Voie de Vézelay, Day 7



Md. Malivon’s chateau was close to the canal. She showed me a shortcut through her park and I walked through dense bushes, over a wall and a ditch back to my way. It was not easy with my backpack. When I reached the canal, the joy of walking immediately captivated me again. Little dew drops on the grass looked like pearls in the morning sun and the flowers along the canal were glowing in brilliant colors. It was not long after I started my walk that I found the most beautiful feather. I loved it so much that I made many photos with the feather in it.















After four hours of walking, I reached the town Saint-Amand-Montrond. Here, I bought a guidebook of the “Grande Randonnée,” a hiking route that was pretty much the same as the Via Lemovicensis. The description was much better than in the two books I had taken with me. In this town, I had to leave the canal.






The way continued through seemingly endless meadows and fields, always in the southwest direction. It was hot and there was hardly any shade. My water bottle was empty and nobody was at home when I rang the bell of a house. Then, the owner arrived in his car and filled my water bottle with cool water. It was wonderful!



Stone Bridge in Bouzais
Stone Bridge in Bouzais






The refuge in Loye-sur Arnon was full. Md. Malivon had reserved a place for me one mile outside of the town. I had only a vague idea about the location and asked at a car repair place where it was. The owner offered to give me a ride. I was incredible thankful for his help.



The bed and breakfast place “La Folie”
The bed and breakfast place “La Folie”


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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