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French city of Nice wins UNESCO world heritage status


The southern French city of Nice has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s list of world heritage sites. UNESCO announced its decision in a tweet, calling Nice -- famous for its mild climate -- the "Winter resort town of the Riviera". Nice joins more than 40 other world heritage sites in France, which include the banks of the river Seine in Paris, the Amiens cathedral, the Mont Saint Michel and stretches of the Loire Valley. "The history of Nice, which is at the same time deeply rooted and open, Mediterranean and Alpine, European and cosmopolitan, has produced an architecture and a landscape that are unique, a model for many other cities in the world," Nice's mayor, Christian Estrosi, said in reaction to the announcement. With close to one million inhabitants, greater Nice is the second-biggest city on the French Mediterranean coast after Marseille, and the fifth-biggest in France. Nice is a tourist hotspot, attracting several million visitors per year, and its airport is one of France’s busiest. The World Heritage Committee added a total of 13 cultural sites to UNESCO’s World Heritage List and one extension to an existing cultural site in Mexico. For more information about the 13 new world heritage sites, visit the UNESCO website here: *Image of Nice by Prosag-Media from Pixabay

Burgundy Vintages Tops List of World’s Most Expensive Wines


It was made by Henri Jayer, a visionary winemaker who sadly died in 2006 at the age of 84 and it’s now the world’s most expensive wine. It is a 1985 Richebourg Grand Cru and if you want to buy it you’ll need to part with $15,195 (€14,254). It tops this year’s WineSearcher list of expensive wines, which was compiled after the average price per bottle of some seven million vintages was analysed. In fact, the top three wines on the list are all Burgundies, as are 40 of the top 50. Doesn’t that say something about the quality of the wine from that part of the world? Second place on the list is occupied by Romanee-Conti ($13,314), also known as Burgundy’s most famous wine, while the third spot is taken by another Jayer wine, his Cros-Parantoux, Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru ($8,832). Despitee all its prestige, Bordeaux only has two wines on the list, both Pomerols: the Petrus and a Le Pin. The list also features four bottles from German winemakers Egon Müller and Joh. Jos. Prüm and the only other non-French wine is from Californian vintner Stanley Kroenke's Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon, which sits in 14th place. WineSearcher, founded in London in 1999, produces its most expensive wines list on an annual basis and with Burgundies dominating this year’s list, is it any surprise that the region was recently awarded UNESCO world heritage status for the uniqueness of its vineyards?

World Heritage Status for France’s Wine Country


France’s contribution to the international wine community was toasted not once, but twice on Saturday, with the country’s Champagne and Burgundy regions being granted world heritage status by UNESCO. Champagne was recognised for its vineyards, wine cellars and champagne houses while it was Burgundy’s vineyards, with their unique soils, that were lauded. In reference to the Champagne region, UNESCO commended the hillsides, houses and cellars where “the method of producing sparkling wines was developed on the principle of secondary fermentation in the bottle since the early 17th century to its early industrialization in the 19th century," Burgundy’s intricately-defined soil types found on the slopes of the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits, UNESCO said, are "an outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages.” To be considered for UNESCO world heritage status, nominations must meet the criteria set out by the organisation and member states must agree on the classification. There also has to be a long-term management plan in place before a nomination can be judged. Sites that do gain UNESCO world heritage status are eligible for financial assistance to help with their preservation going forward. A full list of world heritage sites can be found on the UNESCO website.   Photo credit: Winederlasting

Paris Mayor wants Right Bank of the River Seine to be Made Car-Free


The left bank of the River Seine in Paris is already a pedestrian haven, but now the city’s mayor, Anne Hidalgo, wants to extend the car-free zone to cover the right bank as well. Hidalgo has been waging a personal war on vehicles in the French capital for a while in an attempt to reduce pollution and make Paris a nicer place to live and visit. Speaking at a press conference last week, Hidalgo said: “It’s an urban project, almost philosophical, which is to envisage a city in an alternative way than through the use of cars.” Other French cities like Lyon and Bordeaux have been lauded for reclaiming parts of their river banks for use by pedestrians and it’s cities such as these that Hidalgo is using to reinforce her case. “The transformation of an urban highway into a promenade will be very strong marker of this mandate,” she added. At present, some 2,700 or so vehicles pass along the right bank of the Seine each hour at peak times, but these will be replaced by riverside gardens and a games area. The current Georges-Pompidou highway on the right bank of the Seine is part of a larger Unesco World Heritage Site and it is thought that it will become a pedestrian-only zone after the annual Paris Plage festival next year.   Credit photo: JC Choblet

