France’s Cave Homes, Travel | Smithsonian, Tours FR, Loire Valley, Saumur FR, troglo life: Anyone ever heard of France’s Cave homes? The pastoral care minister at my childhood church, North Avenue in Atlanta, mentioned them when he was visiting my mom on Friday. Sounds fascinating!! They are near Tours FR where Molly will be studying this fall.
In the morning, I headed toward Saumur on old highway N 952, along the Loire. An hour or so later, I arrived in Saumur—not just where Bonnells live, but the epicenter of troglo life in France. There are hundreds of miles of caves in and around Saumur, some bored into the hillsides, some under the plains. Most are abandoned. Others have been revamped as troglo hotels, restaurants, museums, artist galleries, wineries, farms for mushrooms, silkworms and snails, a rose water distillery and a disco. Even a troglo zoo, where large animals live in open quarries and enclosed caves display bats and other lovers of dim light.
William Dabney of Virginia, American balloon flyer, D-Day, Omaha Beach, French Legion of Honor medal, segregated 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion:
Per Donna Morris … Per Linda Hervieux : William Dabney of Virginia was an American balloon flyer. He landed on Omaha Beach early on D-Day and was lucky to be alive when he got his TNT-armed blimp aloft, protecting our troops from German planes. In June 2009, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor medal, which he’s wearing in this photo. Until then his unit, the segregated 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion, had been forgotten. Rarely are they mentioned in history books and Hollywood has never shown them in a D-Day movie. But they were there, the only black combat troops to land with the white infantry. Since meeting Bill, I’ve been researching a book about his battalion.
Palace Malice, Dogwood Stables, Campbell/Umhau Family, 2013 Belmont Stakes, 2014 $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park, kith/kin: Congrats Dogwood Stables, Cot and Ann Campbell, Campbell/Umhau Family!! Pretty extraordinary!
Palace Malice proved his class in the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park, winning the second Grade 1 of his career for Dogwood Stables a year after taking the 2013 Belmont Stakes.
Fourth with three furlongs left to go, the 6-5 favorite in a 12-horse field shifted off the rail and split rivals to run down tiring pacesetter Broadway Empire, then put away 2013 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents while driving clear by a length, Romansh came in a half-length back in third.
“It’s pretty extraordinary to have a horse win the Belmont a year ago and come back and win the Met Mile from the No. 1 post carrying 124 pounds and beating last year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner,” trainer Todd Pletcher remarked. “In the process, it’s an unbelievable accomplishment.”
Broadway Empire struck out for the early lead in the Met Mile and was tracked with about a one-length advantage by Goldencents, making his first start of the year. A quarter went in :23.01 seconds and a half in :45.76 seconds while 124-pound highweight Palace Malice, getting the rail trip from post 1 under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, moved up from seventh race third, then fourth as Romansh made his outside move in pursuit of Goldencents and the leader.
Rounding the turn Palace Malice shifted gears and found running room between horses, easily clearing the tiring Broadway Empire on his inside before digging deep to pass Goldencents to his outside within the furlong grounds. The 4-year-old son of Curlin ran the mile in 1:33.56.
“When I finally got him through, he started running,” Velazquez said. “He was [hesitant to go through]. The room was there, but I kind of have to keep him busy, keep him busy. The spot was there, but he went to jump from one side to the other one and I almost lost my spot. I got after him again, and he finally got through. Once he got through, he started running. [Out of the gate], the first jump was OK and the second jump he kind of grabbed himself a little. He didn’t really bobble, he just stumbled a little bit, just a jump. After that I had to make sure I got him in the race.”
Goldencents’ connections said they were also pleased with their runner, who had not raced since finishing seventh in the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct Racetrack last November.
“We needed a little tuneup,” said Leandro Mora, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill. “This was his first race since he finished seventh in the Cigar. Too bad we couldn’t have a race in between. We did all we could. We’re extremely happy. We ran a great second, so we’re fine. We’re going for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita.” Palace Malice returned $4.70, $3.70, and $2.90 while Goldencents paid $5.80 and $4.80. Romansh brought $7.90, while Shakin It Up, Clearly Now, Broadway Empire, Scarly Charly, Declan’s Warrior, Vyjack, Normandy Invasion, Capo Bastone, and Moreno completed the order of finish.
Bred in Kentucky by W.S. Farish out of the Royal Anthem mare Palace Rumor, Palace Malice is undefeated in four starts in 2014, all of them graded stakes. He earned an automatic berth to the Nov. 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita Park in the Met Mile, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” event.
California Chrome, 2014 Belmont Stakes, Triple Crown: Speaking of horses …
High Museum of Art/Atlanta, 6.3, Elizabeth Musser’s The Swan House: Childhood friend Elizabeth Musser wrote a wonderful historical novel using this tragedy as the historical backdrop. It was truly a sad event in the history of Atlanta.
Fifty-two years ago today, more than 100 Atlantans were killed in an airplane crash outside Paris at Orly Airport. The group had just completed a three-week trip sponsored by the Atlanta Arts Association and were headed home to Atlanta when the crash occurred.
From that tragedy, the Atlanta community came together to create the Memorial Arts Center as a tribute to the people who had long supported the arts in the city. The Woodruff Arts Center of today grew from those beginnings and today is one of the largest arts centers in the world.
In memory of the individuals and families affected by the Orly tragedy, and in recognition of their meaning to all of us associated with the Woodruff Arts Center, we have placed commemorative flowers by the Rodin sculpture on our front lawn today.