Part 3: “Render Unto Caesar’s” —
Our final night on the Strip started at the Bellagio. I was really excited about having gelato and showing my friend the fountain show. We walked through the Conservatory. It was so beautiful. All of the flowers, fountains, and displays were so peaceful looking. I took a lot of photos. Afterwards, we had some excellent gelato at the Gelato Cafe and I also just had to have an Italian cream soda. They’re so awesome. I could easily become addicted to them again. I worked at a coffee shop once that served them and I drank them all day long. We strolled past a huge chocolate fountain too. It wasn’t too tempting since I was already stuffed with sweetness, but it was cool to look at anyway. I was so cold after we finished our frozen treats. The casinos are extra icy in the warm months it seems, and since I wasn’t walking around, I felt the cool blasts more intensely from my wheelchair. My nerves weren’t liking that very much.
The Conservatory & Botanical Garden @ The Bellagio
The Chocolate Fountain @ Bellagio Patisserie
I’m not sure of the order of events, but we ended up going over to a CVS so I could buy a sweater. Now I have a touristy Las Vegas zip up hoodie to add to my collection. I was also much warmer. 🙂 We got a spot at the guardrail for the Bellagio fountain show and I was very shocked to see that instead of doing a long show (every hour or something) they just do one song and have shows every 15 minutes. I really wanted to hear “Time to Say Goodbye” but we caught a Pavorotti song. The show was still beautiful. I could watch those fountains all day, probably.
We moved on to Paris and I love the ceiling in the shopping area. I noticed a little shop called Le Journal so I went in and bought a journal. (Because, yeah.) It’s cute. It has the Eiffel tower on it. Later on, I got a cool picture of my friend standing underneath the tower replica on the Strip. There’s a restaurant in the middle of it and I guess you can go up to the top. If you’re not me, and not deathly afraid. 🙂 My friend loves sushi so I wanted to treat them to some. We ate at an awesome place called Sekushi. My husband and I aren’t fans of seafood but the restaurant also offered an awesome selection of skewered veggies and meats to choose from. I had steak, chicken, tofu (yes, I eat meat and tofu 🙂 ), asparagus, button mushrooms, and scallions. My husband had an assortment of beef and chicken. (He hates vegetables! So strange!) My friend enjoyed their sushi rolls and also ate octopus which I thought was weird, but they enjoyed it. It looked cool, anyway. 🙂
Sekushi @ Paris, Las Vegas
We hit up some slots but none of us did well. Paris seemed so different from when I visited it last. It wasn’t nearly as exciting to me. I feel like there was less of the pretty ceiling to look at, too. I do want to check out some of the French cuisine there in the future though. The casino connected to Paris is called Bally’s. I stayed there my first visit to Las Vegas (before I lived here). We didn’t spend too much time there and it was pretty lackluster. We decided to head on over to Caesar’s Palace. “Time to go render unto Caesar what is his,” my friend joked. “No,” I laughed. “Caesar’s will render unto me what is mine.” I had to believe that if luck exists, it would fall upon us, so why not on our last night on the Strip?
The walk over to Caesar’s was pretty. There was a nice garden with fountains and benches. Vegas is good for fountains too. Plenty of photo opportunities both inside and outside of the casino. We hit the game floor and just ended up hanging out in this little corner for awhile watching our dollar amounts go up and down. We hung around long enough to have a few drinks before we grew hungry and ran out of gambling money. My friend realized their phone was missing, but thankfully, it was turned in to security and they got it back within 10 minutes of discovering it was lost. That’s some kind of luck right there, eh?
None of us really knew what we were hungry for, so we wandered along the Strip and noticed the Taco Bell Cantina. Taco Bell is my fast food weakness. I really wanted to check out a Cantina version, so we ate there. The lure of frozen alcohol was tempting but none of us wanted to throw up. 😀 There are rules on the strip for Uber and Lyft so we had to find a place that was appropriate to be picked up at. We ended up in Planet Hollywood and we were walking through the closed mall looking for a bathroom and where we were supposed to go to hail a ride. After what seemed like forever, we found the bathrooms, but lo and behold, they were locked. Great.
We went back inside to the casino. There’s always a bathroom there. They place them at opposite ends with signs that point in the wrong direction to guarantee you walk past that gaming floor quite a few times so you can throw your money away at the tables and slot machines as you search for them, but they’re there. We spent a lot of time in the hallway where the restrooms were looking at a big picture with all kinds of celebrities in it. We were pointing out who we recognized and I swear a new familiar face would appear every time I looked in another section of that picture. We walked around a bit inside Planet Hollywood before we finally arrived to where we were supposed to be to call a Lyft.
More Shots from the Strip
We talked about going out to dinner the following evening and going to play some bingo at Red Rock for my friend’s last night in town, but the next day we were all exhausted. We stayed in, ordered some Thai food, and watched The Shape of Water. What a beautiful film. I love Guillermo del Toro. I just found out he has a horror anthology show that got picked up by Netflix. I’m very excited for that.
The next day my husband and I dropped my friend off at the airport. They said they had a great time and I was sad to see them go. I know we’ll see each other again some day. I’ll be getting down to Florida eventually. Now that my husband has vacation days every year it’ll be a little easier to get to places to visit my friends and family. I’m not the biggest fan of flying, but I do it. It’s worth going through to see my loved ones.
This concludes my little Las Vegas Strip trip experience. It was cool to be a tourist in a city I live in, and even more it was great to see my friend. We have known each other since high school. I value that very much. I like getting out even if it’s nearly inevitable that I will run into some bumps along the way. I had a fantastic time and would love to do it again the next time a friend or family member comes to visit. There’s so much this city has to offer and I’m glad to know there’s a lot more I can handle if I just put my pride away and sit in that dang wheelchair. It’s hard. I can walk, ya know? Even if it’s not very well. But walking great distances isn’t something I’m able to do, and I know it. Lesson re-learned.
Here’s a little snippet from a poem I’m working on about the trip:
‘…gelato at the Bellagio,
and a mediocre fountain show –
in the past, the duration was longer –
more songs – now, it’s all wrong,
Pavarotti instead of Bocelli,
but the floaty sensation
in my waiting belly was the same,
Spouts of thunder, peaceful glow,
magical mist on my face,
I see you leaning
on the faux marble guardrail –
This is now a perfect place…’
Thanks so much for reading! If you haven’t visited Las Vegas at least once in your life, you should. There’s lots to see and avoiding debauchery is possible, if that’s not your thing. 🙂