Thursday, May 19, 2011

Jardin des Tuileries - Pétanque


Pétanque, or boules (balls), a game that was once forbidden to commoners...


Do you play?



Jardin des Tuileries

along Rue de Rivoli



42 comments:

Starman said...

No.

Pierre BOYER said...

La pétanque est un jeu particulièrement populaire dans le midi de la France...
Enjoy your day,

Pierre

Shelley Smart said...

Maybe. Is it the same as Bocce balls (SP?)? (you use the bocce balls to try to get the closest to the target ball) If so, then yes!

Kristin said...

I would love to play..especially in Jardin des Tuileries :) Very nice photo also!

xx Kristin

Richard said...

A Antibes, la pétanque est le sport national. Il permet les rencontres et les conversations sans retenue. Moi-même, j'ai participé à plusieurs concours.
Viens dans le sud, Genie, je t'apprendrai.

Hana said...

Bonjour Genie, no, I don´t play but I like take photos of the players...
Hana de Prague

Peter said...

Yes, occasionally, during holidays in the south. Here in Paris, it feels a little bit too much as a play for retired men only. Am I one? :-)

Sorry, I have been too busy to comment regularly lately (and still am), but now looking at your last posts, I just want to say how I feel that with a single photo and a few words, you definitely know how to give a fantastic Paris feeling, the one all (most) of us like!

Joe said...

I have played Bocce. If not it's not the same as petanque it must use similar skills. I was pretty bad at Bocce so I guess my chances at winning petanque would be slim. I would have a laugh though.

Deborah said...

We try to play at our place in Provence, but as the land slopes, everywhere, we often have a call a truce in the aftermath of unpredictable boule-roll...!

Shell Sherree said...

I have a set reclining in the cupboard. We've clinked them around in a lazy fashion after family lunches a few times. I think it's a wonderfully elegant past-time, one that requires careful consideration of one's playing wardrobe as well!

henk knibbeler said...

Yes, I play! In the Dordogne between the Wild Orchids, with friends.
Thanks for your nice comments Genie and your photo is gorgious, so keep playing;)

have a nice day and weekend!

Best wishes,

Henk

biebkriebels said...

Oh yes, when we visited our friends in Chinon we played the game in their (huge) garden. It is so typical french to hear the balls ticking.

Julie said...

Nice light here, Genie.

Cezar and Léia said...

Unfortunately I cannot understand this game,but looks cool!
Léia

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Starman -- But it is fun to watch the intensity of some as they play, n'est-ce pas?

Pierre -- Pétanque se joue dans les grands jardins comme Tuileries et Luxembourg et aussi dans les petits parcs de quartiers dans toute la France.. Merci, et à toi aussi

Shelley -- Yes, there may be some fine differences but essentially the same game... anyone want to offer more detail and distinction?

Kristin -- I would also, with friends in Tuileries or Jardin des Plantes, or Jardin du Luxembourg, or... Merci!

Richard -- J'ai vu beaucoup de jeux de pétanque et je voudrais l'essayer... Merci, Richard, tu es gentil

Hana -- I like taking their pictures also... Merci, mon amie

autourdupuits said...

Il y a une partie sur l'esplanade des Invalides
Avec un joli cadre vous pourrez y faire de jolies photos
Bien vues les lignes
Bravo

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Yes believe it or not we do play here in Perth, or at least we do as a family, usually when we all get together for Christmas, it usually goes, swimming first then petanque! It's great fun, especially when you win!!

Gringo said...

Nice one Genie (or two!)

Kate said...

I have played with French friends while visiting them in Lyon. Didn't do very well, but I was fascinated with the players' serious concentration. More than just a little game.

Aesthetic Alterations said...

Forbidden?! I had no idea. Thank you for teaching me that little bit of historical trivia.

Louise said...

I do play occasionally- even have a set at home for playing backyard games with the family. It's a fun game. I really love the sound that the balls make when they knock, it's a lovely tapping. I like the long shadows in the late afternoon light you've captured here.

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Was it really forbidden?! I had no idea. Thanks Genie!

Virginia said...

HA, a game for retired men... and Peter is hesitant! :)
I love photographing the pétanque players but have never seen them at Tuileries, only Luxembourg and once a pickup game at Palais Royal. What fun they have!

