Friday night, Sharon and I enjoyed a nice dinner at Daniel Boulud Brasserie in the Wynn hotel next door. Dinner was fun as we watched strange light shows with dancing heads in the lake outside our table. Stuffed, we went to our first show of the trip — Zumanity at the New York New York. We were so bewildered by the recreation of neighborhoods in the hotel, it looked like New York City only had crappy fast food on every corner! Sharon had never seen a Cirque before so was excited to see the act. Amazing feats of balance and flexibilty followed, every part of the show was unique, funny and really creative.
Saturday morning we enjoyed the Canyon Ranch Grill, also in the Palazzo. The food was fresh and organic, not to mention tasty. A perfect start to the day!
We then headed to City Center, starting with the Crystals mall. The huge, new hotels towered around the Ghery-looking shopping center. It was fun to explore while Sharon worked, though the buildings themselves felt quite uninviting. Huge for huge’s sake. Walking from Crystals, we explored the Aria casinos and even tried a little Roulette while there.
Lunch was atop the Mandarin hotel at Sky Lobby, with amazing views of the northern strip. The wind outside kicked up and we tried to wait it out — we wanted to see the top of the Eiffel Tower! It stayed too long and by the time we reached the Paris hotel, rides were stopped for the day.
The trip ended on a high note at Bouchon. The food was outstanding, which also made me wonder why more people weren’t dressed up. This is a nice restaurant, why are there shorts here! Stuffed once again, we took a cab to see Penn and Teller at the Rio.
The show was awesome, Penn and Teller charmed and amazed for a good couple of hours. Every single act left both Sharon and I stumped — all the way through the finale ‘bullet through glass’ trick. Bravo! While it was tricky getting home on Sunday, we had a great time and would love to come back.