First of all I have to say that the flight from Chicago to Las Vegas was the bumpiest flight ever, we had turbulence all the way there and it got a little scary at times, but we got there safely. I must say that a lot has changed since the last time I have been to Las Vegas, especially the gaping stretch of land where the Stardust used to stand. I know for some people progress is good, but I'm a sucker for history, and on that note, I'll get off my soap box and continue. My wife and I took a shuttle to the Bellagio and checked in. I tried the $20 trick and...........SCORE!!!!! I got a beautiful lakefront room on the 10th floor with an amazing view of the fountains,The Flamingo(complete with a HOT photo of Toni Braxton), Paris and Aladdinhollywood, and I must say that the fountains look amazing from above. After we got unpacked, we went down and explored the place and were both taken aback by the conservatory, which is all decked out in a christmas theme, complete with mini dancing fountains, flying reindeer and singing penguins in santa hats(I have pictures that I'll be happy to e-mail to someone who is more photo-posting saavy than I am). After we got a bite to eat at Cafe' Bellagio we went back up to our room(the nicest room I have ever stayed in, by far)to check out a couple of the fountain shows and we must have been totally wiped out because it was about 9:00pm and we drifted off to sleep and next thing I knew it was 8am the next day! Monday was south end of the strip day so We went to Mandalay Bay and saw the Shark Reef which was really cool, made our way down to New York New York to eat at the ESPN Zone(something I do every trip) and just do some overall sightseeing(we don't drink or get too outrageous, we just like to sightsee and stuff like that)and of course gambling. After lunch we went back to the room to rest up before we went out to Fremont Street( we took the deuce and I must say I like it much better than the old 301/302 routes). I always love going downtown. I always have good luck at the 3 card poker tables there and I did well there again. I did get depressed when I saw the new Binion's sign...I miss the Horseshoe . We went to see Mystere at Treasure Island on tuesday and that might have been the best show I've ever seen. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly suggest you do. The things those people can do is just amazing. I'll go see it again. After we got out of there we went to eat at the buffet and were really disappointed. the food was cold and just not very good at all, and I ate something that didn't agree with me and Montezuma got his revenge Wednesday morning in a big way. Wednesday morning was spent in the bathroom of the Bellagio, and that's all I've got to say about that. I felt better Wednesday afternoon so my wife and I saw a show called the 'Comedy Pet Theatre' at aladdinwood that was actually really good. It featured a gentleman from Russia(I can't remember his name to save my life)who was in the circus and pets that he rescued from animal shelters doing circus tricks, and we were really impressed. Wednesday night I went to Slots a Fun and gambled for about 8 hours straight at the dollar and three dollar blackjack tables; I'm glad that place is still open. I really enjoy going there because it's just laid back and a lot of fun. It was weird walking by the old Frontier. It has already been gutted and is ready for implosion... It was even weirder not seeing that old familiar pink and purple neon building called the Stardust, but in its place empty space. Two of Vegas' old leading ladies gone. My wife and I didn't win any money on this trip, but we had a lot of fun and saw some great sights and spectacular shows, which is what we set out to do in the first place. Thank you, Las Vegas, for making each visit i make more fun than the last. You are indeed a city like no other and the only city I have a true love affair with.