GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME IV, NUMBER 4, April 2003
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Welcome to the April 2003 issue of the Global Access News Travel E-Zine. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write us and share your travel experiences.

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CONTENTS

1. LONDON TRANSPORTATION UPDATE
2. UMBRIAN FARMHOUSE
3. ORLANDO HOLIDAY HOME
4. BRITAIN: BATTLESHEAD HOTEL
5. ROYAL NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND
6. AUSTRALIA: FROM BRISBANE TO PROSEPINE

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1. LONDON TRANSPORTATION UPDATE


London has more accessible transportation to offer than its famous black taxis with ramps. A quick visit to London Transportís website will provide a good idea of its many travel options. There youíll find information on their tube, accessible trams, riverboats, taxis, and lowered-floor buses. Of special note: Wheelchair users can now take the new Riverside 1 bus from Covent Garden to a variety of museums and cultural attractions. At the website, you can order the free brochures Access to the Underground and Stationlink System and view a list of the lowered-floor bus routes, which links Londonís railway stations). To learn more, visit http://www.transportforlondon.gov.uk/buses/ then click on Access & Mobility.

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2. UMBRIAN FARMHOUSE


If Italy is in your travel dreams, consider a visit to the Umbrian farmhouse of Al Fiume, which features a ground-floor apartment completely equipped for disabled guests. The apartment is equipped with accessible toilets and bathrooms, wide doors, and a fully equipped kitchen with accessories. To learn more, visit http://www.alfiume.it/sito/english/default.htm

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3. ORLANDO HOLIDAY HOME

Stuart & Jean Bennet, of the UK, wrote to tell us about the availability of their 4- bedroom, 3-bath villa that sleeps up to 8 people, on Florida Pines near Orlando, Florida. The villa has been adapted for wheelchair access, and they currently have a number of available weeks throughout the year.
According to the Bennets, their villa has a slope to the front door, and all doorways have been widened for wheelchair access. There is a roll-in shower in one of the master en-suites, as well as a handrail. There is also a private screened pool, which maximizes privacy, and the pool is equipped with a handrail to assist access.

The standard prices shown on their website are prices prior to any discounts, but they are currently offering a 10% discount to direct customers. For further details, please visit their website at http://www.villa-orlando.net

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4. BRITAIN: BATTLESHEAD HOTEL

The Battlesteads Hotel,
a newly converted 17th Century farmhouse in the heart of the Northumberland National Park, now offers disabled visitors a host of accessible features.
The new ground-floor bedrooms have been designed for wheelchair access. All bedrooms are en-suite with a shower and grab bars by the shower and toilet. There is a shower seat, and the whole bathroom has non-slip flooring. All switches are at the correct accessible level. One room also has an induction loop system for hearing impaired visitors. The new reception area has also been adapted for wheelchair users.
The hotel has a wood-paneled 70-seating restaurant with fine food, and the hotel hosts large and small events and local activities, such as regular Folk music nights. Northumbria, England is an area of outstanding natural beauty and spectacular coastlines. To learn more, contact:
Bob and Mieke Rowland
The Battlesteads Hotel
Wark
Hexham
Northumberland |
NE48 3LS
Email: info@Battlesteads-Hotel.co.uk
Website:
www.Battlesteads-Hotel.co.uk


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5. ROYAL NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND (RNIB)

The (RNIB)
has published a hotel guide, which helps blind and partially sighted people with planning and booking holidays. It lists 100 hotels and guesthouses in the UK - and also offers ideas for weekend breaks. To learn more, visit their website at www.rnib.org.uk
or write:
email: helpline@rnib.org.uk
RNIB
224 Great Portland Street
London W1N 6AA


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6. AUSTRALIA: FROM BRISBANE TO PROSERPINE

 
Ian and Vivienne Hawkins, of Brisbane Queensland, flew from Brisbane to Proserpine in the far north where they hired a car. Throughout their journey, they used caravan parks with wheelchair accessible cabins. Join their adventure at
http://www.globalaccessnews.com/brisbaneprosepine2000.htm

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