After sporadically visiting Vegas for the past 18 years or so, my wife and I finally decided to stay at the Bellagio for the first time. We have visited less often since our daughter was born, but we decided we needed a weekend away by ourselves. Trip highlights: Pool time, gambling losses, Absinthe, dinner at Michael Mina, Javier's, and Julian Serrano. We flew Southwest out of Houston early on Friday, landing in Vegas at 10:45 AM. Cab fare to the hotel was about $16, which was less than the average rate advertised at the new giant sign in McCarran. The check-in lines were a little haphazard, but we only had to wait a few minutes. We were able to check in immediately, which was great. I did not try a sandwich for an upgrade as we already splurged on a reservation for a lake view room in the main tower. We ended up on the 16th floor on the north wing with a great view of the fountains. We had lunch across the street at Cabo Wabo and then spent the afternoon at the pool. While the pool was busy, it was indeed very tranquil as other posters have indicated. We had the pre-theater "sunset" prix fixe dinner at Michael Mina. It was fantastic. I spent the extra money for the lobster pot pie. Worth every penny! My wife had the salmon and the wine pairing. After dinner we saw Absinthe. It is in the running for one of the best shows I have seen in Vegas, definitely in the top 3. I loved the raunchy humor and the style of performances. I didn't reserve tickets until Friday morning. I called the concierge at Caesars and was able to reserve discounted tickets. We walked around for a while after dinner. We picked up some sodas and water at Walgreens. Sodas and water were $5 in the vending machines at the B! We ended up hitting the sack without hitting the tables. Yes, I am getting old, and besides, the 2-hour time difference was killing me. The final highlight was seeing some toddler on one of those tricycles with the long steering handles for the parents. He was trucking through the crowd in the middle of the casino in the B with dad trying to catch up. This was after 10:00 PM on a Friday night.