My partner uses crutches, so normally we make do with brief walking and taxis. Barcelona, though, with its great Barrio Gotico and other pedestrain spaces doesn't lend itself to this strategy. We walked out of our hotel and headed into El Born anyway, but walked by Via Vespa and said, wait a minute. No reserving or waiting, a brief introduction, two helmets and we were off on our little red scooter. The shop was clean and neat and paperwork was two minutes. The amazing bit was how easy it was to use the vespa and travel at really low speeds - really walking speeds - and move through crowds. Not that I'd recommend this for everyone, but with a handicap, a chair or 4 wheel electric scooter is going to create a crowd problem anyway. The vespa was narrow, super easy to modulate, and with both feet out it was easy to cover ground. In fact, after we met friends for a tour and then a restaurant, we took off to Sagrada Familia. Here, a real benefit over a chair or handicap scooter: we could use the streets. Cars and buses were incredibly indulgent of us (maybe they knew a gringo was driving and the crutches dangling over the side were another giveaway) and we had no problem navigating the streets (my partner navigated with her iphone). In all via vespa provided a great opportunity and a great service. Kudos!
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