Our friend Zibi is a great character that really showcases our philosophy: Get out there and discover the World! He is also our first official Guest Blogger.
Zbigniew is oryginaly from Polen but now lives in Sweden. He loves travelling and will share his past and future adventures on our Blog. He will soon tell us about his crazy plan for 2016.
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But first, read about his trip to Paris last year.
Paris – check! My impressions…. are mixed, but first things first.
Regarding Paris itself, it’s architecture and climat, it’s very impressive, but, for me, there is another thing – wheelchair accessibility. And this is really terrible! At the airport, there are super-nice assistants, and great accessible bathrooms, – generally everything’s ok, though it was better during departure because at least there weren’t any problems with the wheelchair, like during arrival. But that’s a different story.
It’s safe to say that Paris is completely inaccessible. The elaborate Paris subway has only one wheelchair accessible line which doesn’t even lead to any tourist attractions, so, it’s of no use to disabled tourits. You can go only on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower – you can’t go on top, which is a pity. The good thing is that, as a wheelchair person, I can sometimes skip a few hours’ line and I pay less. The Arc de Triomphe is completely inaccessible, because the passage to it leads through an underpass (with a staircase) under the Place Charles de Gaulle. The Notre-Dame Cathedral is also not for us, like a few other monuments.
oilets? Sadly, there is a problem with that even for the able-bodied. There are great public toilets for the disabled, but, unfortunately, not in any main tourits attractions. Summing up, the situation with toilets is bad in the city center.
Sidewalks? In the mains streets they are broad, and there are ramps, but when you enter narrower, climatic streets, the sidewalks there are extremely tight. There I just rode on the streets, which were narrow, too, but the driver fully accepted me.
So, you can move around Paris on foot* as long as you have batteries. However, I recommend cabs, because there are no problems with them – they come after more or less 10 minutes. Sure, it’s not cheap for longer distances, but at least it’s one safe means of transport for the disabled around Paris!
To sum up, Paris is a must-see, but you really have to prepare for all difficulties! In any case, write me, I will try to help as much as I can.
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