Travel theme: Game ~ Photo challenge

It’s been a while since I’ve joined in one of these photo challenges.

Boules or pétanque is a game played in the smallest villages right through to the grandest cities in France. It’s a storied part of the culture and a standard of daily routines. Click on the links above for more details … and there are plenty!

Observing, pondering, commenting … it’s all part of the game!

Mastering the technique!

A game in the Place du Jeu de Boules, the famous pétanque pitch in Saint-Paul de Vence and apéros at the Café de la Place (below) are timeless traditions. The under-stated sculpture honours the game and those who play. You can organize a lesson there if you visit.

Have you played or watched a game? Do you call it bocce, boules, or pétanque?  Here’s some Provençal history about the game.

It’s always so much fun to see the variety of participating entries in the photo challenge, click on this link and enjoy! I find it’s a great way to take a relaxing break from … whatever, and I hope you do too.

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About Patricia Sands

Family, writing and travel are my passions ... okay, and chocolate ... and I'm seldom without a camera. I write women's fiction and keep in touch with readers by a monthly newsletter that also has giveaways and contests. Come and join us by signing up on the right. See you there!


  1. Looks like fun. I think we call it bocce ball here but I’ve never played.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    • Patricia Sands says

      You could add that to the summer activities at Baer House. It doesn’t take much room and it a very social game. Good fun!

  2. Fun times! Wish I were there!

  3. You may be glad to hear that our village here in North Yorkshire has an enthusiastic petanque team. The game is quite popular in the region with quite a competiitive league. Who knew that chilly old England would prove to nurture such a pastime?

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