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December 2009

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Monday, December 21, 2009 A Rich Christmas

In the midst of the worst economic times since the Great Depression, Santa flies into the center of Beverly Hills, heading for Rodeo Drive

Santa over Beverly Hills - display above the intersection of Beverly and Wilshire
Santa over Beverly Hills - display above the intersection of Beverly and Wilshire

Yes, he's flying past Sterling Plaza on Wilshire Boulevard, built in 1929, the year of the last great crash

Sterling Plaza, 9441 Wilshire Boulevard, 1929, John and Donald B. Parkinson

No matter, as you've got your big red bows everywhere

Big Red Bow, Christmas in Beverly Hills, 2009
Big Red Bow, Christmas in Beverly Hills, 2009
Big Red Bow, Christmas in Beverly Hills, 2009

And the beyond-expensive by-appointment-only jewelry store looks all pretty

2009 Christmas window, jewelry store in Beverly Hills
2009 Christmas window, jewelry store in Beverly Hills

Nice lights at Louis Vuitton on Rodeo Drive

2009 Christmas window, Louis Vuitton on Rodeo Drive

Ah, Tiffany's has penguins

2009 Christmas display at Tiffany's on Rodeo Drive - penguins at the fountain
2009 Christmas display at Tiffany's on Rodeo Drive - penguins at the fountain
2009 Christmas display at Tiffany's on Rodeo Drive - penguins at the fountain

Across the street at the base of Rodeo Drive, it's Christmas at the famous Beverly Wilshire Hotel from 1928 (Walker and Eisen) the hotel from "Pretty Woman" (1990) with its Presidential Suite, where that odd couple stayed while in Beverly Hills. Warren Beatty lived in the penthouse suite from a time, and Julie Christie and Barbra Streisand used to drop by. You can stay in that penthouse now, for a bit under eight thousand dollars a night. And Dashiell Hammett wrote "The Thin Man" here. It's a curious place, built on the site of the former Beverly Hills Speedway.

Beverly Wilshire Hotel from 1928 (Walker and Eisen), Christmas 2009
Beverly Wilshire Hotel from 1928 (Walker and Eisen), Christmas 2009
Beverly Wilshire Hotel from 1928 (Walker and Eisen), Christmas 2009
Beverly Wilshire Hotel from 1928 (Walker and Eisen), Christmas 2009

Lots of gilt around here, even if the place is a tad short on guilt

Dome at the intersection of Beverly and Wilshire, Beverly Hills
Dome at the intersection of Beverly and Wilshire, Beverly Hills
Santa over Beverly Hills - display above the intersection of Beverly and Wilshire
Santa over Beverly Hills - display above the intersection of Beverly and Wilshire

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Technical Note:

These photographs were taken with a Nikon D200 the lenses used were AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto.  The high-resolution photography here was modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software.

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