Tag Archives: Society of American Travel Writers

WELCOME!

img_0698a1Welcome to my blog!

I am a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW).

My latest blog posts are from my May trip to the Dutch West Indies, visiting the small island treasures of Saba and St. Eustatius, where life is simple and laid back. Unlike St. Maarten, where I also stopped by, there are no big resorts and white sand beaches stretching along the shoreline.

Previous posts are from my April trip to Gulf Shores, AL and Florida’s Emerald Coast; my June trip to Mackinac Island, Michigan; as well as mentioning that my stories on South American Beaches and Martin Luther’s Germany were published respectively in Porthole Cruise Magazine and online for AAA Home & Away. I’m still working on a post on the comeback city of Detroit. And where I am traveling to next? Stay tuned…

Thanks for your continued interest!!

Great reflection, Wittenberg Market Square

In Wittenberg, Germany. Great reflection off sphere in Market Square.

(Header image is my photo from St. Barth, view from the Colombier Lookout.)

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My novel of international intrigue, Warming Up to Murder, is available as an ebook, and in Kindle and Nook formats.  It’s about a TV reporter who finds himself chasing the “big story” spanning two continents.  See the links below.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/richard-varr

http://www.amazon.com/Warming-Up-Murder-Richard-Varr/dp/141344976X

New Zealand: Māori Performance During a Pōwhiri Ceremony

Photo by Richard Varr

Māori singers perform on November 8, 2011 during the opening pōwhiri ceremony of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) annual convention in Wellington, New Zealand.  The country’s indigenous people, Māori make up about 15 percent of New Zealand’s population. The pōwhiri ceremony is a formal Māori welcome for visitors; in this case, the American and Canadian travel writers.  An image of the traditional Māori meeting house is behind the singers.

Watch the performance: