|Day 7 - Our vacation begins winding down...or so we thought. Neither of us had high expectations for enjoying Vegas, and boy were we surprised. Aside from the continued record setting heat for mid-May, Vegas was spectacular. Driving down "The Strip" was like driving through a tropical paradise. I think our idea of Vegas had been clouded, even jaded, from our years of watching CSI. It turned out to be nothing like what we imagined. It had the feel of being on the beach and everybody having a good time. It was odd to see people walking down the street carrying drinks, smoking anywhere, and just the overall party atmosphere.
We spent the day walking from casino to casino, enjoying the wonder of each. The Bellagio and Caesar's Palace had to be our favs. The Bellagio dancing waters that begin around 5:00 and repeats each half hour were amazing to see. Treasure Island was a treat too. And who could pass up checking out Cher's costumes at the Mirage! We joked that we did more walking that afternoon in Vegas than during the rest of our vacation combined. We didn't attempt to figure out the monorail or bus system that would have made our sightseeing easier...we just pushed onward.
The Flamingo was amazing, and a workout, in and of itself. With over 4,000 rooms, 28 floors, a casino, shops of all types, a UPS store, and 3 restaurants including Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, we could have never left it and had a complete vacation. Just walking from our room to our car in the garage was at least 1/4 mile journey.
We tried to call it an early night since we had to get up at 5:30 to make our flight home. But as they say, Vegas is the city that never sleeps. A benefit concert was being held in the courtyard 21 floors down, but you would have thought we were on the front row it was so loud. Plus, we wanted to watch the Farrah Fawcett Story, which due to the time change ran from 9:00 to 11:00. Oh well, we were on vacation. As many people say, we will have to go back to work to rest.