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Trip Report: Round 2 - Back For Some More Vegas Fun!

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Trip Report: Round 2 - Back For Some More Vegas Fun!

Background: Trip from Sunday, September 8 to Friday, September 13th. Two Canadian child free 30somethings in Vegas to celebrate their birthdays and wedding anniversary. First trip to Vegas was November 2011 and have been dreaming about returning ever since. Travel background includes most Canadian cities and provinces, all inclusives in the Caribbean, Florida. Our first trip to Vegas was an experiment to see if we would like it as we are not big gamblers or big drinkers, and well we loved it so we decided to return for some more Vegas fun dubbed "Round 2".

Hotel: We stayed at The Mirage for 5 nights on the 23rd floor with strip view and also spent one day at the pool in the private oasis section.

Shows/Attractions: Cirque du Soleil One, The Gun Store, Cirque du Soleil Zumanity, Absinthe, Venetian gondola, National Geographic 50 Best Photos Exhibit, Bellagio Fountains, Mirage Volcano, Wynn Lake of Dreams.

Restaurants/Bars: Mon Ami Gabi, Gordon Ramsey’s Burgr, Carnegie Deli (x2), Le Creperie, Earl of Sandwich, Mirage Buffet, Aria Buffet, Mix Lounge, Mandarin Bar, Parasol Down Bar, food court at Caesar’s Palace, Roasted Bean at Mirage.

Miscellaneous: Seeing a rat on the strip, seeing a duck on the strip, seeing a mouse on the strip, racing cab driver, hearing a stranger fart not once but twice in a quiet lobby, thunder and lightning storm from the 64th floor, shrine outside of Caesar‘s Palace.

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Day 1:

Arrived in Vegas around 10:30 pm and cleared customs very quickly. Got a cab to The Mirage. Now our last trip we were tunneled and I’m smarter now. I asked the cabbie to not take the tunnel and instead drive up the strip so we could get that first glimpse of the lights and action. Cab driver was awesome! We had a super fun cab ride. When we pulled up to the first set of lights there was a cab beside us and we started talking back and forth with that cabbie and his customers. Well they were going to The Mirage too so we decided to race them (in a safe joking manner). Every set of lights the banter would go back and forth, teasing and laughing with the other car. It was fun and really enhanced our arrival experience. Way better than being tunneled!

We checked into the Mirage. I had been trying to decide if I should try the $20 sandwich trick or not. Instead I decided to simply email them in advance and request the bed configuration and non-smoking we wanted. I explained in my email that we had booked a standard room but that we were arriving later at night and would prefer to have a non-smoking room with a king size bed in a quiet location and asked them to put one aside for us. I also mentioned that it was our birthday and anniversary trip. Sometimes it pays to ask nicely - I received an email in return stating that they were upgrading us to a strip view for free and that we would receive a king size bed, in non-smoking in a quiet location. Sweet deal! When we checked in I was curious to see if this would really happen. Well they stuck to their word and we received an awesome room on the 23rd floor with a great volcano view, king size bed, super quiet location and non-smoking. No need for the $20 trick at all. Overall we really liked The Mirage. The room was great. Only complaint is that the bathroom could be a bit larger, but no big deal. The bed was super comfy and we slept great. The view was excellent. We liked the location of The Mirage and found it very convenient. We also found the Mirage to be set up nicely. We plan to stay there again in the future.

So after checking in we drop our bags off and head out for the first taste of the strip by foot. We were hungry so we head over to Casino Royale and hit up Subway for a quick bite. After that we walk up and check out the Venetian and stop into Walgreens to pick up some water and treats for the room. Made our way back to The Mirage and headed to bed, by this time it was about 2am.

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Day 2

Up early around 8am. Picked up my MLife card so I could cash in some MyVegas rewards. Picked up my MyVegas reward for 2 buffet passes to the Mirage buffet. Breakfast at the Mirage buffet was good. We both liked it. Lots of selection and it was great that we got it for free with MyVegas. Everyone loves a freebie! Headed to the box office to pick up our Cirque du Soleil Zumanity tickets. I had received one ticket for free by playing MyVegas and paid for the companion ticket. Decided to play my first ever table game and got a little lesson from a dealer on roulette. He was a great teacher and had a little fun but didn’t win anything. Then we decided it was time to head outside and explore.

The weather was perfect. Hot and sunny but not too warm. Felt awesome to just walk around and enjoy the city. Headed over to Venetian again and decided for an outdoor gondola ride. It was fun and we ended up sharing a gondola with a couple from Amsterdam. Gondolier was funny and we bought a souvenir photo. Headed in to the Venetian for a little gambling. We are NOT big gamblers. The entire trip between the two of us I think we spent under $150 on gambling. But hey, its Vegas, so you’ve got to throw a few bucks into a machine just for fun. We decided to check out the National Geographic 50 Best Photos Exhibit at the Venetian. It cost us $40 for both of us and we were there for about 1 hour. It was good and we enjoyed seeing the photos but I thought the price was a bit high. Afterwards we popped into Peter Lik’s photo gallery in the Canal Shops. We love his photos and enjoyed checking them out, very relaxing store.

Next we headed over to Caesar’s Palace to grab something to eat at the food court. It was pricey at the food court considering all we had was a slice of pizza and a sub and water, but it was quick. Sauntered over to the Bellagio. This is where we had a good laugh. My husband decides to play one of the table games. Now he is about to turn 37 years old but looks quite young. Well he got ID’d! The dealer didn’t believe him when he said he was turning 37 in 2 weeks and she looked that ID up and down a few times. We had a great laugh about this and certainly put my husband in a great mood. Not sure how old she thought I was, never asked me for ID, maybe she thinks I’m his sugar momma???? Well husband lost his money so we decided to check out the conservatory at the Bellagio. No go. It was under construction and being switched to the new fall display. Rats! That was one of our favorites last trip so we were disappointed. Did manage to see the nice chocolate fountain though and took a few photos.

Sauntered outside to see if we could catch a Bellagio fountain show. Heard the National Anthem an had the “wow” feeling of watching the fountains. Still as beautiful as ever. After the fountain show we made our way back to the Mirage to get cleaned up for the evening. Changed into dressier clothes and took a cab down to Mix Lounge which is on the 64th floor of The Hotel at Mandalay Bay. We had never been there and wanted to check out the view. On the way to Mix Lounge the radio in the cab came on with a weather warning **Warning Warning rain, wind and possibility of thunder and lightning will happen in Las Vegas Warning Warning**. Yikes! We were about to take a glass elevator up to the 64th floor and stand on an open air balcony for some photos....interesting..... So we head on up to Mix Lounge and this place is perfect. Love the decor, love the view, love the balcony, service was excellent. Pop out to the balcony for a few minutes for some photos and just suck up the viewpoint. Really glad we managed to snap a few photos because about 10 minutes later all hell broke loose and wind and rain and thunder and lightning started. The balcony was closed down and everyone moved inside. We drank our beers and watched lightning dance across the sky. A cabbie the next day told us that the Stratosphere was hit by lightning that evening. The door to the balcony wouldn’t quite stay shut and rain started to pool inside. Staff taped up the door and put out wet floor signs. It was a bit scary honestly. We were slightly concerned as the wind rocked the floor to ceiling windows but we didn’t really want to leave as it was pretty darn cool and I didn‘t want to take a glass elevator down in the storm. Eventually it was time to head out for our show and thankfully the rain had slowed down but first a quick stop in the women’s washroom. Glad I went to the washroom. The view from the toilet stalls is crazy!!! You open the door to the stall and you are standing directly behind the toilet. When you sit on the toilet you have a floor to ceiling view overlooking Mandalay Bay. I can’t believe it - but I didn’t want to leave the public washroom. Haha, now that is a first!!!! Overall the Mix Lounge is an excellent choice, we loved it and we will return.

We leave Mix Lounge and make our way to see Cirque du Soleil One - the Michael Jackson tribute. I wasn’t sure what to expect. We had seen Love last trip and absolutely loved it. But then we had seen Cirque du Soleil La Nouba in Orlando last year and thought it kinda sucked and was boring. So this was a bit of a test to see if Cirque du Soleil was for us or not. It was awesome! Seriously awesome! We had seats up in the back left and they were great. I totally recommend the show.

After One we head to the Guinness Store for a few souvenirs. Hubby picks up a mug and a shirt and I get a Christmas ornament, which is something I always buy as a souvenir. We walk to the Luxor and take a few outside photos and then grab a cab to Planet Hollywood. Stopped into Earl of Sandwich for a quick bite - I had a coupon for a free sandwich because it was my birthday. It was good, but nothing to write home about. Decided to walk up to Paris for a dessert crepe at Le Creperie. Hubby loves to cook and makes crepes regularly so we were curious to see how they would compare. Chose to split a blueberry lemon crepe and it was delicious. Left Paris and kept walking making our way back to the Mirage. Hubby had his photo taken with three hot women dressed as cops, it was funny. Made our way through the area in front of Caesar’s Palace and noticed a really beautiful shrine set up. We decided to sit and enjoy the view and sights. Watched quite a few people say a prayer at the shrine and light the incense. Watched others act like idiots and totally disrespect the shrine which I thought was awful. Eventually made our way back to Mirage, through a few bucks into the slots and then head up to our room for some sleep.