Giant Replica of Prehistoric Caves Now Ready in Southeast France


It had a budget of 55 million euros, involved 35 companies and hundreds of workers, but now after two and a half years, the famous prehistoric Chauvet Caves were finally inaugurated by French President François Hollande on Friday. Discovered in 1994 by amateur explorers Jean-Marie Chauvet, Eliette Brunel and Christian Hillaire, the Chauvet Caves are thought to be the world’s oldest known caves decorated with human paintings and are estimated to date back about 36,000 years to the Aurignacian era. Experts believe that the caves were sealed shut by a rockfall around 23,000 years ago and remained that way until they were discovered in 1994. The walls of the caves are adorned with over 1,000 images and thee site was given Unesco World Heritage status in 2014. Situated in Vallon Pont d’Arc in the Ardèche region of south-east France, the replica caves are only a few kilometres from the original and while modern-day humans will never get to the see the original cave’s paintings, the replica is 3,500 square metres of Stone Age animal paintings, engravings and red dots. Anyone wishing to pay a visit can do so from April 25 this year. For more information about how France Surgery can facilitate a number of medical procedures and afford a relaxing recovery period here in France, contact us today. Photo credit: EOL Learning and Education Group

France World Heritage Site: The Fortified City of Carcassonne


France has 37 UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered throughout the country. From cities to beaches, mountains to canals. No trip to France would be complete without visiting one of these cultural sites. The Fortified City of Carcassonne is one such place. Located in the department of Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon Region, this city was given UNESCO World Heritage status in 1997 and is proud to be the number one tourist draw to France after the Tour Eiffel. Carcassonne is the picture perfect example of a medieval town - with its huge defences surrounding the stunning castle and nearby buildings, narrow cobbled streets and its stunning Gothic cathedral. In fact this fortified city is reported to have been the inspiration behind Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. It’s been home to Romans and Visigoths, but it wasn’t until the late 12th Century when it really thrived under the affluent Trencavel family where it played a major role in cross-border trade with Spain. That was until the Treaty of the Pyrenees in 1659, where Roussillon was restored to France and trading dried up. Inevitably the city became neglected. Money was thin and the walls of the Citadel were crumbling, until renowned architect Viollet-le-Duc started restoration work in the 1800’s. The castle and citadel shone once more. The region, and its millions of tourists, have Viollet-le-Duc to thank for being able to visit this beautiful fortified city in all its glory. Photo credits: Flickr



DESTINO FRANÇA No 2012 a França recebeu 83 milhões de turistas estrangeiros, representado assim o destino turístico mais popular do mundo. Conta com 37 sítios inscritos na Lista do Património Mundial da UNESCO e dispõe de cidades que possuem um grande interesse cultural entre as quais Paris evidentemente, mas também Toulouse, Estrasburgo, Bordeaux, Lyon... Pode-se encontrar praias entre as mais lindas, estações de esqui e regiões rurais muito variadas que muita gente aprecia por sua beleza e sua tranquilidade (turismo verde). Pequenos povos franceses pitorescos promovidos por meio da associação “les Plus beaux villages de France”: ("os mais belos povos de França”). Um selo de qualidade foi também criados para proteger mais de duzentos jardins e parques classificados pelo ministério francês da Cultura. Há lugares, ambientes, paisagens que Você nunca olvidará. E o caso por exemplo de Toulouse, Rocamadour, Conques e o Circo de Gavarnie, quadros  mágicos que são ideais para passar um dia ou mais tempo. A região Midi-Pyrénées conta com uns 25 destinos turísticos iniludíveis porque destacam não somente a história e a beleza da região mas também o seu sentido da hospitalidade. “La Fête de la Musique” /a festa da música Totalmente diferente de um festival de música, a Fête de la Musique é em prioridade uma festa popular, aberta a todos os participantes: músicos aficionados ou profissionais. E um dia consagrado à música que permite a expressão de todos os estilos de música num ambiente alegre. E destinado a um amplo público, para popularizar a criação musical perto dos jovens e mais velhos e de qualquer origem social. E a ocasião de comunicar e compartilhar um momento muito particular a través da música: Todas as clínicas e os hospitais seleccionados estão situados a proximidade dos aeroportos internacionais em cidades que possuem várias atracções culturais e turísticas, para permitir que os pacientes convalescentes e sua família ou amigos descubram novos horizontes...



