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Puerto Rico
Curb free with cory lee Discovering the Beauty of Wheelchair Accessible San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico: A View of Dorado Beach Resort

Puerto Rico
the Disabled Foodie reviews accessible restaurants in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico
Rolling without limits blog:Exotic, Accessible Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico
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St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
The World On Wheels blogs about a trip to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

St. John U.S. Virgin Islands
St. John U.S. Virgin Islands: Paradise (Lost?)

St. Thomas | US Virgin Islands
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Country visited

United States

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

Las Vegas

Month and year of visit

June last year: 2014

Mobility equipment used

Manual self-propelled wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

However long it takes us to get out to Las Vegas
It’s worth it just to see the contrasts of the city.
In the desert, not deserted, it’s hot (cold air inserted).
Fine art & lots that’s tacky
Great landscape photography.
This permanence of change, of excellence a range.
In hotels of higher calibre than ours (the Excalibur)
Go to Mandalay, Venice, Paris or even Caesar’s palace.
It’s all so highly charged- static electricity at large.
Behaviour lacking reck, is discouraged here like heck
At the Venetian Hotel to cross the false Rialto
“WHEELCHAIRS ARE NOT PERMITTED
ON THE MOVING WALKWAYS FITTED.”
(Or words to that effect)-(health and safety I expect).
We, of course, knew better, we can use a travelator.
(no steps like escalators or jumps like paternosters)
It was OK going up- we made it to the top.
Traversing the crown, it seemed steeper going down!
The descent was quite exciting,
Hands & brakes with friction fighting
By ignoring that poster,
We’d a wheelchair roller-coaster.
Surviving in Las Vegas, advice is never vague as
“In the heat don’t run, just amble
And never, ever gamble”.
There’s free stuff to enjoy, Americans to annoy
By looking, never buying the art they are supplying.
The fountains at Belagio and the Mirage’s “volcano”.

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United States

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

The Grand Circle (Nevada, Arizona &Utah)

Month and year of visit

June last year 2014

Mobility equipment used

Manual self-propelled wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

Anticlockwise we will go round the Colorado plateau.
“Why do they call it ‘grand’? that term is far too bland”
Overheard a man did say at Grand Canyon one day.
They should have called it “wow”- magnificent & how!
We saw elk and condor, coyote, deer and more.
“FEEDINGWILDLIFE IS ILLEGAL”
(They don’t want an ill eagle)
Tell the squirrels mugging us, - for food- what a fuss!
As spectacular as it gets, we stayed until the sun sets.
In Arizona, the next stage is the town of Page.
“Forty two” is the answer
To the question “what’s the temperature?"
Down the Colorado we float, on a rubber boat.
The Americans called it “awesome”
It was great- we even saw some
Bighorn sheep, a condor, osprey and a beaver.
Plus a welcome drop in heat as the water’s only eight.
(Celcius or forty seven Fahrenheit).
At the motel, a mystery befell.
We observed a man go in to reception with a bin.
Then an insect did encroach
Our bathroom – a cockroach.
“We expect that” said my wife
But she didn’t preserve wildlife.
Next was monument valley – a place to linger & dally.
We note, wherever we go, the workers are Navajo.
But only women its seems, do men supply the genes?
Moab brews good beer with fish and chips we hear.
When bought with food- the beer is good!
We had “derailleur ale” and “squeaky bike” on sale.
In Canyonlands and Arches
National Parks there are no searches
By security guards; they’re clever
We‘ll do less harm than weather.
Up, down, eroded, weathered,
Never equalled , seldom bettered.
Our expectations duly loaded,
To the plateau’s edge eroded.
Butch Cassidy’s “hole in the wall,”
We’ve been here before I recall.
To the canyon named after Bryce -it’s really very nice.
Even ‘though we are staying in Tropic
Weathering, not weather’s the topic.
The geological forms, way beyond norms
Make columns known as hoodoos
For dramatic and beautiful views.
America is vast. Americans see it fast.
But when speed is king- they don’t see a thing.
Bryce Canyon named after the geezer
Who lived here- old Ebineezer
“It’s a helluva place you know in which to lose a cow”
Ebineezer once said. We saw a skunk – dead
In the middle of the road- not its usual abode.
Plus chipmunks & raven in this pronghorn deer haven.
Prairie dogs & ground squirrels, the buffalo thrill us.
What does ten thousand feet bring?
In June at Cedar Breaks - spring!
This was at the low end of our 10 to 40 degree trend.
Utah on the whole is peaceful, they favour gun control
On this they make a stand-
“Control the gun with both hands”.
Zion- tree squirrels today, that’s
Muggers, mule deer and bats.
However, without doubt, it’s tourists in - animals out.
“Save water” – yes of course,
So you can water the golf course!
Back to Grand Canyon (North Rim)
Where it’s cooler and lights are dim.
At night we see stars and planets like Mars
It’s the great outdoors with a talk on condors.
To open our room door in less than half an hour
Is really very hard with the lock and key card
Which the lodge supplies- take it by surprise!
For unsuccessful attempts frustration foments
To calm us from abuse we’ll go and see the views.
The Colorado Plateau anticlockwise
It’s hard to understand its size.
Ten hours’ flight afar, two thousand miles by car.
Nevada, Arizona, Utah. 6 National- other parks 4.
It has been an education- well worth the perspiration.

