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    We stopped at a caf? called the drugstore and got drink-Lexie got coffee, I got a hot chocolate. It wasn?t overwhelmingly fabulous. We headed out of the Wynn, and crossed over to the Palazzo. The Palazzo?s shopping area was very nice, it reminded me a bit of Copley Place. We crossed over to the Venetian. I find the false sky at the Venetian a little hokey, but it?s cute. We debated a gondola ride, but decided it was too expensive. We admired some items in store windows. I was shocked at how thirsty I was-I was so thirsty I bought a bottle of Aquafina (I hate filtered water, I much prefer spring).
    We then headed out to go to the Imperial Palace. We poked around a couple of their stores, then headed over to Harrahs?. As soon as we got there, I noticed that their Total Rewards booth was open, so I got in line to sign up. No sooner had Lexie asked what we were doing, than we were called. We got beads, a two for one comedy act admission (only Tues-Sat, so we opted out), and a fleece hat/gloves. W00t! As we were leaving, Lexie turned to me ?What does this card do?? ?it?s like a CVS card for gambling,? I grossly oversimplified.
    We passed the Flamingo, and decided to stop off at our room to drop our spoils.
    Up next?the first slot pull of the trip.
    Been here for almost 10 years...eep.

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    Heather...I am liking this TR. I can't wait to hear more. I just love Vegas!
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    Great TR so far Heather!

    I remember the "constantly thirsty" feeling I had in Vegas too - must be the dryness of the climate.
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    Heather, we stayed at the Paris when I was there with my friends in '04 I think. The Wynn hadn't opened yet. Sounds like you did much of what we did during the day... just wandered the strip and window shopped! Can't wait to read more

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    Love the TR, Heather! The pics are great, too! Looking forward to the next installment.
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    We stopped off at our room, where in the span of five minutes I managed to read through the myriad of coupon books and read them to Lexie like she was five (?There?s an atomic testing museum, do you want to go there??) I suggested we head towards the Miracle Mile shops at Planet Hollywood, as I had a Restaurant.com gift certificate for a Restaurant there. We entered, and after a brief stop in Sephora, we headed off to the Restaurant-it?s called Ocean One, and I recommend it highly-food was good, there were multiple vegetarian options, and it was very affordable-even without the gc. The thunderstorm was going on as we passed into the casino proper. Given she had passed away right before we went away, I found this store a little noteworthy The casino itself doesn?t look that different than when it was the Aladdin. We found the a-list club and waited in line-it was the longest line we?d seen all day. Now, I love Planet Hollywood, and I was thrilled to finally be at their casino. I joke that I am notorious-I go into either the NYC or Orlando PH, order my Pasta Pomodoro, and get great service. So Lexie is ahead of me, and finishes first. I am taking a while*. I get my coupon book, my card, and an explanation on how to get $5 in free slot play, then $15 if I played $40. The coupon book included coupons for the buffet (which I remembered being good when it was the Aladdin) and Earl of Sandwich, I liked having a card that said ?Planet Hollywood a-list,? and free slot play is free slot play..I was a happy girl.
    There was a big slot machine where you could pull for free and potentially win something. Lexie had not won anything. The employee scanned by card and I pulled. 555 came up. Oh, boy, I thought, $5 more in free slot play. Then I re-checked the guide?$5 in free slot play?and two FREE TICKETS TO STOMP! Woohoo! I had to wait a bit for them to get the voucher, then we headed up and got our tickets (for the next-Sunday-night, as we had Mystere tickets for that night). After that, we went up to the holiday boutique they had advertised. That place was where skeezy went to die. Old bottles of perfume, hair products, some jewelry-it was like a flea market gone wrong. We then headed out to the strip.
    Been here for almost 10 years...eep.

