Right after noon I went to the Rose Cosmetic and Family Dentistry office for my appointment to get the sharp edge of the broken porcelain crown smoothed off. My tongue had gotten sore even though I tried diligently to keep it from touching the sharp edge. It feels so much better now. They didn’t charge me anything for the work. Such nice people!! (www.rosecosmeticandfamilydental.com)
The ShowTime shuttle picked me up at Sam’s Town Hotel around 5:30 p.m. and took me to the ShowTime terminal to buy my tour ticket and board the tour bus, driven by Robyn. Charlotte, the tour director, was waiting for the various shuttles to deliver her tour passengers to the terminal. She carried a baton with a red flower on the top so we could find her in the crowds. She received some amused looks as we walked around. :>)
Our first stop was at the Stratosphere, which is 1,149 feet above the Strip. From the observation decks we could see the entire valley. It was incredible! Photos just don’t do justice to the view, especially since the wind naturally makes the tower sway a little and causes the shots to be slightly blurred. On top of the Stratosphere are three thrill rides. Those so inclined can (1) catapult 30 feet over the tower’s edge in X-Scream, (2) spin up and out at three Gs of force on Insanity or (3) launch off their seats and fall back down at speeds greater than freefall in Big Shot. Wow! Just what I’ve been looking for. NOT!!!
Next, we visited the gorgeous Bellagio Hotel. Their chocolate factory is a work of art. It has a glass ceiling so that visitors can see the chocolate coming down from upstairs through tubes into containers of various shapes on the ground floor. Of course, they had wonderful chocolate candies and cakes for sale.
The Bellagio Conservatory is an elaborate display of art and more than 7,500 plants, trees and flowers. The arrangements are illuminated by various colors of lights. There is even a talking “tree” and a water wheel. The Bellagio Fountains in front of the hotel are fantastic. Streams of water are projected from a thousand synchronized fountains from within the large pond. The streams reach up to 245 feet. The free shows are presented every 15 to 30 minutes each evening.
Our last stop was at the light and sound show on Fremont Street (at Las Vegas Boulevard). It features the largest LED screen in the world, a four-block-long “space frame” erected in 1995. The dazzling light shows are choreographed to booming music – and I do mean booming. There are 12.5 million lights! It is mind-boggling. There are three shows each evening beginning at dusk. We arrived in the middle of the first one, so I took time to eat dinner at the Bay City Diner in the Golden Gate Hotel. I saw all of the second and third shows. I definitely preferred the second one, with its beautiful lights constantly changing colors and forming new patterns.
After the light show, the tour bus delivered us to our respective hotels. Mine was the first stop.