LA-FERME – BAZAS

 

 

Without opening your door

You can open your heart

Without looking out your window

You can see the essence of Tao….

                                                                               Lao Tse

 

                                                           

At 9 in the morning we were starting for Cadillac, a town 19 miles west from La-Ferme. Here we found out that the pilgrim’s way was no longer going through this town. My guidebook, published 2012, had not recorded this change. In total, Jean Paul drove over two hours to drop me off on the marked way. His generosity and helpfulness were amazing.

 

 

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It was a beautiful walk to Bazas. The rain filled the air with a heavy dampness and put a great stillness over the meadows and fields. It was just great to walk, to breath, to be

I entered Bazas through the old city gate and came soon to a very picturesque city plaza with the 13th century Gothic church Cathédral Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Instead of statues, little children were sitting in the niches of the entrance to the church. I loved the replacement of the former statues with happy children. When I entered the church, I saw high up in the apsis of the church, standing on scaffolding, a man renovating the heart shaped stained glass window frame. I was touched by the magic of this site.

 

 

City gate of Bazas

City gate of Bazas

 

 

City plaza of Bazas with the Gothic church

City plaza of Bazas with the Gothic church

 

 

Children climbing up to the niches of the entrance to the church

Children climbing up to the niches of the entrance to the church

 

 

Gothic church with stained glass windows

Gothic church with stained glass windows with heart in the center

 

 

Gothic arcades at the plaza of Bazar

Gothic arcades at the plaza of Bazar

 

 

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After having a Bhoudi tea in the café under the Gothic arcades, I walked to the refuge, the Château Saint-Vincent owned by Madame and Monsieur Dumortier. They bought this Château for their retirement days. He was a professional carpenter and she is an artist. Both love to renovate. This Château gives them plenty to do.

 

 

 Château Saint-Vincent

Château Saint-Vincent

 

 

Madame and Monsieur Dumortier in the kitchen

Madame and Monsieur Dumortier in the kitchen