Short Haul Weekend

Breaks by John Killick


E GOT a message from my new wife’s youngest daughter, ‘Mum, I will be in Paris in a fortnights time for a

conference!’ etc. She lives in Australia with her husband and two sons, so we don’t get to see them very often. Equally, she has to be back in Australia for a school presentation and will not have time to pop home. It is said wife’s birthday that weekend and I have forgotten to get her a present!!! Paris for a weekend sounds like just the answer. How do we get

Eiffel Tower

there? One could drive, take a coach trip, Eurostar or a flight? No trouble for us we don’t have a disability to cater for! But suppose your husband or wife

decided to take you to Paris for the weekend at short notice! Depending on your disability he or she is going to have to make some quick decisions and some even faster arrangements. However, it is possible. First, means of transport. For a short

weekend, driving and coach would take too long, unless you live in Kent or someplace very close so it will have to be train or plane. Train connections, unless you live in the Home Counties area may be a problem! However, Eurostar is very comfortable, reasonably priced,

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and you have time to book assistance (24hrs notice is required for rail travel)! This was my first wife’s favourite answer to arriving in Europe with all the bits of her wheelchair!! Same can’t be said for airlines, though I hear a lot less horror stories on this subject! If you live outside the South East then the only practical solution may be flying. For a start off it is a lot cheaper and faster than rail and will probably be direct from your regional airport. The difference in price from Newcastle was enormous! First requirement

for flying is the assistance you will require. This is a bit more complicated than a rail journey; every airport has a different way of doing it. Some you make the arrangements with the airline, some with the airport. However, get it right and you will have a good and seamless flight experience. The best way is to book through a specialist travel agent and they

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