GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME IV, NUMBER 10, October 2003
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Welcome to the October 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. PRAISE FOR JET BLUE
2. PUERTO VALLARTA: VARLO & MAR
3. THE EUROPEAN YEAR OF DISABLED PEOPLE: GERMANY
4. LONDON’S LATEST
5. FRANCE: LA PETITE FERME
6. NEVERLAND TOUR: NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIA

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1. PRAISE FOR JET BLUE


Molly Denza shared her praise for the relatively new airline, Jet Blue, which is now famous for its low-cost fares.

Molly writes: I have a trip scheduled on Jet Blue for November. Now while I haven't actually flown on them yet, I did have a very positive experience with them. I e-mailed them explaining that I was disabled and would be traveling alone. I was flying Jet Blue to JFK where I would have to get my luggage and transfer to another terminal. Within an hour, I received a call at home from a Jet Blue employee who wanted to know what services they could provide for me. They arranged for a wheelchair, a gate pass for my son so he could escort me to the plane, an assistant and wheelchair in JFK to get my luggage and take me to the special needs desk, and finally they arranged for the sn desk (run by the Port Authority) to transport me and my luggage to the other terminal where American Airline personnel would take over assisting me. I call that service with a capitol S.! I'll see what actually happens when I fly, but I'm impressed by their thoughtfulness in calling me at home when e-mail would have done.
Molly Denza

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2. PUERTO VALLARTA: VARLO & MAR

If the sea and sand of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico are beckoning you, but you need assured accessible accommodations, transportation, etc., consider Varlo & Mar. They provide oxygen, mobility equipment, such as wheelchairs, and other appliances delivered to your hotel. They also provide comfortable suites, roll-in access to showers, and transportation for people with disabilities. To learn more, visit http://www.accesiblemexico.com/frmenaboutus.htm

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3. THE EUROPEAN YEAR OF DISABLED PEOPLE: GERMANY


Germany, in honor of The European Year of Disabled People, is publicizing a wide range of travel opportunities that provide barrier-free accommodations, activities, and services. Visit http://www.germany-tourism.de/e/1583.html to find a collection of helpful links for planning your trip.

If Berlin is on your travel list, don’t miss this Berlin for the Handicapped web site featuring everything from accommodations to sightseeing and transportation. http://www.btm.de/english/zielgruppen/e_zg_behinderte.html

For in-depth knowledge of all the access that Germany offers, consider FMG Verlag’s three guides, which are available in German:

Handicapped Journeys Germany details 1000 wheelchair-suitable hotels, pensions and holiday houses throughout the country. Its 560 pages include door widths, and accessible entrances, bathrooms, and more.

Handicapped Journeys Abroad lists 900 wheelchair-suitable accommodations in Europe and worldwide. 540 pages.
Journeys for Handicapped Ones presents the programs of 90 tour operators, associations and organizations, which specialize in journeys for disabled people.130 pages.

Their magazine, Handicapped Courier, for wheelchair users is available six times annually and covers journeys and culture.

For additional information on these publications, visit
http://www.fmg-verlag.de/hotelfuhrer.html
E-Mail: fmg-verlag@t-online.de
Tel. 02159-815 622
Fax. 02159 815,624

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 4. LONDON’S LATEST

London Town.com
contains an updated list of newly accessible attractions in London. Don’t miss the excellent links to “A Night on the Town” for that special evening, “Traveling Around,” which provides accessible transportation updates and “Traveler’s Tips” for more accessible venues.
http://www.londontown.com/London/Open_doors_the_best_of_new_London/KEY:IERJU0FCTEVE

The ultimate London access guide is the new 2003 edition of Access in London by Gordon Couch. The new 438-page edition is a cornucopia of access information on everything from accessible accommodation and bathrooms to public transportation. Learn more at
http://www.accessproject-phsp.org/london/about.htm

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 5. FRANCE: LA PETITE FERME

La Petite Ferme
provides a wheelchair accessible gite (self-catering cottage), located on France’s Southern Brittany/Western Loire border. The cottage has three bedrooms and sleeps eight people.

The kitchen is equipped with gas cooker, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine, and a wood-burning fireplace.
According to the owners, wheelchair users will find easy access in the cottage’s spacious kitchen, diner, and lounge. All the kitchen facilities are at a low level.

The ground-floor double bedroom has an adjacent shower room and bathroom where all amenities provide spacious access, including the shower.

There is easy, level access through the French doors onto the south-facing patio, which features patio furniture and a BBQ.
Avessac, the local village, is just 8kms away, and from Redon, (12kms away) visitors can hop the TGV (high-speed train) to Paris. To learn more about La Petite Ferme, visit http://www.lapetiteferme.freeola.net/

La Petite Ferme
La Roche Buttée, Avessac, Brittany 44460.
E-mail: cathydave.pierce@tiscali.fr
Tel. 0033 299910847

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 6. NEVERLAND TOUR: NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIA

Clint and Lois Thistle, of Vancouver, Washington, share the joys of the total access they experienced with Neverland Tours while visiting New Zealand and Australia. http://www.globalaccessnews.com/neverlandtour.htm

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