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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Petanque Tournament


A game we were introduced to in France is petanque. After most church celebrations, in most parks in the summer in the afternoon and evening, with our host family in the little town where we stay, we see petanque. It is unlike bocce ball and its rectangular and smooth gravel court. Petanque is played on an open court with three metal balls (boule) per player. The winner of a round tosses a brightly colored marker ball out somewhere, and the rest try to toll their boules closest to the marker ball. 
This year I completed our family set by giving the boys 2 sets of boules to finish our 3 sets, so each person has their own marked boules. We played for several hours on Christmas day, and, as you can see, there is a lot of taunting and teasing. This year, I, the old geezer, won the tournament and feel really great about it!

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