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Travel without tears: a lesson in accessible travel

Improving access in Eifel National Park Germany

Travel without tears What is accessible tourism? Why does it matter? And who benefits from investment into it? I end my season of posts on barrier free travel in Germany‘s Rhineland with a large piece of Black Forest gateaux and a flick through some of the region’s barrier free achievements… Accessible chocolate cake We are […]

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A visit to the other Eifel: an accessible National Park

Eifel National Park

A visit to the other Eifel If I told you I’d just come from the Eifel, you might think I’d been in Paris. In fact the Eifel National Park is one of Germany’s national treasures, with 110 sq kilometres of untouched forest-scape. But the highlights of this park aren’t all naturally occurring; imaginative man made […]

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Koblenz: This is a ‘Boy’s Own’ City

Koblenz confluence of Rhine and Mosel

Koblenz -a ‘Boy’s Own’ City Koblenz is a great city for some old fashioned lads and dads bonding. It has battles and boats, castles and cable cars. And its most famous son is a naughty boy. As part of my accessible Germany season I took a testosterone filled tour…         Let’s start […]

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Behind the scenes tour: Staatstheater Mainz

On Stage Staatstheater Mainz

Behind the scenes at Staatstheater Mainz Have you ever taken a behind-the-scenes tour of a theatre or opera house? Most cities offer this glimpse into the land of make believe. We did a great one at the Marionetten Theater in Vienna. They’re a good way to see some tricks as well as get under the […]

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Talking Point 3: Travel for all?

Eifel National Park Zen Bench

Travel for all?  This picture of me reclining on a sun lounger was taken in Germany last week. I know I’m laughing in the photo but it wasn’t funny. It wasn’t really a sunbed, and there wasn’t any sun. My woodland chaise longue was a ‘zen’ lounger; a leaf shaped installation in The Eifel National […]

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Landesmuseum Mainz: accessible art & history

Viewing in the Landesmuseum Mainz

You’d have to have been snoozing harder than Sleeping Beauty to have missed the spectacle of London 2012 Paralympic Games. But while the competition brought elite athletes from all over the globe together in London, how easy is it for ordinary people with limited mobility or sensory difficulties to get away from home? I spent […]

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What am I now? A female solo travel blogger?

Family shot - Kirstie and kids 2008

What am I now? A female solo travel blogger? This week I am going to Germany. ON MY OWN.  As I rarely leave the country without three constantly squabbling accessories, and a husband to shuffle the passports and sort out the car hire, it’ll be a shock to the system. But on the plus side […]

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