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Trip That Could Have Been Turned Into The Trip That Was. December 13-18, 2020

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by xman30, Apr 11, 2021.

  1. xman30

    xman30 High-Roller

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    My Trip Report

    This report is for my 22nd trip to Las Vegas. December 13-18, 2020. Like my previous reports, one post = one day.

    Day #1. Sunday, December 13.
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    My flight out of Houston was on Southwest. It was originally a non-stop flight. It got changed to a one-stop flight with no plane change. My plane took off around 7:10am. Only 32 people for the first part of the flight. The stop was at the Midland/Odessa airport. The stop was for about 50 minutes. I was able to get off the plane & walk around. The plane dropped some people off & picked up some others. The second half of the trip had over 50 passengers. The plane landed in Las Vegas at 9:34am. I took a shuttle to Caesars ($10 & I'm forgetting the name of the company, not Bell Trans). I checked into Caesars. My room wasn't ready. I checked my bag. I had lunched scheduled for noon. I had some time to kill. I putzed around taking pictures.

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    Lunch was at The Pub at Aria. 12pm. I was there to watch the second half of the Texans/Bears game. Wasn't much of a game. My Texans lost 36-7. The food was good. I had fried pickles, prime rib sandwich, fries, & a root beer.
    Inside the restaurant:

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    After lunch I took some pictures of Aria's lobby.

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    Inside the Crystal Shops.

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    I wanted to go to the Bellagio's conservatory, but the line was too long to get in. I decided to put it off until the next day. I then went to the Flamingo's Habitat. 2::35pm.

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    Video I shot:


    I made it to my room around 4pm. Augustus Strip view room. A recently (I think) remodeled room on the 36th floor,

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    Dinner was at Javier's inside Aria. 7:30pm. I had a chicken enchilada, beef toco, rice, & beans. It was an OK meal. The least of the three times I've eaten there.

    I then took pictures around Aria.

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    Random pictures.

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    The reason for the title for this thread is because the three tours I was going to take (2 to the Grand Canyon, West & South and to Zion/Bryce) were cancelled the day before I left for Vegas. I had to scramble to make new plans for this trip.

    Next up is Day #2.

    xman30
     
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  2. Pe59

    Pe59 Tourist

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    Those are some great pictures. Looks like you had a good one. Love the room as well.
     
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  3. julia

    julia Craps, VP & Microbews

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    Love that portrait of the flamingo on one leg with her head tucked.
     
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  4. westexrancher

    westexrancher Low-Roller

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    Beautiful pictures, makes me really miss Vegas!
     
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  5. ReTriggerMe

    ReTriggerMe VIP Whale

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    Following ... because I was raised to pay attention to anyone who uses the term putzed around.
     
    Working Visit, I'm not sure about this one
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  6. HHW

    HHW Low-Roller

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    Lovely pictures! The ones of the birds are brilliant!
     
    December fun!
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  7. xman30

    xman30 High-Roller

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    I'm good at putzing around. It's a speciality of mine. You'll see more putzing in this report. My previous reports had putzing.

    xman30
     
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  8. VPDeuces

    VPDeuces Dishwasher safe

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    I am thoroughly enjoying your TR and these pics! I love being in LV around Christmastime. It may be time to start thinking about booking for this year.
     
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  9. xman30

    xman30 High-Roller

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    Day #2. Sunday, December 14
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    I woke up at 7:50am. Breakfast was at Hexx. 9:30am. I ate Huevos Rancheros. Very good. I then went to the Bellagio's Conservatory. 10:24am. No line this time. Nice winter theme.

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    I then went to the Bellagio's Gallery of Fine Art. It had "A Cross Section of 20th Century & Contemporary Art." I was allowed to take pictures.

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    This was outside the Gallery.

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    I went to The Art of Richard MacDonald. Also at the Bellagio, 12:39pm.

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    I then putzed around taking pictures.

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    I made it back to my room to rest for a while. For dinner I ate at Chayo. I had green chile enchaladas, rice, beans, chips & salsa. All very good. Much better than Javier's. Pictures I took inside the restaurant.

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    I then went back to my room. I recorded a Bellagio water fountain show.



    I shot another video from my room.



    Next up is Day #3.

    xman30
     
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  10. xman30

    xman30 High-Roller

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    Day #3. Tuesday, December 15
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    I woke up at 7am. Breakfast was at Hash House A Go Go at The Linq. 9am. I had the Andy's Sage Fried Chicken Benedict. Very good. A lot of food. I couldn't finish. I ate less of the food than I did back in July. I then putzed (there's that magical word again!!!) around taking pictures.

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    For dinner I ate at Virgil's Real BBQ. I had the Texas beef brisket melt sandwich, potato salad, & coleslaw. Very good. The restaurant smelled great. As soon the door is opened, you get a big wiff of BBQ. I then once again putzed around taking pictures.
    Inside the restaurant.

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    Next up is Day #4.

    xman30
     
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  11. xman30

    xman30 High-Roller

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    Day #4. Wednesday, December 16
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    Sorry for the long delay.

    I woke up at 7:40am. Breakfast was at The Henry at the Cosmopolitan. 9:30am. I ate a very big & good breakfast burrito, I wanted to go to the Titanic Exhibit at the Luxor. When I got there I found out that it was closed Monday through Wednesday. I'll go tomorrow. I putzed around taking pictures.

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    Poor dog.
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    For dinner I ate at Holstein's inside the Cosmopolitan. 7pm. I had a Forager burger, fries, & a Pepsi. Very good. I then putzed (I'll have to come up with a new word one of these days) around taking pictures.

    Nice Lamborghini at the Bellagio.
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    Watch two Bellagio water fountain shows.




    Next up is Day #5.

    xman30
     
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