Mark & Jeanne stayed at The Venetian as part of the celebration of our 30th wedding anniversary. The hotel was awesome with the rooms clearly beating anywhere we’ve ever stayed. The single room had a sunken living area that contained a couch and two easy chairs. It was perfect for watching the Penn State game during our stay.
The hotel also had seven pools, though the one we used didn’t get much sun until mid-afternoon. We had a great time at the pools, particularly on one day when we struck up conversation with a young lawyer from Argentina.
We rented a car and drove to the west rim of the Grand Canyon. Mark walked the skybridge. It was surprisingly expensive – $75 per person. Check that one off my bucket list.
On Sunday night, October 1st, there was a shooting down near the Mandalay Bay casino. 59 people were killed and about 500 were injured. Jeanne and Mark were near that area just prior to the shooting, but decided to walk north instead of south. We saw the ambulances, but didn’t hear about the shooting until the next morning.
We saw the Cirque Du Soliel show “KA”. It was awesome with a huge spinning, rotating, elevating stage and amazing acrobatics. We also saw a musical mashup of the music from Baz Luhrman films (Moulin Rouge, Romeo & Juliet, The Great Gatsby).
Mark & Jeanne stayed at Bellagio as part of the celebration of our 25th wedding anniversary. We didn’t plan anything for the entire week and it was the most relaxing vacation ever. Oddly, while we stayed at the Bellagio I don’t recall that we watched the fountains at all. We DID enjoy their pool area and the rooms were very nice.
One evening we ran into a gentleman who looked exactly like Guy Fieri from the Food Network and famous for “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”. He looked so much like him that I struck up a conversation. He was very affable and told us that he met Guy at one point.
One of our favorite past-times when at Vegas is to watch the people. Its amazing to see some of the younger folks and how they dress for an evening in sin city. There is so much activity with much accompanied by alcohol that all I can say is “amazing”.
Jeanne, Mark, Beth & Pat Troy. We stay at Treasure Island.
On Saturday we rented a poolside cabana and enjoyed spending the day watching football. While soda was free and kept cold in the mini-fridge, drinks were expensive. In fact, a fifth of whisky would have cost over $250. Fortunately, Pat realized this ahead of time and we smuggled in our own booze.
- Blue Man Group
- Chicago (the band)
- Liberace Museum
We had a great dinner at Rio including a terrific chocolate souffle. This was an Italian restaurant and possibly my favorite in the world. It was outstanding!
We also tried the Vietnamese restaurant at TI and were disappointed.
We visited the Liberace museum for the second time. The costumes, cars and pianos are astounding and are a good reminder of his showmanship. Unfortunately the museum has since closed.
Jeanne, Mark, Beth & Pat Troy. We stay at Treasure Island
- Ray Romano (hilarious)
- Celine Dion (incredible voice)
Absolutely fabulous time with some of the best food and fun ever.
Jeanne & Mark. We stay at Treasure Island and really enjoy their pool area which has some excellent music and a great atmosphere (this changes in the coming years and becomes more oriented to young adults)
We see two excellent shows
- Wayne Brady. a tremendous improvisational show
Our flight out of Scranton gets canceled at the last minute. We are able to get re-booked to fly out of Allentown, but with barely enough time to get there. Ryan Corrigan happens to drive up as we are finalizing the re-booking and we draft him to babysit. We then drive 90 MPH down the turnpike in Mark’s new 2006 Maxima and get to the airport just in time
What did we learn:
- When it comes to vacations, flying out of Scranton sucks. Since this experience we tend to fly out or Newark or Philadelphia.
- Its easier to take cabs than to get a car, particularly if we aren’t going to Hoover Dam.
Jeanne and Mark take a get-away in Las Vegas. We stay at the Aladdin, which has since been changed to Planet Hollywood. We see some great shows:
- Earth, Wind & Fire
- Gladys Knight
- “We Will Rock You”- a Queen inspired musical.
We also learn to play several new games together and have a tremendous time.
Jeanne and Mark take a get-away in Las Vegas. We stay at Bally’s (older, but huge rooms). We see some awesome shows and sites:
- Hoover Dam
- Valley of Fire
- Blue Man Group
- Penn and Teller
- Andre Phillipe (an amazing vocal impressionist)
Jeanne changed our airline tickets at the last minute and apparently only changed hers and not Mark’s, so it was almost a get-away just for Jeanne. Fortunately Mark was able to fly standby.
What did we learn: We love Vegas!!!