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Day 3

A wee bit tired this morning from all the walking yesterday but anxious to get out and see some more of Vegas. Picked up some quick breakfast at the Roasted Bean near the pool at the Mirage and ate breakfast in the room. We really liked the Roasted Bean and it became our go to place for coffee and quick breakfast. Better than Starbucks. Decided to grab a cab and head to The Gun Store. Arrive around 11 am just before the crowds started to arrive. We were happy as we didn’t have to wait long but those that arrived after us could expect a 1 to 2 hour wait. I chose the ladies package and shot the glock 19 and the AR15, hubby chose the pick 3 and shot the 44 magnum dirty harry, SCAR and the M249. We really enjoyed ourselves. Our trainer was excellent and very friendly. Overall a great experience and we will return again. Grabbed a cab and headed to Aria. This cab driver was interesting. We were talking about shooting the guns and I said how I find it unbelievable that we weren’t required to show our passports or ID or anything and we could just walk in and shoot a gun. Cabbie thought I was a crazy Canadian saying “why in the world would you need to show id?”, Umm...I dunno...cause its a high powered gun that is dangerous and maybe the government might like to have record of it hahahahahaha, had a good laugh at our different viewpoints, must be a Canadian v American thing, we were both respectful of each other‘s viewpoints but it was obvious we differed in opinion. Paid cabbie and tipped him well for the great conversation and discussion and off we head to explore Aria.

This was our first time to Aria. Overall we found it very nice and beautiful but it seemed to be lacking a soul. I don’t know if that makes sense but I guess I prefer the themed hotels more. We headed to the MLife desk and had my next MyVegas reward cashed for 2 lunch buffets at the Aria. The Aria lunch buffet was really good. Lots of variety and we enjoyed it. After donating a few bucks to the Sex and the City slot machines at the Aria we decide to head on out to the strip. Walked over to check out the MnM store and the Coke store as we didn’t make it there last trip. They were nice but not our thing so we just did a quick walk through and then headed to the Harley Davidson restaurant. Cool place. Loved seeing the bikes and especially how they circle around the restaurant on the track. Walked over to the Cosmopolitan as last trip we only had a few minutes in there and it was crazy busy and at night. Cosmopolitan is beautiful and felt a lot like the Aria to me. The chandelier bar is beautiful, gorgeous but again this hotel really isn’t my thing as it felt so generic. I mean it was beautiful, but it felt like it was trying too hard to be cool and hip, just like the Aria. I can understand why people stay there because it is really nice but its not for us. I much prefer the classic bling of Vegas instead of the hip young side of Vegas.

Kept walking slowly making our way back to the Mirage. Stopped to see the Bellagio Fountains again and were happy to hear the song Time to Say Goodbye, which to us brings a big smile to our face because it is also used in one of our favorite movies “Stepbrothers” with Will Farrell. As it starts we immediately turn to each other and say “It’s the Catalina Wine Mixer!”. Perfect fun moment as the exact same thing happened on our first trip too. Made our way back to the Mirage and chilled in the room for a bit. Cleaned up and got ready for the evening. Still full from the Aria buffet we decided on just a quick bite, again at Casino Royale Subway and then grabbed a cab down to Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental for their Shanghai Nights event.

I had pre-booked a table at Mandarin Bar. I had heard the view was great from the 23rd floor and that it was classy and worth the visit. It was just okay. The bar itself is quite pretty. There was a jazz type band playing more modern music in a jazzy style which was lovely. I had looked at the drink menu online before we arrived and had pre decided I really wanted to try a drink on there called a “snow cap” which was chocolate/cherry combo. We were seated by a window that overlooked the NYNY part of the strip which was a bit of a disappointment as I would much have preferred the view up the other end of the strip. The view was still nice but it was difficult to take decent photos due to the reflection. When the waitress came to take our drink orders I asked about the snow cap drink as it was not on the menu. She said that it was a very old menu online and that it is no longer on the menu. Well rats. I sort of expected her to say she could have the bartender make something similar anyway, but she didn’t offer that. I instead ordered a chocolate martini and hubby ordered a rum and coke. They were good but not crazy fantastic or anything. We sipped on our drinks and enjoyed the view but our waitress never returned....we waited...we waited....service was lacking quite poorly by now. I ended up flagging down another waitress and asked for our bill. She was excellent, got our bill immediately and we paid her instead of our own waitress. We left and stopped just outside the bar in the lobby check in area and saw the view there for a few minutes and then left. Overall I don’t think I would return to Mandarin Bar. Drinks were pricey, service was kinda sucky, and I guess I expected more as it was the Mandarin Oriental.

