Viva Las Vegas

I recently returned from a wonderful trip to Las Vegas. I will always have a positive association with that glitzy city because John and I got engaged there in 2011. Since this was our second trip, we wanted to focus more on enjoying the moment instead of visiting every hotel or attraction. We stayed at the Palazzo hotel, which is connected to the Venetian hotel.

Day 1: We explored both hotels, went shopping at Grand Canal Shoppes and had dinner at LAVO Italian Restaurant and Casino Club. I really liked the asian-themed decorations to commemorate the lunar new year. The food at LAVO was definitely the best Italian food I’ve ever had. I’ll even quote John. He said, “This rivals the food I had in Rome”. We will definitely be going back there on our next visit.

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Day 2: After having breakfast at the Grand Luxe Cafe, we explored the Mirage hotel since we didn’t get the chance to do that on our last visit. We watched the Arsenal versus Barcelona football (soccer) game at the Lagasse’s stadium. John is a huge fan of Arsenal football club based in London and of course, we (“we” because I’m a fan by association) couldn’t miss one of the biggest games of the season. I actually don’t mind watching football games because John’s passion is so infectious, but I mostly watch the last 10-15 minutes of the game. Arsenal lost to the most successful (and probably the best) football team in the world, but it was a close game. I let him watch his game and he went with me to see Zumanity Cirque du Soleil at New York-New York hotel. Zumanity is not your typical cirque du soleil show. It has the usual acrobatic moves, but it is for mature audiences only.

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Day 3: Started the day with breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi Restaurant inside the Paris hotel. This is another restaurant that we’ll be revisiting on our next trip to Vegas because of the wonderful food, the great view of the strip, and friendly staff. At noon, we had afternoon tea at the Tea Lounge inside the Mandarin Oriental hotel. I can’t adequately express how wonderful our experience was while having tea, but I’ll try. The Tea lounge is located on the 23rd floor and there are walls of floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a view of the strip and the mountains beyond. I’m not sure if they had an essential oil diffuser, but it smelled so amazing in there. I can tell you that I was in a complete state of relaxation throughout our stay. We ordered the Classic English Afternoon Tea which comes with your choice of loose leaf tea, savory delicacies, scones and pastries. Everything was delicious, but my favorite had to be the cherry scones with pineapple jam. We had dinner at TAO Asian Restaurant inside the Venetian hotel. I really love their Tao-tini cocktail drink so much that I had two of them. What better way to conclude this trip than for the Venezias to visit the Venetian hotel?


Day 4: The Paris Baguette, overlooking St. Mark’s Square at the Grand Canal Shoppes, has awesome pastries and savory sandwiches. We had coffee and breakfast there before heading back home.

Thank you all for reading!

(Day 1, Day 2): Dress (LOFT), Day 3: Sweater and Top (Banana Republic), Jeans (TJMaxx), Skirt (Banana Republic). Accessories: Shoes (Nine West), Sunglasses (Elie Tahari (Day 2) and Oliver Peoples (Day 3)) and Purse (Coach).

4 thoughts on “Viva Las Vegas

  1. I absolutely love Vegas! My husband, our group of friends and I usually go down every end of May. We stay Aria – which is awesome! I love walking through the Crystal Shops that smell like Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb, going for cocktails at the Chandelier Bar in the Cosmopolitan, shopping at Caesar’s Palace and all around having a great time! We went to a massive pool party at the Cosmopolitan which was surreal…

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    1. That’s sounds amazing! We walked inside Aria just to look around because it was still under construction in March 2011. I love the Crystal Shops. I was seriously in fashion heaven while walking through it. We didn’t go inside the Cosmopolitan, but we will definitely check it out next time we visit Vegas.


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