Pétanque at the Place des Lices St Tropez  |  St Tropez, France  |  Pétanque derives from the French – pès tancats  –  feet anchored.  Place des Lices, is known to be the most chic square in the world where to play Pétanque. So off I went to se this, and learn a bit more about this traditional game of France, played by approximately 17 million people. The goal is, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground, to throw hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet, which you see on the photo above as the small red ball.

I have also seen people, mostly young adults and tourists playing this game at the Jardins de Tuileries in Paris. The game is played in villages all over Provence, usually on squares of land in the shade of plane trees. TIP: Every Tuesday and Saturday from 8:00 am- 1:00 pm, players make way for an open-air market (“marché“) that is set up on the Place. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends

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