And we spent it in Vegas. 🙂
A week ago today, before Dave and I flew home for Thanksgiving, we had a layover in Las Vegas. So we decided why not make it for a night instead of for a couple of hours?
Vegas is always a good decision. It’s one of my favorite places in the world—I know a lot of people say they can only spend a couple of days there tops, but I could spend way longer. 😉 Even if you don’t love to gamble (or the BlackJack tables don’t love you), there are gorgeous pools, spas, and some of the best shopping and eating you can do anywhere. (Let’s face it: those last two make or break a place for me.)
Oh yeah, there is a “little Venice” too!
I really want to go to Italy and always have. That dream remains unfulfilled for now, but the Venetian hotel in Vegas where we stayed has its own canal you can float along in a gondola. I was pretty sure we managed to drift away to Venice there for a minute. (By the way, I kept pronouncing it “gondooola”—long on the o’s. Dave probably corrected me five times. For someone who proofreads for a living, I can’t pronounce words correctly to save my life.)
Our gondoooola “driver”:
(Sorry about the poor quality of the photos—these are all phone pics.)
Our driver was awesome. We requested he sing “That’s Amore” which is probably his specialty. He complied. I think he might have a future in Vegas. (By the way, before last week, I thought the words to that song were “When the moon hits the sky like a big piece of pie, that’s Amore.” Turns out it’s like a big “pizza pie.” That’s even better!)
The scenery was so fun:
And speaking of beautiful scenery, check out our suite in the Venetian.
It was classy and so pretty. I love gold and cream bathrooms:
(I always dress up for Vegas. If you can’t wear a dress and high heels there, where can you? Although I always start the night in heels and give myself an hour, tops. Last week, I ended up in flats in about 43 minutes. It was depressing to shrink 5 inches in 5 seconds, but my feet were SO pleased with the decision.)
We walked through one of the newest casinos, the Encore, too:
Then we watched dueling piano players for a bit. They were good!
I love the hustle and bustle of Vegas. Even if it’s 3am, you know there will be people strolling the streets, giant margaritas in hand (one of my other favorite things about that city—you can just walk around, drink in hand. Who thinks of these things?)
Side note: if you’re in Vegas and in close proximity to Caesar’s, check out Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill—we stopped in there for drinks and an appetizer. The goat cheese fundido is fantastic. I love anything goat cheese. They also had crunchy little breadsticks that I may or may not have still been eating on the way out the door.)
So we left Vegas a little bit poorer, but who’s keeping track? 🙂 It was a great way to spend an evening on our way back to the Midwest!
I’m blogging from my parents’ comfy house and am headed back to California tomorrow. It was a fun few days with my family—-hope you had a good one too! Riley says, “Woof. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving, and Happy Holidays!”