We'd received an offer from The Orleans for two free nights, so we took advantage of that great deal (which included a dining credit!), added an extra night, and had two full days and three lovely nights to explore, shop, "plunk" a few quarters and relax.
We really had three goals for this trip--to enjoy some sunshine and heat, (which has been sorely lacking here in Spudville), try out our new camera in several different settings; and, for me-- to try out a few pairs of shoes for all day walking and sight seeing prior to our trip to Europe.
We scored on all three! It was definitely hot and sunny, although a bit windy the first day. We enjoyed looking at a few new casinos, and then walked to a great mall on the strip-Fashion Square. It's huge, and we spent 5 hours shopping and had lunch there. David bought some new clothes (much needed!), and I found a new watch. After the mall, we stopped at one of Emeril's restaurants and sat outside and enjoyed a cold beer and shared some nachos. Here we are:>
That evening we had dinner at Spago, which was just OK. We weren't very hungry, so we just ordered from their cafe menu and shared a pizza and salad. It was NOT the best pizza we've ever had, for sure. Moose's Tooth has it beat by a mile!
The next day we were ready for something different. On a recommendation from my friend Pat, we went to the Springs Preserve Botanical Garden just a few miles from the strip. It was a wonderful, relaxing change from all the noise and hustle of the strip, and was very interesting.
Who knew the desert has such beautiful flowers? Our new camera got quite a workout, and here are some of the best pics: