Amiens is the capital of the Somme department in Northern France. Often called ‘The Little Venice of the North’, it boasts a number of ‘hortillonnages’; beautiful floating gardens that sit on the marshland between the River Somme and the River Avre, connected by man-made canals, or ‘rieux’. Another attraction in Amiens is the Cathedrale de Notre Dame; a UNESCO World Heritage Site that brings a number of tourists to the city, on account of it being the largest Gothic cathedral in France. Expats living in Amiens can really get to know the city and its culture by visiting the Christmas market in December; the largest Christmas market in Northern France, especially well known for its delicacies and gifts associated with Amiens. One of the best ways to get to know a city is by getting in touch with other expatriates to share experiences and knowledge. The forums and discussion groups on InterNations cover topics ranging from food and drink to lifestyle and fashion, making it simple for expats to get information on life in Amiens from those who already live there.
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Historically, perhaps the best-known resident of Amiens is Jules Verne; the house of the famous French adventure and travel writer is now a tourist attraction in the city. Amiens is comprised of a number of neighborhoods, or ‘quartiers’ in French, each with its own characteristics. Whether looking to move to the more industrious St. Maurice neighborhood, bohemian Saint-Leu; popular with students for its café culture, residential Henriville, or Saint-Acheul; also known as the ‘English neighborhood’ for its English style houses, expats moving to Amiens can find information about housing, apartments and even storage by connecting with other expats living in Amiens, using the discussion groups and forums on InterNations.
Originally best known for textiles, Amiens now manufactures a number of things including machinery and tires, and recently went through a period of renovation and growth. Amiens is a hub between the ‘Ile de France’ and the rest of Northern France, as well as between France and Great Britain, so is a practical place to relocate to for work. There are good transport links in and out of the city by road, rail and air, and also within the city, by bus and rental bicycle. Expats working in Amiens can connect with other international global minds and find information on transport, visas, jobs and opportunities on the forums and discussion groups on InterNations. Expat Magazine also covers vital information for expats working in Amiens, such as insurance, finance, working and living abroad, to make relocation for work easier.