Another successful Vegas vacation in the books. Paris: twenty years on, it's getting to the point where we're due for some renovation. Gotta remember, these rooms get a lot of traffic and use. While I like Paris, and will continue to use it as our base, you can see some fraying about the edges. Granted, I wouldn't compare it to the newest and shiniest on the strip, it's still worth the money. One thing that I've run across here on VMB, is the issue of the plumbing. There were a few instances of an 'aromatic issue' - which we didn't expect, and the in-laws had a water overflow issue in their room (no...not from usage). Just opened the bathroom door, and the floor was drenched. As an act of contrition, Paris waived the resort fees for their room. We got there early ('bout nine the morning), and had the bell captain just deliver the bags to the room once we checked in. To while away the time we had breakfast at the Ile St. Louis. Great food...in particular the french toast (of course, what else would we have? Well, I had the eggs benedict, but that's beside the point). My new favorite place to gamble is The Cromwell (I think this used to be Bill's Gambling Hall and Saloon). What I like about this, compared to Bally's or Flamingo - is that it is more sedate. The decor is toned down ... not so festive, more reserved. Not that the winning percentage is anything other than one would expect, but it's just a nice break from the bright-lights-big-city atmosphere of other casinos. When we checked in at Paris, we received passes to the "High Roller". I think it's a bout a $29 value. Having done the Stratosphere this was a good balance to the other end of the strip. However, the pass had to be used before 17:00, so it was a day thing. Just gonna mention it...just gonna put it out there. The gondola we should have ridden in...well, we had to bypass that as the mop-n-bucket crew had to address an issue. Don't know if we had too many cocktails before boarding or if we are just not cut out for high altitude endeavors, but thanks to the operators for giving us a skip in line. Truthfully, I don't know that I'd drop $30 on riding a ferris wheel. I mean...it's a nice view, but probably somewhat more spectacular at night. Perhaps having a free ride made it better. I dunno. We just happened to be out there for St. Patrick's and the tip-off for March Madness. Couldn't have timed it better (unless they found some way to roll Halloween and New Year's Eve into one night). Loads of fun for a grown-up get away. One thing...and maybe it's just be getting older, but here on the peninsula we have Disney World, Sea World, MGM Studios, Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, etc. Which is where I'd be taking the kids for the 'family' vacay. Not sure I'd be taking the kids to LV, as mostly everything there is for the >21 crowd. I thought I saw a kid sitting with mom at one of the tables. Upon closer examination, I discovered that it wasn't a kid...it was her dog. Yep. Four pounds of fur contemplating hit-or-stand. Bottom Line: a great time and more info into the database for the next trip out that way. Probably not next year, maybe the year after.