David & Diana Do Vegas

Monday, September 18, 2000

Today is our introduction to Las Vegas gambling and The Strip.  But first, we meet Sandy and Harry for a leisurely breakfast at The Pink Pony in Circus Circus.

David in front of the Pirate Ship at Treasure Island
Next, we start exploring The Las Vegas Strip, gambling as we go.  We leave Circus Circus and head south down The Strip.  We visit the Westward Ho and New Frontier casinos first.  We pass by Treasure Island (those water misters felt wonderful in the desert heat) and visited Siegfred & Roy's Secret Garden at The Mirage.  The Secret Garden includes the White Tiger Habitat and the Dolphin Habitat.
Diana with one of Sigfreid and Roy's Lions at the Mirage

Along the way, we have "lunch" and relief from the heat at Ben & Jerry's.

The Venetian
Later in the afternoon we stop in the Venetian which is truly the Greatest Wonder of the Las Vegas Strip.  The best thing about the Venetian is visiting the Grand Canal Shoppes and strolling along the Grand Canal.  I literally thought I was outdoors except that the temperature was very comfortable.  The ceiling looks exactly like the sky. We're not talking about painting the ceiling blue with a few white clouds. We're talking about something so realistic you won't believe you're indoors. Everyone was walking around looking up with their mouths gaped open. Paris has fake sky inside. Caesars has fake sky with better lighting than Paris. But the Venetian has "knock your socks off" sky.  We wanted to take a gondola ride but you have to make your reservations in person on the same day.  The wait was three hours when we checked.  The best way to ride the gondola is to stay at the Venetian and make the reservations first thing in the morning. There is a weight limit of 680 pounds (310 kg), so even though there are four passenger seats, it's impossible for two normal size couples to ride together.  If we ever go back to Las Vegas, we're going to stay at the Venetian.

On the way back we stop at a small travel office and reserve our cruise on Lake Mead and tour of Hoover Dam.

We trek back to Circus Circus and relax before dining at Stivali Italian Restorante in Circus Circus.

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