Behind again. I am just now posting from my January 2016 trip. I cancelled my December trip when mom became extremely sick. This was originally going to be a trip for both of us that we booked back in July, and then she wanted me to go by myself, and then...well, she got extremely ill, and I cancelled the trip altogether. The night we were originally supposed to leave in December was the night she went into the hospital for the last time.
I took this trip in January to get out and try to do something for me. In the end, I did a lot of things for my mom for the last time: I gambled at some of her favorite machines, visited some of her favorite casinos, and ate at some of her favorite restaurants.
I love you and miss you, mama. You will always be in my heart and on my mind.
Here is my trip report in photos.
|First photo of the trip.|
I love coming out of the casino and seeing my favorite things.
|Chandelier Bar view at Cosmopolitan|
|Drinks with Evoni. I think mine was Lucky Be A Lady. I can't remember hers.|
|Me and Evoni Diana. It was so dark in the lounge that the flash was overwhelming.|
It was good to see her again.
|A different perspective.|
Chinese New Year display at Bellagio's Conservatory
I prefer Conservatory photos at night - the colors are richer.
|Not crazy about the monkeys. They look creepy!|
|Morning view from my room at Flamingo.|
One of my favorite photos from this trip.
|Mom at breakfast - Mon Ami Gabi|
|They made several passes while filming a commercial for the new Beer Park at Paris.|
Palazzo's Chinese New Year Display
|Creepy monkeys again...|
|Creepy monkey toes...|
|Creepy monkey in the Wynn shops|
|Monkey statue at Wynn|
|Looks pretty cool!|
|"Crush" at Sushi Roku in Caesars Palace|
Vodka, pomegranate liqueur, fresh blueberries, lychee puree, simple syrup, lemon sour, and ginger ale.
|Bacon-wrapped scallops at Sushi Roku|
|Jalapeno rolle at Sushi Roku|
|Early morning view from room at Flamingo|
|Caesars Palace lobby decorated for Chinese New Year|
|Love you, mama!|
|Mom's favorite breakfast buffet-Bacchanal at Caesars Palace|
Chinese noodles, sushi, salumi, mushroom pizza and a breakfast chalupa.
|Ravioli (from the photo above)|
|Lobster bisque (top), steak and eggs (left) , shrimp and grits (right), |
sui mai (right, on plate), chilequiles (bottom)
|Coffee custard, chocolate and fruit tart, and bread pudding.|
|My only win of the trip at Venetian. Sad, but true...|
|Storm coming before heading to the airport...|
|There's the rain!|
|Rainbow over Vegas as we pull into the airport.|