Sunday, May 24, 2009
Les Boules !
Like I told you yesterday, I’m currently in the South of France. Here, they have a very popular game – or is it a sport? – called Les boules (the balls) or La Pétanque after the Provençal dialect word la petanca which means "feet anchored"). It’s very simple: the first player throws a little ball called Le Cochonnet (or Jack in English) about 10 meters away. The following players have two bigger metal boules that they try to get the closest possible to Le Cochonnet. It’s allowed to hit a competitor’s boule (for a more comprehensive history and rules check Wikipedia). FYI, I took this shot in Les arènes de Lutèce a very old Roman arena located in the 5th arrondissement, where now people play Boules every weekend.