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 being read on this show and podcast, Mary Clark, Traveler, on 88.9 KETR, public radio for Northeast Texas.

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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."

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 Shine In Modern-Day Bethlehem

Dec 25, 2012
The Palestinian flag flutters in front of the Church of the Nativity in the biblical West Bank town of Bethlehem in 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."