Accessible Paris – the city of lights! Such a wonderful city to spend time in. There are so many sites to see – art; history; nature; tourist attractions. All of them well laid out and documented in the on-line Access in Paris site.
While the main museums are all very accessible and each site has gone to great lengths to ensure their accessibility, the same cannot be said of the infrastructure around Paris. We took public transit and, while the newer metro lines are accessible (specifically the one connecting the airport to the centre of Paris) the older lines are not uniformly accessible. We observed many signs of upgrading, specifically mentioning the intent to make the renovated stations and trains “accessible to all”. For now, the best bet is to follow the accessible Paris information available from the transit system and the Paris Access guide.
The other major stumbling block to those with low vision / blind or using a wheelchair or walker, is the daily interruptions along typical Parisian streets. Depending on the repairs being made, activity in the neighbourhood or other disruptions, the street may be closed, city repair trucks may be parked on the sidewalks, barricades may block the street and / or sidewalk. While these repairs may be reported on the local Paris radio stations, tourists do not usually listen to this type of information. Therefore, you are warned, there may be detours!! However, getting off at any subway stop or stopping in any neighbourhood opens up a brand new area of diverse interests, shops and experiences. It really doesn’t matter what area of Paris you are in, there is a new adventure around the corner. Well worth the trip to Accessible Paris!