SILVER WHISPER 2018 -- SYDNEY TO SINGAPORE


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February 28th 2018
Published: March 2nd 2018
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SS SILVER WHISPERSS SILVER WHISPERSS SILVER WHISPER

Launched in 2001 in Genoa, Italy. A classic small vessel in today's world of large cruise ships.
In late January we received confirmation for a 43 day cruise on Silversea Whisper going to some of our favorite places…Australia and Asia. We did a quick pack job, closed up the house and began our journey on Kevin’s birthday. First stop was in Ft Myers to celebrate with Kevin’s brother Mike and his wife Susan. Brother Arnie and his friend Penny joined in the festivities. After a hot bocce ball match we had a birthday celebration dinner courtesy of Mike and Susan.

The next day we began our 24 hour odyssey to Sydney. United has a new business class service called Polaris which is very nice and it made the 18 hour flight from Houston to Sydney fly by...so to speak. We were rested and ready to go when we landed and no jet lag. We picked up our rental car and drove several hours to Toronto which is a small hamlet on the banks of Lake Macquarie. We even managed to stay on the right side of the road which is actually the left side in Australia. Our friend Ilse has a B&B there and this is our fourth visit to her place. We stayed in a comfortable
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In front of our new home in the Sunshine State. Roberta is the oldest of 9 Atkins sisters.
studio and took many swims in her pool and had several bbq dinners on the lanai. Ilse is the consummate host and we have become close friends over the years. We even met up with her one night in Bangkok (sounds like a song I know) in 2015. She invited us to a dinner party and served up her Austrian special, Wiener Schnitzel and strudel. There were seven of us at the table including an interesting couple from South Africa who recently emigrated to New Zealand and now split their time between Kiwiland and Oz. Ilse's daughter Martina is her able sous chef and also makes beautiful handcrafted greeting cards as a hobby.

We spent one day driving around Lake Macquarie, the largest salt water estuary in Australia. When we didn’t see any swimmers in the lake we asked if it was a good idea. The occasional appearance of sharks, crocodiles and sea lice seems to be enough to dissuade even the most avid swimmer. But it is a great boating lake, just don’t fall in! There was a large wild fire burning in the Hunter Valley, so we weren't able to visit the fine wineries in this noted
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We cut a new pool cover before we left Florida.
area.

On Sunday we drove back to Sydney to visit with Dawn, whom we met in 1997 on a cruise from England to Hawaii. We have shared many lovely times with Dawn and her late husband John, both in Australia and the U.S.

Sydney was alive with parades celebrating Chinese New Year and Gay Pride Week. It is an amazing city to drive around. Overall, we much prefer transport by the magnificent ferry system as it is less stressful and the views are better.

We took Uber to White Bay Cruise Terminal to board the Silver Whisper. Docked directly in front of us was the Regent Voyager. After having done nine world cruises on her, it was very nostalgic to see this beautiful vessel alongside. We followed in the Voyager’s wake as we cruised under the Sydney bridge, past the iconic Opera House and out the Heads to the Pacific Ocean. Off we go on another exciting adventure afloat!


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JOHN, JEAN, KEVIN, SUSAN AT CRUISE SPECIALISTS EVENT

Our good friends from Pebble Beach are always ready for an adventure. Jean flew with Susan at Braniff and John is a US Naval Academy grad.
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CRUZ & SUSAN

Kevin's sister Susan and husband Cruz made the trip down from Chattanooga for a visit. Always fun.
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IGOR THE TILE LAYER

When our kitchen floor "buckled" we had to call in "Tile Busters."
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BROTHERS IN ARMS MIKE, ARNIE AND KEVIN

#1,2 and 3 in the LaGraff lineage. We missed Dan.
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LEMON MERINGUE TARTS

Susan Rey LaGraff surprised us all with these heavenly tarts for Kevin's 39th birthday party.
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GABLES BY THE LAKE

A view from the road.
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THE GABLES STUDIO NEST

We love staying in Ilse's charming B&B which we found only by chance in 2013.
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JOHN'S SEASIDE HOME

Overlooking Lake Macquarie in a peaceful setting.
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THE GABLES

A fine B&B located lakeside in Toronto, New South Wales, Australia.
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THE POOL AT GABLES BY THE LAKE

This is where Ilse and Martina spend much of their time in the beautiful Central Australia Coast summers.
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ILSE'S PINK FLAMINGO

A gift from her friend John.
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SCHOTZIE & SUSAN

The lake referred to is Lake Macquarie
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RED SUN

A forest fire in the Hunter Valley wine country gave us an eerie sunset.
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THE FLANEURS (FRENCH FOR WANDERERS)

Our travel agency was called "Joy of Travel."
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DINNER TIME

