Turkey has a European side, Thrace but most of its land is in Asia and known as Anatolia. The further you get from the European side the more interesting and exotic the towns seem. Ankara and Konya are both Anatolian.
Istanbul is no longer the capital of Turkey but it has a historic centre and is one of the worlds largest cities. Its half in Europe and half in Asia so there are plenty of different things to see.
The best thing about Turkey is its variety. History, both ancient and modern, astounding natural features, and a fascinating culture.
There are so many more beautiful and interesting towns in Spain. Here are a few of my favourites.
Just like Portugal the best bits of Spain are away from the tourist seaside resorts.
As tourists we were taken to see working farms, schools and study centres. We bought sweets for the children in carefully orchestrated meetings. We saw children play in bands and we were invited to dance with them. I have no idea what they thought of the foreigners who they treated like royalty but we did have a good time.
I could spend a long time on the Algarve but Portugal has lots more to offer. Now its possible to go without quarantining (at least for now).
And now the rest of the Caribbean islands on our cruise. We walked round all of them in the overpowering heat but it was worth it and cruise ship cabins are air conditioned.
It seems as though the cruise industry is pretty much destroyed at the moment. I really hope it can recover – there are so many places suited to a cruise. The most obvious is the Caribbean.
One thing you have to do in North Korea is show your deference to the great leader.