Mary Walker Clark

'Mary Clark: Traveler' Host

Mary Walker Clark is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston Law School.  She practiced law in Paris, Texas for 29 years before retiring to pursue her lifelong passion for traveling.  Besides writing a travel column for the Paris News, Mary maintains her travel blog, MaryClarkTraveler.com, and spends hours planning the next trip.  Her interest in public speaking led her to radio with its magical ability to promote storytelling without all of the visuals. Through her experiences and words, Mary takes you with her to Vietnam, New Zealand, Guatemala, Tunisia, and many other countries as well destinations in Northeast Texas and the United States. 

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Herd of Gelada Baboons in Simien National Park.
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Simien Mountains National Park in Ethiopia is home to numerous endangered species, and allows visitors a chance to get up close and personal with creatures such as the Gelada Baboon.

Host Mary Clark describes her visit to a series of Civil War Historic sites, and the mixed feeling generated from her experience. Producer: Matt Meinke.

View from atop the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest artifical structure in the world since 2009.
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A friend's suggestion to observe the massive Airbus plane landings at D/FW Airport, led Mary to take a brief trip on Emirates Airlines to Dubai.

Candles are distributed to the crowd at the Meskel celebration in the Ethiopian Capital of Addis Ababa.
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During a visit to Ethiopia, Mary Clark was able to take part in the 1600 year old traditional Meskel celebration, commemorating the finding of the true cross in the fourth century AD by Queen Helena, mother of Constantine, First Christian Roman Emperor.

Interior of Ernest Hemingway's home in Havana, Cuba.
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American writers Ernest Hemingway and Eudora Welty never met one another, however the two shared many things in common, as Mary Clark discovered during visits to each of their homes.

Mary concludes her series on civil war, civil rights, and Southern charm, with a stop in Mississippi at a historic plantation home.

Civil War era cannon, preserved on Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia.
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During a recent visit to Mississippi and Georgia, Mary Clark spent time exploring several of the Civil War sites that preserve the history of our nation divided.

Synagogue in Williamsburg, with separate entries for men and women.
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Taking a guided tour of the Hasidic community of Williamsburg, was like stepping back in time for Mary Clark. Guide Freida Vizel shed light on this strange and foreign land, right in the middle of New York City.

Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta reached capacity for the Rolling Stones' June 2015 concert.
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Seeing the Rolling Stones live in concert has become a rite of passage for generations, and this is one experience Mary Clark can cross off her "bucket list" after braving a stadium crowd and witnessing Mick Jagger and company in Georgia.

Vendor peddling wares in Antigua, Guatemala
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Mary Clark's family has a long tradition of volunteerism with the Peace Corps, a service organization which sends Americans abroad to assist with the pressing needs of people around the world.

The Henry Clay Frick Home in Manhattan
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Mary Clark visits two separate collections displayed at Manhattan Museums, which share a common thread through the American Labor Movement.

Footprint Pool at the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.
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New York City is home to a moving tribute to those lost in the World Trade Center buildings, at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Located at the World Trade Center site, the Museum and Memorial was completed in 2014, and commemorates the attacks on on the buildings in 2001.

Easter Sunday in New Orleans, 2009.
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Louisiana's Big Easy is known for it's Mardi Gras celebrations, but many are unaware that the city is also a hot spot to visit for Easter. Mary Clark recently went back to New Orleans for the first time in 35 years, and enjoyed her time in this unique city.

Ceramic pots representing the many gods of the Santeria religion, on display at the Yoruba Cultural Center in Havana.
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Santeria, or "devotion to Saints," is a practice still utilized in Cuba. Originating from Cuban slaves' African heritage, it is a blending of Yoruba mythology mixed with Christianity. Orichas (deities) are paired with Catholic Saints to form this meld of beliefs, known as religious syncretism.

Statue of Dr. Martin Luther King at the MLK Center in Dallas, Texas.
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Fair Park in Dallas is known for The Cotton Bowl and the annual State Fair of Texas, but the historical site is also home to fascinating exhibits and museums.

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