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The [Tuesday] Papers

And so it goes . . .

Information for this article was gathered on a research trip sponsored in part by European Waterways Ltd., American Airlines, Rail Europe, Hotel Sofitel Dijon La Cloche and Hotel Le Bristol Paris.

And from the article's "If You Go" advice box:

"BARGE CRUISES: European Waterways Ltd. runs barge cruises in France and other parts of Europe.

"GETTING THERE: American Airlines calls passengers requesting wheelchair assistance in advance to find out what help they'll need. There was no problem stowing my wheelchair in a cabin closet . . . If you book your train ticket through Rail Europe (, you can't reserve a seat in the accessible train car. E-mail your seat information to to request help getting on and off the train.

"STAYING THERE: In Dijon, the historic Hotel Sofitel Dijon La Cloche ( has an accessible entrance through the garden but no sign in front to let you know. Our so-called accessible room, No. 301, was so small we could barely get my chair through the door. We moved to a bigger room that had a shower stall, although not a roll-in one.

"In Paris, our best room by far was No. 264 in the new wing at the Hotel Le Bristol (, which had plenty of space to maneuver and a roll-in shower (with an optional separate seat)."

Sure, not every "sponsor" got the kindest words possible, but they did get what they paid for.

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"This goes back to my least favorite thing about our idiot national press these days: the way they see-saw idiotically between pretending they are the last bastions of editorial truth and justice in the world, and that they are powerless but to serve the ravening hordes who just want this trivial bullshit," Athenae writes at First-Draft. "You can't have it both ways, assholes. Pick one and go with it."


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Posted on July 13, 2010

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