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.

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."

Italy retains charm through the years

Feb 26, 2013

When Mary first visited Italy some 20 years ago, she was struck by the rustic charm of the architecture.

Mardi Gras, off the Bourbon Street path

Feb 19, 2013

New Orleans is perhaps the number one destination for Mardi Gras revelers, but what about Fat Tuesday celebrations in other parts of Louisiana? Mary parties with the locals in Shreveport for Carnival Season.

Cranespotting in Rockport

Jan 22, 2013

Mary visits the Texas Gulf Coast for an unforgettable Whooping Crane watching journey.

Mary Clark, Cappuccino Conniseur

Jan 8, 2013
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Coffee shops at every other corner of America have done much to expand appreciation of caffeinated delicacies, but purists say there are right and wrong ways to make "True Cappuccino."

Dark Streets Shineth in Modern Day Bethlehem

Dec 25, 2012

The town of Bethlehem is known to many from accounts in traditional Christmas songs, but what is the city like today? Mark Clark visited and found out.

What Do We Really Know About The Mayan Calendar?

Dec 18, 2012

Plenty of attention has recently been turned to an ancient Mayan Calendar, that some interpret as heralding "the end of the world."

Mary Visits The Home Of Georgia O'Keefe

Dec 11, 2012

Georgia O'Keefe was renowned for her paintings, and she left behind an amazing legacy after her death in 1986. Mary takes a tour of O'Keefe's dwelling in New Mexico.

Hiking Around The World

Dec 6, 2012

Mary has discovered amazing walking trails during her travels around the world. In this episode, she chronicles outstanding hikes in New Zealand, Turkey and Italy.

Hot Air Balloon Adventure

Nov 27, 2012

Hot air ballooning is popular worldwide, and the history of the flight technology is on display at the Hot Air Balloon Museum in New Mexico.

Open The Drawbridge, Here Comes Mary

Nov 20, 2012

When castles come to mind, the English variety often first come to mind, but Mary Clark's trip to Italy recently took her into one of the largest castles in the world.

A Pow Wow in Arizona

Nov 14, 2012

A trip to Sedona, Arizona revealed a gateway to ancient traditions for Mary, as she learned about Native American practices from her local guide Clint Frakes.