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Meg Pier is proprietor of www.ViewfromthePier.com, a site focused on connecting with self, others and a sense of wonder through travel. Meg is also a freelance writer and photographer and contributes regularly to the Boston Globe and the website of CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg. Her sojourns have spanned every ecosystem: tropical islands, deserts, plains, glaciers, volcanic mountains and coastlines. She retired from a 25-year award-winning public relations career in 2008 to follow her bliss and share her passion for travel, writing and photography.

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Blessing Easter Baskets on Easter Saturday at Slovenia's Tustanj Castle

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 12:50 PM

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I tentatively pushed opened the heavy wooden door of Tuštanj Castle and peeked inside. An open air courtyard lay in front of me, enclosed by a graceful portico of grey stone arches. While I was expected by the owners...

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Celtic Priest Divines Legends in Landscape of Aran Island

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 1:33 PM

Dara Molloy is a Celtic priest who lives on the Aran Island of Inis Mor, off Galway and the West Coast of Ireland. He gave me an introduction to the area's history of rich Celtic spiritual traditions, and a lore-filled road map to the significant cultural...

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Treasure Island: The Legacy of Ireland's Great Blasket

(3) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 11:10 PM

Dáithí de Mórdha works as an archivist at Ireland's Great Blasket Centre, located in Dún Chaoin, on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, at the halfway point of the Slea Head Drive. The Centre is an interpretative facility and museum detailing the unique community who once lived on the Great...

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Doing The Chaa-Chaa-Chaa Through Life's Jungle

(1) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 1:03 AM

Lucy and Mick Fleming own the Lodge at Chaa Creek in Belize, one of the world's first eco lodges. While at Chaa Creek, I was awed by the energy and vibrancy of the jungle--and the Flemings.

It is hard to imagine an environment that is more vividly alive than...

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The Keys to the Family Castle

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 12:17 AM

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I had the pleasure of speaking with His Grace the Duke of Argyll at his family ancestral home Inveraray Castle on the west coast of Scotland. Born Torquhil Ian Campbell, among the 29 titles His Grace holds, he particularly prizes...

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The Isles of Mull & Iona

(1) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 5:05 PM

Mull and Iona are two of the Inner Hebrides, islands off Scotland's western seaboard, and a microcosm of more than 1,500 years of successive waves of settlers and invaders. Sites scattered across these islands tell Scotland's story--culturally, politically and spiritually.

Today, these mere specks in the Atlantic are drawing a...

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Findhorn's Nature Sanctuary and a Circle of Songs

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 4:40 PM

Findhorn Foundation is a spiritual community, eco village and an international center for holistic learning, based in northeast Scotland, 26 miles east of Inverness. Founded 50 years ago by Eileen and Peter Caddy and Dorothy Maclean, today Findhorn Foundation offers a continual series of workshops and events that attract thousands...

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Martha's Vineyard Shines On Illumination Night (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2012 | 9:30 AM

In the magical light of late afternoon, my companion and I ventured down a little alley off Oak Bluff's Circuit Avenue and into the Martha's Vineyard's Camp Meeting Association, a kaleidoscope of vibrant color combinations, contrasting angles and geometric patterns.

The camp, a collection of concentric circles of teeny Victorian...

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Montezuma Castle & A Mom's Magical Gifts

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 2:05 PM

After paying our admission to Montezuma Castle National Monument, Mom said "I don't know how far or fast I'll go, so you go ahead." I was both peeved at her lack of enthusiasm for seeing the historic marvel and secretly relieved at being able to wander.

I left her...

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The Grandeur and Fanfare of Malta's Good Friday Celebrations

(6) Comments | Posted April 6, 2012 | 8:21 AM

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Throngs of people milled about to the strains of rousing music blaring through loudspeakers, and the atmosphere pulsated with anticipation. Bright-eyed toddlers sat atop their fathers' shoulders; gray-haired women leaned on their elbows at open windows and extended families filled wrought-iron balconies. Teenage boys...

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Seto Singing And The Joy Of Estonia's Community Swings (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 6:00 AM

In the golden glow of late afternoon light, the six women filed through an aged, arched wall and toward a wooded area behind the church. I followed at a distance, admiring their exotic costumes and intrigued by their purpose. They reached a grove of aspens, evergreens and birch, through which...

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Happily Succumbing to Hygge in Skagen

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2011 | 4:34 PM

I got hygge in Skagen. Admittedly, my resistance was low. I was vulnerable, susceptible to it. I was jet-lagged and traveling alone, carrying the baggage of flying solo on a trip I had planned to make with my mother, who had subsequently been diagnosed with terminal cancer and was unable...

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Guatemalan Jungle Reveals the Wisdom of the Maya's Tikal and Time

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2011 | 11:29 PM

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My husband Tom and I sat in the running van, straddling the border between Belize and Guatemala, waiting for our guide George to complete the paperwork in the concrete immigration building. As he jumped in and shifted gears, George warned us it...

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Colorful Climb to Matisse's Perspective in France's Collioure

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 7:56 AM

On a misty morning last summer, in a French village with the motto Sempre endavant, mai morirem or "Always forward, we'll never die," I found myself in an ancient cemetery.
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In an unusual burst of early morning ambition, I had...

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Arizona's Sinagua Petroglyphs Inspire Wonder

(1) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 11:48 AM

I swerved off the road, slammed on the brakes and jumped out of the car, sending dust flying up from the desert floor. Squinting in the hard sun, I stood transfixed by the horizon, where a yin-yang performance of earth and sky played out. Against the backdrop of a cornflower-blue...

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Fishing Crafts of Malta's Bay Make for Eye Candy (SLIDESHOW)

(2) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 4:20 PM

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If seen from the seat of an airplane, Malta's outline resembles that of a fish, and Marsaxlokk Bay is at its "mouth." Home to about 70% of the Maltese fishing fleet, the harbor is...

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Silence of Spain's Tabernas Desert

(17) Comments | Posted January 28, 2011 | 4:48 PM

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Lisa and I pulled off Highway A 92 at the foothills of Spain's snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains and headed east on a rural route into a sparse and unforgiving landscape. Within just a few kilometers, we saw signs emblazoned with "

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