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. Next: Florida.


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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Bridge Walk is Don’t Miss Adventure in West Virginia

Would you be tempted to walk across a narrow steel catwalk, 851 feet in the air, if your reward was panoramic views of the river, gorge, and woods below? The catwalk is part of the New River Gorge Bridge, an adventure in West Virginia. My 13-year old niece and I were excited by the adventure of walking the narrow path that stretches the length of the bridge, and eagerly put on safety straps. What do you think – yikes, or tempted? Adventure in West Virginia Stretched out over a river is the New River Gorge Bridge, a not-to-miss adventure...

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Choose Your Own Adventure at Adventures on the Gorge

Do members of your family have different appetites for adventure travel? At Adventures on the Gorge in West Virginia, you choose your own level of adventure. Adventure junkies can pilot their own whitewater rafts, tackle challenging aerial ropes courses, and zipline above the treetops. Others – like me – can let an expert guide the raft and enjoy gorgeous mountain views, nature hikes, and more. Sunset and mist on the mountains at Adventures on the Gorge (Photo Philadelphia TMOM Sarah Ricks) Adventures on the Gorge – West Virginia Choose your own level of adventure at Adventures on the Gorge,...

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Grace Under Pressure at the Greenbrier Hotel

When we arrived at the legendary Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia, we did not expect to be stranded there a day later, as the worst flooding in decades engulfed the region, killing at least 26 people and leading to the  cancellation of the PGA Tour. The hotel flooded and lost power. Yet the staff kept the stately hotel running. The Greenbrier hotel staff amazed me with their true hospitality and grace under pressure. We checked in at the elegant Greenbrier Hotel on Wednesday. The next day, 10 inches of rain pounded West Virginia. Flash floods uprooted huge trees, closed...

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Why We Visited Europe – Despite the State Department Warning

The U.S. State Department warned Americans about visiting Europe this year. Be on the alert for potential terrorist attacks, the State Department said. Possible targets include major tourist sites, sports events, restaurants, and transportation hubs, the State Department said. So why did my family go to Europe this summer? And why would we do it again, today? Why did my family go to Europe this summer, when the State Department had issued a warning about travel to Europe? Am I crazy? I don’t think so. And I’m so glad we went. Keeping Risk in Perspective It is a question of...

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Best 8 Views of the Philadelphia Skyline – 6 for free!

To appreciate the grandeur of a city, drink in its skyline. If you are new to a city, taking in the skyline can be a wonderful introduction to the place. Even if you have visited before, or you live nearby the city, seeing the city’s skyline can rekindle your romance. Here are my top 8 places to view the Philadelphia skyline. Bonus: six are free!   Enjoying a city’s skyline can help orient you to a new place or let you get a new perspective on a city you already know well. You’ll find your own favorite view of...

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