Good News Thursday: Gustav Klimt’s ‘Portrait of a Lady’ returns, new bus tour designed to help riders sleep


Gustav Klimt’s ‘Portrait of a Lady’ is rediscovered

After almost 25 years, Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of a Lady” was found and is on display in Rome’s new exhibit. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

While it is still unknown who stole Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of a Lady” in 1997, the painting was accidentally discovered in December 2020 by a gardener clearing ivy from the outside walls of the Piacenza Ricci Oddi Modern Art Gallery. The portrait had only been on display for a few weeks before the museum closed for Italy’s first coronavirus lockdown. Now, the painting is featured in the museum’s new major exhibition titled “Klimt. The Secession and Italy.”

“It’s a true mystery where it was all that time, including whether it was inside the walls the whole time,” said Jonathan Papamarenghi, the culture commissioner of Piacenza.

Three sisters share birthdays, each in a different year

Three naturally delivered sisters were each born on Aug. 25 in 2015, 2018 and 2021. The children’s mother, Kristin Lammert, claimed the coincidence was because of “intervention, fate and loved ones up above.” When Lammert found out her last daughter’s due date was Sept. 8, 2021, she was curious about the odds of her baby coming a couple weeks early. The children’s father, Nick Lammert, added that his wife was really good at planning.

“I thought she could absolutely be born two weeks early and share the same birthday with her two older sisters,” Kristin Lammert said.

New bus tour designed to help riders sleep

This 47-mile, five-hour long bus ride is designed to help passengers rest. Tickets for this tour come with a complimentary eye mask and ear plugs, and the tour sold out the first day. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

A new Hong Kong bus tour was inspired by tired riders who tend to fall asleep on buses. Kenneth Kong, marketing and business development manager of ulu travel, hoped to appeal to those who are travel starved and sleep deprived. Tickets cost between $13 and $51 depending on whether passengers want to snooze on an upper or lower deck and they come with a complimentary eye-mask and ear plugs. The first “Sleeping Bus Tour” sold out.

“When we were brainstorming new tours, I saw a social media post from my friend saying that he was stressed out by his work, he couldn’t sleep at night, but when he was traveling on the bus, he was able to sleep well. His post inspired us to create this tour that lets passengers just sleep on the bus,” Kong said.

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