Caen can easily be reached by car from Paris, Cherbourg, Rouen, Rennes, Tours and Nantes. Trains leave every couple of hours from Paris (Saint-Lazare station) and take about 2 hours. Beware that Caen will not be listed at the destination, as it just a stop along the way on the train to Cherbourg. If you are coming from England, ferries cross the Channel from Portsmouth to Ouistreham, which is 15km north of Caen. The 'bus verts' (green buses) will get you all around Normandy very easily. When in Caen or one of its close suburbs, there is a convenient bus and tramway network, calle 'twisto', that will take you to all the great sites.
A speciality of the city of Caen is Tripes à la mode de Caen, “Tripe Caen Style”. This is made up of the four stomachs of a ruminant animal as well as calf's foot. This dish dates all the way back to the Middle Ages where it was a favourite of William the Conqueror, who is said to have eaten them with a Neustrian apple juice. You can also try some of the many other dishes famous to Normandy cuisine, which is known for its variety of dairy products. Camembert, one of the best-known cheeses in the world, comes from this region ! The city of Caen boasts three Michelin-starred restaurants: Incognito, Ivan Vautier’s Le Pressoir and A Contre-Sens.
Caen hosts a number of events throughout the year. Annually since 1998, the Nordik Impakt electronic festival, which lasts for a week in November in various bars and concert halls throughout the city, has been held, ending with a rave party in the Parc des expositions. Another November festival is Les Boréales, which has been welcoming new artists from the 5 Nordic countries every year since 1992. The Bulles en Folie festival, created in 2007, takes place over a weekend in June and gathers together comic book artists. Also, the Semaine des cordes pincées (the Week of plucked instruments), which has taken place every November since 2003, is held for a week across different venues and is centred around, as the name implies, plucked string instruments.
http://www.caen.fr (official city site) http://www.normandie-tourisme.fr/normandy-tourism-109-2.html (Normandy tourism)