This July, Milan and I celebrated our 5th anniversary of meeting in Vegas. We met July 4th weekend in 2013 at Wet Republic in the MGM. Since then Vegas has been out home. We met there, got engaged there, and got married there. We go at least once or twice a month and stay for a few days to a week at a time. We owned a place at the Palms Place and now own at the Mandarin Oriental which we are now renting out. It is the one place in the world that no matter how often we go we always have an amazing time and a unique experience. No trip is similar to the last.
To celebrate our anniversary, we decided to first check out the new Palms Renovations. We had our wedding reception at the former Alize space. I am obsessed with the new remodel. The Palms now has a very up to date Millennial feel mixed with an art gallery. My favorite part is the Unknown bar designed by artist Damien Hirst with a large shark installation. The photos I took really cannot do it justice. We ate dinner at the new Scotch 80 restaurant, inside the old Nine steakhouse space. Barry is still the executive chef there, and has revamped the menu with some of the old favorites. On the walls there are millions of dollars worth of art. I was also told by my hairdresser to check out the middle bathroom stall in the ladies restroom. The middle stall is completely decorated like a cake, not my thing but definitely worth a look. It was a very busy night because of the reopen and we waited about 45 minutes for our dinner. At the end, our waiter actually comped our entire meal because it was so late, what a treat!
After the Palms we decided to stay in a suite at the Bellagio where we got engaged. I love the suites/penthouses in the Bellagio, probably my favorite rooms in Vegas. Our suite had a beautiful view of the fountains, a steam shower, and hot tub. We love having the steam shower because it is just so dry in Vegas! At the Bellagio we got some happy hour drinks at Spago. We were having a great time until I bit into their chip and there was huge piece of plastic in it...ew. We again got our drinks/food comped. I was honestly very surprised by this at a place like Spago, but now we refer to it as the Chipcident. We will give Spago another shot in the future. Moving on after we ate dinner at one of our favorites Jean Georges Steakhouse which is always amazing.
Our last day there I got a call that my grandmother had passed away. I knew it was coming as she went hospice a few days before that due to her Alzheimers. We honored her by having a few drinks, and honestly I cried before coming back home to My Heart Will Go On while staring at the fountains. Even though it was a sad day, I wanted to remember the great times I had with my grandmother.
P.S. I have still been using my amazing FujiFIlm mirrorless camera and I love it! I am so sick of seeing the same old DSLR looking photos, I can now really see a difference between my FujiFilm an Canon photos. The Canon photos are obviously very sharp, clear, and hyper realistic. I find that there is just no creativity in those kinds of shots anymore. I am very happy to mostly be using a Fuji to creating my own style.