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We had talked about taking the Train Restaurant “Voiture L’Orient Express” which is essentially a steam train which is a three hour journey from the Station at Mortagne-sur-Sevre to Les Epesses where there is a half hour stop to turn the train around for the return journey. En route the train stops for 45 minutes on the impressive 38 meter high Viaduct Barbin which overlooks the Sevre Nantaise and offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, or so the official website says.

Unfortunately the website also says that wheelchair access is not available, and although disabled I do not use a wheelchair I am not prepared to patronise places that are so obviously discriminatory. It is a shame as I would have liked to make the train ride, though I wasn’t particularly impressed with the 2 menus on offer.

The time has come when attractions like this must make whatever alterations are required to allow disabled people the same access as their able bodied counterparts and for this reason I am unable to recommend this gastronomic excursion.

Tate - 2009.

About the author: Tate spends the summers in the Vendee and is passionate about good wine and good food,he writes exclusively for the
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Viaduct Barbin
View from the Viaduct