Travel Blogs from Daugavpils
... and found ourselves on a motorway for the next 200 kms or so, as we headed west towards the town of Siauliai, whose only real claim to fame is being near "The Hill of Crosses", where hundreds of thousands crosses of all descriptions have been planted by the endless stream of pilgrims who travel there for that one purpose. Quite an amazing sight!
After driving through showery rain most of the way, we decided that camping probably wasn't the best option, ...
Woke the next morning to rain!!! Good decision not to camp! Packed up and headed off on one the bumpiest roads we've been on, through east Latvia, one of the poorest regions in Europe, and one that is still recovering from Soviet occupation. Saw lots of stork nests on top of power poles, but also drove through towns full of run-down apartment blocks and old prisons. Stopped in Rezekne for lunch at a "Hesburger" restaurant (a Maccas clone), and then drove on ...
... Then on the train to Russia a women from St. Petersburg is curious as to what I'm doing here. I ask her about the boarder control and how it works as I'm cutting it a bit fine with the start date. My visa starts on the 2nd December and I cross the boarder about 1.00am on that day. Hopefully the time difference won't cause any problems, although I've checked the schedule and I should be fine. First, the Latvian passport control woman comes round in uniform ...
... And I actually enjoyed fishing quite a lot.
We had so much fun, sun and swimming!! Everyone was sunburn, obviously except me because I was already very tanned by that time! :)
And being Russian or rather Belarussian fishing and camping trip, it included absolutely insane quantities of vodka and beer!
Also, it included traditional food called Shashlyk - kind of like kebab on a bbq, but much much tastier!! :) ...
... was being dismantled below a small village of mobile food stalls.
The leather-clad, hardened Rockers, who had been bopping to thrash metal all night, had stripped off their Metallica T-shirts and gone for a dip in the lake, tattoos glistening in the sun. Several, in that wild and nihilistic way, that Rockers have, were using their death metal air-beds as make-shift lilos, whilst trying not to let any spiky body piercings actually puncture them.
We watched two lads for ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed