Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Jardin des Tuileries - Pétanque encore


In the evening of our first April day in Paris, Marie and I walked the short distance from the apartment to Jardin des Tuileries for some late sun, pre-sunset photos with Peter of Peter's Paris. You may recall the post a few weeks ago of the Pétanque balls on the ground with deep shadows.

Well, Monsieur is one of the two players that evening. I took this shot through the fence, waved, and asked permission to continue.

He took his Pétanque shot and then faced me fully and blew a kiss... an interesting game, Pétanque.


Jardin des Tuileries
along Rue de Rivoli

34 comments:

Sylvia K said...

I love it! As I love all your Paris/France captures! Lovely memories! Hope your week is off to a great start, mon amie!

Sylvia

Shell Sherree said...

I always thought Pétanque had an air of romance about it ~ but blowing kisses takes it even further. How lovely!

A-M said...

Oh gorgeous! A-M xx

Cezar and Léia said...

Looks like a very popular game in France indeed!
Cool portrait!
Léia

PerthDailyPhoto said...

He's a handsome man Genie, How fantastic to play Petanque in such a beautiful setting.
Best wishes
Grace

beau gosse said...

Charming shot, Genie! Monsieur must have found you quite the Belle Coquette! :-)

This is Belgium said...

aha ! the petanque player liked You with your camera at least as much as you liked the petanque players :-)
also like the typical casquette

kathrin said...

oh that s my most favorite play to do that, we do it also at germany, big hugh Kathrin

brattcat said...

and a charming Petanque player...

Malyss said...

Like a knight ,needing an encouragement from his lady before playing, and thanking her when he won!....

M said...

Oh, Genie, you captured him so well! The profile is perfect and I love his hand gripping the boule. What was I doing at the time that I missed the kiss blowing???? Rats, I should have gotten that photo :-).

biebkriebels said...

Interesting, petanque with a kiss. The French are seductive people. Lovely photo.

Ninny said...

I think your pictures of people are my favorites. Every face tells a story. Mpnsieur is trying to concentrate on his shot, but his mind is on the pretty American who smiled so sweetly. Like the little boy on the playground, he wants to nail it because the girls are watching, haha. I'm betting he made it and was greatly relieved since he blew that kiss your way!

Janey and Co. said...

The French amaze me. He is so well dressed...just to be playing games in the park!I like!

Virginia said...

I think Peter should reconsider about playing pétanque with the oldies! ha Just think, he could be blowing kisses to eager Americans! HA

Great action shot.
V

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Dear Genie
What a great photo.. Thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
Penny

TheChieftess said...

What a wonderful story to go along with this perfect portrait!!! Parfait!!!

Starman said...

It seems monsieur had a different game in mind.

JM said...

Yes, I remember the Pétanque ball shot, I love it. Glad you're showing one of the players and it's a great portrait.

Genie, I know about Kapoor in Paris! A friend just told me the other day: 'Let's go and see it!'... :-) Actually I have like four posts on his work in London on my travel blog. I really love two of them and their cloud reflections.

JM said...

P.S. I almost forgot to post the links... :-)
http://mendoncajose.blogspot.com/2010/12/sky-reflections.html
http://mendoncajose.blogspot.com/2010/11/reflections-reflections.html
http://mendoncajose.blogspot.com/2010/10/cloud-reflections.html

Alexa said...

Can't decide which I like better: the portrait of the intense pétanque player, or the story of his romantic side! Equally wonderful, I'd say.

Bergson said...

une partie de pétanque

YONKS said...

He's a charmer!
Dianne
OXOX

Rob-bear said...

Once again the charms of The Garden.

Great photo, Genie. And he blew you a well-deserved kiss. Those French; such romantics.

有力 said...

Beautiful blog and images.

Randy said...

He looks like a competitor. Great shot.

H A R R Y G O A Z said...

WONDERFUL portrait !

Have a super week.

martinealison said...

Très belle photo qui traduit parfaitement une certaine concentration nécessaire pour ce jeu... Bisous.

classic • casual • home said...

What a flirt. Why doesn't that surprise me? Like the angle of the hat and nose.

Kate said...

Oh, those wonderful Frenchmen know how to treat a lady. Great shot. Wouldn't mind meeting him myself!

Pierre BOYER said...

Nice portrait...

Pierre

Rob and Mandy said...

This is very important in France, serious business!!! With it's own vocabulary, tirer, pointer cochonnet... Are you a tireur or a pointeur, that's the question!

Rob said...

Handsome portrait! Love the game, its fun to play.

Jilly said...

Love the concentration. Pentaque or boules as it seems to be called here, is fascinating to photograph. The players get themselves into the most amazing position, bending low to throw. I love that he blew you a kiss afterwards. Bien sur!