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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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Mary Clark  visits nearby Rockwall, and discovers an ideal spot for a weekend getaway,  right in our own backyard.

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

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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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