Thursday, October 20, 2011

When In France...

Our first night, I was determined to use the free tram as much as possible.  A tram connected our resort with Luxor (pyramid/Egyptian) and Excalibur (castle/Medieval Times).  So, we checked them out first.  Luxor was very cool.  The architecture throughout Las Vegas was over the top and interesting.  While Luxor was neat, I don't think I'd want to stay there as it also seemed very dark.  Likewise with Excalibur, though I have always wanted to go to a Medieval Times dinner, though I don't know what I'd eat as turkey legs aren't my speed.  I also happen to know a "knight" at the one in New Jersey, so I just have to get there one day.  Next, we walked to New York, NY and over to Monte Carlo (I think...this is now all from memory).  Monte Carlo, Aria, and Bellagio were all connected by tram as well, so we took the tram to Bellagio and explored inside taking in the sights.  My favorite was the Chihuly installation.  We had seen a documentary show on this artist and I was blown away by what he had done here.  But, as we know from Ocean's Eleven, the real beauty is outside.

And, we were just in time.  And, we got a prime spot for viewing the beauty of the fountain.  I had been told the best view of the fountain show was from the Eiffel Tower and I planned to see it from there.  When we got to the base of the tower, we saw there was a restaurant.  And it was that time of night.  So we decided to check it out.  As it turned out, it wasn't the kind of place you check out.  Once you're in, you're in.  We decided to make this our "nice" dinner.  And was it ever!  At first, the host asked if we had reservations.  We responded no, expecting to be immediately escorted back to the elevator and back to the ground level with the commoners.  But, instead, with zero wait time, we were shown to a table one row back from the windows in a cozy private round booth-y thing with a view of...the Bellagio.  Couldn't have planned it more perfectly if we'd tried.  In my effort to try something different, I selected the Baked Herbed Crepes, Artichoke, Walnuts, Slow Roasted Tomato Coulis, Basil Pistou.  I still don't really know what that was.  I just copied it from the restaurant's online menu.  But, what I do know is that it was AMAZING.  We ended a perfect night on a perfect note.  We went back to get a good night's rest.  Well, I got a good night's rest.  Jeff engaged in some of Las Vegas' finest gambling. 

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