Yesterday was our first full day in Las Vegas. We decided to get up, do a quick 25 minute cardio workout in the MGM’s cardio room and head out to explore the strip. The MGM Grand, where we are staying, is at the south end of the strip. We knew eventually we wanted lunch but it was still mid-morning when we set out, so we just sort of walked.
I saw a lot of people wearing cute dresses and flip flops or sandals but I chose function over fashion and put on a pair of shorts and running shoes. I felt sort of silly and touristy, which is dumb because everyone here is a tourist, but it ended up being the right choice, because we walked a lot.
Before lunch, we went into Paris, Cosmopolitan and the Flamingo, playing a few slot machines here and there. One of us (the one that isn’t me) had a lucky streak at the Flamingo.
Also lucky, we happened to be in front of the Bellagio when the fountain show started.
We decided to head back south to a restaurant I read about in Aria – Lemongrass. Lemongrass is a thai restaurant that seemed to have a lot of choices and was relatively inexpensive by Vegas standards. We decided to split two entrees – the black pepper prawns and the homestyle tofu, both of which were really good.
At this point, I got the idea to download a pedometer app. We’d probably been walking for an hour at least before I turned the app on, but I wanted to see exactly how far we were going. After a few random stops, we headed to the Venetian and the Palazzo.
We decided it was time for a pit-stop and I got a macaron from Bouchon Bakery.
This was pretty much the best thing I’ve had in my life. Are they bad for you? Don’t answer that. After my macaron (and a beer), we headed south back to our hotel. Vegas is funny because the hotel are so large that they look really close but they’re not.
We covered almost five miles and that was just after lunch. I’m glad I wore my sneakers after all.