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Accessible Poland

Having arrived from our long drive from Spain, we recovered in the beautiful nature of West Poland. I also caught up on my work, and managed to read a book or two – which is unusual!

I was asked by Lonely Planet to present on a couple of their #TravelforAll Periscopes. Unfortunately the Periscope comments and questions don’t show on the below videos. But the views, particularly from Lake Lubikowo, are stunning to see.

Through my quick broadcasts I explain about the Polish regions, how Wrocław is a European City of culture, the yummy cuisine, and that the people are so friendly.

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Bask For All: Part Two

Welcome back to my musings on the beautiful area of the Basque country in northern Spain. The long wait is finally over to hear all about “the most accessible hotel I’ve ever stayed in”.

Now, I know I’m a positive optimist with a ‘glass half full’ perspective on life. However I’ve never said such a huge compliment before about an accessible travel accommodation. That is until I stayed in Astoria 7, San Sebastian.

As I rolled into the lobby everything looked familiar and usual. Of course the parking, step free access and lift were essential. This rightly is becoming more normal these days for disabled travellers. Then we headed for the room, named the ‘John Travolta’ room (every room is named after a famous actor due to the San Sebastian film festival theme). After being struck by the many photos of the famous actor, I was struck by many more surprises.

We were shown how the ceiling hoist (something you rarely ever see in a hotel) was designed to go from the bed to the bathroom, over the toilet and into the wetroom shower. There was also a double drainage system allowing a support assistant to stand with more room (and without floods).

The real kicker for me was the assistive technology that was installed. By using a variety of hardware options (a large or small remote control, or a bleeper system for those without arm function, or the iPad provided, or your own smart phone with the relevant app installed) everything was possible!

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