Mary Clark, Traveler

Tuesday Mornings at 7:20, during Morning Edition

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.

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Mary Clark Traveler
4:38 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

National cemeteries memorialize the fallen

Rows of graves line the North Africa American Cemetery in Tunis, Tunisia
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There are some 147 national cemeteries in the United States, providing a final resting place for U.S. military personnel, veterans and their spouses.

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Mary Clark Traveler
9:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Turkey provides spectacle along the waters

Passenger ferry sails across the Marmara Sea, near Istanbul Turkey.
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Mary explores the coastline of the European country of Turkey, and finds some of the most memorable waters in the world.

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Mary Clark Traveler
6:15 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Tourists find a lot to love about Slovakia

This red Mini-train carries tourists to the sights in Slovakia.
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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.

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6:13 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Check out Rockwall before you cross the bridge to Dallas

Rockwall Harbor, as seen from the Rockwall Hilton.
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Mary Clark  visits nearby Rockwall, and discovers an ideal spot for a weekend getaway,  right in our own backyard.

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Mary Clark Traveler
9:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Berlin memorials tackle Germany's difficult past

Shadows cast along the Memorial to Murdered Jews in Berlin.
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It took some 60 years for World War 2 memorials to appear in the German city of Berlin, but Mary Clark found these newly unveiled monuments to be a moving tribute to lives lost.

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5:03 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Revisiting the New Mexico family cabin, 20 years later

Snow tipped mountain vista in Cowles, New Mexico
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Fond childhood memories of a remote cabin, lead to newly forged unforgettable moments during Mary's return to a log cabin in Cowles, New Mexico.

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Mary Clark Traveler
12:59 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Vienna hotel revisited

Entrance to the Pertschy Palais Hotel, behind a passing horse-driven carriage.
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Vacations can leave long-lasting memories, and Mary distinctly recalls the hotel in which she and her family stayed during a trip to Vienna 40 years ago.

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1:04 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Boston local shows Mary the sights

Swan boats float along the lake at the Boston Public Garden
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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
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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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9:00 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Oklahoma Pow Wow brings cultures together

Feathers worn by a dancer at the Red Earth Festival
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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
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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.
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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
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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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12:59 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Downtown McKinney offers wide array of attractions

Signposts help guide visitors to the attractions in downtown McKinney
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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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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."
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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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