La Venise Normande, as the locals call it, is the capital of the Basse-Normandie region of France. Only a few kilometers away from the English Channel, Caen is popular with British tourists, as well as those from all over the world. As the nickname suggest, Caen is well-known for having beautiful architecture, narrow maze-like streets and fantastic food. If you're new to the city, the first thing you should do is take a look at the 11th century medieval castle - it will give you a good idea of what the rest of the area is like. A trip to the Abbeye aux Hommes should round things off nicely, as it's one of the most celebrated Romanesque buildings in all of France. Living in Caen is as fun or challenging as you make it, but with the help of an InterNations membership, you can take the edge off that first step as an expatriate in Caen.
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The articles, features, blogs and forum posts found InterNations will be a crucial asset for any expat moving to Caen. As expatriates themselves, our members can completely relate to your experiences, and many of them will have detailed the ups and downs of moving abroad in their writing. The Expat Magazine has some articles written by the knowledgeable in-house staff at InterNations, and these will make moving to Caen as an expat more bearable, too. The articles cover topics such as necessary preparations before you move, what kinds of visas or permits you'll need for entry, and how to go about setting up a bank account in your new home. Life as an expatriate can be confusing at first, but with the help of the global InterNations community, you'll settle down in no time.
Depending on what sort of work you're seeking out as an expatriate, you can have a difficult time of achieving your goals. If you're looking to start your own business, then there are forum posts from other expats that tell their story, and explain how they made it in their new life abroad. The Expat Magazine also has specific articles written just about this, making the potential hazards you might stumble across very clear. The articles will teach you about the kinds of financial plans you need to have in place, how you can learn about business etiquette, and where you can go if you're in desperate need of help. The InterNations community is always willing to help others, and as a member of our platform you can be sure that working in Caen will cause less pain and more pleasure.