Sunday, December 11, 2005

Christmas at the Hotel Del


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The famous and historic Hotel Del Coronado hires a staff to decorate its huge interior tree, and each year the theme changes. This year is an apropos sea-inspired theme with a Victorian twist, and it is just spectacular.


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Bulbs, stars, starfish, tassels, beautiful fabric and ribbon, seashells atop packages, and a seahorse-shaped ornament.


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More wrapping inspiration!


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Foyer table with Father Christmas.


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A fireplace mantel I would love to call my own.


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Exterior light fixture, surrounded by a wreath with the sea theme. Stunning.

My photos of the Christmas Parade didn't turn out, unfortunately. I love parades, because they give a small town impression to this big city. Marching down the street was the local high school band, cheerleaders, drill team, and ROTC. There were police cars with all forms of sirens sounding, small floats publicizing local businesses, the city's beauty queen, Navy Seals and Sailors, floats with a California twist, and doggies looking to be adopted. Even a trash truck, all decked out in lights, made the route! Girls in Santa caps came skipping by throwing candy canes. Little kids oohed and aahed. A parade is Americana at its finest. Santa Claus made an appearance in grand style--atop the laddered fire truck.

1 Comments:

Blogger Will Powers said...

You don't get snow in San Diego do you? so have you seen a white Xmas? I only seen 2 or 3 come to think of it. Xmas in Barbados where I lived for a while was so different to Xmas in Philadelphia or even here. It was a normal very warm sunny day, didn't feel like cold, wintery wonderland-like Xmas.

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