Voie de Vézelay, Day 26




Since Châlus, I was in the region of Périgord, a district divided into four areas, each identified with the four colors white, black, red and green. The part I was walking through was the Périgord verd (green) because of its abundant vegetation.

For lunch I stopped in Thivier. Jean-Paul-Sartre lived in this town until he was six years old. He had only bad memories about this place. He described his experience in his book “Les Mots” (the words).




Thivier seen from the place I had lunch
Thivier seen from the place I had lunch


In Thivier, I had to make a decision – either choose the shorter route to Sorges on the Road Napoleon, a straight road Napoleon ordered to be built for the military, or walk the traditional route, which is longer and nicer. I decided to walk the traditional way. Although I was exhausted at the end of the day – having walked 21 miles – I did not regret it.



Quiet forest roads
Quiet forest roads



Meadows with poppies
Meadows with poppies









When I arrived at the refuge in Sorges, Eddy and Rohan were already there. They took the Route Napoleon. Anna-Marie, a volunteer from Paris, managed the refuge. She cooked a delicious meal for us. The Andalusian Paella was especially delicious.



Anna-Marie in the kitchen of the refuge With Rohan and Eddy
Anna-Marie in the kitchen of the refuge With Rohan and Eddy



Andalusian Paella, a rice dish
Andalusian Paella, a rice dish


The church was also a special treat. Modern light installations and excellent renovation techniques made it to a very special place.



 Church of Sorges
Church of Sorges



Interior of the church in Sorges
Interior of the church in Sorges



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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