Brugges, Belgium & Cyprus
by Katherine Wesson 2002  

Katherine Wesson graciously sent mini reviews of her visits to Bruges, Belgium and Cyprus.

Christmas 2000. I spent a week at the Royal Court Apartments - Atlantica Hotel, Limassol, Cyprus.  All public rooms, swimming pool etc. had level access.  With a bit of ingenuity, the bedroom was also accessible.  Hotel staff were excellent-- nothing too much trouble for them.  Limassol is level and the airport staff was very helpful.

September 2000.I visited Bruges, Belgium and stayed at the Hotel Flandres, which is very wheelchair accessible. The staff were excellent, and the room was huge but hard to get into the bath for a shower - not for the faint hearted. There weren't any grab rails in the bathroom, but the wash basin was very sturdy. The shower head was removable from the riser. Airport staff etc. were also excellent - no problems, but don't try the railway system unless you get the train to Brussels Central for Bruges. There are stairs everywhere else! Bruges being below sea level means that most buildings have at least one step up to them, but the staff will help you. Most historic buildings were accessible.  All the cafes were accessible. Beer excellent. Take a good cushion for all the cobblestones though!  Most of the museums were wheelchair accessible and one even had a glass elevator & stair lift in its medieval building. Some museums were ground floor anyway. There wasn't any wheelchair access onto the canal boats, but several strong men helped me into the boat with me using my crutches. The man in the ticket office looked after my wheelchair. It's a good way to meet people.

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