We had tickets to see Cirque du Soleil Zumanity (one ticket was free with MyVegas) so we make our way down to NYNY. We get lost trying to find the theater inside NYNY and eventually figure it out. Zumanity was excellent. We had good seats in the front side section. It was a really funny entertaining show and we both laughed our heads off. Perfect for a couple celebrating their anniversary. The parts where they pull people from the audience and bring them on stage is hilarious, but we were really glad we didn’t get chosen to go on stage haha!

After the show we decide to walk on up to Aria again. Do a little more gambling there on Sex and the City (my favorite game) and then decided to head outside. Tried to figure out how to get to the area to grab a cab. Well we get a wee bit lost but there is an elevator to the strip. We get on and press the button to the strip. The elevator only goes up about 4 feet! The door opens and we get out and can see very clearly that we basically took an elevator to get up only 4 feet from the ground to a different sidewalk that overlooked exactly where we just were standing. It was funny because I don’t know why there just isn’t 2 or 3 steps there instead? Weird design but made for a few laughs. Walked through Crystals as we hadn’t been in there yet, nice mall. Grabbed a cab up to Caesar’s Palace. Walked around in there for a little bit then headed out to the strip to make our way back to the Mirage. Well it had rained that evening and the sidewalk was a bit wet. Out pops a big rat! Right there on the sidewalk in front of Caesar’s Palace. It was kinda funny but I kept my distance! Headed into the Mirage. Hungry by this time and it is quite late. Decided to try the take out from Carnegie Deli. We ordered two chicken noodle soups and a bagel to split. OMG those soups are huge - we should have split one instead! At 2am in the morning we are laying in bad watching tv, eating our soups as the strip lights light up up room. It was cozy, funny and a great end to our night. Soups and bagel were delicious.

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Day 4

It is hot and beautiful. It is also September 11th. We decide to walk up to the Wynn as we have never been there before. As we are leaving the Mirage property we see two ducks crossing the road. It was super cute, I guess ducks also enjoy Vegas! All the cars were slowing down and letting them cross, it was nice to see everyone looking out for these ducks who also seemed to be on vacation. As we walk passed the volcano we realize there is a cop car parked there and a cop is basically guarding the volcano. We stop and chat for a while with the officer and he says he there for September 11th. I thought it was good PR to have him there and lots of tourists were stopping to chat with him. We thanked him for his service and we head into the Palazzo and throw a few bucks into the Big Wammies slot machine. Lost our money and now time to head into the Wynn. What can I say about my first impression of the Wynn? Well it is beautiful, classy, elegant, and if I could afford it I would stay there. It was like walking into a different world. I loved the decor, the beautiful tile and trees with lights and flowers is absolutely stunning. You can tell you are in a hotel with good service and class. We make our way to Parasol Up and Parasol Down bar. It is gorgeous too. There are seats on the balcony and we decide to stay and have a couple drinks overlooking the waterfall. What a peaceful place. Drinks were awesome. I had something with cucumber and lime in it, delicious, I would get it again and again. Service was good too. After a while we decided we were hungry and wanted to check out Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant Burgr at Planet Hollywood. We walked down the strip and ran into the exact same Elvis impersonator as our last trip. It was fate, I needed a photo with him to match the photo with him from our last trip. He is still smoking like a chimney, and is still missing his front tooth, still wearing lots of cologne, but still friendly as ever and even chose out the best location for our souvenir photo making sure the Eiffel Tower was in the background. Slipped him a couple bucks and off we were to Burgr. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Burgr. We had never been to a gourmet burger restaurant and I don’t watch the Gordon Ramsey shows. It was awesome. We both got the Portabello burger, split an order of Parmesan truffle fries. Hubby had a pop and I chose a coffee pudding milkshake. OMG that shake was good. Fries were good. Everything was good. Everything. We will definitely return.

