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    Anyone been to Paris?

    I am planning a family vacation to Paris next year. Does anyone have any suggestions/ comments / advice re accessibility and travel? I am paraplegic and will be traveling with my husband and 14 year old twins.
    Thank you.

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    Hi! I was in Paris in 2012 for about 5 days. They don't have an ADA like in US, but most new/renovated construction is accessible. You should be fine with a bit of help from your husband. When visiting the Eiffel Tower you'll be allowed up the the mid-level, but unfortunately they won't allow you to go all the way to the top.. At least this was my experience in 2012. Personal preference, but I like changing my wheels to a thicker mountain-bike wheel/tire combination. It'll roll over uneven cobblestone terrain much better, and much less likely to pop a tube while traveling.

    The up-side of traveling through unpredictable terrain is that it's fantastic wheelchair training.. Think of it as an urban terrain wheelchair learning experience. It'll be an awesome trip, and you shouldn't have many issues at all!! Have a great time in Paris!
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    My daughter lived in France and just came back last January. She said that all the major attractions are accessible. Most of the sidewalks in the major areas are very wide and well kept. The river cruises are accessible via ramps. Most of the Metro stops are not accessible but most of the buses are. Versailles has a lot of gravel in the gardens that will be hard to get a chair through and there are a lot of cobblestones throughout the whole place.

    Here are a couple TripAdvisor links too:
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic...de_France.html
    and this one:
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic...de_France.html

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    Actually France DOES have accessibility legislation much like the ADA. It was enacted in 2005, but does not go fully into effect until 2015. The government and business are hustling to try to meet this deadline, according to several articles I read on-line.

    http://www.english.rfi.fr/environmen...fficial-report

    http://eo-guidage.com/eng/accessibil...ons-buildings/

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ress-austerity

    http://en.parisinfo.com/practical-pa...-accessibility

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    Thank you everyone for your responses. I have a lot of research to do. Would you recommend I use a travel agency for disabled travelers and/or a tour guide? I am nervous and don't know the language! Thanks again!

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    I have been to the one in Las Vegas does that count?
    ^^(A)^^

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    Just learn a little French and it will go a long way. When you enter a shop, always say Bonjour. They will treat you so much better. When you leave say Merci. Learn a few polite French phrases because it goes a long way. They will know from your accent that you are not French. They appreciate the effort and are used to working with people from all over the world. Unless you go off the beaten path you really don't need to worry about not knowing French. Buy Rick Steves tour book for Paris.

    Treats! The best and original Macarons are at Laduree. (https://www.laduree.com/en_int/)
    The store on the Champs Elysees is larger and more accessible than their original store.

    Also, use Google's street view to really get an idea of what to expect on the streets. Look at where you are staying, where you want to go etc. Then when you get there you will feel like an old pro!

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    Thanks for the tips, Domosoyo!

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    Hey SCI Nurse, that first link by wheelchairtraveling is MY STORY!!! We had a great time there too.

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