Vegas, My Old Friend

Back in mid-May, Brandon and I decided to take another trip to Vegas. We’d been saving money since Christmas for a “Vegas Fund” so we could have a bit more fun and be able to gambleĀ a decent amount for a change (well, definitely for Brandon – he wanted a larger bankroll for craps). The timing worked best for both of us to do May, so May it was. It was also right before IM training officially kicked off so if we slacked a tad in our workouts, it didn’t matter too much.

The trip was fun, as always, but I feel it could have been more so. We stayed at the Luxor this time around, and in the pyramid for the first time ever – something I DON’T recommend. We’re either going to stay at Mandalay next time we go or somewhere completely new. Brandon did a lot better gambling than I did, even winning a poker tournament – I failed horribly at slots (although really, should I be surprised at this?) and only really accomplished a whole hell of a lot of walking around.

In any case, we saw some new things, saw some old things and decided that we’re probably not going there again until, hopefully, the Rock ‘N’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon and 1/2 in November 2014.

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Cool art installation in the new terminal at McCarran.

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The former Key Largo casino.

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Looking down the center of the pyramid.

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Outside the Mirage.

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My first time walking around Vegas with booze in my hands. I am SO not the typical visitor to this town …

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After running the strip, with my buffet at MORE at Luxor, free thanks to the wonderful facebook game that is MyVEGAS.

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World’s largest chocolate fountain at Jean-Philippe Patisserie in the Bellagio.

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Crepe, delicious crepe.

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So the … courtyard? … at the Shops at the Palazzo changes its theme regularly, kind of like the conservatory at the Bellagio. This time when we visited, it had this very cool blossom display. I fell in absolute love, thus the plethora of photos.

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Paris.

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Bellagio fountains.

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Mirage volcano show, a Vegas first for us.