The fjords, mountains and northern lights of Norway are known throughout the world. As is the “capitalism with a conscience” philosophy. Svalbard is part of Norway and is a true Arctic haven which is nicknamed the 'Realm of the Polar Bears' but you may also spot arctic foxes, walruses and whales! It is one of the world's happiest countries ...

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Amsterdam: Red Light District

Prostitution in Amsterdam is nearly as old as the city itself. As early as the 15th century and possibly earlier, the first prostitutes arrived to earn a living in the harbor of Amsterdam. The Red Light District is still located in the oldest part of the city. The women initially plied their trade in the streets. In the sixties, the police made it illegal to solicit from doorways. Sitting behind the window was tolerated if the curtains were almost closed. By burning a red light behind the chink, it was clear to men that they could come here for a prostitute. Today it is allowed to keep the curtains open but the red lights are still used. As a result the evening hours are the best time to visit. The Red Light District then comes to life and clearly shows where its name originated.

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Ascot Royal Enclosure

For five days every June Royal Ascot hosts the Queen's official thoroughbred race meeting. Founded by Queen Ann in 1711 this high society event is steeped in tradition. There is a rigid dress code, plenty of champagne and Pimms and a joie de vivre that is core to the British people.

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This small Baltic state squeezes Art Nouveau architecture, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Riga's old centre and and sticky black balsam into its eastern European borders. It is home to a vast array of animals and birds including lesser spotted eagles, otters, beaver, deer, wild boar, elk, red fox, lynx, wolves and 7,000 breeds of stork!

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