My wife has recently been diagnosed with motor neuron disease and is now confined to a wheelchair. She has always wanted to visit Paris so we are hoping to go in the next few weeks.
I have being reading old posts on wheelchair accessibility etc but would like to clarify/confirm a few details if possible.
Most people say that it is best to travel by bus with a wheelchair. If so what is the best area to stay for catching buses to the main sights? Also what is the best area to stay for just walking around pushing a wheelchair, ie smooth paving?
Do most train stations have wheelchair access and if not do you know of a site that details which do?
I have read that people in a wheelchair and their carer get free admission to some museums etc and can go straight to the front of the line. Is there somewhere I can get a list of these to assist with my planning? Our daughter may come with us as well. Would she be able to enter with us or would she have to queue?
Are there any main attractions that don't have wheelchair access?
What do we do beside the main attractions to just get the feel of Paris?
We don't speak any French, is this going to be a great problem?
What type of weather should we expect in late March/early April? I am hoping to have as little luggage as possible.
We plan to have two weeks in France. If we have 5-7 days in Paris what other areas do you suggest we visit that won't provide difficulties with a wheelchair?
Should I hire a car once we leave Paris or take public transport?
Sorry for all the questions and I am sure there are more things I need to know but I really want to make this a memorable trip so any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.