There was a slight cloud hanging over the Mediterranean Delights Fitness Voyage breakfast, on our last day. The inevitability of our flights home made packing everything much harder, and the suitcases felt twice as heavy being carried up the stairs.
We pushed the negative thoughts to the back of our minds and disembarked to walk the castle walls with Nik & Ramona.
The day was hot, with not a cloud in the bright blue sky. It made the colours surrounding the castle even brighter, the greens greener. It was so beautiful strolling along together, stopping to watch the birds skim past the walls. Every-so-often they would snatch up flies and moths.
We talked and reminisced about everything that had happened on the trip. From discovering our beautiful boat in Marmaris, our first yoga session in Bozukkale, passport control in Bozburun, Symi Island, Cutea Island and our Belly Dancing Evening. We’d managed to pack so much into one short week; it really did feel like the holiday had been so much longer.
By this point, the heat of the day was under our skin, and we were more than ready for a mid-day break to re-fuel and re-hydrate.
The Minos Pension Roof Garden Cafe view really did live up to the signs expectations, and revealed a seriously impressive scene out over Rhodes.
We ordered a small feast and a few refreshments, overlooking the beautiful town.
We had Moussaka, Caesar Salad and Chicken with Chips (don’t judge), along with flavoured Mojitos. We made sure to sign our names on a shell and leave it under the glass of the table too – promise me if you ever go, you’ll take a picture and tweet it to me?
When we’d eaten our fill, the walk continued through the old town. The boys took the opportunity to pose, while Ramona and I chatted about everything under the sun. Ramona and Nik both live in Texas, with their two sons, and are highly successful and impressive people. Nik loves sport as much as Ben, and Ramona and I have the same interests. It’s amazing how random situations and circumstances push people together that in every day life would probably never meet.
With that thought in mind, we headed back to the boat one last time, grabbing an ice cream on the way.
We arrived back at the boat, our rooms already claimed by the next week’s guests – we couldn’t help but tell them how much fun they would have.
We had been invited by Ali and Cindy to review the boat trip, but we ended up having an experience of a lifetime with people that have truly changed my views on all manner of things. I always take something away from every trip I have, no matter how subtle. The people we were with on the MDF Voyage, could not have made a better group. Even now, the conversations I had with Amy and Rachel about families and life, the endless laughs I had with Jill, the history lessons from Ali and Cindy, the incredible adventurous stories from Vera and wonderful bond that was sealed with Nik and Ramona are fresh in my mind. I couldn’t possibly have written these posts like a review, because it didn’t feel like one and I loved that about it.
Goodbyes are always difficult, but the sun gave us the fondest farewell, promising that we would be back.
I would do the trip all over again if I could, and we truly are looking at going back next year to do the Greek Islands (Santorini anyone?!).
There are still options to book with MDFV this year, and still spaces available for the September voyage. MDFV can even be chartered for Anniversaries, Birthdays or Bachelor(ette) parties – but book quickly to avoid disappointment!
NB – Our holiday with MDFV was complimentary for purpose of review, but as always, my thoughts are entirely my own and opinions are honest. We felt very lucky to be invited onto the trip, but were treated no differently than any paying guest.