I seem to be doing a lot of travelling as of late. Just one week after returning from my trip to Los Angeles and San Diego to visit friends, I found myself once again sipping on a beer at the Oakland International Airport while waiting for my flight to begin boarding. Where was I headed to this time? Why, to the City of Sin with my sister and friends! (Hey, that kind of rhymes…)
My sister and I only spent a couple nights there, so we made the most of the time we had. Our flight got in super late, so after checking into our room at Harrah’s, we went to the hotel’s cafe and had a quick dinner. We hit the penny slots for a few clams, then promptly passed out for the rest of the night.
The next day was packed with activity, as it was the only full day and night we had. Starting with a monstrous breakfast at Hash House A Go Go over at the Linq, we walked around a bit, then gambled at some more penny slots. In fact, in a miracle moment, I had borrowed five clamshells from my friend and tried one slot machine. History was made, as I ended up winning twenty-one and some change off of it! I’m usually pretty unlucky when it comes to gambling, which is why I don’t do it very often, and when I do, I stick with the low bets.
After that, I was feeling pretty good, and so my sister and I decided to walk around some more and checked out the Forum Shops across the Strip at Caesar’s. That place is monstrous! I am also not a shopper, but it was nice to walk around a bit with my cane. After a lot of window browsing, we went back to Harrah’s and had a snack at the oyster bar. The grilled oysters were pretty good. Then it was back to our room to get ready for a fancy dinner.
Dinner was Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris hotel. I really love the look and feel of the Paris hotel, most especially their painted and lighted ceilings to reflect a sunny day overhead while you work on losing your money. Dinner was nice, and we had a huge group of at least 10 people. The item that sticks out for me during dinner was the merlot. Why that? I have no idea, but I remember it being smooth. I’d also ordered the escargot and mahi mahi. A shame they didn’t serve foie gras.
Afterwards, we caught a Penn & Teller magic show at the Rio. That show was amazing! I’m so happy to have finally gotten to see them perform live. After the show, they ran down to the lobby area and took selfies and signed autographs with everyone. They’re really great and humble guys. And we finally got to hear Teller speak!
So with such a packed day and night, don’t you think we should have retired to our room to catch some sleep before our early check-out and plane flight the next morning? Nope! Instead, we changed back to our comfy street clothes and went walking the Strip again in search of the perfect photo. Okay, I was in search of this perfect photo; my sister kindly accompanied me on my quest. Luckily we didn’t have to go too far for it. Perched on a pedestrian bridge above roaring traffic, I finally managed to snap my winning photo of the week. The time was 1:45am. Was that the end of our night?
Oh heck no! Some friends caught up with us, so we ducked into the Flamingo to get our last gamble of the night on. I managed to lose another twenty clamshells, but am happy to say that it took about two hours to do so. All that gambling and walking got us hungry again, and our friends were in search of dessert, so we had a late night/early morning snack at The Tropical Breeze. I think it was 3:00am when my sister and I finally got back to our room, and had to be up at 8:00am to pack up and check out of the hotel.
Sleep is a rare commodity in the City of Sin.