Welcome to viewfromthepier.com
Join writer and photographer Meg Pier as she talks to locals the world over about their unique cultural traditions…and our shared human experience. Be part of her journey of self-discovery through the voices of people she meets in distant lands, as well from those of fellow travelers. Discover her view from the pier!
I started ViewfromthePier.com in 2008, as a way to record what I learned in my travels about myself, history, human nature and our planet. My intention is to not only convey my own perspective of distant lands, but also to provide a platform for residents of different cultures to offer their vantage point on their homeland, and the beliefs and customs that are part of their heritage.
I have been privileged to have conversations with people ranging from a Scottish clan chief to a Guatemalan weaver to a Kenyan eco architect; I have watched a diverse cross-section of artisans at work–from a Cypriot monk iconographer to a Norwegian boat builder to a Puerto Rican mask-maker; I have participated in celebrations both somber and joyous–such as Malta’s Good Friday procession, the Parachico Festival of Chiapas, Mexico; and Trinidad’s Divali. All of these encounters offer a window to see the “Other” in ourselves.
I seek to to shine a spotlight on some of the remarkable people I have met and be able to channel their cultural traditions and spiritual practices, as well as their personal accounts of awakenings, creativity, courage, humor and inspiration.
VFTP has now it has grown to include 87 blog essays on almost fifty destinations, an extensive photo gallery with more than 10,000 images, monthly interviews, a guest column,destination articles, videos, a store selling my images, cards, books, calendars . . . and more! While I am never quite certain where my travels are leading, it’s always fascinating and I invite you along.