Day 18 — Vegas, day one

Where to start, where to start? Might as well start at the beginning. We woke up early… sixish. Before sunrise — saw nice color as the sun rose. We got dressed and ventured downstairs early. A hotel staff person recommended a restaurant called “Raffles” for breakfast, so that’s what we did. It was pretty and overlooked the Mandalay pool area. One of them, anyway. I had a yummy egg white omelet with chicken, spinach, tomato, and basil. (Hashbrowns were mediocre, but that’s a good thing because I didn’t want to eat them anyway.)

After breakfast we went walking. We walked through the Luxor, the Excaliber, New York New York, and MGM Grand. My favorite, by far, was New York, New York. Really well done theme. It captured the idea of New York really well. At some point I got a little hungry, so I got some soft pretzel sticks with cream cheese to dip them in. Nice snack that turned into our lunch. (So it wasn’t as decadent as it sounded.) The casinos were interesting, but I’m not as much of a people watcher as Jay is, and I’m not a shopper.

This afternoon we got a hot stone massage. HEAVEN. Oh my God, I want a massage like that every day for the rest of my life. We both loved it so much that we made an appointment for another massage first thing tomorrow morning. They have a full gym there, and they offer personal training. What I wish I’d thought to do was sign up for an hour of personal training before my massage tomorrow. Man, that would feel good!!

After the masssage, we spent an hour or so in the casin playing slots. I lost money, and Jay made it back up, which is how it always works. I have lousy luck in a casino, and he has great luck. Is it any wonder I don’t really enjoy gambling? And Jay wondered why I took only a fraction of my gambling allowance downstairs and pocketed the rest.

Next we had an early dinner — seafood at RM Seafood. Man, it was elegant and scrumptious! I had a spicy hamachi appetizer that included hamachi sashimi, avocado, and grapefruit. For dinner, then, I had dover sole stuffed with truffles, served on a bed of pureed potatoes, with a light herb sauce. Incredible!

Then it was off to Zumanity, the “adult” Cirque du Soleil show. It was funny and entertaining and not nearly as “alternative” as I’d thought it might be. We sat very close to the front, but we were in the middle of a row and were fortunate enough NOT to get picked on by the performers. It was fun though!

Oh, and before I forget, here’s a picture of the ring Jay gave me (and the lovely rose I got at Zumanity):

Tomorrow we’re doing the north end of the strip.

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