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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Mary Clark Traveler
1:04 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Boston local shows Mary the sights

Swan boats float along the lake at the Boston Public Garden
Mary Clark (thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

When visiting new cities, it always helps to have a local guide to show you around.

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Mary Clark Traveler
9:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Prague and Vienna audiences adore classical concerts

Box seats inside the Prague State Opera House in The Czech Republic
Mary Clark (thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

Mary had a chance to witness performances of the Don Quixote opera, and Franz Schubert's Mass In G Major during a trip to Europe.

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Mary Clark Traveler
9:00 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Oklahoma Pow Wow brings cultures together

Feathers worn by a dancer at the Red Earth Festival
Mary Clark (thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

Tribes from across the nation gather annually to share their heritage with the world at the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival in Oklahoma.

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Mary Clark Traveler
9:00 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Germany, Then and Now

Tourists pose for pictures with pseudo "soldiers" at Checkpoint Charlie
Mary Clark (thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

Mary revisits Germany after 40 years since her first voyage, and finds a country still rebuilding and healing.

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Mary Clark Traveler
12:50 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Street art on display at France's "TAG" exhibition

Grafitti art on display at the TAG exhibit in Paris, France.
Mary Clark (thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

The verdict is out on whether graffiti is art, or vandalism, but enthusiasts in Paris, France recently celebrated the intensely hued street art at the first annual TAG Graffiti Exhibit.

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Mary Clark Traveler
3:10 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Sampling the delicacies in Hong Kong

Instructor demonstrates the proper ways to make the dishes during the food class
Mary Clark (thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

Mary couldn't pass up the opportunity the sample the native cuisine during a visit to Hong Kong, and still found time to attend a cooking course.

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Mary Clark Traveler
12:59 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Downtown McKinney offers wide array of attractions

Signposts help guide visitors to the attractions in downtown McKinney
Mary Clark (thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

A plane ticket and passport are not necessarily required to discover great vacation spots, as Mary found on a recent visit to McKinney.

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Mary Clark Traveler
12:48 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Jordan's treasures continue to reveal themselves

Al Khazneh, or "The Treasury," popularized in the film "Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade."
Mary Clark (thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

The ancient city of Petra, established as early as 312 BC and discovered in 1812, is regarded as one of the world's must see wonders. 

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Mary Clark Traveler
2:11 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Neoclassical architechture defines Washington's capitol

A view of the Washington capitol across Capitol Lake
Mary Clark (thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

A visit to Olympia, the capital of Washington state, reveals a legislative building fit for the Greek gods.

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Mary Clark, Traveler

Writing a travel column for the Paris News has brought together my life experiences and my life outlook. After 29 years of practicing law, I was ready for this change and it's been fun. I didn't want to manufacture the usual travel column with a few hotels, restaurants, and sites thrown in (although I'm told that's what most people want). What I wanted was to personalize cultures with stories. These encounters are not limited to foreign countries. The United States is richly diverse and reflective of the world and is a great source for the column. And, interestingly, I consider Paris, Texas itself a microcosm of the world and some stories will reflect that.

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