"Welcome to My World" SabrinaSummerville's Profile

Lawyers never Lose Their Appeal;-)

I've been on this site for many years now, but it took me quite a long time to discover what a wonderfully friendly place it is. I have been to VT meetings abroad (oh well, ok, just one so far) and made arrangements to meet fellow VTers when in their country. It puts such a different slant on the benefits of travel, having met Tartu2005 in Tallinn (with VT friends) and Pushi Rubiano in Aruba, both in 2006!!!! To be fair, Pushi has since left the site and Tartu is not so active, but I still remain in regular contact with Tartu who is now a very close friend.

I live in a small City in the South East of Ireland called Waterford. This is where I was born, and I've lived most of my life here (apart from my College years) so I guess you could say that I'm a real homebird.

I'm a lawyer, for my sins, but please don't hate me 'cos I'm one of those really nice gentle lawyers who listens well and fights her clients corner moreso for the cause than for the money. A bit like Sandra Bullock in Two Weeks Notice:-)

After 23 years in the profession I eventually realised a long standing ambition and said goodbye to a pure law career in late 2008. You know, it's a career that's harder to get out of than to get into. Now I care for my Mum and, thanks to her, we still manage to travel. We prefer warmer climes as the heat is good for her. At this stage in her life she is disabled from osteoporosis and but this doesn't stop her getting out there and travelling. Indeed, the heat is great for her so we gravitate towards warmer climes when it comes to travels.

I love chatting to friends online and have discovered that Travel is truly a hobby that brings people from all walks of life together.

I like to take photographs, too, so I pepper my posts with my favourites wherever I can. It's a hobby I need to work at, but then I hope I'll always have something that I'm working towards. I hate to be bored:-)

A Little Travel History...........

Here are some (just some) of the trips I've taken over the past few years........I've only gone back so far..............

MARCH 2014 - Los Cristianos, Tenerife.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013 - Cruise to Le Havre, La Rochelle, Bilbao, Vigo, and Porto.

DECEMBER 2012 - Fort Lauderdale, St. Martin, St. Thomas, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados, Grenada, Bonaire, and Aruba (needless to say, it was a cruise)!!

JUNE 2012 - Co. Clare, ireland, for the wedding of my friend's son.

NOVEMBER 2011 - Tobago

SEPTEMBER 2011 - Lanzrote

JULY 2011 - Analipsi, Crete

MAY 2011 - Beijing and Tianjin, China.

APRIL 2011 - Cardiff, Wales.

JANUARY 2011 - Playa Blanca, Lanzarote.

SEPTEMBER 2010 - Tenerife, Los Abrigos.

JUNE 2010 - holidaying at home for a short break in West Cork - Kinsale, Clonakilty, Midleton, Blarney...

MARCH/APRIL 2009 - a last minute decision, back to Tenerife

APRIL 2009 - back to Cardiff

MAY 2009 - MARBELLA for the wedding of my friend Marie's daughter Ellen and, the following day, it was Marie's 60th birthday. Fabulous celebrations!!!

JULY 2009 - BALLINA, SLIGO, and ATHLONE for some time away in my own lovely Country.

AUGUST 2009 - INISTIOGUE, CO KILKENNY and HOOK PENINSULA, CO. WEXFORD for day trips.

SEPTEMBER 2009 - Eastern Med cruise round trip from Rome to include Athens, Santorini, Turkey, Alexandria, Haifa, and Jerusalem.

DECEMBER 2009 - San Francisco for a quick dash around the City.

REELING IN THE YEARS -
Below I've listed my trips going back to 2006 as that's when I started writing about my trips here.

JANUARY 2006 Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

MAY 2006 Las Vegas and Los Angeles, USA

SEPTEMBER 2006 Italy, to include Sirmione, Limone, Riva, Lazise, Florence and Venice

SEPTEMBER 2006 Cardiff, Wales

DECEMBER 2006 Talinn, Estonia

DECEMBER 2006/ JANUARY 2007 Aruba

FEBRUARY 2007 Cruise around Cape Horn to include taking in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and the Falkland Islands.

