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I'm Leaving On A Jet Plane!! I DO Know When I'll Be Back Again!! May 14-18, 2018

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by xman30, Jul 16, 2018.

  1. xman30

    xman30 Low-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    Sorry it took me so long to get to this trip report. This report is for the trip I took to Las Vegas May 14-18, 2018. A solo trip. I'll do with this report what I've done with previous reports, one post = one day.

    Day #1: May 14, 2018. Monday
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    My plane took off from Houston at 6am. Almost a full flight. Plane landed in Las Vegas at 6.49am. I checked in to the MGM Grand at 7:40am. I was not able to go to my room. I checked my bag. Breakfast was at the buffet at the Bellagio. 8:37am. Good food. Needs more sweets.

    At 10am I went to the Bellagio's Gallery of Fine Arts. Turns out it was closed until June 29. That upset me because the casino's website said it would be open while I was in town.

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    I ended up taking a few pictures of the Bellagio's pool.

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    I then went to the Bellagio Conservatory. 10:26am.

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    I took the tram from the Bellagio to the Monte Carlo (Park MGM or whatever it's called now). That casino's pool area has reopened.

    I got a text from the MGM Grand saying that my room was ready. I made it there at 12:15pm. Grand King room. Had a decent view.

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    View from my room at night:

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    For dinner I ate at Hussong's Cantina. (Mandalay Bay) 5:40pm. I had three chicken enchiladas, rice, & beans. Chips & salsa as well. All good.

    I made it down to the Fremont Street Experience at 7:54pm. I watched a light show.



    I also watched some dancing people, dancing DJs, & dancing bartenders.





















    I left at 9:15pm. I made it back to my room at 10:07pm.

    Next up is Day #2!!!
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    xman30
     
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  2. charlestfuller

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    All kinds of variety here!
     
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  3. Dr Nostron

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    Great pics and great first day!
     
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  4. bshowell

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    This looks great. So much to see so far.
     
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    great pics....
     
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  7. SandsFan

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    Great first day. You covered a lot of ground
     
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  8. xman30

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    Sorry it took me so long to do day 2.

    Day #2: May 15, 2018. Tuesday:

    I woke up at 6:30am. Got ready for the day. For breakfast I ate at the Aria buffet. 8:30am. It was better than my previous visit. Not a wide selection of food, but there were a lot of sweets. I then went to the Mob Museum. 11:19am. I've been to the museum before. It's a great place to visit.

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    A recent addition to the museum is a speakeasy in the basement.

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    I then went to the Ultimate Sports Cards store at the Fremont Street Experience. 2:31pm. First time there. Collecting cards is a hobby of mine. I didn't buy anything.

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    I then went to the Toy Shack. 2:37pm. First time there.

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    I made my way to the Container Park. It's close to the Fremont Street Experience. I took some pictures along the way.

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    I made it to the Park at 2:48pm. There wasn't as much to it as I thought there would be.

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    On my way back to the FSE I took some pictures.

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    I made it back to my room at 4:28pm.

    For dinner I ate at Black Tap Burger inside the Venetian. 6:30pm. I had the Mexican City burger & fries. It was good. But, the highlight of the meal was the Cookies 'N Cream Crazy Shake.

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    It was very good. The shake cost $15. Well worth it!!!

    I then took pictures of the front part of the Venetian.

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    I also watched a lady do a photo shoot. I'm guessing it's for her wedding.

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    I then watched the Mirage's volcano erupt.



    I made it back to my room at 9:08pm.

    Next up is Day #3.
     
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  9. Tonyfromjersey

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    Love all the pics!
     
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  11. xman30

    xman30 Low-Roller

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    Day #3. May 16, 2018. Wednesday:

    I woke up at 6:06am & got ready for the day. For breakfast I ate at the Luxor's buffet. I got there at 8:30am, but I wasn't able to sit until 9am. There was a long line to get in. This was my third time eating there. Good food. Ate too much. As I was leaving I took a few pictures.

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    I then went to the Titanic Exhibit. 10:56am. It's in the Luxor. I've been to the exhibit before. My previous visit was a few years ago. Great place to visit.

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    I then made my way to the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. When I was starting to get close to the reef I walked past at least a few hundred Dominos Pizza employees. They were there for a convention. The employees were from all over the world. What surprised & disappointed me was the fact that NOT one of them had any pizza!!! Not one slice!!! SHAME!!! ;):goofy:

    Anyway, I got to the Shark Reed at 1:33pm.

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    I made it back to my room to relax at 3:21pm,

    For dinner I ate at Buddy V's inside the Venetian. 7:19pm. I had spaghetti & meatballs. Very good.

    I then putzed around taking pictures.

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    I made it back to my room at 10:02pm. Next up is Day #4.

    xman30
     
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  12. Merrymeet

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    I came into your party late but I’ve got to say your pictures are wonderful, and your report shows many places I remember trips I’ve taken. Thanks for the many details and happy travels back to Mecca!
     
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  13. xman30

    xman30 Low-Roller

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

    Day #4. May 17, 2018. Thursday:

    I woke up at 6:52am & got ready for the day. For breakfast I ate at the Cravings buffet inside the Mirage. 8:50am. Good food & good selection.

    I the went to Madame Tussauds at the Venetian. 10:35am.

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    I then putzed around the Strip taking pictures.

    I went to the MGM Garden Arena. The Arena was going to host the Billboard Music Awards the upcoming weekend. I could only walk around the front part.

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    I saw Pete Rose at a memorabilia store inside the MGM Grand. He was there to sign autographs.

    I then made my way to the ass end.... I mean north end of the Strip.

    It's good to see that people care & look out for others. Helping people get jobs...... :rolleyes:;):goofy:

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    I made my way to Circus Circus. 2:12pm.

    I watched a clown act.


    I also watched a high wire act.


    I made it back to my room to rest. 3:25pm.

    For dinner I ate at Grimaldi's inside the Palazzo. I had pizza called The Don. It had pepperoni, sausage, & meatballs. Very, very good!!! Best pizza I've had in Las Vegas.

    I then putzed around taking pictures.

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    I watched a fountain show at the Bellagio.


    I made it back to my room at 12:07am.

    Next up is Day #5 (going home day).

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  14. xman30

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    Day #5, Friday, May 18, 2018 (Going Home Day):

    I woke up at 6:24am. For breakfast I ate at the MGM Grand's buffet. 7:15am. It was the buffet's "weekend gourmet brunch". Not exactly gourmet, but I thought the selection & quality was better than previous visits. I went back to my room, got ready for the day, & checked out. My plane was leaving late. I checked my bag & then wondered around the Strip taking pictures. My first stop was at the Flamingo habitat. 11am.

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    I then putzed around taking random pictures.

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    The red carpet was out & ready for the Billboard Music Awards.
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    I came across Tiesto doing a Meet & Greet/photo op at the MGM Grand lobby. There was a big crowd.
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    I saw a lot of people who were in town for some music festival. I can't remember the name of the festival.
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    I got picked up for the airport at about 4pm. My plane took off on time. I made it home safe & sound. I already have my next Las Vegas trip booked & planned for the middle of December. I'll be staying at the Mirage in one its 'Strip View' rooms.

    xman30
     
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