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Country visited

United States

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

New York

Month and year of visit

September last year ; 2014

Mobility equipment used

Manual self-propelled wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

Staying a week in New York’s Manhattan
I know the sunshine will have an effect.
So when we go for a walk I’ve my hat on
To Battery Park - to view the sunset.
We visited the Statue of Liberty
And the Ellis Island museum.
Many photographs are a necessity
And the boat ride to get there is fun.
New York, an evening return to our hotel
We were strolling, rather than hurrying.
The wildlife saw the trash bags as well
On the sidewalk – we saw rats scurrying!
For Brits that’s rubbish on the pavement
And some folks, I’m sure rats would scare
But to me this was just entertainment
Feeling brave from my wheelchair!
Everyone’s helpful and pleasant.
Wheelchair users get to front of queues.
The courtesy shown is incessant
And no one else uses our loos.

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United States

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawai'i

Month and year of visit

September last year ; 2014

Mobility equipment used

Manual self-propelled wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

Waikiki’s a laid back kind of place
Ideal for leisure or thrill searchers.
Here, life is lived at a slower pace
Sit in the shade- admire the surfers.
Some have been here since the seventies
No longer – these homeless have sinned.
Cleared out, they’ll you tell their stories
One should hear them from somewhere upwind.
Hawai’i ‘s in the middle of nowhere
So someone tell me the reason please
With no state from which to go there
Why has it three interstate highways?
Getting around Honolulu, TheBus
Is easy if one’s got the time.
Operators are laid back, there’s no fuss
The service is more than just fine.
The timetable, if there is one, is fiction.
As with any city bus service.
It’s an optimistic prediction
But the value for money is marvellous.
TheBus is a good place to cool off
Wheelchair access or even on feet.
The driver will inform where to get off
It’s pot luck if one gets a seat.
My advantage in this is a wheelchair
(I access the bus with a ramp).
This is considered by some as unfair
But at value for money – I’m champ!
Like the Cornish Mile, the Hawaiian minute
Is a mixture of guesstimate and wish.
Neither’s a precisely defined unit
And can loosely be defined as “ish”.
A day at the Polynesian Cultural Centre
We bought a tour from “local expert”.
Transport provided to where one must enter
I even wore my Hawaiian shirt.
It’s a bit like an Epcot for Pacific islands
But a lot more tasteful than Disney.
Visiting, the experience one understands
Perpetuates idyllic myth if there is any.
Don’t miss “Samoa” – linger don’t be hasty
And the “Ha” show – there’s lots of dancing.
There’s an included buffet meal that’s very tasty
Apart from “poi” it’s holiday enhancing.

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United States

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

Los Angeles, CA

Month and year of visit

Jan 2015

Mobility equipment used

Motorised / electrical wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

Accessibility Score: Excellent (20/25)for further information on this destination please go to http://wheelchairtravel.org/los-angeles-ca

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United States

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

New York City

Month and year of visit

June 2015

Mobility equipment used

Motorised / electrical wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

Accessibility Score: Moderate (19/25)
for further information on this destination from the mperspective of a wheelchair traveller, please go to http://wheelchairtravel.org/new-york-city-ny/

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United States

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

St. Pete's Beach

Month and year of visit

February 2016

Mobility equipment used

Manual self-propelled wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

It was a sunny stay in St Pete’s Beach
On Florida’s west coast.
Art and nature within reach
But sunshine matters most.
The stunning views from this hotel
Like dawn across the bay
Or sunset o’er the gulf as well
Take one’s breath away.
As does the wind, from the north
Which adds a wind chill factor.
When one plans to sally forth
That’s a factor to consider.
Our hotel room was very nice
A large bed plus a huge one.
A balcony that did suffice
When the wind died down some.
Thin walls (but not the floor)
Mean one can hear the flurry
Of everything goes on next door.
(If you read this- then- sorry!).
Housekeeping- here there’s no surprise
Towels folded well, in my view.
Not good at topping up supplies.
(Except those we do not use).
It started well, admitted;
For a few days, nothing amiss.
But coffee and shampoo were omitted
(There are three explanations for this).
So Grand? – I think not
Plaza? – there’s a car park
Because the Spinners’ Bistro’s hot
There’s no spaces after dark.
Their “Spinners’” revolving restaurant
Has to be reviewed.
The menu showed the things we want.
Steaks and good sea food.
The quality was excellent
As too was the service.
In this rotating restaurant
We became returnists.
One’s table revolves in an hour.
That’s ten seconds per degree
At the top of the hotel tower
It’s a view that is a must-see.
Prices? Up by twelve percent
As a premium for that view.
We got soup, mains, drinks that went
To a hundred dollars for two.
We did go back again
To check the review’s not faulty
(Included starter with the main)
We found it all quite salty.
This place is called a “bistro”
They served us “soup de jour”.
The view’s the reason people go
The food comes up twelve floors.

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Country visited

United States

Area visited (Town / City / Region)

New York City

Month and year of visit

Oct 2016

Mobility equipment used

Power (motorised) wheelchair

My general opinion of the holiday

Having never taken my powerchair on a plane before i thought lets just go for it. Avery enjoyable week in New York.

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