Monday, July 4, 2011

Wrapping up Las Vegas

Our last evening in Las Vegas was our most memorable.

We first had an early dinner at the Carnegie Deli in the Mirage.

Remembering the last time we ate at the Carnegie Deli, we knew that their sandwiches are larger than most "normal" people can consume. We ordered just a simple Corned Beef on Rye (not one of their fancy combination sandwiches) and willingly paid the extra $3 to share it.

But, we still wound up with more food than we could eat. We wanted at least one side dish and asked our server how big the portions were. She said that the sides are served in the same size dish as the one in which the complementary pickles are served. Looking at the reasonably-sized pickle dish on the table, we decided to order two sides: Potato Salad and Cole Slaw. Surprise! The sides may be served in the smallish dish, but the serving is piled dangerously high vertically in those dishes!

After our meal, I wanted something sweet for dessert. I thought I was "safe" ordering a Chocolate Chip cookie, but, again, another surprise...the order of Chocolate Chip cookies includes two of the biggest cookies I've ever seen. Jim and I managed to eat most of one and took the second one home to California with us.

After dinner, we went to see "Love," the Cirque du Soleil show about the Beatles that is playing permanently at the Mirage. The figure in the front is me, trying to be part of the wall outside of the theatre.

I've seen many Cirque du Soleil performances, both the traveling shows that come to San Francisco every two years and another of the Cirque's permanent shows in Las Vegas. "Love" is the best of the paced, lively, clever!! I was so hyped up from the energy of the show, it took me a long time to calm down enough to fall asleep that night.

After breakfast at the Bellagio buffet, we spent most of our last morning, wandering around City Center.

The following photos are the best way to get an impression of what City Center is all's a huge complex of hotels, shops, restaurants.

The architecture is confusing and striking. Some of the hotels are the Aria, Vdara, Cosmopolitan, and the Mandarin Oriental. The yellow buildings are the Veer, which are condos to purchase and/or apartments to rent.

Our favorite hotel in City Center is the Mandarin Oriental. It's lobby is on its 23rd floor and has this fabulous view.

For me, the most interesting part of City Center is the public art by famous artists.

And, one last photo of the Jean Philippe Patisserie in the Bellagio. Colored marshmallows are what cover this train in the middle.

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