The Christmas markets of Luxembourg City were one of the first things I wrote about upon arriving here, so I felt compelled to bookend my one year anniversary by celebrating them again. They begin popping up around the end of November, so as not to sicken residents of the season months before it even arrives (see US shopping malls for comparison). They decorate a city which tends toward the grey and gloomy this time of year with light and activity, they fill the streets with festive shoppers long after normal shops have closed, and they have introduced me to the wonders of gluhwein and gromperekichelcher (which has taken most of the year just to learn how to pronounce).
We traveled to London two weeks ago for the Doctor Who 50th celebration, but all but one day was spent with friends doing non-Geek things. We toured some of the city on foot, checked out an amazing Christmas market on the Thames, and saw Book of Mormon. So it was not entirely touristy, but I still had my camera attached at my wrist and annoyed everyone with the amateur photo taking. So here is another slideshow, because your holidays wouldn’t be complete without it.