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Petanque

"The game of boules, otherwise known as pétanque , is perhaps the sport that is closest to French hearts. Similar to British lawn bowling or Italian bocce , the French version is traditionally played with metallic balls on a dirt surface beneath plane trees, with a glass of pastis at hand. The local boulodrome is a social focal point in southern France.

The object of the game is to throw your balls — usually with somewhat of an arched back-spin — so that they land closer to the small object ball (cochonnet ) than those of your opponent, or strike and drive the object ball toward your other balls and away from your opponent's".

This photo was taken either in Belgium or the Netherlands..Not sure which country.
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Mar 08 2013 23:06 GMT Myshots
Wonderful image...like the way you captured this...Also you added terrific notes!!
Mar 08 2013 23:49 GMT will
lovely,.barb..)
Mar 08 2013 23:53 GMT julie13
I like the angle too, nice work.
Mar 09 2013 07:58 GMT MargNZ
I enjoyed watching it being played in France in the villages . Thank you for the travel memories Barb :)
Mar 09 2013 09:32 GMT clintonfolks
great info. about this game...
Mar 09 2013 10:03 GMT wijnie58
Great image and information, Barbara...:-))
Have a wonderful weekend.
Mar 09 2013 10:51 GMT bandsix
A very interesting shot...and accompanying notes, too! Happy memories of days spent abroad.....
Mar 09 2013 12:51 GMT Papagena
Petanque is indeed the favourite occupation in French villages, above all of men ! ;)
Mar 09 2013 12:52 GMT Papagena
And women are working hard in the meantime...........!!
Mar 10 2013 02:05 GMT T1MELESS PRO
There seems to be a awful lot of balls there :-)) Nice find Barb !!!!
Mar 10 2013 15:35 GMT hans55 PRO
a very nice picture ... must be taken in Belgium ... not played much in Holland ! ... mainly by older people ! :-)
Mar 10 2013 19:10 GMT Petermosull
Great image Barb, I really like the composition with just the players feet in view focusing the viewrers attention onto the game. I have had a go at playing this game as well as the English game of lawn bowels which is a little more sedate and lacks the Gallic flair the French display in thier game.
Mar 12 2013 10:28 GMT mbz
excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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