Voie de Vézelay, Day 6



When I left Grossouvre in the morning, I had to walk for one hour on a busy country road.


The following poem came into my mind:


Between seven and eight o’clock

On a country road

Cars are coming and going

I feel like a frog

Squished flat.


After this nerve wrecking walk, I reached the Canal de Berry, a now unused canal built in the beginning of the 19th century by Spanish prisoners of war. For two days, I was walking along the shore of the canal, often lined by high trees and a dense wall of shrubs. Jumps of the frogs leaping into the water when I passed by, uncountable butterflies rising up the grass by each step, storks flying over the tree tops and the ever changing reflections on the water made it a walk through paradise.



Canal de Berry
Canal de Berry



Former service house for one of the 96 docks along the canal
Former service house for one of the 96 docks along the canal

















It was evening when I arrived at Charenton du Cher. Here, I stayed overnight with Madame Malivon. She lived in a Chateau and rented some rooms to pelerins. It was a treat to stay with her, not only because of the charming, old-fashioned rooms but also because of her excellent cooking skills. I was not the only pilgrim; a French couple stayed with her also. We had a delicious meal together.



Chateau of Md. Malivon in Charenton du Cher
Chateau of Md. Malivon in Charenton du Cher



Living room in the Chateau of Md. Malivon
Living room in the Chateau of Md. Malivon



Living room in the Chateau of Md. Malivon
Living room in the Chateau of Md. Malivon



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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