Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Cramming for Vacation
On our last day in Las Vegas, we figured EVERYTHING out. Because that's a logical time to do that, right? Saturday morning, I researched the Buffet of Buffets and decided it was a worthwhile investment. Had I been really proactive, we would have gotten this on Friday and had late breakfast, lunch, dinner, and early breakfast. So, that's what I'd recommend to others as it is a 24 hour deal. I also got us bus passes for 24 hours for $7. At first, I had thought we would have to figure out a bus schedule and intersecting lines, etc. But, the bus runs, frequently, up and down the strip from our hotel at one end (Mandalay Bay) all the way to Fremont Street (our evening destination that was MUCH further than I had originally understood. RTC had a stop right outside our hotel with a kiosk where you could pay for a 24 hour pass with a credit card. So, the "exact change" necessity was no problem on the bus either. The buses were double decker so you could get a view from the top and the seats were very comfy. So, Saturday was our tourist-y day. We still made time for the pool (of course) but we started the day with a trip to the bus kiosk for me, then brunch at Caesars (to kickoff our Buffet of Buffets tour) and then we scoped out Treasure Island and The Mirage for later and I figured out the times for those outdoor free shows as well. We planned to be at TI at 7:00 for the Sirens of TI Show (awesome - looks much more scandalous on this webpage than it is...) and the erupting volcano at The Mirage at 8:00. We ate dinner at the buffet at Planet Hollywood and following the two shows walked through The Venetian. Then, we took the bus to Fremont Street to take in the overhead show and all the "old vegas" sites. To clarify, Fremont Street IS Old Vegas. I kept looking for information about "Old Vegas" and was having trouble getting anywhere. I think they are trying to get away from calling it "Old Vegas" but it IS "Old Vegas." According to the linked site, it seems they are trying to sell you that Fremont Street is the "Real Vegas". It is not. As it is essentially enclosed due to the show that projects on the canopy overhead, it gets very SMOKY. This may have also had something to do with the Harley Davidson convention going on while we were there. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it MAY have made things a bit more...smoky. After Fremont Street, I was ready for the Stratosphere and Circus, Circus. Jeff was not. We attempted to get dessert at a buffet, since we were on an all you can eat 24 hour pass. Unfortunately, my last minute research did not include the hours of each buffet. Just because it's a 24 hour pass doesn't mean they're open 24 hours. Hindsight is 20/20. I now see that the website linked above does give the hours of each buffet in one convenient table. All but one are open until 10:00 PM. Which, for us...that night, was not late enough. Fortunately, the location where I had eaten a delicious savory crepe breakfast the day before was also a frozen yogurt place reminiscent of New Hope's The Blue Penguin. Yogurt In hit the spot and was a perfect ending to a perfect, if fast, trip to Las Vegas.