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Connect Culture members visit ‘I need a Holiday Too’

at the water edge

reblogged from Connect Culture website

We decided to visit Brittany after hearing all about I need a holiday too. They had kindly offered a top prize to the Moving On Young Disabled Students video competition.

None of us drive and Jacqui and Carl agreed to hire a mini van for us to drive us around. We took Brittany Ferry crossing over from Portsmouth International Ferry Port & Terminal

Tip for wheelchair users using public transport – taxis in Portsmouth use telescopic ramps (with 2 planks/ramps – I hate those) which I find scary! Better to take the local bus no 700 or 20.

We had booked accessible cabins but they are on the small side! They do come with en suite bathrooms and television.


It was cocktails on board – there was a mixture of family entertainment by a magician and comedian. But we were all tired and the gentle rocking of the boat made sure we slept through the night.

The wait to get off the boat the next day was looong! We had to wait for the right ramp and the accessible van.

Carl came to pick us up at St Malo. We stopped at a supermarket to pick up supplies: fruit, vegetables, eggs, wine, cheese, charcuterie, fish, yoghurts and brioche! When we arrived at the house, we sorted our rooms and rested, and had a quiet but delicious meal!

We went off to a stroll around La Roche Derrien following the river right next to the house.

The next few days we went out to visit different beaches in the near vicinity – they were all very different and had some splendid meals in restaurants some of which were recommended by Jacqui.


and of course the whole trip was made stress free because Jacqui and Carl were very accomodating and had the equipment needed for us (even a ‘hospital’ bed for me)sked Jacqui I asked her why she thinks people should want to visit her –

It was time for us to leave and on the ferry we were happy to know we could access the deck

Here is Carl saying goodbye to us before we set off home


Thank you Jacqui and Carl for a great restful holiday!