GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE
VOLUME III, NUMBER 10, October 2002
Copyright © 2002, Global Access News

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Welcome to the October 2002 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. THOMAS SHORE EXCURSIONS AVAILABLE
2. BRITAIN ON A BUDGET
3. SOUTH AFRICA: SUN CITY / PILANSBERG RESORT
4. LAS VEGAS FOR WHEELIES
5. EPIC ENABLED: SOLAR ECLIPSE TOUR
6. ACCESSIBLE FRENCH BUNGALOWS & CAMPING

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1. ST. THOMAS SHORE EXCURSIONS AVAILABLE


Disabled cruise lovers have reason to celebrate. In June, Princess Cruises announced that accessible shore excursions of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands are now available. Princess Cruises has contracted with the St. Thomas company, Accessible Adventures, to make these shore visits available for wheelchair users and people with mobility concerns. Prices are $32 for adults and $22 for children. The accessible trolley used for these excursions has a lift and wheelchair tie-downs to accommodate up to three wheelchairs. There are two accessible restrooms available on the tour route and one on the island’s 1500-foot mountaintop, which offers a lift to the observation deck. The view from the mountaintop includes Magen’s Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. From Skyline Drive, Tour groups also take in views of St. John and other British Virgin Islands.
According to a Princess spokesperson, future tours are being developed for more Caribbean destinations, For additional information, visit www.princess.com
or Accessible Adventures, go to www.accessvi.com

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2. BRITAIN ON A BUDGET


Lisa Elaine White and her partner, Aaron, traveled from Perth, Australia via Singapore to Great Britain. Lisa uses a wheelchair to facilitate traveling with a bilateral amputation. While their journey was challenging at times,  it proved to be both affordable and doable. Come along as they cover the map of Britain. http://www.globalaccessnews.com/britainbudget02.htm

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3. SOUTH AFRICA: SUN CITY / PILANSBERG RESORT


Hilton Purvis, a wheelchair user with spinal muscular atrophy, and his wife, Loretta, are frequent contributors to Global Access. Their recent journey to one of South Africa’s finest resorts provided both a luxurious getaway and an up-close look at magnificent wildlife. Share their experience at http://www.globalaccessnews.com/suncitypilansberg.htm

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4. LAS VEGAS FOR WHEELIES

Bonnie Arthur, who travels with a wheelchair, opted to travel solo from Detroit, Michigan to Las Vegas, Nevada. Come along as she shares the access and freedom of her fun-filled holiday.
http://www.globalaccessnews.com/vegas02.htm

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5. EPIC ENABLED: SOLAR ECLIPSE TOUR


Epic Enabled Tours, of South Africa,
announced its December 2002 Solar Eclipse Tour of Kruger National Park. This is the last eclipse in this region for the next 28 years. Epic Enabled is well-known for its fully accessible safaris through South Africa’s famous game park, so here’s an opportunity to enjoy two natural wonders---the magnificent wildlife and a celestial event. To learn more write info@epic-enabled.com or visit: their website at www.epic-enabled.com

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6. ACCESSIBLE FRENCH BUNGALOWS & CAMPING


Yolan Koster-Dreese, of the Netherlands, wrote to share the news of accessible holiday bungalows and camping in France. Yolan writes: “I felt free as a bird in this French holiday park. I spent my two-week vacation in l'Accolade, a park with 12 completely accessible cottages and about 12 camping spots. The houses have either two or four sleeping rooms and are all very complete as far as beds, kitchen, floor heating, terraces, etc. are concerned. You do not have to bring anything from home except yourself. All other facilities - the pool, the restaurant, the toilet facilities, phone, storage, playground, etc. – were designed with wheelchair users in mind. For the first time in my 50 years, I spent my vacation without any hindrances. Whatever I needed, it was there: a special bed, an extra scooter, a chair to get you into the sea, and personal assistance on your command. It was fantastic. The park is situated at the Ile d'Oleron, an island between Bordeaux and La Rochelle, France in the Atlantic Ocean. The island is connected to the mainland via a large bridge. The park has a low and a high area; and both are connected with a lift. The lovely Domino Beach is about 800 meters from the entrance. If you have the right conditions and some time on your hands, you could jump straight into the ocean and swim over to New York.” Visit l'Accolade at http://www.l-accolade.nl/

The park is open from May until November. Other arrangements can be discussed. The website is currently available in Dutch only, but you can send any questions in English, French or German to info@l-accolade.nl

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Thanks for sharing!

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