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"Old Boys Playing Boules" Petanque Tip by Confucius

Petanque, Paris: 5 reviews and 10 photos

  A high backspin lob toss by a Paris boules player
by Confucius

Champ De Mars is the name of that large park in front of the Eiffel Tower. On a nice spring day there's a good chance you'll come across a game of boules being played by a group of old men. One fellow throws a small red wooden ball called a "cochonnet" (English translation: "piglet") about 20 meters and then the group tries to toss their big steel boules as close to the cochonnet as possible using what I observed as a variety of different tossing techniques.

The group I watched also had a nearby bench of colorful characters who appeared to give commentary on each individual's play. It's amusing to watch the contrast in style as some try to lob with a high backspin on the ball and others stay low to the ground and roll their boule like a bowling ball.

Address: Champ De Mars
Directions: The large park in front of the Eiffel Tower
Theme: Sports Watching

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 20, 2006
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