"Perfect your pétanque!" Petanque Tip by CatherineReichardt
Petanque, Paris: 5 reviews and 10 photos
For me at least, pétanque seems like the quintessential French pastime, evoking images of groups of ageing men playing on shimmeringly hot days in shady small town squares.
Pétanque is a form of boules, and somewhat related to the sport of bowls, except that as it is played on a gravel surface, the balls are thrown rather than rolled. I was charmed to discover that the small wooden ball that the players aim to land the larger hollow metal balls closest to is called a 'cochonnet' (piglet), which ably illustrates the rural origins of the game!
This photo was taken in one of the small public parks between Canal St Martin and Place du Bastille.
Equipment: On pétanque grounds, you will probably be expected to provide your own set of balls, but don't need any other equipment, except perhaps a bottle of wine, some beers and a picnic to enjoy as you play! Pétanque sets make nice souvenirs, but be warned that they will consume considerable portions of your luggage space and baggage allowance!
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