Monday, October 31, 2005

LVD4 - Happy Halloween/Family of Skeletons

Today the three of us had a nice lunch in the hotel at the Terrace Pointe Cafe. They have a signature pineapple mojito drink that is very good. I had a Caesar salad with shrimp and Uwe had the French onion soup which was yummy. Astrid had her entree du jour of organic formula.

With Uwe working, I took Astrid out for a long walk on the Las Vegas Strip with the destination being the Bellagio hotel. Most of the hotels are only "new" for a short time and after awhile they look rundown or lose their "wow" factor as newer, bigger and more spectacular hotels are built. But for me the Bellagio still holds a certain charm/uniqueness and I always visit it when I'm in Las Vegas. Our first stop was the Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Here we are standing in front of the giant scarecrow in a pumpkin patch.

They create unique displays for every season and holiday. You walk in and it's a virtual kaleidoscope for your senses. Not only the colors, but the intricate details using a variety of different plants, flowers, and floral arrangements is beautiful to the eye. And it smells good too! Here is a photo of the stained glass Fall leaves suspended from the atrium ceiling.There are 3 different types of apples used in this display. I won't even venture a guess as to how many apples it took to create this display. But it is pretty to look at!Anyone in the mood for "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe? This tree made from a floral arrangement of branches and plants is surrounded by crows with a mist coming up from the water beneath it. Our second stop was to watch the Bellagio fountains show which is choreographed to opera (the song "Time to Say Goodbye" sung by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli). I've seen the fountain show probably 30 times now but it never ceases to take my breath away by the power of the water and the beautiful water movements to music. The fountains go off every 15 to 30 minutes depending on the time of day. The best place to watch the show is from the top of the Eiffel Tower at the Paris hotel where you have the best aerial view of the fountains.

Astrid had a front row seat to watch the show and she stared at the water, but I'm not sure how much of it she actually understood. When the mist hit her face she was shocked, and even whimpered a little (it is shocking to experience the cold and wetness for the first time when the water comes down), until I reassured her that everything was okay. Scary skeletons.
It's the Baby's first Halloween. This photo is a keeper for my print photo album (that I plan on getting around to one of these days). The little skeleton getting a ride from the big skeleton.
I purchased this baby skeleton costume for Astrid on eBay for $1.99. It has attached gloves (with skeleton fingers) and matching socks (with skeleton toes). The bones glow in the dark (and appear both on the front and back of the costume). It fit perfectly. Only downside was that it's made of thick fleece for going out at night for trick or treating, but in a hotel it was a bit too warm for the outfit. Hence Astrid's face which says, "Alright enough photos mom. I'm getting kinda hot in here."See, it really does glow in the dark.
So here's my family Halloween costume theme. A family of skeletons.Papa skeleton, Baby skeleton, and Mama skeleton.


Amy said...

Awwww...she looks precious! My babies hated their outfits.
I am going to Vegas for the very first time (husband has been many, many times) in December. We are staying at the Bellagio (my babies are staying with my sister). I would love a little advice on what to do during the day while my husband is working.

Rose said...

Get yourself a nice massage! You deserve it (you're a new mommy x2). "The Hotel" (next to Mandalay Bay) has a nice spa and I had the best massage there. They also have reasonable prices for LV.

The Derby in the MGM Grand is nice to stop by to have a drink at the bar and listen/watch the Frank Sinatra impersonator/lounge act(he's quite good).

You should go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower with your hubby to see the Bellagio Fountain show. It's quite romantic. And if you have time, stop by the bar at the "water feature" in the Wynn hotel. (I will be posting pics of it later.)

As for more things to do on your own...just walk around and check out the different hotels. Each one has a different feature. And if you want to see how old Las Vegas used to look like, go to Downtown LV.

Shane said...

Wow! It sounds like you all are having an awesome time. Enjoy it to the fullest...I know I would if I had the chance. Thanks for sharing the wonderfil pics with the rest of us who've never had the opportunity to visit LV. Little Astrid just gets cuter every time I stop by your blog.

Rose said...


You can also rent a scooter ($30 for 2 hours). That would be a good way for you to check out the city and all the sites.

Rose said...

Thanks Shane.