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.


Romantic Weekend in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

On a getaway to Bucks County, Pennsylvania, we enjoyed a cozy country inn, an art museum with Impressionist paintings, and gourmet food. We loved an eccentric collection of 19th century American objects housed in a castle. A romantic weekend in the charming riverfront towns of New Hope and Doylestown feels like a different world. But Bucks County is within an hour of Philadelphia and two hours of New York. It’s an easy weekend destination. Romantic Weekend in Bucks County, Pennsylvania We spent a romantic weekend in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, enjoying museums, great food, and a cozy stay at a mansion...

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Where to Eat in New Orleans, Louisiana

Full disclosure: I’ve never had a bad meal in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is a town that knows how to eat. Competition is fierce for dining dollars, and that is all to the good for visitors. New Orleans has much more than po boys and beignet. You might have the best meal of your life here. Here’s how we ate our way through New Orleans fine dining on a recent visit. Where to Eat in New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans is a mecca for Creole, Cajun, and other fine dining. On a recent visit from Philadelphia with our two...

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7 Ways to Enjoy New Orleans, Louisiana

My husband and I honeymooned in New Orleans, and we returned recently with both of our college-age kids. To me, funky New Orleans doesn’t feel quite like an American city – and I love it. France founded New Orleans in 1718, Spain took it over for 40 years, and it didn’t become part of the U.S. until the Louisiana Purchase. If you enjoy great food, architecture, music, museums, all in a walkable city, check out New Orleans. 7 Ways to Enjoy New Orleans, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana has a rich mix of European and African cultures that makes it...

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New Orleans Plantation from a Slave’s View

Outside New Orleans is a unique historical experience, the Whitney Plantation. Imagine a plantation exhibit that focuses on the lives of the enslaved people who produced the crops, instead of focusing on the white plantation owners. It is emotionally challenging to confront the realities of slavery and its continuing impact on American culture. The Whitney Plantation is a don’t miss excursion if you are visiting New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans Plantation from a Slave’s View Rural plantations that produced sugar cane and other crops were the economic engines of New Orleans until the Civil War. One plantation that has...

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Strasbourg, France is a Beautiful, Walkable City

Strasbourg, France is a thriving modern city, with a beautiful medieval core that surrounds its soaring Gothic Cathedral. When Philadelphia TravelingMom visited the Alsace region of France, she reports its varied architecture, walkability, good food and pastries, and excellent museums made Strasbourg a memorable city we’d happily revisit. And she was happy she set aside four days to explore Strasbourg. Read on to see why you should visit Strasbourg, France! Why Visit Strasbourg, France? We spent several days exploring Strasbourg, France, a beautiful walkable city with excellent museums and food. Read on for highlights of this amazing and memorable city...

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Christmas Markets in Alsace, France

Open air Christmas Markets are a traditional European celebration of the Christmas season–one that drew the attention of terrorists in Berlin. Despite that horrific event, the Christmas markets in the towns of the Alsace region of northeast France are warm and wonderful places. Filled with bright Christmas lights and gorgeous decorations, the outdoor Christmas Markets sell hot spiced wine, gingerbread, and crafts. Christmas Markets in Alsace France We visited  the outdoor Christmas Markets in France to enjoy Christmas lights, Christmas decorations, and a tradition going back hundreds of years. We visited France in the calmer week before the horror of the...

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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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