“Vézelay, Arles or Le Puy for me on the Way of Saint-Jacques, there was no lightning revelation. Rather a patient work made of tiny trials and small pleasures: Learn that nothing is more nice to walk with a good step but a blisters feet quickly spoils the pleasure. From the peace of a forest to the hustle and bustle of a city center. To be refused a bed and breakfast one evening because of my supposed poverty. Forget this rebuff the next day by drinking the bottle of fresh water offered by a girl in the hottest of the day. Finally once arrived in Compostela, say that by putting one foot in front of the other and starting again I had found something very precious in me but so indefinable that I did not really want to possess it, I had only one desire: to leave, to be sure that this time it would not escape me.”
Jean Paul, pilgrim.
All the roads lead to Tonnerre
If staying for a weekend or longer, visit Vézelay, a pilgrimage hot spot. In the middle of the XIth century, the relics of Sainte Madeleine attracted many pilgrims to Vézelay, a highlight of the “Via Lemovicensis” (Lemovicensis way). Take the path from Namur to Vézelay by following route RP 51 or GR654 and discover the wonders of our region along the way. You will pass, among other places, the village of Flogny-la-Chapelle in Tonnerre and its hospices which were previously a popular haunt for pilgrims looking to rest and regroup. You will also see Chablis and its vineyards. It is then possible to join the river Cure near Auxerre and pass through Cravant before continuing to Vézelay. All the ways of Saint-Jacques (or almost!) lead to Tonnerre.
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