Over the last several weeks, I've been working on applying to various places for funding, mainly writing grant proposals for summer research and travel money--which has been a great benefit to focusing my research and goals. As it turns out, I've found a way to justify the trip (with some expected funding as well as hoping to still receive some grant funding), and this past week I registered for the seminar, bought my airline tickets, and reserved a hotel. I'm now more excited than ever.
I'll be in France for about 10 days (flying to France on June 20, returning on June 30), and will be attending the apocrypha seminar during the middle part of this time. Unfortunately, I won't have the ability to foray much into wider France or Europe, and I'll mainly stay in Strasbourg and the surrounding towns (of course, there is much to take in of the city itself).*
So I'm posting all of this mainly to lead to soliciting advice. I'm asking many people these same questions (especially my advisor), and thought I would see what others have to say here. Since it's my first trip overseas, I'm wondering: How does one make the most of this type of travel, specifically regarding research? I'll certainly have most of my focus trained on the seminar, but what else should I take advantage of? What is the most valuable advice about Europe generally, and France/Strasbourg specifically?
* I had hoped to travel to Vercelli, Italy for some time in the Biblioteca Capitolare archives (mainly with the Vercelli Book), but a number of unchangeable factors (one being the timetable of the trip) means that I'll be unable to do so now.