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Maddy Jan 2, 2001 12:31 PM

Had a fun and satisfying trip. Bellagio's lovely hotel, great service, great location with bridges to Caesar's and Bally/Paris and monorail to MonteCarlo...we could easily get around and saw many of the other hotels. LV has to be one of the most accessible places I have ever visited. We were traveling with our 81 year old mother who uses a cane but with a wheelchair provided by the hotel we could get her around quite a few places as we could take it on the monorail and over moving walkways....carefully, at least. Cabs provided relief from pushing once in a while. As it was just prior to Christmas things were getting busier and busier over our few days there.

We went for early dinners at Bellagio's buffet on the two nights we were seeing shows (more later).The lines got very very long pretty soon after we went in at about 5 pm but our timing allowed us to enjoy our meal and still get to our seats in plenty of time. The buffet setting isn't anything special but the food was really good and endless. Fine fresh cheeses, salads, veggies still crisp and interestingly prepared, nicely done fish and pasta dishes (e.g., ravioli stuffed with potato and scallops.) I simply could not get through everything that looked appealing (and being semi-vegetarian skipped lots of things) so cannot report further but think it was memorable. We also lingered one morning over the breakfast buffet at Paris Hotel, which we thoroughly enjoyed. Palio’s in Bellagio was great café for coffee and bowls of fresh berries for light breakfast, and cafes in Paris were good for lighter lunches.

On advice from here I cancelled the dinner reservation I had at Olives that I had made before heading out and I am glad I did. Tried a lunch there and was disappointed with that! We got a reservation at Aqua instead --pricey but elegant. My salmon was delicately prepared and my husband's 5 course vegetarian tasting creative, fun and tasty! We also had dinner at Mark Miller’s Grill (part of Coyote Café at MGM Grand). That was enjoyable as well, with friendly service and nice quiet ambiance – the café has the open kitchen, this is intimate dining room. We were told they were asked to tone down the spice just a bit for LV on some dishes….I think the cowboy steak, but my vegetarian tomales rellenos was just right.

Shows. The performance of "O" was wonderful. I was sad when it ended. It is an expensive ticket, but ifyou can manage it (hey, you are on vacation), the show is so impressive and unusual! Mother wanted to see dancing and more dancing, so we also saw a LV revue. Needless to say, while not entirely tacky, it was more than I wanted to see! Oh, we also rented a car one day and toured Red Rock Canyon -- gorgeous scenery and nice break.

Thanks again and if you are heading to LV, have a great time too.
Maddy