West Coast Cruise Day 1 & 2
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This will be my first post in a multi part series chronicling our recent West Coast Cruise. My wife & I have had this vacation planned for almost 2 years. A couple of months before we are set to leave, my wife's family decided they would like to join us. It ended up being her parents, brother, niece, & aunt. Hooray for family! LOL
Day 1 - Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
We first spent 6 days in sunny Los Angeles, California before setting sail on the Star Princess. Our flight from Houston, Texas arrived late so we decided to take a shuttle straight to the hotel. We booked 2 rooms at the Residence Inn by Marriott Beverly Hills. Shelly & I chose to have a private room, while the rest of our group (sans Aunt Rhonda, as she will be joining us for the cruise only) got a family suite.
Here's my pics of Room 617:
|same comfy bed|
|flat screen tv|
|entry door & kitchen|
|kitchen utensils above vent hood|
|glasses, flatware, & storage containers|
|cutting board, pot holders & knives|
|toaster + pots & pans|
|under the sink|
|candy dish is a nice touch|
|closet side 1|
|closet side 2|
|wet bar area with coffee maker & microwave|
Day 2 - Thursday, March 29th, 2018
Shelly found our Amazing tour guide, Jan via Tours by Locals.
He rented a minivan & met the 5 of us at the lobby of our hotel. Great customer service. I was impressed by this nice personal touch. Throughout the day, he regaled us with stories about the city's history. We especially loved hearing about his time spent in the modeling business & how he got to meet so many famous people. Unfortunately, most of the places that we had requested to visit were actually too "touristy" & crowded for our taste. Because of that, I only got out to take pics of the Hollywood sign.
Luckily, my BIL, Shannon took a couple of photos. Family vacations do indeed have there perks.
|random celeb house - photo by Shannon Hebert|
|Grauman's Chinese Theatre aka Mann's Chinese Theatre aka TCL Chinese Theatre|
photo by Shannon Hebert
For lunch he took us to an old school diner, The 101 Coffee Shop
where he said that we might catch a few celebrities eating there.
No such luck on this day. The food was great though. I was really surprised to find that they make their chili the CORRECT way - with no beans! Y'all know I'm a sucker for a good burger, so that's what Shelly & I both ordered. The table was too large to be able to take photos of what everyone else chose.
|a cup of chili with all the fixins|
|big hearty veggies|
|100% GRASS FED BEEF BURGER Add Cheese for $1.00 Served with Choice of French Fries, Salad, Potato Salad or Mashed Potatoes|
|I prefer honey mustard with my fries, rather than ketchup|
|bacon & cheese!|
|inside of menu|
|back side of menu|
|part of the wall of fame|
After lunch, we drove over towards Rodeo Drive, but my MIL, Linda decided that she didn't feel like shopping after all. A few more stops & we were back at the hotel to rest up for our dinner reservations at République. This was an "interesting" experience.
Take a gander at the pics & I'll explain below....
|Beer is Proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy|
|Bucatini on the left & Mafaldine on the right|
AYCE bread service
Pasta courses were excellent
Communal dining table (party next to us would not stop staring)
They charge for butter
Most dishes were less than memorable
Ran out of walnut bread
Does not have a full bar
Overall, I would give them a 6 (1-10 rating). I'm not sure we would dine here again.
to be continued......