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So what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? Really… Top 10 must sees and must not see’s

1. Jersey Boys: What great music and I am sure that not too many people know the story of Frankie Vall“i” and the Four Seasons, “oh what a night!”

2. Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay. If you are a fish lover this is a great exhibit, so much to see you could spend hours watching the fish in their habitat. We even saw a little shark devouring another for “lunch.”

3. LOVE:Great music, great show. If you have never seen a Cirque de Soleil show they are unbelievable to watch these people, truly amazing.

4. Titanic: the exhibit is at the Luxor and will be there I believe for 10 years. It is the story of the great ship that went down showing everything from the creation of the ship through the sinking. It has a lot of artifacts which were found on the sunken ship. They have displays to show the look/sound of each class first, second and third. Part of the display was an outside deck which was so cold to make you “feel” as if you were there as the iceberg hit. History lovers will appreciate this exhibit.

5. If you have a good day at the “tables” the Delmonico Steakhouse which is one of Emeril’s restaurants is fabulous!

6. Sticking with food, if you like buffet’s the Bellagio has a wonderful buffet with just about anything and everything on the menu.

7. TAO nightclub is the place to see and be seen!

8. At Paris you can get a huge drink the size of the Eiffel tower.

9. Shopping shopping and more shopping if you have the dime, Casers Palace and the Palazzo/Bellagio have some wonderful stores. Everything and anything you want, need and don’t need! LoL

10. The people. Just sit down, hopefully not in July like we did when it’s 108 degrees outside but pull up a chair and just watch the people of all ages and stages, clothes, this is the only town where I can say it seems “optional” and wow all I’m going to say is people just really amazed me!

Now for my top 10 disappointments

1. Terry Fator-Both my daughter and I voted for this guy on America’s Got Talent. I even made my husband (he isn’t a reality show guy) watch it. Terry seemed like the most humble guy in the world but when we met him he was such a disappointment, fame has definitely gone to his head and it just ruined his show for us.

2. Do not go and eat at the Noodle Shop in Mandalay Bay the service was awful but the food was worse! One of the worst meals of my life. Refund please!

3. So where were all these Elvis impersonators? We were looking all over and only saw one… and he wasn’t all that great! Was it so hot that “Elvis has left the strip?” hmmm

4. Las Vegas has a monorail system which goes partly up the strip but you better hope you win enough money to cover the steep fee. I’m sorry $56/day for 4 people is just way too much!

5. We had heard about this “chocolate” river at the Bellagio, I don’t know what we were expecting maybe a “chocolate” river running through the gardens but it was more like a small chocolate fountain in a window.

6. Planet Hollywood shops, what a bunch of junk and it still has the Aladdin background, confusing!

7. What is up with restaurants kitchens closing at 10:00pm! You get out of a show at 9:00, you have to “walk” and then you get there and they say “kitchen is closed.” I thought this was the city that doesn’t sleep…

8. I’m going to be brief on this one but PLEASE if you are in a 5 star restaurant with your family I don’t think you expect a side peep show going on at the next table… My daughter lost it when she heard the “gentleman” tell the woman he liked when woman make “animal” noises… REALLY!

9. Although I did enjoy the Titanic exhibit I think it was kind of tacky for them to have photographers to take your pictures on the “Grand Staircase” of your family and charge you… something about that just seemed a bit wrong…

10. They are a “Pepsi” town for the most part and I’m a Diet Coke kind of gal…

All in all it was a wonderful trip, a great way to celebrate our daughter’s 21st birthday. The Venetian is a beautiful property and has great people who work there. I would defiantly recommend the trip to anyone who has never been there, as my husband say’s “It is like Disney on steroids,” but not really for little kids. I can defiantly see why they say “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” I know they are hoping to get your money one way or another to stay in Vegas… the shows, clubs, restaurants, shops and of course at their game tables… just hope you can control yourself a lil bit!

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  1. Happy 21st to your daughter!! She is just beautiful. Our oldest turned 21 this past April. Isn't it amazing how quickly they grow up—I know it's a cliche but, nevertheless, it is so true.

  2. I thought Terry Fator had a good thing going to. It's a shame that he let the fame overtake him.

  3. Sounds like a great way to celebrate a 21st birthday. Happy birthday to your daughter.

  4. What a fab mom you are! And I want to plan a Vegas getaway pronto!

  5. What a terrific way to celebrate a special birthday – as a family. Sending your daughter best wishes for her birthday

  6. Happy 21st Birthday to you daughter! Glad you guys had a great time. Thanks for the tips!

  7. Beautiful photos! I am so glad you stopped by to join me in the Friday Blog Follow! I am a big fan of "I'm Still Standing"
    Chat with you soon.


  8. OMGosh! My daughter is going to Vegas for her 21st in AUGUST!!!! Aaaaaaah!

  9. Looks like she had a great birthday.

  10. That looks like so much fun. What great mama you are. Thanks so much for the comment love today!

  11. I went to vegas last november and it is such a money suck! I did enjoy some of the shows, though. we stayed at the MGM grand.

  12. What a lovely family!Thanks for the heads up – going to Vegas in three weeks!

  13. Sharefest sat muahhh

  14. what a great story! i enjoy reading your blog :)

    thank you for your wonderful comment at my blog. i sooo love that friends-episode too. hilarious!

    have a great sunday! :)

  15. Looked like she had a great birthday… and what a beauty!
    Stopping by from SITS to wish you Sunny week.

    Take care and enjoy your life!

    Greetings from Spain!

  16. Shawna Kurth says:

    How fun!!! Happy birthday to your daughter. She is beautiful!!

  17. the guy at the top left looks like Paul McCartney! He is so cute (Girl's point of view).
    thanks for the advice and happy 21.

  18. The Moms says:

    Thanks for the info! My best friend and SIL lives in Vegas and I am going next month. Thanks to your list I have some things to add to my want to do list and some things to skip!
    Happy 21st to your daughter!!!
    The Mom Claire