Left Burgr and headed for the Flamingo. Went into the wildlife habitat and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Very serene there. We head inside and I pick up another Christmas ornament - this time a flashy rhinestone flamingo. As we make our way out of the Flamingo hubby needs to pee. I wait for him in the lobby by the concierge desk. For Vegas it is very quiet and with the marble floors everything echoes. Well there is an older woman standing about 6 feet away from me. She sneezes. Her sneeze triggers her to involuntarily fart super loud and long and it echoes. I almost lose my mind laughing. But then she sneezes again. And she farts involuntarily again. And again it echoes and is loud and long. I am seriously about to lose my mind. The woman seems very startled by her own farts and jumps slightly, probably embarrassed and then leaves the lobby. Even thinking about this I am still laughing. My only regret is that hubby missed it by about 5 minutes and I know he would have found this crazy amusing too. I think now every single time I ever walk into the Flamingo I will be haunted by the memory of the loud farting woman hahahahahaha!!!! The Flamingo - home of the fantastic farting woman.

So we head back to the Mirage and get ready for the evening. It is raining now and I’ve got flip flops and a dress to wear. We have tickets to Absinthe out in the tent in front of Caesar’s Palace. We decide to brave the rain and walk there. Well I almost broke my neck. I’ve got flat flip flops on but I’m sliding everywhere in the puddles. I’m death gripping my husband’s arm and more than once he catches me as I almost slip and break my neck. I am very relieved to make it to the Absinthe tent alive. So Absinthe is a crude and rude show. It is hilariously awesome and very entertaining with some great acts. We loved every single minute of it. I actually thought it would be even more crude and rude than it was just from reading all the reviews online, but I guess maybe my husband and I are just very liberal but it could have been cruder and ruder and we wouldn’t have minded. I think this is a great show to see with some friends and after you have a few drinks in you. Totally worth the price and if you google Absinthe promo codes you can find some $20 off codes, making this show a great show for a reasonable price. The tent it is in really adds to the excitement of the show and you feel like you are right there in the circus ring too. Two big thumbs up.

The rain has stopped. Thank god as I didn’t need to go on another slip and slide adventure. We decide to head to the Eiffel Tower and get some photos from the top. The line up is kinda long so we decided to do the express line and pay the extra. I had a 2 for 1 coupon for the general line but screw it, were in Vegas and we don’t want to spend our time waiting in a line so for a few extra bucks the express line worked great for us. Apparently the Eiffel Tower had been shut down for a few hours due to the rain and wind but had just reopened. The view is phenomenal. One of the best. We love it up there. Saw some Bellagio fountain shows, took some great photos and enjoyed the experience. Will do it again next trip too.

We decide to start making our way back to the Mirage. Stopped into Harrah’s just to look around as we stayed here on our last trip. Decided we needed some food and again chose the Carnegie Deli, this time eating in and choosing grilled cheese sandwiches and potato pancakes. Again the food was delicious, service was good. Put a few bucks into the Ghostbusters slot machine as we passed by. Fun game but didn’t win anything. Time for bed.

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Day 5

Pool day! We had decided to pre-book lounge chairs at the Private Oasis pool located by the main pool at the Mirage. Great idea! Because it was a weekday and after labor day it cost $25 each. Arrived at the pool around 10am. The Private Oasis has its own little pool, better cushioned lounge chairs with a better view, and better drink and food service. Although there was a sign that said no outside food or drink they didn’t seem to care and we grabbed some breakfast from the Roasted Bean inside the Mirage and ate breakfast poolside. It alternated from sunny to cloudy to sunny to cloudy but the temperature was nice and warm and the entire day was relaxing. Throughout the day the Private Oasis guests receive a few little freebies. They have water set out with fruit in it and ice so you can help yourself. Mid morning they came around with little cups containing watermelon and pineapple for the Private Oasis guests, and in the afternoon they came around with lemonade and little cups of coconut sorbet. We used both the small private oasis pool and the main larger Mirage pool and both are great. Overall we are very glad we chose the Private Oasis and felt it was money well spent. The main pool was nice but there were quite a few people there and the seats were packed in tight so the Private Oasis feels more luxury. It is a small world too. We end up sitting by another couple pool side. Start talking and turns out we are both from Nova Scotia, Canada and our home towns are just an hour away from each other. Out of all the tourists in Vegas it was funny to end up chatting with one from rural Nova Scotia.

