Voie de Vézelay, Day 8



“Just walk the first street left and then 3 times right,” said Md. Jacquet at the breakfast table at La Folie. It is easy to connect with the Way to Santiago. I left earlier than Daniel and Chantelle, the French couple who also stayed at the bed and breakfast place. After 10 minutes, I was already lost. The country road was leading to a dead end. Luckily, I met Daniel and Chantelle again and walked with them. They had a map. We needed two hours to come back to the marked way with many crossroads in between.



Daniel and Chantelle showing the way
Daniel and Chantelle showing the way



Hundreds of geese on a geese farm. Long before, the smell was announcing them.
Hundreds of geese on a geese farm. Long before, the smell was announcing them.


When we arrived in the town of Châtelet, we bought fresh baguettes and delicious tartelette fruit in a boulangerie. I also visited the Romanesque church. The relief of a man grasping his beard was intriguing.






Relief in the 12th century Romanesque church Notre-Dame–de-Puyferrand
Relief in the 12th century Romanesque church Notre-Dame–de-Puyferrand


The eight-mile walk to the next town seemed like a long hike on the hot asphalt roads. On the way, I passed some charming villages, like Les Arches, the village of potters.






House in Les Arches
House in Les Arches









Rest at a former well on the way to Châteaumeillawith my backpack, hiking sticks and the French guide book.
Rest at a former well on the way to Châteaumeillant with my backpack, hiking sticks and the French guide book.


In Châteaumeillant, I stayed at a refuge run by the city at a camping place near the lake Merlin. In a huge modern house, only one other pilgrim stayed overnight there.



Église Saint-Gènes, 12th century
Église Saint-Gènes, 12th century



Lake Merlin
Lake Merlin


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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