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Welcome to my blog!

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

My latest posts are from my summer trip to Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia and Riga, Latvia.

Before that are my posts from my spring travels to the Upper Midwest, U.S.A., including Michigan and Ohio. In Michigan, I visited Mackinac Island for the third time, the scenic Lake Michigan town of Petoskey, and a stop at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids. Previous posts include a link to my story about last summer’s New England cruise, and my visits to Ohio cities that begin with “C” — Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Canton, and a fun time on the Lake Erie Islands.

Next month I travel to Greece and Turkey. Stay tuned!

My updated published clips list with some of my stories from over the years is on the right. To see even more of my published clips, visit my website at http://www.richardvarr.com

Thanks for your continued interest!!

(Header image is my photo from St. Barth, view from the Colombier Lookout; head shot in Krakow, Poland.)


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.



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: