{Out & About} Las Vegas Quickie

Get your mind out of the gutter! At the end of February, I joined my parents for a few days in Las Vegas and managed to do some damage to my credit card and waistline.

I was only there for two full days and spent most of the first day at the outlet mall (I love you, J. Crew!). The second day was spent buying tickets for Cirque du Soleil's Mystere and then circling the mall for an hour to find my dad who had actually left to return to the hotel to meet my brother who was flying in, without telling us he left the mall! We toured around some of the newer hotels since my dad and brother hadn't been in at least 10 years, and I think both my mom and I last went in 2009 (the Cosmopolitan Hotel was totally new to me). We stuffed ourselves silly at the Buffet at the Bellagio and I wish I had left room for more creme brulee! Simply delicious!

I wouldn't mind seeing the registration area of the Paris Hotel every day.
At Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris Hotel: (clockwise) Onion Soup au Gratin (yum!), Beef Bourguignon, Seared Atlantic Salmon, Steak Bordelaise.
Paris and bits of Planet Hollywood and Bally's. I love my camera. Sometimes it makes it look like I know how to take pretty pictures when really I just point and shoot!
Caesar's Palace always freaks me out because it looks ginormous, but it's got about the same number of rooms as other hotels along the strip.
The Northern section of the strip.
Looking down the South section of the strip.
My favourite. Pendant lights at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.
Lots of pretty light fixtures at the Cosmopolitan.
These remind me of the light fixture at the BY_Lissoni Lounge.

Lighting over the casino floor at the Cosmopolitan.
The lobby of the Cosmopolitan was pretty amazing with its electronic art installation of moving elevators and a variety of guests on the large columns.

What's this big white space, you ask?
A freakin' pop-up wedding chapel! According to one website it was only up for January and February, and they even had a faux wedding option which would expire after 24 hours!

Part of the dining area at Mastro's Ocean Club is inside a 70-foot-tall sculptural tree house at the Crystals at CityCenter.

Flower child at the Chinese New Year themed Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio.
It's the year of the Dragon!
The Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio dressed up for Chinese New Year.

I think I lost $22 at the slots. For a while I was up, but then I started over thinking it when I got to the bonus rounds! When I left, my dad was up almost $200, but when he came home he was down $160! It always pains me to gamble though. I'd rather save my $20 since it always disappears so quickly! But you can't go to Vegas and not gamble!

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