on March 28, 2012
We had tickets to a show at The Palazzo later in the week, we decided to spend a day familiarizing our selves with this complex. It is a complex complex! The taxi dropped us off at the rotunda entrance to the Palazzo. The Palazzo and the Venetian are connected by a two story shopping mall. We spent the morning in the Palazzo casino, enjoying a wide variety of slot machine games. There were also many table games, though most people we saw were hanging out with the flashy slots. In the afternoon we visited the Venetian Casino which is cramped and had less variety of machines. We also stopped at the box office and confirmed our on-line purchased tickets. Very helpful staff both here and throughtout the building. We got lost on at least two occasions and staff members walked us to the correct area. The style of the Palazzo is Italian Rennasiannce, Huge amounts of marble, huge statues, and huge topiary Chia-Pet animals (snails, frogs, etc) in the shops courtyard. The Venetian style is of course Venetian with lots of Venetian glass and of course a canal and mock St. Mark's Square.There were many restaurants to choose from. We ate one meal at the Venetian food court. Lower prices and wide selection of food outlets made for a very crowded dining area. Another day we ate at a sandwich shop with much higher prices and a retro-burger joint look. it was called "I (Heart) Burgers". The food was ok, but I think the food court was just as good. We did find a restaurant with modest prices, wide variety, pleasant surroundings and good location. Grand Lux Cafe was next door to the "Jersey Boys Theater". At that meal there were five of us and we sampled from the entire menu with special attention to the asparagus dishes. We would definately come back here. If upscale dining is your penchant, they have that, too. I looked at one Wolfgang Puck posted bill of fare and about the cheapest entre was $50.And then there was shopping. I shopped in the Venetian along the cannal enjoying the serenading gondolier. I also shopped in the tony Shops at the Palazzo. Mainly just browsed, but I did use some of my gambling winnings on a bottle of imported perfume. And that is why there are shops here, to keep the gambling money from leaving the building!The show we attended was "Jersey Boys", it was awesome. Not a bad seat in the house and there was plenty of legroom in the rows. The four main actors did an outstanding performance. Of course the songs were from the era we grew up in, so we knew all the words. What a hoot! I had seen this show in London and bought a souvenir cup. The gift shop here wasn't well stocked, no cup, in fact they had nothing I wanted to bring home. Oh, well that gave me more money to play Da Vinci's Diamonds!
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