Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Extra Night

The next morning we checked out of Treasure Island and went to Caesar's Palace because we wanted to try out a celebrity chef's restaurant. [John: The trick is to go to the fancy places for lunch so the bill doesn't bring you to tears]. We decided on Gordon Ramsey's Pub & Grill.  I had the best fish and chips I've ever eaten.  I thought the fried part of the fish tasted like funnel cake.  John had a big ole bowl of clams.  The workers at the restaurant all had on cool outfits.  The waiters had white button ups and tight black pants held up with spikey suspenders.  The busboys had a similar outfit but their shirts were black and they had large leather pouches around their waist - maybe something a butcher would wear.  It was all very punky.

 [John: They were pushing their laughably expensive desserts and cocktails via multimedia presentation.]

Afterwards, we wasted a little more time gambling, and then headed for the airport.  Unfortunately, after we waited around at the airport for several hours, our airplane had a mechanical issue and was cancelled.  It was the last flight of the day (apparently there aren't many flights between Vegas and St. Louis), so Delta put us up in a hotel for the night and paid for our dinner.   We decided to take advantage of our extra time and booked tickets to see David Copperfield the world-famous illusionist. We dropped our bags in our room and made a mad-dash back towards the strip.  We made it to the 9:30 show just in the knick of time.

It was definitely my favorite show we saw!  There were so many awesome tricks, I don't even know where to start.  He made a Lincoln Thunderbird appear on stage, he sent every audience member an email that predicted the future, and he made 12 members of the audience disappear and then reappear in another part of the theater.  There was a lot of audience participation (I was a little disappointed I never got picked), he was pretty funny, and the magic tricks were just so great.  I really liked it!

Unfortunately, the amazing show eventually ended, so we wandered around the casinos a little more. The MGM was hopping with people dressed in party clothes.  We figured out they were all headed to Hakkasan, one of Vegas's newest clubs.  According to its website, it's a "new kind of experience" with a night club and restaurant all in one.  There were like five different long lines to get in.  Must be the cool place to be!  Since we didn't have on our party clothes, we said goodbye to Vegas and caught the shuttle back to our airport hotel.

Coolest wine cellar ever.

It was a very fun trip, and the extra night turned out to be great!

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