We visited my parents first and they took care of Joci while we jaunted over to Sin City. All the hotels were so massive and impressive. All I could think about was how it must've been an architect's dream to design one of those monstrosities. We had a little bit of sunshine for a few hours, but for the rest of the weekend it was gray, windy, and cold. Not Idaho cold, but not a sunny break from winter either.
The Bellagio had an awesome springtime butterfly display including a butterfly house full of these flying beauties. You can see five in this picture feasting on orange halves.
We had a lovely dinner at a restaurant called The Red Square featuring continental and Russian cuisine. We took a bit of a food risk and at the bartender's recommendation we ordered an appetizer callecd Siberian Nachos. They consisted of a wanton triangle, smoked salmon sashimi, wasabi, and wasabi tobiko (flying fish eggs). They were to die for!
Justin had the black truffle and lobster fettuccine.
I had braised lamb.
And yes, we are those dorks who photograph our meals.
Then we hustled over to The Venetian Hotel and saw Phantom of the Opera. Remember how I was so stressed about seating? We ended up sitting in row H and it was great (except for the teenager wearing the massive hair flower in front of me). The theatre was much smaller than I expected and any seat really would've been good, but for my preference, I loved where we sat and wouldn't have wanted to sit much further back.
I agree with other reviews that said the show felt rushed. Vegas cut out some scenes (I didn't really miss them) and sped up the tempo and dialogue (and it felt so, so hurried to me). But it was a fun experience and the theatre was beautiful.
Of course we visited "The Grand Canal" of Venice. We originally hoped to go to Venice, Italy, for our anniversary. We decided to put that off until we had a little more money saved up, so this is as close as we got. :)
Joci had a great time at Grandma and Grandpa's home. They have such fun toys.
Having a tea party.
We had a blast with my parents the couple of nights we stayed with them. We are not the party animal type so Vegas was more off-putting and draining than fun and relaxing, but that's what you get for waking up in Vegas, right? ;) I'm such a geezer and prefer the quiet and quaint to the chaos and party scene. We felt like we needed to vacation in Rexburg for a week to get all the Vegas off us. Haha.
The highlight of our trip was meeting my brother's fiancee. We are so excited for them!