Monday, January 6, 2020


After Christmas we went to pack for Las Vegas to meet our friends for a Holiday.  One of the things I wanted to see is the talked about New Year’s Midnight Fireworks!  With this in mind, we looked for a hotel high enough to view the strip and watch the fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

One thing I did not realize which we took for granted was the refrigerator stocked with food and the coffee packs in sealed paper cups that usually hotels in other parts of the country and abroad is complimentary.  We did not see this sign.  And if it was important it should have been posted on the fridge and another warning pertaining to every item found on top of the dresser/desk on the wall where one can see it right away.

We used the fridge to store some caviar I brought for New Year’s eve and my husband opened the paper cup containing 2 pods of coffee to make; only to find out that the coffee was $12 and the fridge use $50!  So be careful and read around your room if you are in Vegas.   Call the desk if in doubt so you don’t have to dispute anything and have bad feelings staying wherever you are.

We got a room with a view - that was good.  But do you see my caviar?  It’s nothing fancy.  I just wanted to have at least 12 circles to eat at the strike of 12 midnight at New Year.  Instead of eating 12 grapes, I thought I could easily eat 12 circles of salmon roe caviar in a second!  That should bring prosperity and good luck as believed by some.

Some of my favorite places in Vegas are other casino resorts such as the Venetian where not only did they have a replica of gondolas pretending to be Venice,  and Italian Architecture with frescoes; but they had one of my favorite casual restaurants #Yardbird inside this resort.  At Yardbird, we ate the juicy crisp Southern fried chicken on cheese herbed light crisp waffles served with hot sauce on the side and bourbon maple syrup.  You have to ask for these condiments as when I first went with our friend a couple of days earlier, we did not have syrup nor hot sauce.  It was a surprise to me the second time I ate there that they served this famous chicken and waffle with bourbon maple
Syrup!  I highly recommend the place though. We also had roasted Brussel sprouts with some bourbon maple syrup as well.  This restaurant offers other items more items besides fried chicken and waffles.

As far as the Venetian was concerned - below are some photos I took that impressed me.  You should check it out.

 Driveway at Venetian

 Inside the Venetian with gondolas you can ride and Venetian water way replica
We went to several hotel resorts in the strip and we also liked The Wynn, Cosmopolitan and Bellagio:
 Above is in Bellagio’s.  The chandelier is the entire ceiling made with famous Chuhullui glass art work.  Some of his glass works are worth millions.  I am sure the chandelier is probably worth close to it or in that range!  It is worth seeing to admire it.
 Palazzo and Venetian above.
 The Wynn.  I love this walkway.  It is so whimsical.
 Bellagio’s pool area.
 Cosmopolitan and the giant chandelier in their mall.
 Cosmopolitan Entrance Lobby
 Ceiling from The Wynn
 Video in Bellagio’s area where they always feature something.  During our visit, it was all fantasy Christmas Holiday!
Above is Bellagio’s dancing water fountain show which has been showing since my last visit 10 years ago.  I prefer watching it at dusk or in the evening.

Don’t forget, close by about 30 minutes drive or so west of the strip, you can visit the dessert and the famous Red Rock.  There is also a museum which informs you about the place by film.
Note:  Some of the areas at Red Rock has no satellite reception.  So do not get lost in the dark!  There are no street lights.  But it is a beautiful site to see.  Worth a side trip.

And to celebrate the New Tear we watched Journey at Caesar’s Palace Coliseum.  It was worth the experience.  Not only did they sing songs I wanted to hear but they sung Auld Lang Syne as an encore in their own rendition!
And of course, after all the dining while in Vegas, at last the fireworks viewed from our room.  By the way, since the strip is closed off - don’t bring your car to park in the casinos or you may wait for hours to get out.  First of all, the strip turns pedestrian.  We took the monorail.  Problem is they built it so far to the East that walking to it or from it almost covers the area you could have walked on the strip instead.  And if you go on one side and are staying on the other side of the strip, good luck in locating a place to cross!  They blocked it off so badly that if you are not spending the earlier part of New Year’s eve where you are booked, it is so tiring to walk back to your hotel!  Everything is pedestrian!  On foot!  So I hope you got some tips from this post. 

We had a lovely time with our friends and that counts and mean a lot.  Have a wonderful healthy and Prosperous New Year everyone!

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