Finally we went on another trip o(^.^)o With my parents and a friend we went to Strasbourg, France for one day.
With the Euro-Key you can almost access every toilet
Before we left, it is of course an advantage to go to the bathroom at home (in my opinion). But otherwise you can look for disabled toilets at the roadhouses. Here it is of advantage to have a so-called Euro key. This is a standard key that allows a person with a disability to independently access a public toilet suitable for the disabled, for example on motorways, museums and many other places.
With the help of my father, I sat in the passenger seat and watched the road. Fortunately, the trip only lasted two hours, but I was careful not to drink too much during the trip. When I feel thirsty I simply take a sip and keep the water in my mouth a little longer to quench the thirst -- my personal trick 17 xD
Using my german severely handicapped parking permit
Arrived in Strasbourg, we drove to Auchan, a huge supermarket. My family and I love to go to foreign supermarkets, where you can always expand your culinary horizons. We didn’t have to worry about a parking lot, because with a disabled parking permit from Germany we could park in every disabled parking lot all over Europe. Of course there was also a wheelchair toilet in the supermarket, I think I can say here that most of the larger supermarkets have a wheelchair toilet.
One of my fave desserts
A speciality I like to buy in France is the “Ille flotante” (floating island). This is beaten egg white with vanilla sauce and caramel syrup. This dish was shown to me by a nurse from rehab back then, since then I buy it every time I am in France xD It’s so nice and fluffy and airy and delicious. So if you ever come to France, look out for “Ille flotante”.
After our visit to the supermarket, we did not miss out on exploring the well-preserved old town. This was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988 and is surrounded by the Ill, a tributary of the Rhine. There is a very well preserved historical area called “La petite France”. Of course we had a look at it. Obviously there were paths here and there that led to stairs, but there was always an alternative path that could be mastered in a wheelchair.
And so we explored the city, very popular with the tourists are the several canals with picturesque half-timbered houses and small alleys -- everything without problems in the wheelchair explorable. I have to admit that I am very happy to be always on the road. Strasbourg also has a cathedral which is over 1000 years old, the “Liebfrauenmünster zu Strasbourg”, one of the most important cathedrals in European architectural history, because, among other things, it is asymmetrical.
But now it was already evening and we had to go back to Germany. If you get sick while driving, you should try to sleep xD You’ll never notice anything and time will pass by in no time!
And here is a video 😀
Things I learned:
1) Before a trip you should always go to the toilet at home
2) There is a standard key which will let disabled persons enter every toilet for disabled
3) The Strasbourg cathedral is over 1000 years old.