APRIL 2007 Work weekends away in the stunning Irish towns of KILLARNEY and TRALEE

MAY 2007 Cairo,Egypt (work)

JUNE 2007 Marbella/Puerto Banus

AUTUMN 2007 The Irish Villages and Towns

OCTOBER 2007 Tenerife PLUS, closer to home, CORK and GALWAY

DECEMBER 2007 Cuba

FEBRUARY 2008 A sad trip to Cardiff to the funeral of a dear friend. Malcolm Clements was the husband of my cousin Helen, and he was always a friend to me.

MARCH 2008 Business trip to Croatia. This is a new venture and first trip to Croatia. It also allowed me to take in quite a bit of Bosnia Herzogovina.

JUNE 2008 Long weekend in KILLARNEY

AUGUST 2008 Long weekend in ATHLONE

DECEMBER 2008 - at last, sun - GRAN CANARIA

My Kind of Holiday

I thought I was a great traveller until I came here and saw how much of the world others have covered. We used to have a programme on Irish TV where a girl called Kathryn Thomas got to travel to all these amazing destinations - and it's her job! She reports on different resorts, hotels, holiday types etc. I used to think that Kathryn had my dream job (it's true, most Lawyers don't want to be lawyers any more!) until I watched her some time ago in a canoe on the Orinoco and trekking through the jungle to Angel Falls. Yes, it was absolutely amazing when she got there, but the poor girl was covered in mozzie bites and I'd say you wouldn't have a nail on your fingers. I'm sure there are spiders and snakes, too. Ugh!

I guess my point here is that the canoe sailing/mozzie bitten/ jungle trekking holiday is not my style and I prefer something a bit more refined at this stage in my life. That saying, I long to do a safari (high on my list of future trips) and will suffer the insects - liberally doused with repellant. Don't misunderstand me though - I'm no prima donna and can hit the dirt with the rest of the gang if needs be:-)

So anyway, back to my typical holiday. I'll be happy to cover and report on the luxury slot - give me a five star hotel, the perfect spa, a pristine white sandy beach, and some history or culture and there's my perfect trip. I also love a little adventure and the older I get the more I am prepared to try different things.

In the meantime, Katherine Thomas announced in 2008 that she was giving up the TV travel job. I wonder if they'd consider me.............????

First Class all the Way? If only.............

I've already admitted to being the luxury travel kind of girl, which brings me to the topic of flying. These days it's a most uncomfortable experience, even if you're supermodel skinny (which I'm not). The ideal, therefore, is to fly first class if you can possibly afford it.

I've only managed to do this once so far, flying from New York to Dublin. I am lucky to have a good friend who arranged a free upgrade for me. Oh what an experience it was - and unfortunately not so good; but please.....read on.

The journey, any time you travel, starts the moment you leave home (or your hotel on the return trip) and when we arrived at JFK to pick up our flight we were met by horrific lines at checkin. It was Christmas week after all. It was delightful to be able to skip all of that and go right to the top of the checkin desk. There the checkin staff smiled, called me by name, and said "We've been expecting you." Oh the joy of it.

Similarly when we went through security there was a tiny line for first class, and a queue that wound round the entire terminal for what I now call baggage class (because I always feel like a bit of baggage when I fly economy - oh first class has me ruined for life!).

We wandered into the Aer Lingus first class lounge and I tried not to gape at the amazing sun loungers with umbrellas positioned to overlook the runways. We melted into comfy armchairs and sipped champagne, trying to be discrete in our star-spotting.

When our flight was called we were shown to luxurious leather seats - they felt almost like small sofas and could have seated two at a push. But there is no pushing in first class, just absolute luxury. We were handed crystal glasses of champagne and shown a menu of delectable in flight delicacies. I looked behind, into baggage class, and saw that the flight was choc-a-block full. I felt like a movie star. The stewardesses kept smiling at me and asking if I was ok, trying to insist I have more champagne, a pillow, another blanket.

The trouble started when the flight took off, but in fairness it was not the fault of the wonderful Aer Lingus. We hit a storm which was so bad that even the cabin staff were confined to their seats. This storm lasted almost all of the way to Dublin so, apart from the seats and the champagne on boarding, I missed all the other joys of first class flying.

