Yes, Jonathan is wearing my sunglasses. Somehow we left his back at the condo. But it was dad to the rescue, trying to make him as comfortable as possible.
As we were walking around, Tara made the comment: For me, this is vacation Hell. She had that right. There were crowds everywhere and if you weren't gambling, there sure was a lot of up-scale shopping to do. The dolphin show, which M-I-L remembered as free, now cost $15 per person. The "free" viewing of tigers? Another fee. The Caesar's Palace moving statues (which I don't think our kids would have appreciated anyway)? Broken. Everything else? Tons of people, and nothing whatsoever appealing. (There was a huge aquarium behind the counter at one hotel, and we spent a while there watching the fish while M-I-L rented a stroller for more than we paid for ours).
I did, however, feel "at home" in this particular location.
We then went looking for something to eat. There were plenty of buffets available - each for $30 or so per person. I guess we could technically afford that if we really, really wanted to, but that wasn't how we wished to spend our hard-earned money. So we left the strip in search of somewhere to eat. We ended up driving for a while, first through some really nasty sections of town (on the strip, there are of semi-pornographic advertisements and promos for what seems to be prostitution pretty much on every corner, but once you're off the strip, it gets much worse). We then went through some "normal" areas and found a road that looked like it would have restaurants. Along the way we saw the following scene.
In case it's not clear enough, that building is the home of the Living Faith Assembly: God's Family Church. On the left side of the building... that is indeed an ATM. Only in Vegas would there be an ATM on a church building...
We ended up at an Olive Garden Restaurant; I was too hungry to keep looking. We all enjoyed our food (I would have been fine had I just had the salad and breadsticks, but the Italian food was good anyway, plus we had enough to take left-overs back to the condo).
We are glad that we hadn't decided to try to spend any more time in this wretched place.