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TR July 8-13, ti, pinball, opera singer, and Fremont

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TR July 8-13, ti, pinball, opera singer, and Fremont

Trip Report

50+ married couple, 6th trip to Las Vegas

Highlights:

Pinball Hall of Fame

Donny & Marie Osmond

Fremont Street.

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Will post as replies, each day as an individual

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1. Re: TR July 8-13, ti, pinball, opera singer, and Fremont

looks really interesting!! ???

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2. Re: TR July 8-13, ti, pinball, opera singer, and Fremont

Gerry--OP just posted 3 min. before your post :-)

I'm guessing it is being composed, then will cut & paste...patience, my friend, patience..

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Day 1: Sunday 8 July

Normal travel stuff, with the exception that First Class upgrades were for sale on Delta in BWI, on Sunday morning. This is rare, as frequent Delta travellers will attest.

Arrived and used Bell Trans (versus our traditional GreyLine) shuttle. No issues getting to t.i.

Waited, however, over an hour to check in, at 2:30PM, in line at t.i.

Five open positions with no clerks.

Room was ready, however, and we went to Canter's Deli for a lunch. No issues there.

A bit of gambling, and supper at Gilley's. A bit of a disappointment, price wise. Service was good, but the billing arrangement didn't make any sense: "If you want drinks over here, I'll need to hold your credit card, or you can run a tab." Didn't make any sense, so we paid an left.

No, we did NOT stay for the bikini bull riding.

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Day 2: Monday, July 9

Big Event for this day was the Pinball Hall of Fame.

We cabbed it from the taxi stand at Tropicana ($11.30). (The first driver did not know where it was, and "across the street from the Liberace Museum" did not help) It is just as it is described on TA...a big warehouse with pinball and video machines.

But, the thing is, this is the ultimate mancave, Father-Son side trip. They have the old ones, fully working (some not) and the new ones. Just an awesome time. We stayed for 2 hours, and could have stayed for 2 more. Highly recommended for those families that bring boys along to Vegas. We're a bit perplexed by people that do this, but, at least this is a recommendable activity.

Bussed it back to MGM on the 201 (the bus stop is up the street, in front of the 7-11, across the street from the "For Lease" Liberace Museum.

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Day 3: Tuesday, July 10

Big Event for this day was the Opera Singer.

Well, actually, we didn't know that at the time. We bought tickets for Donny and Marie (Osmond) Live! at the Flamingo, months ago.

We had great seats, right on the center aisle, back a few rows.

The show started as high energy, and did not let up for over 90 minutes. Cannot say enough positive about the show, the performers, music, and overall production. Unforgettable.

The Opera Singer part was, surprisingly, Marie Osmond. She belts out her version of A.L.Weber's Pie Jesu that will tingle your spine, and make you say: "That's Marie Osmond?"

Go, Go, Go. Enjoy this show.

Worth twice the ticket price.

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The rest of the day was entirely forgotten, and this part will never be ..

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Day 4: Wednesday, July 11

It was darn hot, even for Vegas, today. Over 114 deg (F). Killer.

Not much to this day, but a time to reflect on some Woes and Yos

Woes:

What is it that people still don't get about bringing kids to Vegas?

Will they, someday, just put Imperial Palace out of its misery? The cattle chute under the construction stuff is downright nasty in the hot afternoon.

Yos:

Cocktail service finally getting better, pretty much everywhere _except_ T.I.

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Day 5: Thursday, July 12

Our last full day. All the big stuff is off the list.

In all our trips, Fremont Street has always sort of fallen off the edge of the table, being replaced by other stuff. This time, we said we would, without a doubt, finally "go downtown".

Well, the best way to explain it to people who haven't gone is:

Fremont Street is high school graduates (and dropouts)

The strip continued.

Circus Circus, Slots-A-Fun, and Casino Royale went to tech school. (CR graduated)

T.I., Harrah's, Bally's went to Community College.

Bellagio, Caesar's and MGM graduated from 4-year universities (Bellagio went to Brown)

Aria, Wynn, Encore are in grad school.

Fremont Street is all the fun that ran away from the strip.

Yes, it has an edgy, unsafe vibe, so you have to be on your toes.

But, yes, it is fun.

Loud, and fun.

We should have gone years ago, and we won't miss it next time.

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Day 6: Friday, July 13

Last day, time to go home. (Sadly).

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Travel was a bit of a disappointment, because of rain in MplsStPaul.

But, we got home without having to sleep in an airport, which, as frequent business traveller, is a WIN, in my book.

Neither of us brought more home than we went with, but neither did we lose much.

Already starting a new piggy bank for Vegas 2014/2015!

Final thoughts before others ask/comment:

The strip seems really dirty. Don't they power wash the sidewalks anymore?

The Deuce seemed overly crowded at all times.

Kids everywhere.

**What is it about walkways that somehow seems to make people stop and have big group meetings, right in the middle. Same for the end of the escalators. It is me, or are people just naturally RUDE when they get to Vegas.

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BTW, tipping cocktail waitresses a decent amount (more than $1.00 per drink), and looking them in the eye, and thanking them as you hand them money, UNIVERSALLY worked wonders, and always elicited a smile in return. Such a simple thing, and a nice way to make somebody else's day a little nicer. THEY are not on vacation.

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9. Re: TR July 8-13, ti, pinball, opera singer, and Fremont

Great info. thanks...glad to hear that someone else has a "piggy bank' for vegas trips!!!

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10. Re: TR July 8-13, ti, pinball, opera singer, and Fremont

Great trip report, thanks for sharing.