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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ACCESSIBLE ATTRACTIONS: London, England


Our ratings are...

Fully Accessible - You can access all of the attraction, with no problem, in any type of wheelchair.

Mostly Accessible - You can access most of the attraction, and all of the important parts of it, with your wheelchair.

Partially Accessible - You can access a good deal of the attraction but some parts are inaccessible and some important parts you'll miss.

Inaccessible - Kind of speaks for itself, avoid if you're in a wheelchair.

Here's London, England...


Tower of London - Partially Accessible. You will get to see just about everything except the original inner tower. The Beafeaters here are very good with making sure wheelchair users get the maximum benefit from their tour. Carers are admitted free and the Tower Hill Underground station, across the street, is also wheelchair accessible with a lift.


London Eye - Fully Accessible. Carers admitted free here, too. Ride is smooth as glass and really not that scary at all. Views on a clear day are incredible.


Westminster Abbey - Partially Accessible. Some side chapels and the underground graves will be inaccessible but there is still a lot to see here.

Churchill War Rooms (formerly Cabinet War Rooms) - Fully Accessible. Fascinating first-hand glimpse to the spot where England coordinated the war effort in World War II.

Old Globe Theatre - Mostly Accessible. The recreated theatre of the Bard is a very good accessible attraction on the south bank of the Thames.


Royal Naval Observatory (Greenwich-Prime Meridian) - Fully Accessible. It is a rather long tube ride and a long hike up a hill to get there, however.

Transit - All Black Cabs are accessible and expensive, all but two bus lines are accessible via the back door, many Underground stations are accessible, click here for a map.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ACCESSIBLE ATTRACTIONS: San Francisco


Our ratings are...

Fully Accessible - You can access all of the attraction, with no problem, in any type of wheelchair.

Mostly Accessible - You can access most of the attraction, and all of the important parts of it, with your wheelchair.

Partially Accessible - You can access a good deal of the attraction but some parts are inaccessible and some important parts you'll miss.

Inaccessible - Kind of speaks for itself, avoid if you're in a wheelchair.

Here's San Francisco, California...


Alcatraz Island - Mostly Accessible. There's an accessible uphill path to climb and the ferries going over do not have accessible bathrooms on board. Other than that, you can go pretty much anywhere that is open to the public in this former prison.


Cable Cars - Inaccessible. Instead, use the accessible vintage streetcars that travel along Market Street to Fisherman's Wharf.


Coit Tower - Inaccessible.


Golden Gate Bridge - Fully Accessible. If you're not afraid of heights, you can walk across the bridge on the northbound side.


Ghirardelli Square - Mostly Accessible. You'll need to detour around a bit to get to the accessible entrance on the side.  Some parts of shops and restaurants are inaccessible due to stairs but you'll be able to see everything that's important.

Fisherman's Whart - Mostly Accessible. Again, some of the older shops may have stairs here and there but you'll be able to see most of the shops here.

AT&T Park - Mostly Accessible. Except that there's only one elevator location for fans, creating a choke point, the rest of the home of the Giants is completely accessible.


Ferry Building (market) - Fully Accessible. Can get very crowded, however.

Cable Car Barn and Museum - Fully Accessible. You can't ride the cable cars but you can visit this fascinating museum and watch all the machinery that runs the cables under the streets.

Darryl
Copyright 2014 - Darryl Musick
All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

ACCESSIBLE ATTRACTIONS: Toronto


Our ratings are...

Fully Accessible - You can access all of the attraction, with no problem, in any type of wheelchair.

Mostly Accessible - You can access most of the attraction, and all of the important parts of it, with your wheelchair.

Partially Accessible - You can access a good deal of the attraction but some parts are inaccessible and some important parts you'll miss.

Inaccessible - Kind of speaks for itself, avoid if you're in a wheelchair.

Here's Toronto, Canada...


CN Tower - Fully Accessible. Elevators will take you all the way up. Be aware that you'll need to pay an extra fee to go to the very top.

Rogers Centre (Skydome) - Partially Accessible.  Hopefully, they don't still charge extra for wheelchair seats like they did when we were there.


Maid of the Mist (Niagara Falls) - Mostly Accessible. Elevator will take you down to the dock and ramp onto the boat. Bathrooms on board are not accessible, plan to go beforehand.

Darryl
Copyright 2014 - Darryl Musick
All Rights Reserved

Sunday, October 5, 2014

THE COCKTAIL HOUR: The Bavaro


Two mad scientists, four liquor dispensers, a hotel mini bar at our disposal. What good can come of this?




Watch the Video!


From our hotel room in the Dominican Republic, Tim and I explore the possibilities in our new video and come up with a new cocktail, the Bavaro (named for the beach in front of the hotel.


Here's the final recipe:


INGREDIENTS (two drinks):
3 oz. dark rum
1 oz. brandy
4 oz. orange soda
1 oz. 7UP


Fill two highball glasses with ice. Split rum and brandy evenly between the two. Fill within an inch of the top with orange soda. Top off with 7UP.


Cheers!


-Darryl

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ACCESSIBLE ATTRACTIONS: Paris, France


Editor's note: It's fall, so that must mean we have a new bolts 'n nuts feature for our midweek posts here at The World on Wheels. I am always in the dark when we go to a new destination as to what attractions are accessible with a wheelchair, so I am going to start a new series that I wish I had before visiting these places. 

We're going to call it Accessible Attractions: and list the attractions we've tried at various travel destinations with a wheelchair and let you know, quick and easily, if it's accessible or not.

Our ratings are...

Fully Accessible - You can access all of the attraction, with no problem, in any type of wheelchair.

Mostly Accessible - You can access most of the attraction, and all of the important parts of it, with your wheelchair.

Partially Accessible - You can access a good deal of the attraction but some parts are inaccessible and some important parts you'll miss.

Inaccessible - Kind of speaks for itself, avoid if you're in a wheelchair.

Here's Paris...


The Louvre - Mostly Accessible. You'll be able to get to just about every corner of this massive museum but will have to take an occasional long detour around stairs. Elevators are scattered about but can be hard to find at times. Carers are admitted free and disabled guests can go to front of the lines, such as the massive queue to see the Mona Lisa.


Eiffel Tower - Partially Accessible. Elevators will get you up to the first two levels. Although the top is served by another elevator, wheelchairs are banned for security reasons.


Metro - Partially Accessible. A handful of stations are accessible but most of the system is not. Accessible buses are widely available. Check this page for accessible Metro Stations, and this list of accessible Paris bus lines.


Walking Access - Paris is a wonderful city to walk in and is Mostly Accessible, however some side streets have very narrow sidewalks that will be too narrow for many chairs.