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Paris Apartment Time Forgot

The Paris Time Capsule Apartment

Fascinating hidden tidbits, stories from around the world.
One of my fav bloggers-MessyNessyChic, has me as a big fan.
I love the hidden stories behind people, things, locations.
Enjoy another bit I borrowed for your enjoyment.
Karen

May 9, 2012 ‘Nostalgia”Paris’.

A Parisian apartment left untouched for over 70 years was discovered in the quartier of Pigalle a few summers ago and I’ve been meaning to share the pictures with you. Time to unlock the vault …

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The owner of this apartment, Mrs. De Florian left Paris just before the rumblings of World War II broke out in Europe. She closed up her shutters and left for the South of France, never to return to the city again. Seven decades later she passed away at the age of 91. It was only when her heirs enlisted professionals to make an inventory of the Parisian apartment she left behind, that this time capsule was finally unlocked.

The team that had the honor of opening what must have been a very stiff old lock for the first time in 70 years, likened the experience to ‘stumbling into the castle of sleeping beauty’. The smell of dust, the cobwebs, the silence, was overwhelming; a once in a lifetime experience.

There is a further twist to the story. In the apartment a painting of familiar style was discovered of a beautiful woman in pink. One of the inventory team members suspected this might be a very important piece of treasure. Along with the painting, they also found stacks of old love letters tied with colored ribbon.

With some expert historical opinion, the ribbon-bound love letters were quickly recognized as the calling card of none other than Giovanni Boldini, one of Paris’ most important painters of the Belle Époque. The painting was his. The beautiful woman pictured in the painting was Mrs. de Florian’s grand-mother, Marthe de Florian, a beautiful French actress and socialite of the Belle Époque. She was Boldini’s muse. And, despite him being a married man, she was also his lover. The art world went a bit nutty for the whole story and the painting was later sold for $3 million at auction.

What I find so intriguing about this story is not so much the discovered painting and the revelation of a love affair between a great Italian painter and the beautiful actress in an enchanting era, but more the story of Mrs. de Florian and why she stayed away from Paris for so long.

What kept her away even after the war? Was she running away from someone or something other than the Nazis? For all those decades, her rent on the elegant apartment in a flourishing city had been faithfully paid, but it was left to freeze in time. It all sounds like the perfect mystery…

via The Telegraph, photos by GETTY

Dog Pool, Stay Persistant My Friend!

DOG POOL


Most darling dog ever!



No matter what you do,
 stay persistent.



Keep going after the ‘Ball’ or Goal
you want
,
like a dog in a pool. 



Jump on the float to give you leverage


stick with the friends you met online

to 
get encouragement,
Ideas,
ways around the ‘pool’

and paddle like heck 


GRAB that ball
and get your goal,


Win that victory!



No matter how green the water is,

or long it takes you to paddle to your dream

GO FOR IT!

Get in the Dog Pool with me!

Karen





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Queen Latifah and Karen Cheng

Learn to Dance in a Year [vid 1:51, time lapse], Interview with Karen [vid 2:00

Learn To Dance in a Year

Karen Cheng and her
Giveit100.com

Karen learn to dance in a year with grace and skill.

It took dedication and drive.
Recently she was on Queen Latifah

Interview with Karen Cheng.

Give it 100.com
Karen Cheng’s

Does this Inspire you to greatness?

Amazing Swedish Women Develop Invisible Bike Helmet

Amazing Swedes Develop Invisible Bike Helmet

You know how it is uncomfortable and hot
wearing a bike helmet?
Bike helmets have not changed in decades.
They are ugly and rigid.
No one wants to get their brains splattered
all over the road, nor a few disfiguring scars.

I love hearing about innovative inventors and entrepreneurs.

BIke helmet woman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two amazing Swedish women designed an Invisible
helmet that works and is stylish!
And you won’t get ‘Hat Head’ wearing their invisible
bike helmet.
Bike Helmet man

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you see how it works
it all makes sense.
The clever solution that draws from a
number of technologies that are well-established
and familiar will astound you.


The design and engineering
of this amazing helmet is beyond great.
They are really good at getting funding too.
They have received over TEN Million $ in venture capitalism.

Two percent of motor vehicle crash deaths
are bicyclists in the United States.
72% of those fatalities are adults over
the age of 20, and no state has a mandatory
helmet law for adults
(although some cities have local ordinances requiring them for all riders).

So far the helmet is available only in Europe–sold
on the official site for €399 ($535)–and would need to meet U.S.
CPSC requirements to be sold as a helmet stateside.

 

This helmet is the one for me.
Expensive, but sometimes safety and fashion cost a little more!

To Your Success,

Karen

Baby Hawaiian surfer

Insane Photo: Tardy Surfer Resorts To Cliff Jumping To Catch Up To His Competition

Tardy Surfer Resorts To Cliff Jumping To Catch Up To His Competition


It looks like it takes real commitment when you really want something, you go for it!
Hope you love this as much as I did!
The Postgame Staff.

