December 2011 Newsletter - Winter Wheelchair Travel & Paris Accessibility
Sage Traveling would like to wish you a very happy holiday season! If you have a disability and will be traveling during the holiday season, you may encounter some additional difficulties due to ice and snow. A few years ago I visited Berlin and Hannover during the winter.
The picture on the right was taken at the Gendarmenmarkt near the German Cathedral, and shows the extensive snow that I encountered. I found most of the sidewalks had snow-free paths where there was high traffic. The biggest challenge encountered was the snow banks that had developed from the roads being snow plowed, as well as some icy inclines.
Traveling alone, I needed assistance getting up and down the icy ramps. If you are a wheelchair user traveling this winter, try to stick with well-worn pathways and avoid icy ramps.
Accessible Paris Travel Tips
While some of the “must see’s” are spread apart, and preserving the 19th century architecture Parisians adore does pose a few issues, with great planning, this will be a pleasure filled trip with lots of activities available. Read all the ins and outs of Disabled Access in the City of Lights.
Similar to many other European cities, Paris has more attractions than hours hold in a day. Naturally, you will want to see as much as you can, but be sure not to miss on my featured tourist attraction, the wheelchair accessible Louvre Museum.
Lastly, some of the most helpful Disabled Travel Tips for Paris are:
- See Paris from the water on an accessible bus tour
- Don’t miss Versailles
- Include high-fashion shopping and exquisite Parisian dining
- Plan to see the art museums
- Stay in an accessible hotel
There are a few more tips for Paris accessible travel success that round out this list.
Our Paris accessible travel packages are wonderful for gifting this holiday season. We are in the process of expanding our Paris accessible tour options to include accessible wine tasting tours, accessible tours to Giverny, and accessible tours of Versailles. Our 2012 packages will be better than ever!
John Sage, Founder and President of Sage Traveling