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Beautiful Brugge, Belgium

Picturesque canal homes Oh, how we love Brugge with its charming canals, picturesque cobbled streets and medieval buildings. Google Images of Brugge, Belgium We had easy access to everything with our Luggie’s, which navigated the cobble streets well. Brugge is known as the “Little Venice”. However you’ll be happy to know that their bridges, unlike those in Venice, have no steps! The canal boat staff were very helpful, including getting on and off the boat and caring for our wheelchairs. Restaurants are mostly accessible with excellent cuisine. We advise you visit Brugge midweek to avoid endless tourists. Brugge is a wonderful place to roam, and smell the roses… Read More …

Colmar, France

Ornate Colmar restaurant sign Colmar is an incredibly beautiful tiny village that is just 20 minutes from Strasbourg, France. Strasbourg is near the German border, in the Alsace region of France. The culture, food, and architecture are blended with German and French influences. Here in Colmar we found an enchanting village, full of fairytale steep pitched roofs, pastel stucco, and old timbered buildings. 
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Our hunt for the elusive stork.

Our storks in Croatia In 1999, Stephanie was riding in a convoy across Europe on their way to deliver a shipping container of humanitarian aid to a Russian orphanage.  As they passed through Poland, they were intrigued by the homes with stock nest on the roofs. When visiting Dresden, Germany in 2012, we talked to a Polish guy who now lives in San Antonio, but spends a great deal of time traveling through Europe. It appeared Prague would be flooded by the time we arrived. He said we should visit Krakow, instead. Stephanie asked if there were storks in Krakow. He said, “Yes, lots of them.” Storks nesting in Poland are a sign of good luck and they return to the same nest every year. Read More …

Monet’s Garden near Paris, France

The little road to the gardens… Here we found a quintessential special place where you feel like you have stepped back in time and entered into a dimension of bliss! Being handicapped we could have stayed home…but instead we took the risk, and in spite of our disabilities were so blessed to experience such beauty in life… The staff was all very helpful and handicap friendly. The terrain was natural, and therefore the pathways were dirt and gravel…but our faithful Luggie’s navigated and handled it all so well. Lots of parking available, including handicapped. We have found our USA handicap plaque works perfectly abroad. Read More …

Downton Abbey Trip – Tea for Two

Our United Kingdom part of our Spring trip was all about Downton Abbey. We stayed at Five Arrows Hotel, but it is more of a B&B than hotel. It was beautiful and quaint, all you could hope for when tracing the Downton Abbey path. We had our own transportation because it is a little drive, but I am sure there are tours available. The restaurant was was very elegant and the food delicious. A little artsy, but wonderful taste. The staff was very attentive, friendly, and helpful. We reserved two rooms in “The Stable”, one bedroom and a suite. We were so pleased by the decor, very up to date, and peaceful. Read More …

NYC 911 Memorial

Finding ways to make the world available to disabled and handicapped travelers.
“Americani! Americani! Television! Television!” the desk clerk shrieked, as she came bounding up the stairs of Hotel Russia, in Voronezh. She threw our open door, as she burst into the room. Terror was on her face, as she ran to the television and turned it on. We all watched, as the twin towers fell. We all watched, as Death laid siege to the city.  The 13 of us, members of the first 3 teams to arrive in Russia, were waiting for our vans to take us to the overnight train to Moscow. Having finished the Russian portion of the Mercy Mission 2001 trip on September 11, we were packed, ready, and rejoicing. While some were being reborn on one side of the world, some were dying on the other. Suddenly, our joy was gone, crushed, but only for a season. Read More …