This past weekend my parents and I made our annual pilgrimage to Las Vegas, our favorite place to get rid of some money, eat lots of applewood smoked bacon (which seems to be an ingredient at every restaurant), and see some fantastic entertainment! The weather for this trip was absolutely beautiful, and the city was relatively free of convention goers, but packed with college basketball fans! That didn't stop us from spending every moment we could at the slot machines, where we had some serious ups and downs in the luck department. But we still had a wonderful time in the casinos, and I managed to keep to my strict four Manhattans per day diet! Some new experiences for us were visiting the City Center and its hotel/casino called Aria (I really enjoyed the modern, classy architecture), and finally trying out the Rio and seeing the cool Masquerade Show in the Sky (which was technically amazing and definitely R-rated!). Our three big shows this time were Phantom at the Venetian, Criss Angel: Believe at the Luxor, and Penn & Teller at the Rio, and all of them were incredible in their own unique way (I'll review each of them over the next few days, but I can say right now that Phantom was our favorite!). We stayed at the Venetian yet again, and it made a convenient "home base" (great casino and nice restaurants) in spite of the lousy Wi-Fi and mysteriously missing turn-down service (they owe us three nights of pillow chocolates!). The best part of any family vacation is just being together with Mom & Dad, the most youthful and fun-loving parents I could ever dream of, and I'm sure we'll be hitting the strip again next year!
View photos: Las Vegas 2010