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Even though they said, "what happened in Vegas, stayed in Vegas", I still would like to share the nice trip I had there. :) It was really a good and necessary relaxed trip for me. The weather was incredibly nice and sunny. The temperature was around 70 degree during the daytime and upper 50s at night time. Perfect for people like me who live in the cold north. Local people were wearing sweaters, wimps! LOL.

I got to Vegas on Sunday afternoon and just had enough time to check in the hotel and walked around. I stayed in Mirage this time. There was this huge fish tank behind the check in counter as you can see in the picture here. Lots of tropical fish swam around when people checked in. It did attract attentions of lots of kids since they would refuse to leave when the parents finished checking in.

The reason why I stayed in Mirage was because I would see "The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil" show there. It has this very cool entrance decorated with a British flag on the ceiling and the colorful light changing floor. The show was a sold out. The stage was designed like a flat plate. The stage was at the center of the arena and four big curtains cut the arena to be 4 parts at the beginning.

My seat was on the back higher location since it would allow me to see all the shows going on in the air, on the stage, off the stage and in the audience. It was a very interesting show to use the Beatles' songs as the storytelling background and expand all the amazing visual imaginations. You can see an official trailer of the show here.

The stage design, costumes and puppets of "Love" were wonderful.However, you would be disappointed if you were looking for great circus acrobats because this show was really not about that. I would recommend "O" and "Ka" if that's what interested you more. There was also this new bar called 'Revolution" outside the "Love" theater. Very interesting big signs with seats that people could sit in between letters.

After seeing "Love", I have seen all the currently running Cirque du Solei shows. I would rate "O" to be number within all based on the performance, stage design, and costumes. There were still lots of constructions going on there. The Aladdin casino was changed to Planet Hollywood and the desert palace shopping center in Aladdin was renamed as "Miracle Mile Shop" but most of the shops inside were almost the same.

The latest addition of the luxury casino/hotel is Palazzo on the strip. It has an indoor waterfall which is as good as the outdoor waterfall outside the "Wynn" casino/hotel. All these hotels/casino feature great shops and restaurants as long as you have enough cash to spend. In this trip, I actually spent quite some money on eating the buffet in Wynn. I think it was one of the best buffet in Vegas. Especially, it has the best desserts for a buffet anywhere.

Overall, it was a great visit. It was not crowded in the casino, restaurants, shops or the airport. The spring weather was nice and the flowers were blooming in all the gardens. Really a great trip to Vegas.

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July 2011

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