Vacation Destinations

Bellagio Conservatory

Las Vegas in April

by Administrator on May 3, 2011

Our annual trip to Las Vegas had many highlights, including some old and some new experiences. On this trip we more fully explored Aria and also the newly opened Cosmopolitan. Hits for dining were Julian Serranno at Aria and Sirio Ristorante also at Aria. Both had outstanding food, service and atmosphere – along with great wine selections – Spanish at Julian Serranno’s and of course Italian at Sirio’s. We enjoyed Sirio’s so much, we went back a second time after having had a very disappointing evening at the Eiffel Tower restaurant. The disappointing dinner experience at the Eiffel Tower restaurant was mostly based on the lack of quality in the food – soup and appetizer selections were bland and mostly flavorless and my braised short rib dinner was extremly dry and tough – not a good sign for braised short ribs. Our beef wellington was also marginal in that it was probably blue rare when served. It is always difficult to get beef wellington right, especially if ordered medium rare plus, but this was basically a kitchen out of control with no-one paying attention to the quality of food going to customers. What a disappointment for a dinner which should have been 5 stars based on the price and reputation. We’ll avoid the Effiel Tower in the future based on the myriad of better choices in Las Vegas.
Other highlights included Elvis at Aria, a fantastic Cirque show which we were seing for a second time, as always the Fountains of Bellagio, breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi and brunch at Jasmine. April 2011. Enjoy the photos.

Bellagio Conservatory

Bellagio Conservatory


Cosmopolitan Bar

Cosmopolitan Bar


View from Comme Ca

View from Comme Ca


View from Bellagio

View from Bellagio

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The Entrance to Hogsmeade at Universal Orlando

Another Trip to Orlando?

by Administrator on December 14, 2010

You bet – Orlando continues to be a favorite destination for us in December to get us revved up for the upcoming Holidays and to also generate a break before the madness hits. This time we planned and booked the trip late and were unable to get rooms at any of the Disneyworld resorts we tried. The Boardwalk, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodges were all fully booked for the weekend we had wanted to visit. Recession or not, I guess you have to plan ahead in order to guarantee a room at a vacation destination resort sometime. As a result, we ended up staying at the Universal Portofino resort and had a great time anyway. New for us this year was the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, and I’d have to say, even not being a real fan of the series, the environment that has been created there is really engulfing. We went back on two seperate occassions to experience the rides and the overall atmosphere. For real Harry Potter fans, I think this will be a real treat. One of our dining surprises on this trip was dinner at Mama Della’s at the Orlando Portofino. Food here was extremely good, service was excellent and the entertainment was also outstanding. This contrasted with a less than enjoyable evening at Bice, where service was ho-hum and the pastas were second rate. If you have a choice, pick Mama Della’s over Bice (they are walking distance apart) and you won’t be disappointed. December 2010. Photos.

Hogwarts Castle

Hogwarts Castle


Albus Dumbledore Entertains

Albus Dumbledore Entertains


It's Actually Harry Potter

It's Actually Harry Potter


Don't forget the old favorites - T-Rex

Don't forget the old favorites - T-Rex


The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

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Maroma Resort and Spa

January 24, 2010
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We spent six days in January, 2010 at the Maroma Resort and Spa located in the Riviera Maya in Mexico. It is a wonderful destination for many reasons. The beach, the resort itself, the service and the food, would all be draws individually, add them all together and this is a great getaway destination. The […]

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Las Vegas

May 20, 2009
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May of 2009 found us in Las Vegas again and at the Bellagio again. The recession has hit the Las Vegas area hard and it was evident on the week days, but not on the weekends. We had a great stay at the Bellagio, which continues to impress, we also had great entertainment in the […]

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Los Cabos

January 26, 2009
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A January trip to the Los Cabos corridor in Mexico. We stayed at one of the most beautiful resorts we’ve been to so far, Las Ventanas al Paraiso. The resort was a wonderful blend of service, attentiveness, friendliness and relaxation. Add to that perfect weather in January and you have a superb retreat from a […]

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Orlando

December 20, 2008
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Our regular trip to the Orlando area for the holidays. Stayed at the Boardwalk and were very surprised by the number of people at all the parks, hotels and restaurants. We even had a difficult time eating at some Disney properties as no reservations were available. A bright spot was discovering Oceanaire, a fantastic seafood […]

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Alaska Cruise

September 27, 2008
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A week long excursion aboard the Celebrity Mercury – basically an inner passage roundtrip from Vancouver. An outstanding trip, made special by the incredible customer service of the Celebrity crew. Photos

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Seattle

September 26, 2008
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A long weekend trip to Seattle prior to an Alaska cruise departing from Vancouver. Great weather, scenery and food – stayed at the Marriott Waterfront and ate at some great restaurants and enjoyed the Seattle Aquarium. Photos

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Las Vegas

May 20, 2008
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A birthday trip to Las Vegas. Staying at Bellagio again, with some great shows, Cher, Tom Jones and The Jersey Boys. Also, some great new restaurants, Aquaknox and Dos Caminos, plus some old favorites, DB Brasserie, Mon Ami Gabi and Joe’s. Photos

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Eastern Carribbean Cruise

January 26, 2008
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A pleasant one week diversion on the Celebrity Millennium stopping in Puerto Rico, Tortola, Casa de Campo and Labadee. Photos

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