Sarah Ricks, Philadelphia TravelingMom

Sarah Ricks, Philadelphia TravelingMom

Seeing and tasting what’s unique about a place, its history, architecture and culture. Sarah loves exploring Philadelphia when she isn't traveling for fun or for work as a law professor. Both her college-age kids have been enthusiastic travelers since they were tiny. Follow her as Very Hungry Traveller on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter. Recent: France, Portland, South Africa, Croatia, London, Korea, New York, Florida.


New York City Winter Magic

I love visiting New York during winter. When my kids were little, we drove from Philadelphia to see the giant Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, watch the skaters, enjoy the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, and visit the department store Christmas displays. Now that my kids are older, visiting New York at Christmas is still magical. Lots of the fun is free – and there’s still time to see it. The winter holiday season in New York is a crowded, neon-lit, magical experience. Best of all, a lot of my family’s favorite things to do in New York...

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Weekend Getaway to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

For a parents-only weekend getaway, Sarah Ricks, Philadelphia TravelingMom visited Gettysburg, Pennyslvania. They loved exploring city’s fascinating Civil War history, national military cemetery, and its 19th century architecture. History Filled Weekend Getaway to Gettysburg Gettysburg, Pennsylvania has an excellent Visitors Center and museum to explain the importance of the Civil War battle here. Gettysburg’s several house museums also make it easy to learn about its Civil War history. Its most famous event, President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, reminded Civil War Americans of the ideas that unite our United States. Visiting the Civil War battlefield and the soldiers’ graves, and remembering...

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Cooking and Eating in Uzes, France

For a memorable travel experience, try a cooking class with a charming French chef. Our Philadelphia Traveling Mom and her son shopped a farmer’s market in the village of Uzes, France, guided by the friendly chef. They cooked by his side, transforming the farmer’s market haul into a four course meal. Then they sat down to enjoy the meal they had helped prepare, starting with perfect tomatoes. Delicious! And a day’s immersion into French culture. Cooking and Eating in Uzes, France While vacationing in the small medieval town of Uzes, France, my teenage son and I took a cooking...

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Sunny Arles in the South of France

Visit Arles, in the sunny south of France, if you enjoy lively sidewalk cafes, eating French food and drinking French wine, and exploring the soaring interiors of medieval churches and climbing on ancient Roman ruins. All this history is set in bright sunny scenery that inspired the painter Vincent Van Gogh. Strolling the narrow, mostly car-less streets of Arles is one of the best ways to soak in its stunning beauty. Have you ever visited sun-splashed Arles, in the Provence area in the south of France? This was our family’s first time in Arles. We were bowled over by the...

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Car Games and Music Make Road Trips Fun

On a road trip, can the car ride itself be a fun part of the vacation? Yes, if you plan ahead for car games, books, music, and other ways to enjoy the time. Getting there can be almost as much fun as the vacation itself!   Car Games and Music Make Road Trips Fun Road trips are great to save money on transportation and get a chance to explore off the beaten path. Our family has had its share of meltdowns on road trips, but sometimes the driving part of the trip has been some of the most enjoyable...

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Paris Food Experiences You’ll Love – from $ to $$$$

Food in Paris is delicious. But some food or places we ate in Paris were truly memorable. The food or meals that linger in memory were not necessarily expensive. Some of the most unforgettable food experiences we had in Paris were at an excellent patisserie, a superb cafe, and a department store cafeteria. Others were a splurge, once-in-a-lifetime experiences,worth it only to celebrate being in Paris. While nearly every meal we had in Paris was delicious, some food memories were extraordinary. And the most memorable foods weren’t necessarily the most expensive. Memorable Food in Paris – a Bakery One...

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Discover Aix en Provence, France With Context Travel

Aix en Provence in the south of France is famous for its beauty. Aix is also known for its luxurious mansions, its many fountains, its churches with Romanesque and Gothic features, and its lively squares and sidewalk cafes. It’s also famous as the home of Cezanne, the Impressionist painter. On a Context Travel walking tour of Aix, you’ll explore all of this, along with the town’s ancient Roman history, which includes the remains of the original road built by Romans. Walking Tour of Aix en Provence, France On our recent trip to France, my family started in Paris, explored...

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Paris Walking Tour With an Expert

Paris is beautiful. But why does this medieval city have big wide streets? Why does Paris have tree lined boulevards, green parks, fountains, and block after block of elegant, uniformly designed cream colored buildings? Take a Paris walking tour with Context Travel to walk the streets of Paris. Learn about its history, architecture, and how modern Paris was created. Or take a Context Travel walking tour designed especially for families or foodies. Paris Walking Tour My family took a walking tour of Paris with an expert guide who let us pepper him with questions. It was a great way...

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France River Cruise is Great Multi-Generational Travel

Consider a river cruise in France for a multi-generational way to experience Paris, the French countryside, and excursions to towns and chateaus in Normandy. The CroisiEurope river cruise stops every day to let you explore a new place, while enjoying delicious French food on the boat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. River cruising lets you choose your own way to enjoy the time, while letting your family spend time together. Our 5-day river cruise in France began and ended in Paris, and let us explore towns along the Seine River. For my family, a CroisiEurope river cruise in summer was a...

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Be Treated Like a Royal at The Greenbrier in West Virginia

If you want to be treated like royalty, visit The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. The Greenbrier gives you a chance to channel your inner Princess Kate, whether you are sipping wine in one of many plush public rooms, steeping in an herbal bath at the spa, enjoying one of several gourmet restaurants, exploring its 6000 landscaped acres – or playing golf, tennis, swimming, or one of 50+ other on-site activities. Go to the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia if you want the temporary illusion of living the life of a royal. At the Greenbrier, my...

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