The light is perfect here.
V

PS We played in the countryside. It's great fun. Melissa found a kid's set somewhere.

Sylvia K said...

Fun shot for the day, Genie! I played ball once, but at my age and with my knees today I'm doing good to walk around the block! But, hey, I can still take photos!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Sylvia

JM said...

Quite common in the countryside. Never played and never seen it being played here. Lovely shot, Genie.

Rob and Mandy said...

I do! I love it, and I'm really good at it. Been doing it for the last 45 years or so.

Clueless in Boston said...

I've played bocce, which I gather is closely related.

This is Belgium said...

how simple it looks and yet how beautiful it is ; the picture and the game !

Loree said...

No I don't. The old men play a similar game here.

Starman said...

Oui, il est amusant à regarder.

Alexa said...

Love the light in this picture! Have played in France a looong time ago (and also bocce with my Sicilian father-in-law).

AnnaLivia said...

Très belle photo, belle composition et belle lumière! I use to play this game with my grandma a long time ago...
Have a nice day!

Jack said...

I haven't, but I often see intense old Italian men playing bocce.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Peter -- Oh, I think that you are a long way from that position -- You are too busy with volunteer work and photography to be considered as "retired" -- Thank you for your very kind comments about the "Paris feeling"

Joe -- Some of the players are serious but I saw many in April who were just enjoying the comraderie and fine weather

Deborah -- Too funny, and I had not thought about the effect of slopes on the game

Shell -- Well, perhaps it would be an opportunity to make a fashion statement?

henk -- I think that I would like to play a game or two... how nice that you get to play with friends in the Dordogne... have a wonderful weekend!

Julie -- Merci... (I thought the photographer might notice the reflection of the fence in the boules - hehe)

Leia -- I think that the game has simple rules so it would not be hard to catch on...

autourdupuis -- Merci... je le connais, avec des allees?

Grace -- Sounds like fun!

Gringo -- Merci, mon ami

Kate -- It is indeed serious based on some of the people I have seen

AA -- It does seem odd, but very true... Merci

Louise -- I do love that "clink" when they hit another boule and the general "thud" when a boule hits the ground. It was quite late in the day and an excellent opportunity to capture the long shadows... merci!

Brittany -- Mais oui! Merci, mon amie

Virginia -- Many thanks... we saw all ages playing on this recent trip with mixed groups of 20-somethings.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

biebkriebels -- I like the sound of the balls "ticking" -- a great description of the sound... Sounds like fun playing with friends in a large private garden

Sylvie -- How fun that you played... Even better that you take photos!

JM -- Very interesting... merci

Rob -- How can that be? You surely are not more than a teenager yourself!

Clueless -- Almost identical and may be just a different name for the same game

Anni -- I did not realize that the balls are matched to the person with different sizes and perhaps weights

Loree -- Those must the older gentlement that Peter was referring to - hah!

Starman -- Je suis d'accord

AnnaLivia -- The light was perfect for making the long shadows that day... what a nice memory you have of playing petanque with your grandmother

Jack -- Hummmm.... lots of mature people playing this game... perhaps I should learn - hah!

Randy said...

Never played but would love to try. Maybe we can have a Blogger Ball game.

Malyss said...

Like Richard, I'm a southern french; Here, petanque is almost a religion! :o) So yes, I play! and love it..

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Randy -- I am up for that! Santa Fe?

Malyss -- How wonderful... so we can all play in southern France when I come next spring?

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Alexa -- missed your comment... I think that if we had a contest you would win with the most interesting experiences ever... Bises, mon amie

Viennese Girl Vreni said...

Great photo! I don´t play pétanque, but in Vienna there´s a park where it is played. Maybe that´s the reason why it is currently my favourite park?

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Vreni -- I can imagine that... parks are fabulous for many different activities.

Rob said...

I'm late to this post. Yes we do play. However, it is a cross between Petanque and Bocce - we call it Petocce. We use Bocce Balls, but toss as if playing Petanque. At the lake cabin, we have a load of sand hauled in to build our boules court.
http://northmetro.blogspot.com/2009/06/bocce-or-petanque.html#comments