Livin' the "suite" life
Well Julie is technically working on this trip, so I'd say it's time for the second installment of the TIMMY TRAVEL BLOG TAKEOVER! And what better place to do it than VEGAS BABY! This is only my second real visit to "Sin City" and Julie's first time where she's not working every minute, so both of us have been quite excited to visit together.
After arriving to McCarran Airport and waiting in the long and Disney-esque taxi queue, I was on my way to meet Julie at The Venetian. Both of us were more than a little excited to see our accommodations for the next 2 nights. The suite is beautiful and spacious. Tons of ridiculous amenities like automatic blinds and three flat screen tvs, one of which is in the bathroom!
After taking it all in (including the pool deck), we got ready to head out for the evening. First up was dinner at Buddy V's, located in the Grand Canal Shoppes inside The Venetian. Since we were a little early for our reservation we were able to walk around the Grand Canal Shoppes and even see some of their stilt performers.
Dinner at Buddy V's was delicious. Everything from the homemade bread with balsamic dipping sauce to Julie's sangria was full of flavor. I ordered the chicken rigatoni alla vodka, and Julie had the shrimp scampi. Both of us were happy with our meals. No trip to a restaurant of the "Cake Boss" would be complete without dessert, and "Lisa's Warm Nutella Cake" with salted caramel ice cream was just the exclamation point we were looking for on our visit.
After dinner we headed over to The Mirage to see "The Beatles LOVE" by Cirque Du Soleil. Neither of us have seen a Vegas show before, or even any show by Cirque Du Soleil for that matter. I'm a HUGE Beatles fan and have wanted to see this show for years. I was so happy to finally be able to see it.
The theater is not big at all. We were in the last row of the middle section, right below one of the two large video screens. Our seats were perfect. We were high enough that we could see everything going on, but were still close enough to see all the detail and feel a part of the show. I'd say there's no bad seat in the place. As I expected, the performance was fantastic. Great blend of acrobatics, dance, and special effects. The mix of the music and quality of the sound was superb. Julie really enjoyed it as well, even with her not being a big Beatles fan. I highly recommend it.
After the show we stopped by The Beatles Revolution Lounge for some drinks. Small but cool bar. Really just the entry point for the dance club portion, which wasn't open yet.
After some interesting people watching we decided to head back to our hotel. We took in some of the Vegas lights on our way back, and avoided the mass of quirky street performers.
Though the Vegas nightlife was just getting started, Julie's work day was set to start in just 8 hours. Plenty of time, plenty of blackjack tables, and plenty of sights to see over the next few days. Stay tuned...