A quick wash and brush up then it was time to set off for dinner and a show. Dave drove down to the Palazzo and parked up in the indoor car park without any hassle. Tip for Vegas – if you’ve got a hire car all the big hotels and casinos have free parking – use it if you’re off shopping or sightseeing – and the car is safe!
We walked through the Palazzo and into the Venetian which joins it. Everything very plush and clean on the ground floor casino area, then took the escalator up. We didn’t have a clue what to expect but when we took the route towards the “Grand Canal Shops” we were literally gobsmacked. First of all, at the top of the escalator, the roof and walls are painted as an exact replica of the Doge’s Palace – impressive. Then you hit a mini indoor Venice. The ceiling has a bright blue sky projected on it, there are canals with singing gondoliers on them and the attention to detail is remarkable. Everything is immaculate and the shops in this area are expensive and glitzy.
As we followed the canals and shops we were brought into a huge square lined with restaurants. It really felt like we were outdoors, even the sky was changing colour as the time passed. We chose a little Italian restaurant called ‘Canaleto’ and ate just inside, there being no places available to eat out on the plaza. The service was impeccable, the food excellent and we had a lovely intimate dinner for two. In fact we enjoyed it so much we made reservations to come back the following evening and eat on the square.
Yes, we fully understand that this is all make believe and fairyland, but the Venetian really has made the effort to get things just right, it has a good feeling to it and it’s fun and quite relaxing to wander through – nowhere near the madness and brashness of some other joints. Venice is our favourite city and we thought we would hate Las Vegas’ pretend version; but actually we quite enjoyed it.
Time to head off and see our show, we walked back along to the Palazzo where quite a queue had formed to see Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. By the time everyone was seated the show started a couple of minutes late, but the performance made up for that. The kid who played the lead role sounded just like the originals and we were treated to a very good show – both being amazed at how many hits this group actually had. At the end of the show we stopped at the bar outside the theatre and had a beer while listening to “The Duelling Pianos” show – more excellent entertainment. After all the theatre crowds had dispersed one or two of the cast came out through the casino and we were able to give our congratulations to them on such a good show – all of them very friendly and happy to stop and chat or shake hands.
Time to head off back after a great night – The Venetian….if you can afford it, stay here! If you can’t – just do what we did!