, if our dogs weighed 600 pounds that is. Their growl is so loud it's quite startling. We also got to see one of the 5 month old cubs that were recently brought there from South Africa. One of the trainers was trying to get him to play, but he seemed very uninterested. Probably the coolest part of our visit though was getting to meet Siegfried in person. Apparently he is there every so often to visit the animals.
We left the tigers and stopped in the Forum shops to see their animatronic show that plays every hour. Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill was close by, so we stopped in for one final drink and appetizer before officially saying goodbye to Caesars and to Las Vegas.
After a shared taxi ride to the airport, we said our goodbyes to Phil. We were so thrilled by his surprise visit and so happy at the chance to spend some time with him. In Julie's first ever post here she said that part of us doing this blog was to share our moments with family and friends and that hopefully they would get excited enough by it to join us sometime. So glad Phil was the first to do so. So ends the latest edition of the TIMMY TAKEOVER, and we look forward to our next adventure. Who knows, next time YOU might the one to join us!