Ilse and Martina cooked up Weiner Schnitzel. It was an authentic recipe from Ilse's Austrian childhood.
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LAKE MACQUARIE

The view from John's house.
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RAINBOW LORIKEETS

Lake Macquarie is home to hundreds of bird species.
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DAWN

We always revisit our dear friend Dawn whenever we sail into Sydney. This time we flew in!
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"THE COAT HANGER"

Sydney's Harbour Bridge is stately and functional. It really lights up for New Year's fireworks. And you can climb it!
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"THE SAILS"

Sydney's famous opera house known throughout the world.
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REGENT VOYAGER

She set sail just ahead of us out of Sydney Harbour. We've done 9 world cruises on her, mostly with Captain Dag.


2nd March 2018

Homesick for a bit of travel!
Hey u guys, don’t forget to call us when u get back to Ft Meyers. Here till 5/3. Cruise and friends all sounds delicious.🚢
9th March 2018

Ahoy Bob and Kathy!
We'd love for you to come up and see our home in Englewood. We are very happy with the setting. Still going out to SFO so we kept our boat and Monterey house. But SW Florida is very nice. We get back mid April. Go Sox! Love from us, KS
2nd March 2018

Kevin and Susan are back at sea - All is right with the world!
Yes indeed! F*** Drumpf and Putin!
9th March 2018

Ahoy Mike!
Thanks Rocky! Have you gotten your cute pusser back yet?
9th March 2018

Ahoy Mike!
Thanks Rocky! Have you gotten your cute pusser back yet?
2nd March 2018

Kevin and Susan, Always enjoy hearing about your travels! Have you ever considered selling "Mana"? Let me know if you are! Aloha, Jim
3rd March 2018

Awesome!!!
Ahoy!!! Susan & Kevin, just something I learned from Kevin, Ahoy!!! Cool!! I enjoyed the commentary and photos. Wanda and I sat out on the patio and read your Blog, so cool! Enjoy my friends, " Life is Good "
8th March 2018

Rocky Wanda AHOY!
How's the remodel going? How's your golf? Is our house still standing?
3rd March 2018

Looks as if you are still enjoying cruising, at least on smaller and/or newer ships plus revisiting your favorite places. We will be traveling this year to New Orleans which neither of us has visited before and are looking forward to sampling the authentic food and music and culture of that city. In Fall we will be repeating a cruise from NY up the coast to Quebec and Montreal and then visiting friends in Ottawa. And who knows what else will capture our fancy. There are so many places to explore and who knows how much time. Hope to see you both one of these days at Harbor Point.
8th March 2018

Rosemarie Folk
Sounds like you will be busy in the near future. We also love to cruise the rivers and waterways. Your trip will be a real adventure. We look forward to seeing you again at Harbor Point! Love from Bali, Kevin and Susan
8th March 2018

Rosemarie Folk
Sounds like you will be busy in the near future. We also love to cruise the rivers and waterways. Your trip will be a real adventure. We look forward to seeing you again at Harbor Point! Love from Bali, Kevin and Susan
4th March 2018

Wow
The two of you are not only great travelers, but such good and faithful friends. You've made and nurtured friendships all over the world. Inspiring and impressive, both. Have a wonderful time and keep these posts coming. I love traveling through your eyes.
5th March 2018

Still enjoy your blogs & enjoy traveling with you...maybe again....lost my darling Bob a few weeks ago. Might try going it alone when I am ready.
Sail safely. Carol
8th March 2018

Dear Carol, We are very sorry to learn of your wonderful husband Bob's passing on. You two were delightful shipmates and we know you have many happy memories of your travels with Bob. Best wishes to you and we hope to sail with you again. Love from Bali on the Silversea Whisper, Kevin and Susan
9th March 2018

Silver Whisper, Silver Whisper, Silver Whisper This is cj, over
Hi Kevin and Susan! I am throughly enjoying your travel blogs and love that you got the opportunity to sail on Silver Whisper to experience your favorite places. Great pictures, also. Your home in FL looks pretty nice. It must be interesting inside. :)) That's it. Enjoy your cruise, as I know you will. cj, out
12th March 2018

CAROLYN
Thank you! So good of you to take the time and write. Hope all is good for you. Love from Brunei, Kevin🙏🏻Susan
12th March 2018

CAROLYN
Thank you! So good of you to take the time and write. Hope all is good for you. Love from Brunei, Kevin🙏🏻Susan
12th March 2018
JOHN'S SEASIDE HOME

beautiful
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12th March 2018
JOHN'S SEASIDE HOME

Thanks!
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13th March 2018
SCHOTZIE & SUSAN

Beautiful
Beautiful picture.Thank for sharing this lovely post.Keep blogging.

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