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I Could Not Wait A Year!!! July 20-24, 2020.

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by xman30, Oct 22, 2020.

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  1. xman30

    xman30 High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    This is a report for my Vegas trip in July 2020. A solo trip. I was originally supposed to go to Vegas in April. Like most people, my trip was cancelled. Soon after the cancellation I booked a trip for December. That would have meant it would be a year between trips. My longest wait. I decided to cut into that wait by going in July. This trip report will be like my other reports, one post = one day.
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    Day #1. July 20. Monday.
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    I flew Southwest out of Houston. Not a full flight. I had a row to myself. A few of the other rows were empty. The plane took off at 6:36am. I took some pictures during the flight.

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    The plane landed at 7:14am. To my surprise I was able to get a shuttle from the airport. I can't remember the name. I think it's a new company. I didn't use my usual shuttle company, Bell Trans. I was originally supposed to stay at the Mirage. Since that was closed, I was transferred to the Aria. I arrived at the Aria at 8:15am. I stayed in a Sky Suite. Sky Suites have their own check in/lobby, lounge, & baggage claim. Pictures I took of the baggage claim area.

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    Lounge area.

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    My room wasn't ready yet. I went to breakfast. Along the way I took some pictures.

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    I got to Cafe Americano at 9:45. First time eating here. For breakfast I ate Huevos Rancheros. Very good. I took some pictures along the way to my next destination.

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    I arrived at the Flamingo Habitat at 11:29am.

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    Flamingo pool.

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    Inside the Flamingo.

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    My next destination was the Bellagio Conservatory. 12:25pm.

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    In the lobby of the Bellagio.

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    I eventually go to my room at the Aria. 38th floor. Mountain view.

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    For dinner I ate at Flour & Barley in the Linq Promenade. I had the Calabrese Pizza. Very good. I took some pictures.

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    I watched three water fountain shows at the Bellagio.







    I made it back to my room at 9:35pm. I took some pictures through my dirty window.

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    That's all for now. Next up, Day #2!!!

    xman30
     
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  2. Laugh

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    Awesome pictures!
    You didn't get picked up and dropped off by Aria Sky Suites?
     
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  3. Jer

    Jer I kinda did a thing...

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    I think since it was a switch from the Mirage they weren’t offering.
     
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    Ahh true. Lame, lol.
     
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  6. MikeOPensacola

    MikeOPensacola El Jefe

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    Incredible pics. Looks like you stayed in style at Aria. :clap::clap::clap:
     
    Annual Summer Trip. Two Weeks in a Tower Suite.
    June Backup Trip or Birthday Trip (Whichever Comes First)
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  7. xman30

    xman30 High-Roller

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    That's correct.

    Got to love hot mannequins!!! :goofy:

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  8. VeddaLasVegas

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    Great pictures!
     
    Can't wait!!!!
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  9. Valgal

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    wonderful photos
     
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  10. rscpa

    rscpa Low-Roller

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    Loved the pics
     
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  11. xman30

    xman30 High-Roller

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    Day #2. Tuesday. July 21.
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    I woke up about 6am thanks to a charlie horse. I got ready for the day. For breakfast I went to Hexx at Paris. 9am. First time there. I ate the meat omelet, house fries, & an English muffin. Very good. I then headed to Mandalay Bay. Along the way I took pictures.

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    The reason I went to Mandalay Bay is to go to the shark reef. When I got there I learned that tickets can't be bought at the box office. People have to buy tickets online & choose a time to attend. I decided to not do the shark reef. I then went to Hershey's Chocolate World at New York New York. I got 2.3 pounds worth of kisses for my director at work. If you were to see what she looks like, you'd understand. :goofy::D I then went back to my room to rest for a while. For dinner I went to Nacho Daddy at Miracle Mile. 7pm. Second time eating there. First time was in 2017. I ate the Chicken Tinga Nachos. Very good. After I was done I walked around & took pictures.

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    I also watched three Bellagio fountain shows.







    I eventually made it back to my room & went to bed.

    Next up, Day #3.

    xman30
     
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  12. VeddaLasVegas

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    Beautiful pictures!!!!
     
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  13. oldcrabtom

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    Gotta agree, gr8t fotos !!
     
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    amazing photos - so moody and some of the colours really pop
     
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  16. Richard Alpert

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    Awesome visuals in this TR, @xman30!

    I'm looking forward to Day 3! :D

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  17. xman30

    xman30 High-Roller

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    Day #3. Tuesday. July 22.

    Sorry it's taking me so long to do this report.

    I woke up at 7:15am. I got ready for the day. I eventually headed out for breakfast. Along the way I took some pictures.

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    For breakfast I went to Hash House A Go Go inside the Linq. 10:20am. As I waited to be seated I took some pictures inside the restaurant.

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    I ate the Andy's Sage Chicken Benedict. It's A LOT of food!!! Very good. I then went to the Madame Tussauds wax museum at the Venetian. 11:42am

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    I then putzed around taking pictures.

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    I eventually made it back to my room to rest for a while. For dinner I went to Border Grill at Mandalay Bay. 5pm. I ate the Arbol chicken quesadilla, rice and beans, & chips and salsa. All very good. Afterwards I took some more pictures.

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    I made it back to my room. Took a couple pictures.

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    Next up is Day #4.

    xman30
     
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  18. xman30

    xman30 High-Roller

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    Day #4. July 23. Thursday.
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    Sorry for taking so long to do this report.

    I woke up at 7:15am. I got ready for the day & then headed out for breakfast. Along the way I took pictures.

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    For breakfast I ate at the Wicked Spoon buffet inside the Cosmopolitan. 8:50am. It cost $39. A different experience than any other buffet I've been to. We all know why. Go to a station & an employee hand you the food you want. Good food & selection.

    I then made my way to Town Square. 12:16pm. I wanted to take pictures, but a security guard told me I could not. Private property. First time that's happened to me while I've been to Town Square. I still walked around for a while. I went back to my room to rest for a while.

    I eventually headed out for dinner. Along the way I took some pictures.

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    For dinner I ate at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer at the Venetian. 8:30pm. I had the Texan burger & fries. Very good. For dessert I had a Crazy Shake known as Cakeshake. I finished the shake, ate half the cake, Very good!!!

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    After dinner I putzed around taking pictures.

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    I eventually made my way to the Bellagio fountain to watch some shows. While I waited, there was a person on the rocks trying to get people to dare him to go into the water. He ended up not going in the water. I think this was a prelude of something sad that happened the next morning.

    I recorded two videos.





    I made it back to the Aria. Before I went inside my room, I took some pictures through the windows that were in the hallway.

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    Next up, going home day.

    xman30
     
  19. xman30

    xman30 High-Roller

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    July 24. Friday. Going Home Day.
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    I woke up at 7:15am. Got ready for the day. Checked out of the Aria. For lunch I ate at Tilted Kilt. I had a Philly cheesesteak, fries & a Diet Coke. Good. My plane didn't take off till the evening. I putzed around taking pictures.

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    Looks like Minnie has had some enhancements!!! :goofy:
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    My plane took off at 6:19pm. There were only 61 passengers on the plane (Southwest).

    My next trip is a week from today. I leave on December 18. I've been reading rumors that Nevada will get shutdown/lockdown on the 18th. I hope that's not true. If it is true, I hope it happens after I leave.

    xman30
     
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  20. cg123

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    Great pics! Just curious, do you gamble or eat and just, in your words, putz around?
     
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