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


  1. Silvia seems like such a gracious soul! This is a paradise, and the pastries and desserts are amazing. What an experience to enjoy them in such a breathtaking location.

  2. What can I say? A beautiful property and beautifully photographed. Talk about a slice of heaven with a side of cheesecake! You know how to live! And I agree, something can be said for the way you treat people.

  3. You have these wonderful memories tolast a life time...she looks like such a nice person. I felt warmed by the sun and all the beautiful sights..thank you! ;D

  4. My dear Ingrid
    How glad to see you again your blog!
    They filled my eyes again beauty and elegance!
    Features colors of Tuscany, bougainvillea, sweet hostess, elegant sets, all wonderful!
    As always I am delighted with your photos!
    Thank you
    Warm greetings and kisses

  5. Their you are !! nice to read you again !!...lovely...but where you in Tuscany??? is on my to do list......great pictures!!......lovely weekend love love

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your tuscan experience!Once again your pictures have taken my breath away!Paradise on earth...

  7. What can I say in front of this beauty!!! Dear Ingrid, as we share the same two passions,cooking and beautiful interiors, I want to thank you for your wonderfull blog which helps me to evade... As for Tuscan, it's a place really adorable!!!!

  8. Bonjour Ingrid - Thank you for sharing this beautiful day with us - Your friend Silvia lives in such a lovely part of the world and the cheese-cake oh! so delish!!!
    I have loved reading this post.
    Enjoy your week-end

  9. Hi everybody!
    Thank you so much for your lovely comments! I have to apologize, my friend Silvia lives in Naples, Florida in the USA in a Tuscan style home and not in Tuscany. I made it more clear on my blog post now...sorry for bringing you under the wrong impression!
    Ingrid xx

  10. Dear Ingrid,you don't have to apologize!It was my fault!I was so overwhelmed by the utter beauty of your pictures that I didn't notice that the house is in USA as stated in your text!Have a lovely evening!

  11. As I said on FB...SO beautiful, relaxed, tranquil..really remarkable!
    Ronelle xx

  12. Ingrid, thank you for sharing those special moments with your friend and the beauty of your day. The setting is lovely and evokes fond memories of my visit to Taormina, Sicily where I stayed at the beautiful Villa Ducale overlooking the sea.

    Every morning I enjoyed a delicious and lovingly prepared breakfast of homemade pastries, fresh fruits and meats.

  13. Dear Ingrid,

    What an amazing house your friend lives in! All those bright colours. It looks like a very happy house. Your friend looks very sweet too. I can understand why you felt so special...the cheesecake, the all looks delicious!

    Have a lovely evening!

    Lieve groet, Madelief x


    Cara Ingrid; another wonderful elegant demonstration of your exquisite taste, delicate sense of styling precious moments and beautiful details....!!

    All your outstanding design talent framed and surrounded in this magnificient, wonderful tuscan-style home of your beautiful friend Sylvia.

    Carissima, you took SUBLIME PHOTOS of just everything....Interior, Exterior, Squsite Food and beautiful Porcellaine, wonderful Portrait of your charming Friend.......!! You did pure MAGIC!!

    ...Would it be time to start your own Design Magazine...? I think it would be a phenomenal SUCCESS!!!!!!!!

    I wish you a happy and sunny weekend, cara Ingrid!!
    Un abbraccione ciao ciao elvira

  15. I think you could have a second career as a photographer Ing! Lovely, Lovely, Lovely! Sweet lady, you are a treasure! : )

  16. what gorgeous photos!!! I am a watercolor artist, may I use some of your photos as inspiration? I love Tea time with cheesecake and the tea set in the wicker tray.

  17. your photos are spectacular i have been enjoying your blog so much!



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