Sarah Ricks, World TravelingMom

Sarah Ricks, World TravelingMom

Sarah loves discovering what’s unique about a place, its history, food, architecture and culture. She explores 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: Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, France, South Africa, Croatia, London, Korea, New York, California.


7 Best Things to Do in Graz, Austria

Have you heard of Graz? This beautiful, walkable city is the second largest in Austria.  There are so many reasons to visit Graz, an overlooked city in Austria with lots of things to do. Graz belongs on the tourist radar, and see why with these 7 best things to do in Graz, Austria. While overshadowed by its near neighbors, Vienna and Ljubljana, Graz is less expensive, and its friendly people welcome visitors. Things to do in Graz, Austria 1. Schlossberg hill 2. Graz coffee culture 3. Eggenberg Palace 4. Outdoor cafes 5. The Opera House 6. Architecture 7. The...

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6 Things to Do Near Dupont Circle, Washington DC

On a recent visit to Washington D.C. with her college-age daughter, World Traveling Mom didn’t want to hassle with parking a car. So she chose to stay in Dupont Circle, a neighborhood with plenty to enjoy in walking distance. Things to do near Dupont Circle include tons of restaurants, cafes, and shops. Plus, it is a short walk to Washington D.C. museums. Things to do Near Dupont Circle – Where to Stay Dupont Circle has lots of overnight options. But since I love one-of-a-kind boutique hotels, I picked a Washington D.C. treasure, The Tabard Inn. Originally, the Inn was...

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9 Most Romantic Things to Do in Vienna, Austria

Among romantic things to do in Vienna are visiting its world class art museums, explore its gorgeous architecture, and share pastries while sipping coffee in luxurious cafes, says World Traveling Mom Sarah Ricks. A Vienna date idea is to tour an opulently furnished royal palace, pull up a chair with locals to enjoy a performance at the elegant Opera House – and other romantic things to do in Vienna. Vienna, Austria is an elegant confection of a city. After four visits to Vienna last summer, one with our daughter and three with just my husband and myself, I’ve whittled...

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Best Pizza in Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Philadelphia is having a pizza moment. Excellent pizza spots are popping up all over Philadelphia and its far flung neighborhoods. World TravelingMom Sarah Ricks tells you where to find the best pizza in Philadelphia. Philly welcomed waves of Italian immigrants in the 1900’s, so this city has deep pizza roots. Pizzerias today still offer classics like pepperoni and sausage. But today you can top your pizza with fig, caramelized onion, goat cheese, arugula – and more. I love classic Neapolitan thin crust pizza. And Philly’s got it, in neighborhoods all over the city. Here are some places for the...

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Hallstatt: A Fairy Tale Village in Austria

  The Austrian village of Hallstatt is on a lake and clings to the base of a mountain. It is one street wide. Hallstatt squeezes into the narrow space between the lake and the mountain. Since ancient times, people have lived in and mined salt in Hallstatt. A creepy and fascinating collection of town people’s skulls is in the Catholic church. World Traveling Mom Sarah Ricks says the fairy tale village of Hallstatt, Austria is a great Salzburg day trip. The village of Hallstatt, Austria is at the base of a mountain and faces a lake. Even though we...

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Train Travel in Europe is Clean, Cheap, and Relaxing

Train travel in Europe is easy. For example, take this summer, when World Traveling Mom lived for 6 weeks in Austria. From her home base in Graz, it was easy to jump on a train and travel inexpensively to other parts of Austria, like Vienna and Salzburg. Also, international train travel was easy. Her family took trains from Austria to Budapest, Hungary and to Ljubljana, Slovenia. They even took a train from their apartment directly to the train station. Seriously, door-to-door travel is inexpensive, clean, efficient. And relaxing. Travel by train in Europe is my favorite way to explore....

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My Top 11 Things to Do in Budapest, Hungary

Among the best things to do in Budapest, Hungary are enjoy pastries while sipping coffee in luxurious cafes, explore its gorgeous architecture, or visit a public bath, says World TravelingMom. Or walk its bridges over the Danube River for great views of the city. At night, the city lights up its monuments, a dramatic sight best appreciated from a boat on the river. Ready for more tips?  Read on for this and other things to do in Budapest. Budapest, Hungary has changed dramatically over the five times I’ve visited since 1983. Now, Budapest is a thriving Central European capital...

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Is a European River Cruise Right for Your Family?

A European river cruise might be a good fit if your family enjoys exploring palaces, churches, medieval history – and skipping logistics. Philadelphia Traveling Mom Sarah Ricks and her family have taken two European river cruises. With her teenagers, she cruised the Seine to visit places in Normandy, France. Without kids, she and her husband cruised the Danube to visit Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia. They loved exploring different places across a region – without the hassle of logistics. My husband, teens, and I cruised the Seine River to visit villages and cities in Normandy, France. Without kids, my husband...

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7 Reasons to Visit Ljubljana, Slovenia

Beautiful Ljubljana, Slovenia is filled with gorgeous 17th – 19th century architecture. Lively sidewalk cafes and city squares, good museums, and a friendly, sprawling green park, all appealed to Philadelphia Traveling Mom Sarah Ricks. In the center of town, there’s a castle on a hill and a river. The Old Town is easily walkable. Nearby is the natural beauty of Lake Bled and its surrounding mountains. And these are just are some of the reasons to visit Ljubljana, Slovenia. I visited Ljubljana for four days with my husband and college-age daughter. And I immediately fell in love with this...

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My Accidental $2000 Room at Hotel Imperial in Vienna

Philadelphia Traveling Mom Sarah Ricks got a good deal at the luxurious Hotel Imperial in Vienna, Austria. But when she checked in, the hotel desk clerk played fairy godmother. The hotel upgraded the room, for free, by a huge amount. Oh thanks, said our Traveling Mom, not appreciating the enormity of the upgrade. When she arrived in the fabulous $2000 a night hotel room, she got a taste of how the other half lives. In 1863, the Prince of Wurttemberg built an extravagant palace in the heart of Vienna. Since 1873, the palace has been a sumptuous luxury hotel,...

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