Mrs Tif and I just started planning a trip to Spain for later this year. Got all the requisite Fodor's and Frommer's guide books, as well as a huge packet of goodies from the Turespaña office in Beverly Hills. Going to go for two full weeks, divided 2/3-1/3 between Barcelona and Basque Country. Originally wanted to go this April (FC Barcelona has a home match on my birthday!), but one of our dogs needs knee surgery so we have to postpone our travels until she's done with her convalescence.
Gonna go there and meet Gacho for a basket of terrible fried food.
llipgh2 wrote:I've heard people say more than 3 days in Vegas is a waste. Is that true? This is such a great deal flight wise I don't want to miss out, but I also don't want to waste 2 days in Vegas if I don't have to.
That totally depends. My in-laws live in Vegas, so I'm there multiple times a year. But I don't do 'Vegas'. We just hang out and go shopping or see a movie. The Strip wears on me after one day now; mother-in-law picked us up after dinner our first night on this last trip and we drove up the Strip instead of doing the sensible thing and taking Paradise or Maryland Pkwy. I wanted to poke my eyes out.
If you're into doing Vegasy stuff, three days is about the max. You could probably stretch it to four if you aren't gambling your rent away, and take a night off. Five or six days is asking a lot from a town that does not have a lot to offer in terms of variety. If you want to go for that long, try to schedule the trip around a concert or show that you can use to pad your stay. Go to American Shooters and shoot guns for an afternoon. Go to Olympic Gardens/Scores/Sapphire -- just cos.
Five or six days of 'Vegas' Vegas would be enough to make me do murder.
It's very nouveau riche
in presentation, more than most properties on the Strip. The bartenders in the casino make good negronis.
They do have a collection of some outstanding restaurants. There are two José Andrés establishments - Jaleo (a modern tapas/paella bar with some exceptional food) and China Poblano (a fusion of Mexican and Chinese fare) - and Scarpetta, by Scott Conant, and Comme Ça, by David Meyers. (Those are just the restaurants I know of and can recommend) I would eat at Jaleo every day of my life if I could.