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Robert's Visit

Robert arrived on Thrs March 8th & his flight was almost on time & it only took an hour from landing to arriving at my apt. Arriving in the evening meant he could go to bed at a regular time.

The next day was bright & sunny. We went downtown to check out all the new attractions inc. the new Macy's, the roof top restaurant, the spectacular Levi store, the Metreon, & Yerba Buena Gardens. We got half price tickets for "Martin Yesterday" a new play by the author of "Poor Superman" which I had seen twice. We had lunch at the IHOP.

In the evening we had dinner at Lyons & enjoyed the play. It wasn't as good as the prequel but was equally eye opening & well performed.

The next day was even nicer weather wise. We stopped off at the restored City Hall which is gorgeous with lots of gold trim. There was a free Energy Fair. We listened to the SF Boys Choir singing "San Francisco" & met up with Bill H who was dog sitting for the SF Animal Shelter. It was a beautiful docile dog. Then it was off to the record stores stopping off on Castro St for brunch at Luna Pienne. A new place to me but very nice with garden seating in the back. We had poached eggs & corned beef hash. The service was excellent.

After brunch we took an historic streetcar all the way downtown, along the Embarcadero to Pier 39. It was jumping. Almost too crowded. But we took in the sights, the views & the seals. After a brief rest period Bill T picked us up to take Robert out to dinner. There was time stop off for cocktails at first the elegant Lion Pub in Pacific Heights & then the smart piano bar Martuni's. We had dinner at our old favorite La Traviata. It still has a lovely atmosphere, good food & dashing italian waiters.

Sunday was Terry's birthday & I persuaded him to come over for the day. We had a traditional English breakfast near bye & then took the bus to GG Park. It was a gorgeous Spring day. We walked for miles enjoying the flowers & blossoms. We walked around Stow Lake, through the Arboretum & the Memorial Grove. Finished up exploring the Haight St shops & having a nice cup of tea.

We had a fairly early evening in order to be fresh for our trip to Las Vegas the next day.

The weather forecast had been uncertain but it was another lovely day & our shuttle arrived early. We had a good on time flight & got another shuttle to our hotel. Checking in was simple & smooth. Our room was tasteful with a decent bathroom. There was zero outlook. It was a much shorter walk than at the Circus Circus. There is nothing much new about the New Frontier but it is well maintained & a good location. The housekeeping was excellent.

Early evening we set out to explore. The first stop was the picturesque Treasure Island resort from there we took the tram to the glamorous Mirage. Headed for the Rio we took a free shuttle from the Gold Coast.

We arrived in time to have dinner in an upscale coffee shop before seeing the free multi million dollar Carnival Show which is suspended from the ceiling. 3 different spectacles are presented every 2 hours.

Back to the Strip we took in the Forum shops at Caesar's Palace. This indoor shopping mall gives the impression being outdoors in Rome.

The next day the weather started to warm up into the high 70's. Robert has not expected this kind of weather. He had no hat, sunglasses or sunblock. I was concerned & gave him some sunblock & bought some spare sunglasses to lend him. We started of at the Venetian where he was able to videotape the singing gondoliers at the Grand Canal. Something I had missed on my last visit.

We also took in the lobby which rivals the Sistine Chapel. Robert wanted to visit the Liberace museum. Another first for me. I thought we could get there by bus & I was right. We found the right bus stop & were there in a few minutes. It is located in a small shopping centre & we found a small coffee shop & had a good cheap lunch.

There was quite a lot to see in the museum which is housed in 2 buildings. There are cars, pianos, costumes, jewelry, memorablia & antiques. All lavish beyond belief. I had forgotten what a favorite he was of the Royal Family.

On the way back we checked the lion habitat in the MGM. In the evening we caught the early cabaret show at our hotel featuring Kenny Kerr a talented impersonator unfortunately the rest of the show was mediocre. Afterwards we were just in time to catch the battle of the British battleships outside Treasure Island which is a lot of spectacular fun.

The next day we decided to try the breakfast buffet at the hotel. We liked it so much that we had it for the next 3 mornings. It had all the usual breakfast items inc. great fruit selection, danish pastries plus omelettes made to order & perfectly cooked eggs benedict.

It was a hot & sunny day but beautifully clear so we decided to go up the Stratosphere Tower. It was a perfect day for it & we spent quite a while enjoying the views. Later in the afternoon we enjoyed some time around the hotel pool & tropical garden which is almost as nice as the one at the Desert Inn which is sadly closed.

In the evening we had an excellent meal at the Peppermill, one of the better coffee shops. It is a pretty place & all the waitresses are so pleasant. Our first stop was the Paris which looks sensational at night with the Eiffel Tower & the Arc de Triomphe. We checked out the lobby with its crystal chandeliers & explored a winding street of cafes & shops all very French. Then it was off to Bally's to see the big Follies Spectacle "Jubilee". It was my third time but it is always different.

They continually spend millions in re-vamping & new costumes. There was a new magician who is amazing on both a small & big scale. The 2 set pieces are still "Samson & Delilah" & "The Titanic". Tremendous stage engineering. Robert was thrilled by the whole thing.

Coming out we just caught the Bellagio fountains & saw several of my favorite numbers. We also walked through the hotel itself admiring the marble floors, expensive carpets, art nouveau glass etc. We also saw conservatory which probably had its Easter show. Lots of tulips. Robert was amazed by all the lavish high class shops.

Walking back to our hotel we were able to catch the Volcano at the Mirage which is a wonderful effect & very realistic. We managed to get a perfect view.

Our last day & still lots left to see. Started at the top of the Strip with Mandalay Bay maybe the loveliest of the new resorts & the adjoining Four Seasons easily the classiest. Took a new mono rail to the Luxor which duplicates Ancient Egypt with a Pyramid, a Sphinx & a Needle. Back on the mono rail to Excalibur & New York New York. Enjoyed a crispy creme donut in a New York deli. Very tasty.

In the evening the early show of "La Cage" at the Riviera. It is a star impersonation show & it really delivers. Fast paced & top talent.

Afterwards Robert took his camera & video taped as many of the attractions as he could. We were lucky to catch "Singing In the Rain" my favorite at the Bellagio fountains.

Next day our shuttle was on time but Robert's flight was delayed by snow in Chicago. My flight left before his & I got home on time.

After a really wonderful trip.

Love,

Michael


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