Welcome to the World of Travel for the Handicapped and Disabled

Over the last 17 years, we have found ways to enjoy world travel despite our physical limitations. We hope our blog will inform and encourage you to step out or roll out into the world.

Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

In our journey Berlin to Budapest we have already showed you it is possible to navigate airports…fly from country to county…and how to get from A to B… but what if you can get there, only to realize you might not get to see what your heart’s desire is to see? You go to plan C…D, E, F…


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Hilly Buda and flat Pest – Budapest

The two formerly separate cities, Buda and Pest, lie on the opposite sides of River Danube.  Today, with the 19th-century Chain Bridge connecting its hilly Buda district with flat Pest, they form Hungary’s capitol city, Budapest.   Castle Hill, Buda’s Old Town, is not to be missed.  Here, you will find the Budapest History Museum tracing life from Roman times, Trinity Square, home to 13th-century Matthias Church, and the turrets of the Fishermen’s Bastion, which provide a beautiful overview of the city below.


We found the city to filled with interesting history and beauty.  We spend 4 days and could have used a couple more.

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The Great Synagogue on Dohány Street, largest Synagogue in Europe

Weeping Willow Tree Jewish Memorial Budapest We took a guided tour of the Dohany Street Synagogue with a small group.  We found it fascinating, touching, and inspiring.  Parts of the museum were handicap accessible and others were not.  They did have an elevator to help me get to the second floor.  I was content to wait for the others while they climbed the stairs to the other floors.

The Byzantine-Moorish style synagogue constructed between 1844-1859 was unique unto itself, nothing like we had ever seen.  The largest synagogue in Europe, 3,000 people can enter.  The onion-shaped domes atop the twin towers symbolize the two columns of Solomon’s Temple.

The synagogue was very handicapped friendly and I was able to see all the main floor.  I did not try the balcony, therefore I am not sure if there was an elevator.  

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Vienna Boy’s Choir

We have always dreamed about hearing the Vienna Boys choir in Austria. Now we were traveling from Prague, Czech Republic, to Budapest…so we planned to spend the night in Vienna, Austria. As fortune would have it they were to sing at 9:00 am the following morning in Hofburg Chapel (Hofburgkapelle) in the Imperial Palace.

All was going to plan until we realized our seats were in the balcony…and there was no way to get there but up the stairs! With my disabilities it was an impossible task. As usual we pray about every difficulty and road block. God sent angels to the rescue and the church staff kindly allowed me to sit right up front…less than 10 feet from Vienna choir boys! I would say the church was definitely handicap friendly.

First we observed Sunday morning mass. The entire service was peaceful and heart warming.

Then the “Boys” sang like angels. Due to the acoustics in the chapel, their magnificent voices raised to the ceiling and then gently fell and encompassed us.  It was magical and transported ones spirit into another realm…

We were all so blessed to be a part of incredible performance. And yes…we did not forget to thank the church staff and God too!
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Budapest Marriott on the Danube River in Hungary

We had an amazing time at the Budapest Marriott. We are Gold Elite Marriott Members and received a super price on a corner suite.  It was fantastic, to say the least.  We had a little kitchen kind of area with a microwave, a huge dining/office/living area, and a nice big bedroom.  The corner suite gave you a view from every room!  We over looked the Danube River, Parliament Building, Chain Bridge, and Fishermen’s Bastion across the Danube.   Read More …

Harrods of London

Harrods

Harrods of London…

Harrods is an upmarket department store located on Brompton Road in Knightsbridge, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London. Read More …

Our Train Ride to Budapest

Our trip to Budapest from Vienna was a little exciting, to say the least.  We could not find a van rental company which would let us drive from Vienna to Budapest.  We took the train, instead.  Normally, trains are very consistent, but the flood was something we could not have planned for.  

Family waiting for train in Vienna heading for Budapest

Family waiting for train in Vienna heading for Budapest

We boarded the train in Vienna and headed for Hungary.  The travelers behind spoke English and as the ticket taker was punching their tickets, we heard the the conversation.  The train employee told them they would board a bus to transfer to another train station.  I am thinking, “Gosh, they had bad connections.”  Our trip connected to the next stop.  Everyone got off the train, but us.  In a few minutes, the passengers behind us came back on board to tell us the train could not proceed because of the flood.  We quickly unloaded and looked for a train staffer who could tell us the plan.
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Dresden, Germany – Wonderful Surprise

We were driving from Berlin to Prague and in our planning we saw Dresden between the two cities.  In an effort to cut the length of drive, we decided to stop in Dresden.  A new museum has recently opened, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Bob’s favorite pass time.  Our hotel, NH Dresden,  was near the Old Town, shops, and restaurants.  It was brand new when we visited, lovely hotel.
You need to be an early riser, because the church bells ring very early. 🙂
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Berlin, Germany

My first visit to West Berlin was in 1962 when I was eleven years old, where we actually we lived in West Berlin for the next three years. The Berlin wall had just been completed and it was a brittle and dangerous time in history. My Dad was in the British army…and despite the daily horrors that were taking place, he moved us all…my Mum and six children in tow, to live in Berlin. Frequently I was taken into East Berlin for the day. I met East Germans in their plight and regimented Russian soldiers alike. My mother was never fearful, therefore, therefore neither was I. We were prepared in depth for atomic warfare … but we saw life as one big adventure…the good and the bad, the dangers and unknowns…
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Prague…Best Old Town Square

Our private transportation, perfection on every level! Our first trip in 2004 was mixed with difficulties family, health, and weather.  We loved the city but our 4 days there was watching it from the apartment.  This was pre-Luggie, so we could only get around by taxi.  Our goal was always to return. In 2013, we had the perfect trip!  We began in Berlin and drove to Dresden, Prague, Vienna, train to Budapest, drove to Zegrab, and flew to London.  Without realizing it, we were following the Danube River south, and so was the floods of 2013.  Each town we arrived in, we brought the crest. Read More …
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