Tuesday, January 18, 2011

EYE SPY...

...sights around Vegas from this past weekend (giving me a chance to play with a new toy for squeezing lots of photos into a smaller space - Mosaic Maker.  You can still click to enlarge the grouping - the weirdly cropped pictures look to have happened during the process - the massive Chinese figure in the third row had people included in the shot to give perspective...sadly, that is no longer the case.  But, this is a "learning" post, with this new gadget - in any event, it will give you a taste of some of the wonderful sights we saw that day).

Surrounded by Jackie's on Saturday (my friend, Jackie; and my daughter, Jaci/Jaclyn) - it was a fabulous day.  Most of us who live in Las Vegas are fairly far removed from the hustle, bustle, and lights of The Strip, though you can find a slot machine in every single grocery store and gas station.  Every once in awhile, just for fun, you have to take a day to mingle with the tourists, and see what new sights there are to see.

Starting at the new Cosmopolitan, where the Vegas term "Eye in the Sky" (for those not from here, there are live cameras in the ceilings, above every gaming table) has taken on new meaning (Jackie also got a vibrant picture of that pink chandelier I posted a while back, and two large ceramic dogs that have been reduced to slivers of their former selves by the mosaic), we sipped on Mimosas in the fabulous Chandelier Bar, before wending our way down The Strip to the dollar margarita place (you read it right - small in size but, thanks to a very over-indulging bartender, with enough tequila to fill a $5 glass - we might as well have skipped the "slushy part" at that point.  And although my daughter might appear to be a two-fisted drinker, she was holding mine for the photo op), and on through the crowds to Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville for lunch - always an entertaining meal.

After lunch, it was over to Caesars Palace (photo session with my son, Louie, who works as a club promoter), and then to The Bellagio, where we 'oohed/aahed' over the beautiful floral displays for Chinese New Year - Year of the Rabbit.  Had a wonderful time, and walked Jackie's legs to death...literally.  She was limping pretty badly by the time we got back - there's a reason we only do this once in awhile...and why we need those $1 margaritas while we walk.

8 comments:

Jackie said...

Oh that was a fun fun day! I love those little margaritas for 1.00! Must go do that again!
I have a bad hip but I can usually go all day, I was fine the next day, no worries! Loved Louie's green apple colored tie! We make quiet the dashing couple, if I do say so myself! hee-hee!

The Primitive Bucket said...

Oh jealous!!!! I want to come on a girls day so bad!! I may have to "take a weekend" very soon!! lol.. thanks for sharing your fun sis..

love you and miss you too!!

Bella said...

Hi Tanya,
What a fun day! I think it would be fun to live near but removed from something as exciting as Vegas, you could always pop down for a exciting day:-)
Love the floral displays and the giant rabbit!!
Thanks for taking me along :-)
Bella

Only Prettier said...

so jealous...looks like fun for all!

Hopewell Creek Designs said...

The photo mosaic is too cool...I may have to try this.I'm not to savvy on technical stuff,but I'm game.I don't know what it is about Chinese things like the terra cotta soldiers and the chinese horoscope that I love so much.What a great place to live near and be able to explore.
Rebecca

Aul4 said...

Oh, how GREAT to "see" Louie and Jaci again! They are both absolutely gorgeous! Please give them both a great big hug from their Kindergarten teacher, and tell them to give you one back! xoxo

Jill

Hopewell Creek Designs said...

Oh Tanya you were mentioning how cold it is out your way in the desert.Yeah my son said during his Ranger training he like to frozen to death.But here tonight it's gonna be 9 degrees with a chill factor of way below zero.It's still not as bad as some winters I lived through in Ann Arbor Mi.But I have to say, the world sometimes looks better with a sprinkling of glistening white snow.
I am always so tickled to see you've stopped by...you have a wonderful weekend Tanya :->

Charlene said...

I found you at The Old Grey Mare's Blog & LOVE so many things on your blog. Your braclet that you made & the post on The Cosmopolitian was great/ Made me want to go visit. Thanks for sharing. Charlene