Those of you who know me well are all too familiar with my love for the city of Las Vegas, so it was wonderful getting to spend the week of Thanksgiving at my home-away-from-home with so many great friends…and a couple million strangers! 🙂
It is mind boggling to even me how versed I am on this resort town, knowing the location of every major landmark like the back of my hand. With the exception of New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, there is no city I know better or enjoy more than Las Vegas.
And talk about exercise…running the strip in the mornings has been a passion of mine for nearly a decade and I’m thankful to still be going strong in that regard. I started every day with my usual 11-mile trek from the MGM to the Stratosphere and back, along with all the other runners from different parts of the world enjoying the quiet streets before the crowds emerged. And I always tack on another 4 miles with my short excursions to Town Square, a shopping village I just love to frequent when in town.
As for food, it is true that you can gain mega weight in Vegas if you aren’t careful. We were blessed to find two more restaurants to add to my already exhaustive list of favorites: Mastro’s Ocean Club in The Shops at Crystals (I ate there last year for my birthday so it wasn’t really new to us but too good not to mention again) and RM Seafood in Mandalay Bay. However, the best breakfast in town remains Mon Ami Gabi in the Paris hotel. After running 11 miles, there is no better place to revive yourself than with a cup of coffee on their outdoor patio overlooking the strip and enjoying the gorgeous water show at the Bellagio.
Yes, Las Vegas never disappoints and it was especially hard for us to leave it this time.
I find it sad that so few people know from firsthand experience many parts of our country. I realize more and more how blessed and privileged I am to have seen every state of our country up close and personal. I never feel like a stranger when I travel and I know how extremely rare that is. I promise you that I don’t take these blessings for granted.
Thank you Las Vegas for yet another memorable visit! Oh yeah, and for all of you who think you’ll gain 10 pounds after a week’s visit to this place, guess again. I weighed the morning after I returned home and was down to 101 pounds – a 4 lb. weight loss! So yes, you can eat amazing food and maintain – or even lose a pound or two – by making good choices and sticking to your exercise routine. Trust me, Vegas is that kind of place!