Downtown Las Vegas – 2

A lazy day at the pool was just what I needed. I had mentioned earlier that they are renovating the pool at The Golden Nugget. You can swim, but the sharks will be missing. I am a little disappointed that I will not be swimming with the sharks. Ever heard anyone say that?

Picture taken on 2016 vacation

So, what does one do with sharks and big fish when you renovate your shark tank pool? Well, I had to know.

I caught up with one of the girls that tends to the many saltwater aquariums on the property. She happened to be receiving 6,000 pounds of salt at the time our discussion began.  (She seemed relieved for the break.)

The sharks are being housed at the Shark Reef at The Mandalay Bay hotel. The fish are in a basement under the pool just out of sight. This will be the case until May 31st when all the fishes return home.

So now you know what to do in case this happens to you.

We went to Pizza Rock last night. I bought a $50 gift card a few months ago, so dinner was paid for.

Gift cards to restaurants and prepaid tickets really do help on vacation.  It helps with a budget, there are no surprises and it gives you more money to have on hand in case you want to get spontaneous or do something outrageous that cannot be planned.


Pizza Rock is awesome  Creator Tony Gemignani is chef and manager of over 13 restaurants and a World Pizza Champion.  Pizza Rock features gourmet pizzas in different styles – Neapolitan, Classic Italian, Classic American, Sicilian, Roman, and Gluten Free. All pasta is made in-house.

Once at your table you are delivered menus in LP album covers.  The menu is on the record.

Everything was really good. Everybody’s food around us looked really good.  The meatballs are a must. Skip the salad – you are not there to be a health nut. The calzone is perfect for 2 people. I recommend the Napoletana Margherita or the Romana No. II for pizza, but I doubt you could ever get a bad pizza here.

After dinner, we had a 10 pm tour of the Neon Museum.


What a cool place!  Tons of history. So much shiny. And I’m not going to lie, I was so excited there was a cat there named Sammy that followed us throughout the tour.

Frank, our tour guide, knew stories about every sign and place it came from. Also, Frank’s family moved to Vegas from Brooklyn in the 70’s. His dad was Liberace’s personal tailor for many years.

Frank also explained to us how different gasses make different colors.  And how later people figured out if you used colored glass with a different color gas, you could get some cool colors that were not used before – like yellow colored glass with Argon gas would make green or Neon gas with blue glass gives you purple.

Definitely, make your way off the Strip to come see for yourself that science rocks and history rules.

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