Voie de Vézelay, Day 24



As I walked out of the town of Limoge, I passed the marketplace, the old train station and the Église Saint-Michel-des Lions, a 14th century Gothic hall church. By entering the church, I was welcomed by the warm light and air of uncountable burning candles and the smell of incense. Dim morning light was falling through the huge stained glass windows. The space was magical. I learned that the 3rd century Roman Saint Martial is buried here. He brought Christianity to the Roman town, then called Augustoritum.



Église Saint-Michel-des-Lions
Église Saint-Michel-des-Lions



Another beautiful stone cross along the Way
Another beautiful stone cross along the Way


It took me two hours to leave the city. Allies of oak trees were walking with me. Later on, there were hardly any villages along the way. In the little town Aixe-sur-Vienne, I visited the workshop of a basket maker. A painting on a wooden door shows that it is still 1,349 km (838 miles) to Santiago de Compostela.



Workshop of the basketmaker
Workshop of the basketmaker










In the refuge of Flavignac, I met Rohan and Eddy again. They did the typical errands of the pilgrims at the end of each day – washing laundry, caring for the feet and writing a diary.



Rohan and Eddy writing the diary in front of the refuge
Rohan and Eddy writing the diary in front of the refuge


The village of Flavignac has not only a restaurant and a boulangerie but also a tiny delicatesse grocery store, which is at the same time a café and a photo studio and a book store.



Proud owner with family of the Épicerie
Proud owner with family of the Épicerie







Celebrating our time together
Celebrating our time together



Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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