Friday, April 8, 2011

Remarkable Women ~ Part One: My Tuscan Experience

I have met so many remarkable women. This is a series about women that are not famous or infamous, but they are hidden gems of society and deserve attention. Some of them have gone through severe trials and hardships, and still do, but they have risen above their circumstances and still see and enjoy the beauty in life. It was with great excitement and anticipation that I drove to my girlfriend Silvia's Tuscan style home in Naples, Florida, USA to enjoy an afternoon of tea, cappuccino, sweet treats and good company.

When I walked through the large wooden doors of her beautiful Tuscan home I was received with so much warmth and love! I immediately felt at home and when I walked into her inviting kitchen with yellow sunflowers, rich golden-mustard faux walls, wooden cabinets, and beautiful architectural details, my senses were awakened and my soul fed.

In the oven were home-made croissants. On the island was a tray set with beautiful porcelain tea cups, a fine tea pot with hand painted butterflies and a silver milk jar and sugar bowl. I couldn't help to feel special when I saw all the preparation that went into it. What a memorable  occasion it was!

Cappuccino, home-made croissants and fresh cherry jam.

Silvia went to culinary school in Germany and baked this delicious cheesecake!

We relaxed by the poolside enjoying each others company, drinking cappuccino and hot tea. When we tasted the cheesecake with cream we did not even think about the calories. We just enjoyed the moment!

One of the most important things to me in life, is how you treat people! I feel we should all treat people with respect and love. It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from, what matters is whether you make someone feel special and important. Silvia went out of her way to make me feel special and loved, she treated me like a queen and therefore is a hidden gem of society. When there are days when life does not go the way I planned and things are tough, I will sit back, relax and remember this special afternoon I enjoyed at her beautiful home.

All images taken by me


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