May 10, 2008

Petanque in Provence

Thousands of miles away, in entirely different surroundings, yet strikingly similar:
a local TV report on a typical long (4-day) weekend tournament in Salon de Provence. The month of May is famous for its 3-day work weeks.
77 doubles teams, with a purse of 350 Euros ($ 550). And announcing another one for next week, with 50 ladies triples teams. All of this on the parking lot in front of Café de Bel Air, with the church in the background.
Watch the size of the stones!! Some of them look like an inch big. That's why they love soft boules.

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