Intro to the wonders of Sin City

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We were tickled by our first views of all the monstrous casino’s during our sampling Saturday, and dove in Sunday armed with all of our research for the really cool opportunities.  Since we were south of the city, we started our adventure by dropping in at Mandalay Bay to enjoy their acclaimed “Shark Reef” exhibit.


If you’ve never been, it defies description how big these casino complexes are…and each is an architectural wonder both inside and outside.  Our entrĂ©e was fumbling through the acres of parking at Mandalay before a security guard assured us that it was all free (this is a really cool thing about Vegas --- you don’t have to pay for parking at any of the casinos!).


So we touched down and enjoyed a fantastic aquatic exhibit…although unlike parking, the entrance fees reduced it to a break-even experience.  It really was splendid, but be prepared to open your wallet to sample these treasures.


We had already plunked down the big bucks to enjoy Cirque Du Soleil’s “Mystere” performance at the Treasure Island casino that evening, so after Shark Reef we drove further up the strip and parked (for free!) at this casino.  From here we were well positioned to enjoy lunch and stroll nearby casinos.  First was the Venetian, which was impressive.  My first real dive into one of the palatial casinos, I was struck by the waterways and numerous gondolas moving people about…and particularly by the indoor shopping mall which had a remarkably painted sky above and appropriate lighting so you almost felt like you were walking outside.


I was soon jaded when we found the same canopy inside Caesar’s, our next stop to see one of their “statue shows”.  There are two enormous fountains inside the shopping malls at Caesar’s and each features a display about every hour.  The one we saw was pretty lame…not a recommendation.  We walked past one or two of the living statues and I was impressed how absolutely still they were…but their eyes still blinked, lol.


Eventually we returned to Treasure Island and entered the theater for Mystere.  Gracious, this was brilliant!  I have never witnessed a performance that displayed such a magnificent combination of costumes, acrobatics, humor and intensity.  Again, we paid dearly, but there was a positive return on our investment as this was exceptionally splendid. 
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