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Introducing Daugavpils

Okay, so sometimes it’s hard to smile when the grey sky matches the grey tic-tac-toes of crumbling Soviet block housing – especially in a city with as many prisons as churches – but Latvia’s second-largest city really isn’t as scary as its reputation. Yes, Rīgans will snicker when the words ‘visit’ and ‘Daugavpils’ appear in the same sentence, so bear in mind that most of them have never even stopped through. Those who have travelled to the heart of Latgale sing a different tune. A trip to Daugavpils will reveal a funky, friendly, energetic vibe that starkly contrasts with the drab architecture.