Disabled Travelers: I suppose you could blame it on its centuries-old streets, but Paris has only recently started making a concerted effort to become accessible for people with disabilities. While the city still won’t win any prizes for accessibility (tortuous sidewalks, few ramps at public facilities, endless stairways in Métro stations), slow and steady progress has been made (perhaps the reason the city bagged the bid for the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics), with over 60 wheelchair-accessible bus lines, several RER stations, and stations on the Métro line 14. Access to all tram lines is flush with the ground, though you might have to navigate a curb to get to the station. To find the closest accessible stations, maps, and more, visit www.vianavigo.com/accessibilite (click on English, then “My easy transports”) or call 09-70-81-83-85 (in French). Many museums are now accessible; visit their websites for details. Several art museums even offer tactile visits for the blind. Many hotels with three or more stars (under the French national rating system, not ours) have at least one wheelchair-accessible room. Hotels that are particularly sensitive to the subject may bear the “Tourisme & Handicaps” label. The Paris Tourist Office (www.parisinfo.com) has a good listing of accessible hotels on its site, as well as plenty of other info and links for travelers with disabilities. Click “Practical Paris” and then “Visiting Paris with a Disability.” One other good resource is Sage Traveling (http://www.sagetraveling.com/paris-accessible-travel), which organizes wheelchair-accessible tours and offers a gold-mine of tips for navigating the city.
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