Almost D-day for my Wales trip!

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Happy travels, Mr & Mrs JKB. Have a spectacular trip!
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Enjoy the trip. I hope you have an amazing time and make many great memories. :wave:
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Bon voyage! Hope you and the Mrs. have a great time, Drew!
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Two suggestions if you are around Cardiff--The art gallery at the National Museum is very good (museum itself is average).St Fagans outdoor museum..a collection of buildings salvaged from around Wales and rebuilt is also quite interesting.
I haven't been yet for various reasons,but Cardiff Castle has some spectacular interiors,as has nearby Castle Coch.
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Have a great time in Wales, Drew (it’s absolutely stunning and the second best part of the UK after Scotland :wink: )
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22 hours after leaving the house, we’ve finally made to our place in Mumbles…and we’re exhausted! The Mrs. didn’t want her photo taken, so you’re stuck with just me.

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Oi! Get yer shoes off the furniture! :lol:
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Brilliant! So glad you've made it and had (I hope) an uneventful journey! Now, the most important is to just... relax!
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And I notice a British Gas "Hive" thermostat on the wall of your holiday home that was the subject of an off-topic discussion a few months ago!! What a weird thing for me to recognise!! Aaaaaanyway, Happy Holidays!!
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RichM wrote: Tue Jun 27, 2023 7:28 pm Brilliant! So glad you've made it and had (I hope) an uneventful journey! Now, the most important is to just... relax!
There’s the rub. To what extent do we simply relax in place over the next few days versus use it as a hub to see the sights. We’ve decided that we really want to keep the driving to a minimum and aren’t going to venture too far beyond where we are.

RichM wrote: Tue Jun 27, 2023 7:31 pm And I notice a British Gas "Hive" thermostat on the wall of your holiday home that was the subject of an off-topic discussion a few months ago!! What a weird thing for me to recognise!! Aaaaaanyway, Happy Holidays!!

It is indeed a Hive thermostat, whatever that is. :lol:
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downer wrote: Tue Jun 27, 2023 7:10 pm Oi! Get yer shoes off the furniture! :lol:
You'll need climbing boots to climb those stairs !!

Have a brilliant time.

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jkbarnes wrote: Tue Jun 27, 2023 8:24 pm
RichM wrote: Tue Jun 27, 2023 7:28 pm Brilliant! So glad you've made it and had (I hope) an uneventful journey! Now, the most important is to just... relax!
There’s the rub. To what extent do we simply relax in place over the next few days versus use it as a hub to see the sights. We’ve decided that we really want to keep the driving to a minimum and aren’t going to venture too far beyond where we are.

RichM wrote: Tue Jun 27, 2023 7:31 pm And I notice a British Gas "Hive" thermostat on the wall of your holiday home that was the subject of an off-topic discussion a few months ago!! What a weird thing for me to recognise!! Aaaaaanyway, Happy Holidays!!

It is indeed a Hive thermostat, whatever that is. :lol:
I think in my case it's the same thing! Doing as much or as little as you please without any urgent need to be anywhere. Just to sit and read is bliss when there are no other pressures or FOMO elsewhere. Enjoy every moment!

And you should have no need to worry about the Hive thermostat! Come back in January though and it's a different story!
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Crisps are chips and chips are fries…
Crisps are chips and chips are fries…
Crisps are chips and chips are fries…
[repeat until remembered]


Tipping is becoming confusing. Sometimes included in a bill, sometimes not? If not, what’s the norm? 10%? 15%
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magicman wrote: Tue Jun 27, 2023 9:53 pm
downer wrote: Tue Jun 27, 2023 7:10 pm Oi! Get yer shoes off the furniture! :lol:
You'll need climbing boots to climb those stairs !!

Have a brilliant time.

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jkbarnes wrote: Wed Jun 28, 2023 1:06 pm Crisps are chips and chips are fries…
Crisps are chips and chips are fries…
Crisps are chips and chips are fries…
[repeat until remembered]


Tipping is becoming confusing. Sometimes included in a bill, sometimes not? If not, what’s the norm? 10%? 15%
And jelly! Don't mix that one up and definitely don't mention your (or your wife's) "fanny pack", that really would lead to an "interesting" conversation!

Right, tipping. 10% is the norm I would say. Alot of places include a tip on the bill now as they don't like handling cash since covid. If not, I generally leave 10% or near enough in cash. More if I feel it's been a brilliant experience. I don't tip in, say, Starbucks as a rule.

Some staff prefer cash as it goes directly to them. I generally ask what they prefer and get the bill adjusted if they prefer cash and it's been automatically added.

In a pub with just drinks, I'd say "and one for yourself" when ordering at the bar by way of a tip. You'll probably get loads of different perspectives here too.
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