Another time, another time. Sighhhh... :-)

Travelling Partners in Crime

Lately most of my travelling is done with my Mum. She was 75 last year and is a really fantastic travelling companion. To be honest, sometimes she up for more than I am :-) She nursed my Dad for eight years when he was really ill, and subsequently died of early onset Alzheimers, so it's lovely for her to have a few travel treats now.

We have a small little bit of conflict on what we like to do as she is not as active as she used to be because of her disabilities. Cruising gives us the perfect opportunity to compromise as Mum can now safely stay on deck while I'm off swimming with stingrays or racing Americas Cup yachts!

Mum loves markets and browsing,she's great at the bargaining and loves chatting to the locals. Give me a huge mall in Dubai and that's my kind of shopping. We get on great though.

It's really important to travel with people that you're comfortable with.

Something to Share

Beautiful poetry reminds me of everything that is special in the world - including love and travel. This is one of my favourite poems and I find myself quoting the last line in relation to lots of things. I wanted to share it with you. The author is W B Yeats. The photograph is one of a series of pics I took of Tramore at sunset. It's amazing that the sunset is so different each evening that it makes the world look so amazingly varied, even in the same spot! Compare it with the first pic on this page taken the following night looking in the same direction. Amazing colours! Travel doesn't have to be to someplace thousands of miles away - sometimes the most spectacular sights are right on your doorstep.

HAD I the heavens embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Topless Graveyard Girls

I've always wanted a convertible, even though we don't really get the weather for them here in Ireland. So last year I ditched the Beemer and bought myself a topless car at long last. It's my pride and joy right now, typically red with cream leather.

My cousin Laura got married in october and a number of elderly Aunts came to town for the wedding. My Mum promised them all a drive in the cool car.

The day after the wedding I picked up my Mum and two of my Aunts. The elderly ladies were delighted with themselves, scarves wound around their heads a la Truly Scrumptious (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). I felt I was giving them a great treat and, promising to bring them anywhere, I asked where they wanted to go - without hesitation, and in one voice they said "The Graveyard." Poor old ladies, they're all widows, and they wanted to visit their Husband's graves.

In the graveyard I took a couple of pics with my camera phone as I didn't have the camera with me. One of my Aunts asked me to email them to her Daughter in Seattle. As a joke I titled the email "Topless Graveyard Girls" - but it never got to my cousin! Obviously some porn filter caught it.

They had great fun though.

NOTE:- Time has passed since I first wrote this car piece, and sadly the red convertible is mine no more. It's been replaced by a very gorgeous black lexus jeep, but that's another tale..... I still like this pic!!

Another Side of Me

I'm posting a pic of me taken back in 1989 during my biker phase. I'm the taller of the two girls in the pic. To look at me now you'd never think I was once I biker girl. Actually to be fair I dated a Harley Davidson riding biker for ten years, although he'd seldom take me out on the bike. he was a true biker, a member of a well known Irish bikers group called The Freewheelers (similar in nature to Hells Angels, though not exactly).

That pic was taken at a bikers show in Co. Waterford where I met several of the members of U2 - at that time they were great pals with some of the local Freewheelers (maybe they still are, I don't know).

To this day I'd love to get a Harley myself. There's such a sense of freedom with the wind blowing through your hair.

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    Dec 6, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Happy Belated Birthday! I celebrated your special day in Mexico... :-)

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    Dec 3, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Happy Birthday!

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    Dec 2, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Happy Birthday!

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    Hope your birthday is filled with all the fun you can handle!

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    Happy B/D!

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    Dec 2, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Happy Birthday Gabrielle! Wish you a great day!

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    Dec 2, 2013 at 8:53 AM

    Well, we must. Another year has past and here we are celebrating your day of days. Happy Birthday, dear Gabi. My wild Irish Rose. Enjoy the day, enjoy the year! :-)

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    Dec 2, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Gabrielle, happy birthday. We share the same birthday. :-) I see where you visited Ft. Lauderdale one year ago, probably on a celebratory birthday cruise. I was just in FTL over the Thanksgiving weekend and would love to meet you the next time you are in my neck of the woods (Orlando). And YES,i have been to Ireland, land of my Mother's kin. :-)

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    Happy Birthday wishes to you Gabrielle...

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