DESTINO FRANCIA 83 millones de turistas extranjeros acudieron en Francia en 2012, con lo que representa el destino turístico más popular en el mundo. Cuenta con 37 sitios inscritos en la Lista del Patrimonio Mundial de la UNESCO y dispone de ciudades que poseen un gran interés cultural entre las cuales Paris por supuesto, pero también Toulouse, Estrasburgo, Burdeos, Lyon... Se puede encontrar algunas playas entre las más bellas, estaciones de esquí y regiones rurales muy variadas que mucha gente aprecia por su belleza y su tranquilidad (turismo verde). Pequeños pueblos franceses pintorescos promovidos gracias a la asociación «les Plus beaux villages de France»: ("los más bellos pueblos de Francia”). Un sello de calidad ha sido creado también para proteger más de doscientos jardines y parques clasificados por el ministerio francés de la Cultura. Ha lugares, ambientes, paisajes que nunca olvidará. Es el caso por ejemplo con Toulouse, Rocamadour, Conques y el Circo de Gavarnie, cuadros  mágicos que son perfectos para pasar un día o más tiempo. La región Midi-Pyrénées cuenta con unos 25 destinos turísticos ineludibles porque ponen de relieve no sólo la historia y la belleza de la región sino también su sentido de la hospitalidad. “La Fête de la Musique” /la fiesta de la música Totalmente diferente de un festival de música, la Fête de la Musique es más que nada una fiesta popular, abierta a todos los participantes: músicos aficionados o profesionales. Esta jornada de la música permite la expresión de todos los estilos de música en un ambiente alegre. Está destinada a un amplio público, para popularizar la creación musical acerca de los jóvenes y no tan jóvenes de cualquier origen social. Es la ocasión de comunicar y compartir un momento muy particular a través de la música: Todas las clínicas y los hospitales seleccionados están situados a proximidad de los aeropuertos internacionales en ciudades que poseen varias atracciones culturales y turísticas, para permitir que los pacientes en convalecencia y a su familia o amigos descubran nuevos horizontes...



DESTINAZIONE FRANCE La francia ha attratto 83 milioni di turisti nell'anno 2012, questo la rende la destinazione più popolare al mondo. Nel paese ci sono 37 siti classificati come patrimonio mondiale dall'Unesco, oltre alle sue città di grande interese culturale, Parigi in primis, ma anche Tolosa, Strasburgo, Bordeaux, Lione ... Potrete trovare alcune tra le spiagge più belle, stazioni sciistiche e regioni di campagna molto diverse apprezzate soprattutto per la loro tranquillità e bellezza (turismo ambientale). Alcuni piccoli paesi pittoreschi sono stati classificati e promossi dall'associazione les Plus beaux villages de France. E' stata creata anche una classificazione per proteggere più di duecento tra giardini e parchi presenti sul territorioselezionati dal ministero della Cultura Francese. Non potrete mai dimenticare alcuni luoghi, le atmosfere e i paesaggi. Questo è il caso, per esempio, di Tolosa, Rocamadour, Conques e del Cirque de Gavarnie, posti magici perfetti per una visita di un giorno o per un lungo soggiorno. La regione dei Midi-Pyrénées conta circa 25 destinazioni turistiche indimenticabili che permettono di scoprire non soltanto la storia e la bellezza della regione, ma anche l'innato senso di ospitalità della sua gente. La “Festa della Musica” Completamente diversa da un festival musicale, la festa della musica è prima di tutto una festa popolare, aperta a tutti i partecipanti: musicisti professionisti, dilettanti e amatori. Questa giornata della musica è aperta a tutte le espressioni e gli stili musicali in un atmosfera di festa. E' destinata ad un grande pubblico per diffondere le composizioni musicali sia per i giovani che per i meno giovani di qualsiasi estrazione sociale. Queste caratteristiche creano l'occasione di condividere un momento molto particolare attraverso la musica. Tutte le cliniche e gli ospedali selezionati sono situati vicino ad aereporti internazionali e città che offrono differenti attrazioni di interesse culturale e turistico per permettere ai pazienti in convalescenza o alle loro famiglie e amici di scoprire nuovi orizzonti.



DESTINATION FRANCE France a attiré 83 millions de touristes étrangers en 2012, ce qui en fait la destination touristique la plus populaire dans le monde. Elle compte 37 sites inscrits sur la Liste du patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO et dispose de villes possédant un grand intérêt culturel Paris bien sûr, mais aussi Toulouse, Strasbourg, Bordeaux , Lyon ... Vous pourrez trouver quelques unes parmi les plus belles plages, des stations de ski et des régions rurales très diverses que beaucoup apprécient pour leur beauté et leur tranquillité (tourisme vert). Des petits villages français pittoresques promues par l'association «les Plus beaux villages de France» vers de privilège. Un label a aussi été créé pour protéger plus de deux cents jardins et parcs classés par le ministère français de la Culture. Il y a des endroits, des ambiances, des paysages que vous n'oublierez jamais. C'est le cas par exemple de Toulouse, Rocamadour, Conques et du Cirque de Gavarnie, cadre magique qui sont parfaits pour une journée ou un long séjour. Midi-Pyrénées compte quelques 25 destinations touristiques incontournables car elles mettent en évidence non seulement l'histoire et la beauté de la région mais aussi son sens de l'hospitalité. « La Fête de la Musique » Complètement différent d'un festival de musique, la Fête de la Musique est avant tout une fête populaire, ouverte à tous les participants : musiciens amateurs ou professionnels. Cette journée de la musique permet l'expression de tous les styles de musique dans une atmosphère joyeuse. Il elle est destinée à un large public, pour populariser la création musicale pour les jeunes et moins jeunes de toutes origines sociales. Il elle donne l'occasion de communiquer et de partager un moment très particulier à travers la musique. Toutes les cliniques et les hôpitaux sélectionnés sont situés à proximité d’aéroports internationaux dans des villes qui possèdent diverses attractions culturelles et touristiques, pour permettre aux patients en convalescence et à leur famille ou amis de découvrir de nouveaux horizons ...



