Petanque in Paris

Feb 24th, 2010, 01:41 AM
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Petanque in Paris

My wife and I will be in Paris for five days (not nearly long enough) in August. Where can we see the locals playing petanque? Do Parisians object to tourists watching them play? Are tourists able to toss down a boule or two, or is the game taken too seriously for that? We would love to hear of your experiences.
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Feb 24th, 2010, 01:46 AM
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One of the main pétanque areas in Paris is along the Bassin de la Villette in the 19th arrondissement, but you can also see people playing in various parks and squares and places like the Arènes de Lutèce. They don't mind spectators at all, but you won't necessarily be invited to join in. In any case, it is much more a leisure activity in Paris than the serious event it can be in the south of France.
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Feb 24th, 2010, 02:01 AM
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I've certainly seen people playing on a Sunday morning in the Luxembourg Gardens.

If they're doing Paris Plage again, then there may well be temporary pitches (is that the word?) set up along the northern embankments of the Seine.
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Feb 24th, 2010, 02:42 AM
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The area where the petanque players can be found in the Luxembourg Gardens is opposite the childrens playground.
There are several games taking place all at once. Convenient benches line the sides of the sandy area so it is lovely to sit and watch for awhile under the shady trees.
These are serious players and unless they came to the end of their game and you politlely requested a few throws, you will not be encouraged to participate.

I have seen many boule players all over Paris gathered under a line of trees, playing, laughing and always smoking! Don't hesitate to stop and watch - they won't even notice you.

robertandselmi - If you are in Paris from around 21st-26th Aug
you may feel like joining a Fodorites GTG (get to gether).
It's always informal, lunch or dinner at a reasonably priced restaurant, or even just a drink!
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there is also Boules area for serious play along the canal, east side, between Bastille and the Seine- by the 'yacht club' and also at Place Nation.

My French in-laws always call it Boules (sp?)
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Feb 24th, 2010, 07:18 AM
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I've seen them near the Champs de Mar
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There are always boules games in progress in the shady area on the northeast side of the park in front of the Musée de l'Armée, between Les Invalides and the river.
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And in a little area at the Louvre end of the Tuilleries. As you face the Louvre's pyramid, look to the left.
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