GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME IV, NUMBER 11, November 2003
Copyright © 2003, Global Access News
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Please note: Any Internet links mentioned in this E-Zine were verified as functioning as of the date on this E-Zine. Websites and e-mail addresses, however, change frequently, so changes may have occurred after that date.

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Welcome to the November 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. ST VINCENT: HARMONY HALL APARTMENTS
2. ACCESS CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS
3. AIR TRAVEL FOR DISABLED TO BE STUDIED
4. EPIC ENABLED CHRISTMAS TRIP
5. SWITZERLAND, PARIS & VERSAILLES 
6. PARIS: LOWERED-FLOOR BUSES


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1. ST VINCENT: HARMONY HALL APARTMENTS


Harmony Hall Apartments, located on the lush, tropical Caribbean island of St. Vincent, provide accessible, affordable accommodations for disabled travelers. The apartments sleep three people and have a wheel-in shower, shower chair, and toilet. A portable electric-powered hoist is also available with a variety of slings. These apartments are not remodels but were originally designed to be accessible. Other amenities include air conditioning, television, stereo, games, microwave, conventional cooker, washing machine, and a fully equipped kitchen. Access to the apartments from the garden is flat, and car parking is just 20 metres from the front door. The apartments are available all year round at the same price. They are situated in a garden with a view of the Atlantic and the islands of Mustique, Bequia and Canouan in the distance. Towels and bed linen are supplied. Pets and smoking are not permitted in the apartments. Harmony Hall is located about four miles from the airport, two miles from an accessible beach with calm, clear water, 1.5 miles from restaurants, hotels, and a yacht marina, 0.5 miles from a supermarket, and six miles from the capital, Kingstown A wheelchair accessible van is also available for hire. The apartments rent for £40 (U.S. $65) per day, and the accessible vehicle rents for £30 (US$ 48) per day.

Phone/Fax: (305) 245-8824
UK/Europe e-mail contact: diane.oneal@orange.co.uk
U.S. e-mail: leandrohenry@juno.com
(England) +44 1865 724542 

To learn more, visit their web site at http://www.geocities.com/stvincenttravel/

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2. ACCESS CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS


If you’re already planning for next summer’s travel and are a camper at heart, consider this excellent link to disabled access in the California State Park system. The parks have just completed a two-year study to assess facilities for disabled visitors, and improvements are now in progress. These parks are far from roughing it. Many sites provide unisex bathrooms, accessible showers, beach wheelchairs, and accessible trails. Learn more by visiting
http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=21944

Click on the link to accessible features to locate detailed descriptions of the accessible amenities available at each park.

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3. AIR TRAVEL FOR DISABLED TO BE STUDIED


Oregon State University and Oregon Health & Science University recently received a $5-million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to study how to make air travel easier for disabled people, including wheelchair users and visually impaired and hearing-impaired people. The study will take place over a five-year period, and the $5-million grant will help establish the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research at the university. According to school officials, this will be the first center that will focus on access to air travel.

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4. EPIC ENABLED CHRISTMAS JOURNEY


Sabine and Alfie of Epic Enabled, in South Africa, wrote to share the news of their latest safari offering. They have planned a Christmas holiday journey to Kruger National Park, where visitors can enjoy watching wild animals in their natural environment. Their Xmas Kruger National Park Tour will depart Johannesburg on December 11, 2003. During the trip, travelers will be able to Christmas shop at a selection of African markets. They will also have the option of extending their holiday with a Garden Route Tour to Cape Town to celebrate the New Year. To learn more, visit the Epic Enabled web site at www.epic-enabled.com
or write them at info@epic-enabled.com

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5. SWITZERLAND, PARIS & VERSAILLES 


Hilton Purvis and Loretta Jakubiec, of South Africa, share their latest journey to Switzerland’s top cities and Alpine scenery, followed by the beauty and artistic wonders of Paris & Versailles. http://www.globalaccessnews.com/switzparisverailles03.htm

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6. PARIS LOWERED-FLOOR BUSES


Travelers, who catch Paris fever after reading about Hilton & Loretta’s European journey, may find the following link to Paris’ lowered-floor buses useful.
http://www.citefutee.com/informer/reseau_surface.php

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