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    I?m sure City Center will be nice, but atm it is a metric ton of construction. Also, did I mention it was crazy windy? I was worried Lexie might blow away, and the grit was crazy flying. We headed down the strip, Lexie pointed out the Walgreens she had been to the night before. We passed the Coke and M&M stores, then we headed into the MGM Grand. We stopped to look at the lions-they were being very cute. We then got our players club cards, as the person was taking my information, I started to say that I had a Dream Rewards card from the MGM Grand in Foxwoods, she immediately told me they were not related. We got our cards, and Lexie went to use the bathroom. I played $1 in a nickle slot and won $1.60. Woohoo. We debated going to New York, New York, but decided to head over to the Bellagio instead. We decidsed to take the monorail back to Bally?s-the 24 hour pass was spendy, but we figured we could also use it that night and to get to downtown Vegas the next day. On our long trek to the monorail, we stopped by an eyeglass shop and got free vitamin water (see, my read everything I see can pay off!) We bought our monorail tickets and hopped on. It says something about me that I expect to hear ?Please stand clear of the doors?favor de matengase**?? on a monorail, right? I was surprised I didn?t see any remnants of the old theme park behind MGM. We got off at Bally?s, and headed up to the main level, pausing at this weird game/vending thingy . Yes, those are real lobsters. I?m sure there are parts of the strip that benefit from the expanded monorail, but I felt like back when the MGM/Bally?s monorail was free we used it a lot more to get to the far end of the strip.
    Been here for almost 10 years...eep.

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    We were off to the Bellagio, I loved their conservatory.
    Been here for almost 10 years...eep.

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    However, I do find it funny that I was excited it was snowing inside?not it snows in MA or anything. Also, I?m a little bepuzzled by the Bellagio?s under-18 policy-I saw strollers every 10 feet. It was back to Bally?s for primping before Cirque.
    Been here for almost 10 years...eep.

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    We started combing the guidebooks for places to eat-Lexie was looking to save money, so we were struggling to find a cheap place that was vegetarian friendly. We finally decided on a Vietnamese place at TI. We headed out, and took the monorail to the Harrah?s/IP stop. Getting out of Harrah?s was not fun?We originally started going down the strip the wrong way (oops) and then we got where we needed to be. We crossed over to TI, then found the restaurant.
    By this time it was 6pm. According to our Cirque tickets, we needed to be in the theatre by half an hour before the show started, Aka 6:30. Now, I am psychotic about being early, this has been going on since the day I was born. To say I was anxious would be like saying that water is a little wet. The waitperson came after about seven minutes.
    ?Hey, I know this isn?t your problem, but we have tickets to Mystere, so prompt service would be appreciated as we need to be out of here around 6:30.? I smiled.
    ?Oh no problem, don?t worry, it doesn?t start until 7.? She replied. Now, I try to think I?m a fairly easy customer to deal with-I spent much of my teenage years working in retail, and I just finished two years in a call center. But I kind of think she should have taken my comment about 6:30 and run with it, given that Mystere is located in the same dang hotel that she works in. She arrived, my Coke was iceless (yay!) but my spring rolls were gummy, and Lexie was not a fan of her pho. I paid the bill, and headed out to get in line for the cirque tickets. There was a bit of a line, also, people seemed a little puzzled that if you had paid TicketMaster you had fees which made your tickets more expensive than the listed price. I got our tickets, and we were shown to our seats.
    Now, I?m going to blatantly pat myself on the back-I had gone back and forth on which of the cheapest sections to buy our tickets in, our seats rocked. They were right at the split of two sections, so we could see a lot both on stage and right in front of us. As neither of us had eaten much dinner, I got a thing of popcorn-it was $6 for a huge tub, which I thought was pretty reasonable. Apparently no one else had gotten the be there at 6:30 memo, as people were continuing to trickle in to the theatre. There was a brief sort of pre-show thing, which was very funny. But sakes alive, there were people on either side of us that would not shut the heck up. Now, Lexie and I love to snark on people at times, but these people would not shut up the entire show! So the show is going on, and from the divider thing there pops a performer in annoying girl?s face. As I later put it to Lexie-there is karma, and then there is a scary French clown to the face. I really liked Mystere, as did Lexie. I recommend it highly, although it is the only Cirque show I?ve seen. We took the monorail to Bally?s, and returned to the room, planning on going to brunch at Paris and Downtown Vegas the next day.
    *My license is slightly bent at the corner, which made it slightly hard for them to scan it. This gave a couple of ID checkers pause. Irony is that I bent my license when I was doing a secret shop to check on ID?s.
    **This is the text alert on my phone. True story.
    Been here for almost 10 years...eep.

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