A surfer in Santa Cruz was running late for his competition so he was forced to improvise.

That improvisation came in the form of a jump off a cliff 30 feet high and into the Pacific Ocean.

“He timed it perfectly,” photographer Allen Hughes told The Daily Mail.

The same could be said of Hughes, who captured the spectacular photo of this anonymous surfer in midair as a huge wave cascaded behind him.

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Hughes was alert to the possibility that an intriguing scenario was unfolding at Lighthouse Point.

“Everyone else was watching the surfers out at sea, but then I noticed this guy running along Lighthouse Point,” Hughes told the Mail. “I watched for quite a while and before each heat the surfers would climb down to the end of Lighthouse Point and make a smaller 10 foot jump.

“I noticed this guy run down to the end, he was late for his heat.”

That was Hughes’ cue to lock in on him.

“I could tell he was anxious so I focused my camera on him and before anyone knew it, he ran and jumped off the cliff,” Hughes said. “He timed it perfectly and landed just behind the white water and paddled out. I never did find out who he was. The cliff itself must be 30 foot high and the waves were maybe higher.”

Although we can all marvel at the artistic quality of Hughes’ shot, it ought not to be overlooked that the surfer got away with a rash decision. Not to be a ghoulish buzzkill here, but the outcome could’ve been far less favorable.

Hopefully this was crazy enough to dissuade any copycats jumpers, and perhaps it can be a lesson to all surfers: Pay attention to the time.

For those hardcore photography buffs that might be curious about the gear, according to Metro, Hughes, 65, captured the moment with a Nikon D300S.
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Tardy Surfer Resorts To Cliff Jumping To Catch Up To His Competition

747 Home

Woman Turns Airplane into Home 747

Woman Turns Airplane into Home 747

Makes recycling take on wings!

747 Home

 

Whatever you want to do, do it with Flair.
Take your passion to the top level, give it wings!
Just don’t hurt any animals or people in the process.

Woman Turns Plane into Home 747

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Tipping Servers $200, Wouldn’t that feel great to do?

Tipping Servers $200

The Joy of seeing someone’s
face when you reward them, is immeasurable.

Many times we are stuck in a rut
and can’t see clear to
give freely.

Sometimes Giving doesn’t have to come
in the form of Money, but time.
You can give the give of listening, doing
such as reading to children, adults who
need help in that basic form of communication.

You can also give back by writing FOR people.
By that I mean, there are lots of people have arthritis, shut ins..etc.

Or how about picking someone up and drive them
somewhere. Not everyone has a car, or is able to drive.
You were going to go do errands anyway, right?!

Check out how I am able to give back monetarily
to organizations,  and to people I know or live near in my community.
As well as giving back in time and help.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters organization gives adult volunteers (“bigs”) the chance to build lasting one-on-one relationships with children in need of caring adults in their lives [source: Big Brothers Big Sisters].

Many children’s hospitals rely on volunteers for activities such as tutoring patients, reading stories, monitoring playrooms and assisting families with whatever they may need during a child’s stay [source: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia].

Most volunteer opportunities involving children will require a background check and a commitment to volunteer for a certain number of hours per week over a specified duration, such as three, six or 12 months.

In some cases, volunteering with children can be financially beneficial as well as personally fulfilling: Some foster grandparent volunteers qualify to receive a tax-free hourly stipend, and a growing number of public school systems offer seniors a rebate on property taxes in exchange for their time volunteering in the classroom [sources: Senior Corps, Garcia].

Back to the people giving a tipping servers $200,
any help and recognition is a good thing, and $200
would certainly help anyone!
I loved this.

Please comment and tell me what you think about
giving time and money.
Thanks, Karen

Don Ward Shoe Shiner Extraordinaire

“The Boots Honey, They Need Love Too!” [vid 3:41] Shoe Shine Man in Manhattan- Give Yourself a Gift Today!

Shoe Shine Man Extraordinaire in Manhattan

At 47th/Avenue of the Americas, Don Ward is the Shoe Shiner Extraordinaire!
This video of Don working, will guarantee a smile on your face and a spring
in your step for the rest of the day.

Don Ward’s inspirational quotes, quips and poetry as he sees people
walking by, is fun and exciting.
Don Ward Shoe Shiner Extraordinaire

Why exciting? Because you don’t always do what you are truly gifted
at doing, or were trained for. However if you have enough gumption,
you will eventually find your true Niche and fill it.

Others benefit by your spirit and exuberance!

ENJOY this fabulous short video of Don Ward- the Shoe Shine Man Extraordinaire!

Follow the lead of the Shoe Shiner Extraordinaire and shine up what you are good at!

What is your Niche? Are you doing exactly what you love to do?
Comment below please!

Jessica’s “Daily Affirmations” (vid 1:57)

Not much you can add to that. I feel better already!

“yea yea yea”.

It’s going to be a Great Day!
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