Accessible Valencia. The City of Arts and Sciences.

The futuristic buildings of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia are likely to be your most photographed locations in the city. Designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, what was once the riverbed of the River Turia (which was drained and rerouted after a catastrophic flood in 1957), is now home to the City…

Valencia. The best of both worlds.

I remember arriving in Valencia last year and thinking “this is the best Spanish city that I have ever visited”. I’m a city boy at heart (if the notion strikes, I like to be able to eat in, say, a Lebanese restaurant – or see a world-class show, there and then). However, I also love…

Ilunion Hotels, Spain

I just have to thank this hotel group for their very kind offer of support! I’ve just checked-in, and found this written on their welcome card: “Welcome to the chain leader in accessibility and integration. Where more than 40% of our employees have some kind of disability and where tourism for all is possible. Welcome…

Football Mascots Supporting #IAAD17

I want to thank all of the following UK football clubs for their wonderful support during International Ataxia Awareness Day this year (September 25). Aberdeen FC – Website – Facebook – Twitter Arsenal FC – Website – Facebook – Twitter Bath City FC – Website – Facebook – Twitter Cowdenbeath FC – Website – Facebook…

Alicante – and the holiday is nearly over.

When I first came over to mainland Europe, my idea was to visit the most-popular visitor attractions in Europe, and report on their actual accessibility (they all say that they are accessible, but this doesn’t mean that they really are). However, because I am still waiting to hear from a few people regarding this, I…

Is this Alicante?

Or have I been transported to the South of France? In between all of the concrete that has been thrown up to serve the tourist masses, there are still glimpses of architectural brilliance. Of what Spain used to be like. Alicante Turismo – the official Alicante Tourist Board

Thank you Arsenal. Thank you Gunnersaurus.

Gunnersaurus, the Arsenal FC mascot – with Ataxia balloons September 14 2017. And 20,000 FC Koln fans, many without match tickets, are causing mayhem outside of the stadium (which is dressed for the night’s Europa League match). Inside the beautiful floodlit stadium though, it’s an oasis of calm. And to help promote #InternationalAtaxiaAwarenessDay on September…

Albert Casals. Barcelona.

We all need a little perspective sometimes. I was just telling a friend in Lille, who shares my love of hitchhiking, that my hitchhiking days were now in the past, now that standing in the one spot has become more difficult. And then I saw this: This amazing young guy has been in a wheelchair…

Milan – Gelaterie Milanesi

Stereotypes are usually founded on a truth. And in Italy there are two truths: Italians enjoy (and know how to make) good coffee; and Italians have a very sweet tooth! And both of these needs are well-satisfied in Gelaterie Milanesi. The main product on sale here is gelato. And it does look rather delicious. But…

Offside Sports Bar, Milan

I have another reason for wanting to make this final tour of Europe while I can still walk. As well as highlighting the real accessibility of the most-popular visitor attractions in Europe, I also want to use this trip to revisit some of the people who very kindly helped me out on my previous walks….