La Droguerie Ecologique: Forgotten things for hikers.
For those of you leaving Le Puy on the hike towards St Jacques, this little shop, which is on the route can help you with the little things you may have forgotten. All types of spray and powder against mosquitos, bed-bugs etc etc., walking canes and also all-weather capes and pelerines. There are also torches, dry soaps and even gloves.
The shop is normally open from 7h00 or thereabouts as the owner has realised that many potential clients (the hikers/pilgrims) are on the road quite early. Commercial - yes, but useful - also yes.
What to buy: We bought a couple anti bed-bug sprays, although we never needed it, nice to have handy.
Many shops sell the local lentils, all at similar prices. Le-Puy is not real touristy, which is a welcome change, so one of the best things to take away is a pound/kilo of the "LENTILLE VERTE du PUY".
At the base of the Cathedral, where the restaurants and shops are, you will find several who sell them.
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Lace and Liqueur
What to buy: Pauline has a serious interest in textile crafts, so it was certain that she would want a sample of Le Puy lace. From what I can gather, the lace industry “dentelle” now operates only for the tourist market, but samples are readily purchased. The attached photo is actually a scan of the sample which she purchased.
From quite a different shop, I purchased a bottle of the local liqueur called Verveine du Velay. It is made from a blend of 32 local herbs (naturally, to a secret recipe). Much as I’d like to show a photo, it was necessary to test it from time to time to see how well it kept – and now it’s gone! It is a light greenish straw colour, with a slightly sweet herbal flavour.
What to pay: How much to pay? That depends on the amount and quality – in both cases!
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