|Pat at our Airbnb accommodation on Croft Avenue in West Hollywood, California|
Once we finally got settled in our Airbnb accommodations on Croft Avenue in West Hollywood, we had a very restful night.
|Our bedroom in West Hollywood - very basic|
At first we were both a little put off by having "company" in our Airbnb accommodations. We're used to entering a space unoccupied when we're on a holiday. We weren't expecting to see another couple already settled in. However, we eventually acclimated ourselves to our "roommates", a delightful couple from Germany. We were so tired that we relinquished the common space to our German co-guests and retired to our bedroom.
|Common space at our Airbnb in West Hollywood - nice big TV but poor sound. We suggested a sound bar for our next stay.|
We also had a TV in our bedroom so all was well. One thing we didn't like though was the heavy down comforter. All those dead ducks who had to give up their feathers. Neither Pat or I could sleep under that travesty. I pulled the comforter off and stuffed it into the top shelf of the closet. After watching a bit of "Shark Tank" on the TV, Pat and I drifted off to dreamland. A LONG day.
|Pat resting on the couch in the common area before our German roommates arrived|
The next morning, we both took showers (separately) in the very nice bathroom. Our only issue with the bathroom was the shower head. Their were mineral deposits on the shower head which caused the water to go every which where. And the water pressure was way to hard. Taking a shower was a painful experience for my sensitive old dry skin. I suggested to the owner to replace the shower head with one that wasn't quite so brutal. We're staying here again next year and I have no desire to go through that needle sharp shower experience again. If she hasn't replaced the shower head next year we'll just buy one for ourselves.
|Our bathroom at Croft Street|
After showering we decided to go to a local legendary restaurant called "Norm's" for breakfast.
|Me in front of Norm's restaurant. Which is cooler? Me or that sign?|
Pat likes the Fifties vibe of this place and I like the food. Check it out folks, I had an omelette to last me for the week!
|My omelette at Norm's, which I had already taken a bite (or two) out off. Pat got a vegan sandwich. Check out those home fries! Fresh squeezed orange juice too! What one would expect in sunny California after all.|
Norm's was just the place to get in the mood for our two week stay in West Hollywood. The ambiance, the waitress, the patrons, the food, the smell, the noise, the architecture.
I'm trying to remember what we did next during our first day in West Hollywood. Pat and I don't go on these holidays with any fixed schedule. We play it loosey goosey, whatever we feel like doing that day. Always seems to work our. One thing we did have on our schedule was attending our second "The Price is Right" taping the next day. More about that in my next blog posting. But for now we had to go to the local drugstore to get some of those liquid necessities that I couldn't get through TSA on our six our flight from Philadelphia to Los Angeles.
My intention was to keep a daily journal of our doings during our holiday but we were so busy being in the moment that I never got around to it. However, I was able to take many photos and short videos to memorialize our annual jaunt to La La Land. Seeing these photos and videos should jog my tired old head into what we did those days. One thing I know for sure, we thoroughly enjoy every moment we're in California, wherever we are. Just how fortunate am I to be able to do this every year and to do it with such a good friend like Pat. Pat, my chauffeur and all around good guy. Not many people can put up with me for any period of time on a trip like this, not even Bill. That's why he (Bill) doesn't go. Pat can put up with me. At least for about a week. Then he needs a break. I accommodate.
On our way back to our Airbnb accommodations we stopped by the local drugstore. Pat found a shopping cart on the street outside the drugstore and wheeled it in.
I had expected the prices to be pretty high but they weren't. Everything seems to be reasonably priced. At least where we were. later in the week we stopped by Nordstrom's. I'll relate that experience in a future blog. SOME people in Beverly Hills have TOO much money judging from some of the prices for apparel we saw at Nordstrom's.
Our first day in California was beginning.