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.

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

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

Falling in love with Iguazu Falls

Apr 30, 2013
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Named one of the New 7 Wonders of the World in 2011, Iguazu Falls is a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike.

Guatemala is so nice, you might visit twice

Apr 2, 2013
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A lot can change in 30 years, as Mary discovered on her return trip to the Central American country of Guatemala, but the enchanting beauty remains.

A beautiful time to be had in Bonham

Mar 26, 2013

You needn't book a flight to faraway lands for an enlightening adventure. Mary stays local and finds a treasure trove of interesting history during her visit to Bonham, in Fannin County.

Following the road from Cairo to Alexandria

Mar 19, 2013
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Mary leaves the beaten Egyptian tourist traps behind, and finds an amazing mix of ancient ruins and new development.

St. Louis shines as an ideal vacation destination

Mar 11, 2013

We all know the city of St. Louis, but Mary delves into some lesser-known history and sights after her trip to "The Rome Of The West."