DESTINATION FRANCE ENJOY FRANCES MOST IRRESISTIBLE DESTINATIONS France attracted 83 million foreign tourists in 2012, making it the most popular tourist destination in the world. It offers no less than 37 sites inscribed in UNESCO’s World Heritage List and features cities of high cultural interest. Paris being the foremost, but also Toulouse, Strasbourg, Bordeaux, Lyon … beaches and seaside resorts, ski resorts, and rural regions that many enjoy for their beauty and tranquillity (green tourism). EXPLORING FRANCE'S MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES Small and picturesque French villages of quality heritage are promoted through the association « les plus beaux villages de France » (litt. "The Most Beautiful Villages of France"). The remarkable Gardens ‘label is a list of over two hundred gardens classified by the French Ministry of Culture. This label is intended to protect and promote remarkable gardens and parks. 25 TOP TOURIST DESTINATIONS IN "MIDI PYRÉNÉES" There are some places, some atmospheres, some landscapes that you will always remember. Villages, towns and attractions that are unexpected discoveries and make you want to come back for more. This is true of Toulouse, Rocamadour, Conques and the Cirque de Gavarnie, magical surroundings that are perfect for a day or a longer stay. Midi-Pyrénées has no fewer than 25 Top Tourist Destinations that are unmissable because they bring out not only the region's history and beauty but also its sense of hospitality.   "LA FÊTE DE LA MUSIQUE" A free and popular event  Completely different from a music festival, the Fête de la Musique is above all a free popular fête, open to any participant (amateur or professional musicians) who wants to perform. This Music day allows the expression of all styles of music in a cheerful atmosphere. It’s aimed at a large audience, working to popularise musical creativity for young and not so young people from all social backgrounds. It gives an opportunity to communicate and share a very special moment through music. HOSPITALS LOCATIONS All selected clinics and hospitals are located near to International airports in cities that have diverse cultural and touristic attractions, allowing recovering patients and their family or friends a place to relax and discover new horizons …

Recover from Surgery in Chartres


Chartres is a charming area in northern France with plenty to offer any would-be medical tourist. As with many areas of France, the history and culture of this region is fascinating to dive into and discover the town. Situated in an area where the Eure River separates into three, there are several ancient bridges that are well worth discovering. In addition to bridges the town also boasts 14th century fortifications including the Porte Guillaume which is a fantastic gateway that is flanked by towers. The old part of the town is made up of narrow, steep streets which provides an interesting contrast to the modern part of the town which has much wider streets and boulevards.  Any patient of France Surgery that is up and about after their operation could pay a visit to the hotel de ville which is a 17th century building that contains a library and museum, or if they fancy something a bit older, a 13th century hotel de ville. Keeping with the 13th century, the abbey church of St Pierre contains fantastic stained glass created by Leonard Limosin. The town is also famous for its’ Cathedral which has been included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. This Cathedral is considered to be one of the finest examples of a gothic cathedral in the whole of France and so any visitor to Chartres should not go home without paying a visit to the Cathedral. Photo credits: Flickr

Recover from Surgery in Besançon


France is a beautiful country with a wealth of history and culture to be explored. Thousands of people choose to visit France each year to experience the weather, attractions and cuisine. It is therefore not surprising that when anyone who is interested in medical tourism is choosing which country to go to France is often near the top of the list. When the fact that France has the best healthcare system in the world is added to the information it is obvious why this is an incredibly popular medical tourism destination. Besançon is the capital and principal city of the Franche-Comte eastern area of France. With a climate that combines the oceanic and continental elements this area of France is perfect for people who like to experience snowy and frosted winters or warm, dry summers. When it comes to finding things to do in Besançon there is plenty. If you are thinking of having surgery through France Surgery and will be up and about fairly quickly then there is so much history to discover. From the Roman remains to the Citadel (which was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 2008), the Cathedral of St Jean and the magnificent Renaissance-style buildings. With parks and museums to add to the list of reasons to get out of bed if you choose Besançon as your surgery destination you will be on the road to recovery in no time. Photo credits: Flickr