Gary Duran


Gary Duran

I am an over fifty something solo traveller, and I love the thrill of travelling in and around Europe. Each trip is a new experience and has memories for a lifetime.
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Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 22nd 2018

I arrive back to Dublin from Belfast. As I was here already once before, and I got to look around, there was really only one more thing that I really wanted to do. I wanted to tour the Guinness factory, and to walk around in that area. With this day being my last, I wanted to make the most of it to the best of my ability. I settle into my hostel, and quickly make my way towards my destination. Not really sure how to get to the Guinness factory, I relied on a map to direct me. It was well within walking distance for me, as I am used to trudging several miles if need be. Weather permitting, this was my plan. Luckily it was not all that far. As I journeyed, all along the ... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » Northern Ireland » County Antrim » Belfast August 19th 2018

I arrive in Belfast from Dublin, and I am very eager and excited to be here. I am a huge Game of Thrones fan, and a lot of the filming is done in Belfast. I have slated two separate tours that I am so excited about. I also didn't want to miss out on going to the sight to where one of the most famous ships in history was built; The Titanic. With a pretty full schedule, I thought it best to go to tour the Titanic museum and site first thing. I normally use my feet to get around, and for this trip I continued to do so. It was a bit further than I thought, but never the less I make my way there. It was starting to rain, and I was thinking I ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Dublin » Dublin August 18th 2018

I arrive in Dublin from an early morning flight from Lisbon. Although tired and weary from the journey, I was eager to set out and see what Dublin had to offer. I got to my hostel, which was decent for a three bed room, and I unpack to start my journey. I knew I was only here for one day, for I was going up to Belfast, but I had plans to come back here to finish off my vacation. My main objective was to just walk around the streets, and to see what jumped out at me. I make my way to O’Connell Street. This street is Dublin's main, as well as widest (but not longest) street, and as near to being the very center of Dublin as you can be. O’Connell Street and the ... read more

Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon August 17th 2018

This year I decided I wanted to see some different landscape for my annual European trip, so I decided to start in Lisbon. I had read Portugal was a beautiful country, and this was a good opportunity for me to see it first hand. Unfortunately for me, I only had a day to spend, but wanted to just see what I could see. I was very eager, and when I arrive, I make my way to my hostel. My hostel name was We Love F'n Tourists. And they did. This hostel was very hospitable to me. I couldn't check in yet, so I left my bags there, and off I went on my new adventure. I wanted to see the ocean, so I make my way to beach side. After a short walk, I arrive at ... read more
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Europe » Serbia » West » Belgrade August 25th 2017

Back to Belgrade. I was here last year, but I was a bit under the weather, and I decided I wanted to come back to experience more of the Serbian culture. I had a very nice stay at a particular hostel (Hostel Bongo), and I wanted to personally come back and thank the Bongo girls for taking such good care of me. I had given each a fun little name that they just thought was something else. They were Dashing Daniella, Terrific Tamara, Irresistible Irena, and Sassy Sadja. I was not sure which ones would still be here, but they had emailed me a few times within the year just to say hello. Upon arrival I felt they were excited to see me as well, as my name was remembered (they called me Gorgeous Gary (go ... read more
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Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Alimos August 23rd 2017

Athens...I have seen this wondrous city on television all of my life, and I have only dreamed of coming here. Now my dream was finally a reality. I was anxious to get to my hostel, for I had booked one very near to the Parthenon, and you supposedly could see the Acropolis from there. I depart from the ferry, and find the metro that will take me near to my hostel. Once I depart the metro station, I make my way to the street level, and after a short time searching for the street, I find the hostel. After check in and going to my room, I find I have a top bunk. Not as excited about this, but luckily for me I was able to switch to a bottom bunk after only one day. I ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos August 20th 2017

I have heard Mykonos is so beautiful, and it has become one of the most desired destinations in the world. Although one of the smallest islands of the Cyclades complex, Mykonos is definitely the most famous, thanks to its treasure of natural beauty, rich history, cosmopolitan character combined with a wild nightlife, as well as plenty of local color. I had to see for myself. Also, according to mythology, Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. Legend has it that the island took its name from the grandson of Apollo, “Mykonos”. Take all of this with a grain of salt. I travel to Mykonos on a ferry from Santorini. This is the first time I have ever taken a ferry, and there are no complaints. The ride was comfortable, and seemed ... read more
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Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Fira August 18th 2017

Time for this years European vacation. Something a little different this year, as I decide to go to Greece, and in particular, Santorini. I had a long day to get to Santorini, as I flew from Atlanta to New York to Athens to Santorini. Needless to say, I was exhausted by the time I arrived. I booked ahead a transport from the airport to my hostel just so I would not have to deal with the buses, taxis etc.. After I depart the Santorini airport, I saw someone holding a sign with my name. This was a welcome sight, and I felt very relieved. The sign holder was not my driver, however the driver came there to greet and pick me up fairly quickly. Off to my hostel I go. We get near the area, and ... read more
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Europe » Serbia » West » Belgrade August 26th 2016

I arrive after taking an overnight train from Budapest. I must say the ride was an experience. I was in a sleeper cabin, and one of my roommates was Serbian. He was a nice guy full of Serbian pride. We had a fun time trying to communicate, as he could not speak much English, and I could speak no Serbian. The train was a bit run down, but this was okay. I could tell when we were getting close to Belgrade, for this area was war torn. You could just see some of the devastation and the lasting effects of war. We arrive in Belgrade and exit the train. I now have to find out where to go. My directions were a little sketchy. One of my other roommates was a Japanese young lady, and she ... read more
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Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Buda August 23rd 2016

I arrive in Budapest from Bratislava a little after lunch time which actually is not a bad time for me on this day, for I knew I could check into the hostel within a few hours after I locate it. Finding the hostel seems to always be the challenge. I leave the train station and almost immediately get turned around. My directions were good, it was just me on this day. Once I got straitened out, I asked a nice young lady at a travel tour kiosk how to go in the right direction. She was very pleasant and pointed me in the right way, and off I go. I find the general location, however with it being lunch time, it was quite crowded in this area. My hostel was overlooking the main square at St. ... read more
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