GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE

VOLUME VII, NUMBER 2, February 2006

Copyright © 2006, Global Access News

http://www.globalaccessnews.com/

 

CHANGES: Please note the new Internet address above: Global Access News.

 

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Welcome to the February 2006 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. NEW WEB SITE NAME: GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS

2. REYKJAVIK, ICELAND’S ACCESSIBLE BUS

3. CROATIA: ACCESSIBLE APARTMENT

4. CINQUE TERRE, ITALY PATH

5. NEW DELHI’S ACCESS UPGRADES
6. DISABLED LIFE IN CUBA

7. GREECE ACCESS 2006

 

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1. NEW WEB SITE NAME: GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS

 

Please note our new web site name, Global Access News, and visit us at our new address:

 

http://www.globalaccessnews.com/

 

I hope everyone enjoys the new site, Global Access News. It took me about a month to transfer the extensive data from the old location. I thought that I had started that site about 7 years ago. But as I transferred the archived reports and saw one that was dated 1995 and several dated 1996, I realized how long disabled travelers have been sending in reports and tips. Thanks to everyone who’s added to the expanding on-line access knowledge. Global Access News would look very empty without your generous participation.

 

Readers may initially come across some broken links and missing pieces on the new site, but bear with me as I refine it. For now, the basic information is there, and I will continue to upgrade it. As I do, I’ll be celebrating not having to deal with pop-up ads and the whims of free domain sites like Yahoo any longer.

 

All my best,

 

Marti Gacioch

 

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2. REYKJAVIK, ICELAND’S ACCESSIBLE BUS

 

Mindy Desens, of Lucky Mindy Adventures, wrote to share the news about Reykjavik Iceland’s new accessible airport bus that will transport passengers from Keflavik International Airport into downtown, as well do day tours.

 

The 57-seat coach, owned by Reykjavik Excursions, will be available in April. While it has regular seats, four of them can be removed to accommodate each wheelchair passenger, but wheelchair users need to request that the seats be removed in advance.

Desens, who visits Iceland frequently with tours for developmentally disabled people, reports that Iceland has a number of accessible hotels and activities, and that most streets have good curb cuts.

 

Desens has graciously offered to share her ongoing access finds with Global Access News.

 

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3. CROATIA: ACCESSIBLE APARTMENT
 

Sinisa Strbac, of Australia, wrote to announce the availability of her two accessible apartments on the Croatian coast.  Strbac has SMA and uses a power chair. Her apartments are 500 meters from cafés and restaurants, 300 meters from the beach and 15 minutes away from Split Airport. There is also a fully accessible van available. Contact Strbac to determine if her apartments suit your particular access needs.

sinisa_strbac@yahoo.com.au

 

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3. CINQUE TERRE, ITALY PATH
 

Bea H. wrote to say that even though most of Italy’s Cinque Terre’s steep coastal hill paths require the agility of a mountain goat, the last section Via dell'Amore (Walk of Love) between Manarola and Riomaggiore can easily be maneuvered in a wheelchair.

 

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4. NEW DELHI’S ACCESS UPGRADES

 

New Delhi’s new accessible bus shelters will be completed by mid-February. The new shelters will provide audio bus announcements for visually impaired people and parking places for wheelchair users. The new shelter designs are reportedly compatible with the city’s new low-floor buses.

 

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  5. DISABLED LIFE IN CUBA
 

Thanks to Mary, M. of Halifax, Nova Scotia for sending this informative and enlightening piece about how disabled Cubans fare on that tropical island.

http://www.atnet.org/news/2003/feb03/020101.htm

 

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6. GREECE ACCESS 2006
 

If you’re planning a trip to Greece this year, don’t miss About.com’s updated accessible Greece comments at this address: http://gogreece.about.com/od/disabledtravel/a/greekaccess.htm

 

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