After the pool day we head back to our room to get cleaned up. We head out to Mon Ami Gabi for supper. We had been here for supper on our last trip and were excited to eat there again. It was excellent. We started with the brie and pepper honey with hazelnuts. Delicious. I had the salmon with leek quinoa and my husband chose the chicken with mashed potatoes and bacon and mushrooms and onions. Because on the reservation I had noted we were celebrating our birthdays and our anniversary we also received a free dessert. It was a cream puff with ice cream and was delicious. They surprised us and brought it out with a candle on it. Nice touch. Overall we really like Mon Ami Gabi and plan to return next trip too. Picked up another Christmas ornament - this time an Eiffel tower from the gift shop where you get your tickets to go up the Eiffel tower.

We decided to head back up to the Wynn, this time for drinks at Lake of Dreams in the evening and to catch the evening show.

We walk up to the Wynn on the Mirage side of the street so I can drop off the bag with the Christmas ornament in it. You can tell that Vegas is picking up quickly, lots more people out, perhaps because of the big Mayweather v. Canelo fight on Saturday. Just outside of Caesar’s Palace we spot Alan from the Hangover movie amongst the crowd of people - one of those dressed up characters doing it for money. He has a fake tiger and a fake steak with him and he is a dead ringer for Alan. I simply must get a photo with him. He is super funny, he sounds like Alan too and joked around with us. Worth the $1 tip for sure. After dropping my ornament off at our Mirage room, we head into the Palazzo and drop a few more bucks into a slot machine but no winnings. As we walk through the hallway to the bridge that takes us to the Wynn we smell something great. Like really delicious Italian food. We make a mental note that we want to eat at that restaurant next trip but now we can’t for the life of us remember what restaurant it is (anyone know??).

The Wynn is just as gorgeous as our experience yesterday afternoon. Maybe even more so because now it is dark and everything is sparkly. We get to Parasol Down just as a show starts - the one with the frog singing karaoke. The patio tables are full but we notice that the terrace with a bar just off the Wynn check in is open so we head out. Kenny at the bar fixes me a mojito and my husband gets a beer. We find a table with a great view and sit back and enjoy it. I love this place. I think it is one of the best places for a drink. There was hardly anyone around, the waterfall changes colors between shows, seriously a nice spot. We stay for an hour and see two more shows, both kinda trippy and weird but fun and entertaining. By this time we are pretty much sold on the fact that if we could afford it we would stay at the Wynn and decide we better check things out a bit more just in case we win the big money and immediately book another trip to Vegas. We walk around and decide next trip we will eat at Red 8 restaurant and at Tableau restaurant which has a great view. We even step outside to see the Tower Suites pool before security politely asks us to leave as it is closed for the evening. We then get the idea that we better go see the Encore too. Well we get a bit lost. End up outside but the ever helpful Wynn staff shows us the way, leading us through the private villas check in area and back into the Tower Suites area. This place is stunning. Encore is just as fantastic. With beautiful red chandeliers, the casino has a wonderful classy feel and I love it.

We decide it is getting late and we better start making our way back to the Mirage. We cross the road and walk by the mall and into Treasure Island. Just before we head inside out pops a mouse and it pounces across the sidewalk in front of us. We have a good laugh and chuckle back and forth with a woman who was a bit startled by it. Head into TI, stop to watch someone ride the bull at Gilley’s and then back to the Mirage for another few bucks in the Ghostbusters machine. We lose and call it a day and head up to bed.

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Day 6

Up early to pack things up. Check out at the Mirage was super easy, love the computerized easy and quick check out. We say goodbye to the Mirage, feel very satisfied that we chose to stay there and grab a cab to the airport. Airport was smooth and we arrive home safely. We are relaxed, happy and thoroughly enjoyed our Round 2 Vegas Vacation. Can’t wait to go back to Vegas again. Viva Las Vegas!

Things we planned to check out but never got to (adding them on our next trip agenda): Mob Attraction at Tropicana, Goretorium at PH, another visit to Fremont Street (went there on first trip and enjoyed it).

Hope this trip report is somewhat helpful to others!

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very interesting.. you have given me some ideas for my next trip.

I wasn't sure about Absinthe, but might give it a shot given your review.

I absolutely laughed out loud the first time i went into the washroom at Mix - what a view!

I am staying at the Flamingo in November and will look for the laughing farting woman!

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Just a thoroughly enjoyable read. Thanks for taking the time to write.

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Great trip report! Looks like you had a great time and your photos are gorgeous! What kind of camera do you have?

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Thanks!

My camera is a Canon Powershot SX50 HS. Retails for around $400. Great point and shoot with a great built in optical 50x zoom plus a 200x digital zoom.