Voie de Vézelay, Day 32




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.














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





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




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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