Las Vegas Trip Report, Day 2
On Saturday morning, I ordered room service and brought up some crepes from downstairs for breakfast. Without the kids there, we would have probably gone to a buffet, but we did not want to chance a meltdown from either Russell or Punky. We were on the 30th floor of Paris, and the kids enjoyed the view from there as we ate breakfast.
The view from our hotel room at Paris Las Vegas
Since we liked the Bellagio so much, we decided to visit again and hopefully catch the fountain show. Conveniently, the Bellagio is just across the street from Paris. When we arrived at 9AM, we found out that the fountain show did not start until noon. So after viewing the Conservatory in the daylight, we took a cab to the Mandalay Bay hotel to check out the aquarium.
On day two in Las Vegas, we set out again for the Bellagio
The Paris Las Vegas included many realistic architectural details such as this Parisian water fountain
The Bellagio Conservatory's Chinese New Year's display was even more impressive during the day
Russell enjoyed looking at the yellow flowers in particular
Chinese red lanterns were everywhere, including at this Bellagio display
Our cab driver was a Serbian who had fled Bosnia during the civil war in the 1990s. He had a few choice words for Bill Clinton (a "killer of Serbs") and I agreed with him. At the Mandalay Bay, we grabbed some coffee and then headed over to the "Shark Reef" aquarium.
While Punky cried most of the time--I think he was getting sick--Russell enjoyed the aquarium immensely. He was interested in virtually every display, especially the large and colorful salt-water fish. We spent about an hour at "Shark Reef" and had to pry Russell away from the displays. He didn't want to leave. After lunch at the "Noodle Shop", the hotel's Chinese restaurant, we headed back to the hotel to meet with Jenny's cousins and future brother-in-law, both of whom just happened to be in town at the same time.
At Mandalay Bay's "Shark Reef" aquarium, Russell was entralled by the displays of colorful tropical fish
Russell checks out the jellyfish in the circular tank
After some pizza and take-out from downstairs, Jenny and her Mom left for the concert at the MGM Grand while I stayed in the hotel with the kids. We watched videos, read some books and played "Superman" most of the time. My strategy was to get them tired quickly so I could get some rest. But they ended up going to sleep at nearly 10PM. Jenny and her Mom returned from the concert, which they loved, over 4 hours later. I was pretty tired, but decided to go down and gamble once more. After all, I may not get this opportunity again for a while, I thought to myself.
Back at the hotel room, Russell attempts to show Punky his new fish souvenir
Punky and Russell read before their bedtime
I found an open craps table and quickly won $80. Then, I got greedy and proceeded to watch my bankroll dwindle until I had lost $140 (down $60 at that point). I decided to leave the table after crapping out myself, and then I headed over to the penny slots to play "Reel 'Em In". This session lasted nearly an hour, where I won a 1500 coin ($15) jackpot that brought me to the point where I was down less than $3 on the slots that night. I decided to call it quits and head back to the room. It was 1AM, and we were going to leave the hotel in less than 6 hours. For the trip, I was down $57.44 overall. Not bad.
I did manage to win a $15.00 jackpot on "Reel 'Em In" before calling it a night
On my second night at the casino, I only managed to reach one bonus round on the "Reel 'Em In" slot machine (as indicated by the three fishing lures)
Our flight home was pure torture. Since the flights were free (Jenny's frequent flyer miles), United forced us to stop over in LA on the way back. This meant carrying our stuff on and off the airplane twice, in addition to extending our trip to nearly 6 hours in the air and at the airport.
The lessons of our trip are as follows:
1) Quit gambling while you are ahead
2) Don't take young kids to Las Vegas
3) Play the penny slots
4) The Chinese restaurants at the casinos are overpriced--eat at the buffets
5) Don't fly United Airlines
On the flight home from Las Vegas, Russell poops out
The excitement of Las Vegas was also too much for Punky to handle