Prologue First I apologize for the delay in getting this report up on the board. It has been more than a little hectic around here since our return. I will also post some pictures if I can figure out to do so. After seven years of waiting due to many of life’s challenges the much anticipated return to Vegas was upon us. There were three of us on this trip, my wife Marlene, our good friend Fern, a young attractive widow who has never been to Vegas and me, Andy. This was a chance for me to dust of my old travel guide skills and revisit many places I haven’t seen in years. The trip begins. Saturday June 2, 2012 We left the house at 4:30am to get to the Philadelphia airport. Our first stop was our local Wawa for a giant cup of Kona coffee for the hour drive to the airport. Being a Saturday morning there was very little traffic. Arriving at the airport in plenty of time we drove up to the US Airways terminal unloaded the car kissed our daughter goodbye and got in line at the skycap. After a quick curbside check-in it was off to the security line. There was a bit of a line but not a big deal. My wife made it through quickly. I always cause a stir with my two artificial hips, wire in my chest and a stent in my leg. I showed my medical ID cards and off to the scanner I went. The TSA agent pulled me over to the side and asked me what I had in my pocket. I said nothing. He patted me down my one leg to double check. It turns out that the stent in my leg shows up as something in my pocket. Oh well, just a slight delay, but no problem at all. My wife and I met Fern at the gate and we all waited for them to start boarding. After a quick bagel and another coffee they started to board us at 7:10am. Boarding went smoothly and we shoved away from the gate exactly on time at 7:50am and were airborne in just a few minutes. It was an absolutely perfect day for flying, clear sky, no nasty winds or storms. The flight was uneventful and actually quite comfortable. We arrived at McCarran at 9:40am local time almost a full hour early. Tremendous!!! On the way to baggage claim Fern was looking around like a kid in a candy store and then all of sudden there in front of us was a celebrity, Gilles Marini from “Dancing with the Stars” and the “Sex in the City” movie with a gaggle of young girls around him. I couldn’t get my camera out quickly enough to get a photo of him with my two ladies before he had to leave. He was very pleasant and patient with the small crowd around him. All I heard for the next few hours was “That is one handsome man!” and they weren’t talking about me. I got the bags and off to the shuttle to take us to Rental Car Center. I’m not sure how I feel about this centralized rental car facility but all went well and very smoothly. I had rented a full size car from Alamo for right around $200 all taxes and fees included for a Saturday to Saturday rental. Next stop Wal-Mart on Eastern Avenue for beer, water and a few small snacks. Off to Paris for what I hoped would be an early check-in. Left the bags and Wal-Mart stuff with the bellman and went to the Diamond/VIP Check-In room. They had two rooms ready, my wife and I got room 1825P and Fern had 1827. Not quite as high up as I wanted but nice rooms with a good view of the strip and fountains. Before going up to the rooms we stopped and had a real breakfast at the St. Louis Café. While there we asked if a waiter named Dennis still worked there. Dennis is from South Philly and we struck up a nice relationship with him the last time we stayed at Paris. Not only did he still work there but he was on duty at the time. He came over and we had a nice conversation and caught up on events. Then he introduced us to most of the other staff on duty, needless to say by the time breakfast was done we knew most everybody on day shift at St. Louis Café. Up to the rooms we went to unpack and freshen up from the trip. Then my wife and I went off to the Guardian Angel Cathedral next to the Wynn for Mass. I always enjoy going there; in addition to meeting people from all around the world the musicians and singers are all professionals who work the many venues in Las Vegas. Then off to Paris for some gambling, relaxing and a couple of beers. I played the slots for a couple of hours with no luck whatsoever and the girls pretty much did the same. We had dinner at the buffet. It was very good but nothing spectacular. After dinner we walked over to Bally’s to see if our luck would change. Luck was a little better but nothing to write home about. After playing for a time we walked outside to the strip to check out the many characters you find roaming around out there. And there were plenty! Everything from porn slappers to transformers to fake cops to show girls to normal people like us from all over the place; what a great town!! We climbed up and over the foot bridge to see the fountain show at Bellagio. We strolled along the sidewalk taking in the sights and sounds until it was time to head back to Paris for the night. We played a little more until around midnight and finally turned in for the night. Some views from our room's windows.