I jumped on yet another plane and headed for another country.
After Rome, I was well and truly ready to see my family. I had no idea what to expect.
7 nights on a boat with 19 family and friends, including my mum. Recipe for disaster?!
The older I get, the more appreciative of my family I become. I have so many first cousins with whom I catch up with on a regular basis, I’d consider them more siblings than cousins! And all of my Aunties and Uncles provide such a loving support network.
Here’s to family…!
…I arrived late in the evening with my Aunty and Uncles close friends Marta and Riccardo, who I happened to stand next to on my bus out to the plane.
The hotel we stayed at was hilarious. Anybody who has seen The Inbetweeners movie, imagine that X 10. Lads and ladettes everywhere!
The following morning we headed off to Marmaris to hop aboard our boat.
It was HUGE! Every room slept 2 people, had a private ensuite for each and so, so many sun beds and tables for cards!
This was going to be awesome.
We had the greatest crew. They were all lovely and helped make our time on the boat something special.
Every morning we would wake up eat breakfast, have a nap and then the card games would start. I don’t think more games of Euka have ever been played!
Most of us were keen swimmers and every day when we would drop anchor someone would pick a spot for the morning swim… trying to earn breakfast!!
We sailed to some amazing spots – Turkey is such a gorgeous country. I jumped off some cliffs with my cousins, and the boat and watched the girls learn how to do backflips from the boys!
We all got to share in the celebrations of Matt and Emma’s engagement too. I hear this squeal and Em comes bounding down from the front of the boat sporting an amazing new piece of bling!! It was so great to share that with everyone.
The dynamics on the boat worked so well too. 20 people in each others space for a week, could go either way. Luckily, it worked perfectly!
…and SO many cocktails thanks to our main man Koray!
One night, a couple of my cousins and I decided it would be a great idea after about 1000 cocktails each to go for a swim. This would have been fine – if we didn’t decide to skinny dip then run around whacking people sleeping up on deck on the head with noodles.
Again, everyone was such good sports and didn’t seem to mind too much. We were however banned from late night drunken swimming after that… I don’t really know why!!!?
I slept on deck every night and it was amazing watching the sunrise each morning.
This was the most relaxing holiday I have ever experienced. It consisted of eating, drinking, reading, swimming, cards, charades, giggles, music, the worm and more eating.
I WILL be doing this for my 30th in the totally distant future!!
Oh and the food… OH MY GOSH, the food.
Our chef Janus (excuse the spelling) produced some of the most amazing feasts I have ever experienced out of his little kitchen. This guy worked HARD to cook us the most wonderful meals and afternoon tea… I’m also blaming him for the majority of the SIX KILOS I put on while on holidays (although all the food was SO fresh, it’s pretty obvious it wasn’t from that….)
Here’s just a small selection of food shots…
This truly was a trip of a lifetime, shared with some of the most wonderful people I have ever met!
And a massive thank you to Sue and Phil for making this happen.