So this is not 100% yet, but I have just found out that I am one of the finalists for a research grant in Paris funded by the NSF (National Science Foundation) in Paris this summer. It will likely be an 8-12 week thing, where they pay for transportation, housing, etc. So I might be coming to Paris (not sure exactly where - e.g, whether within the city limits or just outside). So obviously I'll be working full time, but I should have the weekends (and nights) to myself, and I've never been to Europe, so I want to take this opportunity with both hands.
For people in Europe, what would be good places in Europe to see? What's the best way to get around? I don't know when I'd be back, if ever, so I want to see and do as much as I can. Someone suggested a Eurorail pass? Like I said, I would only have the weekends free - but I'd definitely want to try to visit a few places nearby, such as the UK or Germany for a few days each. Maybe even meet some of you guys if you're in the area!
Can anyone recommend good tips for general living/traveling in Paris - and Europe in general? What to expect, what to see, etc? How do I travel? Any thing to watch out for? How easy to visit London and maybe catch a day of cricket at Lords? Any help is appreciated!