Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Pétanque (pronounced [pe.tɑ̃k] in French) is a form of boules where the goal is, while standing with the feet together in a small circle, to throw metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (jack). The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel, but can also be played on grass or other surfaces. Sandy beaches are not suitable. Similar games are bocce and bowls.
The current form of the game originated in 1907 in La Ciotat, in Provence, in southern France. The name comes from Les Ped Tanco in the Provençal dialect of the Occitan language, meaning "feet together."
We had such a wonderful afternoon playing pétanque with Maman and Papa. We want to create an area in the garden to bring some of Provence home. I know it's a surprise but the Americans beat the Frenchies!!