Have you ever been on the bottom of the canyon? Not like you are standing on the edge of it, someone pushes you and you are falling down into abyss. You actually decide to jump. Never happened to me. I had an opportunity in Luxemburg. Nature decided to have some privacy from people but they still found the solution to go to the bottom of canyon, the solution is an elevator. That's how we co-exist.
And if talk about something unusual I've noticed that fences are made below the eye level of the person in a wheelchair. This means we enjoy views the same way as others, instead of looking through the cracks in the fence.
Versailles is incredibly accessible. There three different aspects. First of all, the town is flat and convenient, everything is build thinking of people. Sidewalks have lowering on the crossroads, ramps where needed. Second, the Versailles Palace. At the entrance there is a ramp along with stairs. The ramp is very good, no wonder most visitors are using it, ignoring the stairs. Inside there is a disabled toiled and loads of stairs. French kings used to love stairs but we prefer comfort. Therefore the palace is equipped with elevators. Most likely you won't be able to find it on your own so ask staff for it. They will take you to the elevator through the hidden doors J Third of all, the train station. It has stairs but there is also a very convenient ramp.
Talking about Paris it got quite a bit of barriers. Unfortunately, all the trains have stairs and staff is not helping to get on a train. Moreover, elevators on the train station didn't work. I had to go up and down using stairs. Also toilets in the French capital were disgusting which could be explained by a large number of tourists and lack of manners.
In the city tactile tiles are worn out in some places. We have seen the same in Bordeaux.
But with regard to other aspects of accessibility Bordeaux could be an exapmle to many cities. Once the whole town was just stairs but now they try to make it accessible. All the crossings have lowering sometimes they are quite creative. See photo above/below. And tactile tiles, it's worn out only in some places.
Pedestrian crossings are slightly elevated which makes it comfortable for people and warns drivers to lower the speed. Also in France pedestrian traffic lights are located lower than in Ukraine. Makes it easier to see.
Many streets in the town are made of paving stones but you don't notice it on the wheelchair. It is flat and very comfortable for pedestrians. You also see a lot of runners and cyclists, there is a lot of facilities for them.
We took a tram ride. Distance from the platform to the tram is less than 2 cm. For trams it was invented to provide protected electricity on the ground. Where it is not possible to carry out power lines outside, they are fitted in the middle of the rails.
There is a toilet on each stop and it's free. It's being cleaned automatically. Time in the toilet is limited, only 15 minutes. After 15 minutes doors open automatically. You have to be quick.
And, of course, ramps. They are conveniently located where you need it. They duplicate the stairs or fully replace them. At all river stations, people are going up and down to the ship using ramp instead of stairs.
In San Sebastian, in the house where Tanya and Nicholas hosted us, we faced the stairs. There was no elevator, but we saw a lift which was locked. Ouch, we don't have the key. Luckily neighbors helped us out. We managed to get to the first floor where we found the elevator.
Barcelona is another very accessible city. We took a ride in the metro. It has elevators and tactile tiles everywhere. Even if a station has a ramp, it always has an elevator. There is quite a lot of equipped restrooms around the city. Most of the street lowering are perfectly built but there were some that were slightly high. It wasn't too bad for me but people who have weak wrists wouldn't be able to.
I had to get changed in the middle of the beach, Kostya was covering me with plaid. It was slightly awkward. Only on our way out from the beach, we noticed the toilet for people with limited mobility. It was locked. Svitlana, our friend, read the instruction and went to the nearest restaurant for the key. Checked out the toilet, it was convenient.
We got used to admiring Europe. No wonder. Its cities are barrier-free and comfortable for everyone. Here people know what a universal design is and embody its principles. Yes, Europe is not flawless indeed. You saw it yourself. However, it is a good example to follow for us.
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