Once again our time in Britain visiting friends and family is over, and with new spousal visas stamped into our passports we're ready to return to L.A. to enjoy our own special brand of Christmas.
Antarctica Explorer Robert Scott sculpture Cardiff Bay
Mermaid Quay, Cardiff Baycostumes and props from the 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, and many more delights besides.
Doctor Who Experience, Cardiff Bay
Playing cricket on Porthcawl Beach
Back in London whilst out Christmas shopping, we also saw some other people being sporty and also joining in on all the festive merriment with a jolly, and chilly, charity run in their underwear.
Christmas charity runners
Bird and wildlife are quite popular choices this holiday season and if you like these dazzling critters, be sure to also check out The Bear & The Hare John Lewis Christmas windows at Peter Jones department store.
Roberto Cavalli Christmas window displays in London
In fact being back in the U.K. this close to Christmas with all the street decorations, festive windows, TV commercials and work parties, you realise how much bigger the festive season is here. After all Brits don't celebrate a Thanksgiving, so this is the BIGGEST holiday of the year (complete with a Boxing Day, crackers and everything).
The White Stuff giant brussels sprout Christmas window
One of the sad things we learned when we arrived for our visit in the U.K. was the passing of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, and spent the rest of our stay reading and watching the tributes to the visionary freedom fighter, including seeing these floral tributes to the man outside the Southbank's Royal Festival Hall.
Floral tributes to Nelson Mandela
Here's to a safe journey back to L.A. and a joyous reunion with our pup Cooper from doggie daycare tomorrow (who we've been watching every day on webcam for over two weeks)...