Bellagio Buffet and Garden
Busy day. We slept in a little late, but managed to get up and go to the buffet at the Bellagio across the street. Here you see three pictures from the Bellagio looking back toward the Paris and Planet Hollywood next door. You'll also see the indoor garden in the Bellagio. All of those flowers are real and the garden changes every season. Very beautiful.
Mirage and Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden
The next part of the day took us to the Mirage, where we went to see the Siegfried and Roy Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, but ended up seeing much more.
The Mirage is a beautiful hotel and casino. The gardens and waterscapes were great, we saw the 20,000 gallon aquarium in the lobby, and the girls took their picture in front of the 1 Oak club that they missed the night before... :-)
The Mirage host the Beatles Cirque de Soleil "Love", so there were lots of Beatles themed things going on, the Beatles Revolution Lounge, a nice store selling anything Beatles including a bass guitar signed by Paul McCartney, and Beatles music playing in many areas.
Next stop was the dolphin habitat. It was very cool getting up close and personal with the dolphins and their trainers. I think this was one of the highlights of the trip for everyone. They kept the males and females in separate pools and had several dolphins on loan from various Seaworld's to breed.
It was cool seeing all the cats up close. In one cage were two trainers and three white lions. Not sure I'd want to be in that cage. We were told that Siegfried was there and would normally come out and talk with the visitors, but we didn't see him.
The Venetian and a really fancy book store...
Later that afternoon, we went down the street to the Venetian. It's a beautiful place with an old Italian architectural style. You could even take gondola rides through the indoor and outdoor canel's. At many of the newer hotels and casinos, and this one as well, the ceiling is painted like a sky. It's very cool to see because as you walk, it looks like the clouds are moving.
While we were there, we found this first edition book store called Bauman Rare Books. Has to be the most awesome collection of rare books that I've ever seen. The most expensive book pictured below cost $225,000. I asked the guy (James Russell, Ph.D.) how much the most expensive book they sold was... $1,500,000. Check out some of those prices. It is just incredible how old and how valuable some of these books are.
Cirque de Soleil "O"
This show was at the Bellagio, across the street from where we stayed. The end of the evening and it was spectacular. I had seen a Cirque show here in Atlanta that was very good, but this was a major production. Unfortunately, I can't show any pictures or videos after the show started, but I do have the official trailer for the show below. I read somewhere that the production cost $85 million dollars.
There are a few pictures taken after the show looking back across the street toward the Paris.