Mary Clark, Traveler

Tuesdays at 4:50pm and 5:50pm, during All Things Considered

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.

My essays are now being read on my new show and podcast, Mary Clark, Traveler, on 88.9 KETR, public radio for Northeast Texas.

Mary Clark Traveler Blog (http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

When seeking a nearby destination with activities for the kids and the adults, look no further than Alexandria, Louisiana.

http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com

Far from the glitz and tourist traps, lies a more intimate, up-close and personal means of accommodation - hostels.  Mary Clark and her family roughed it during a trip to Chile, staying in tiny rooms with bunk beds, and sharing space with strangers.

http://benwheelertx.com/

Nestled between Canton and Tyler are a pair of small East Texas towns in which culture and the arts are thriving. Edom and Ben Wheeler make up for their small populations with big time charm and culture.

Mary Clark Traveler Blog (http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

Scores of penguins choose Magellan Island on the Magellan Straits of South America for their summer getaway, despite the crowded conditions and human onlookers.

Mary Clark Traveler Blog (http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

One expects to find livestock, sprawling country vistas, and quaint little towns in Northeast Texas, but not a Hindu refuge! Mary found just that at Siddhayatan Tirth & Spiritual Retreat in Windom.

http://crystalbridges.org

Alice Walton, daughter of Wal Mart magnate Sam Walton, noticed a distinct lack of art and culture around her family's hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas.  She decided to change that by founding a world-class art museum in The Natural State.

https://www.facebook.com/ddrmuseum

Propaganda by Communist regimes in Europe once succeeded in hiding details about places like East Germany from the prying eyes of world, but museum visitors can see all the details at a museum in Berlin.

http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com

It has been 10 years since Mary Clark and her family had visited neighboring Ft. Worth, and they were pleasantly surprised at the changes they found upon returning.

http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com

During a recent trip, Mary discovered that an old way of life is still thriving along the Mediterranean Sea.

Mary Clark Traveler Blog (http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

Mary tours Italian restaurants in the region, and finds the unexpected common thread of ethnic Albanian owners at many eateries.

Mary Clark Traveler Blog (http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

Mary made a stop in the largest Israeli city of Nazareth during a recent trip, and found an unexpected place to have a meal.

Mary Clark Traveler Blog (http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

At 52 years old, the Space Needle landmark still looks great for its age, and still thrills visitors on a  daily basis.

Mary Clark Traveler (thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

There are some 147 national cemeteries in the United States, providing a final resting place for U.S. military personnel, veterans and their spouses.

http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com

Mary explores the coastline of the European country of Turkey, and finds some of the most memorable waters in the world.

http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com

Following the end of Communist rule, the "Velvet Divorce" of 1989 split Czechoslovakia into two separate countries: Slovakia and The Czech Republic. Mary Clark made a last minute decision to visit the city of Bratislava during a European tour.

Pages