Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Le débat


Jardin du Luxembourg

It seems that faithful pétanque players enjoy their game year round.  In fact, I think I recognized several of these players from previous trips.  This very chilly Sunday, they donned jackets and scarves and seemed to be having a bit of a discussion, which I've observed,  happens quite often.

17 comments:

Bienvenue chez French Girl in Seattle... said...

"Alors, tu pointes ou tu tires?!" -- Ah, la pétanque, a national sport. It seems almost funny to see how bundled up these men are. To me, la pétanque is a sport best played on la place du village, on a sunny day. Great shot, Virginia. They were too busy to notice the camera! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Elizabeth Eiffel said...

Great shot - Its pleasing to see people enjoy themselves and commit to getting together, regardless of the weather.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OH YES! Pétanque is VERY SERIOUS! I saw a match in St. Paul de Vence and it was fascinating to watch how INTENT and FOCUSED these players are!!!! Anita

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Ah, the Parisians and their scarves! I will be searching out the Pétanque players in a few weeks, and I am glad to see that they are all-weather guys!

bicocacolors said...

great shot,
it seems that is very cold there?

M said...

I feel cold just looking at them all bundled up! Love the way you captured the intensity of their discussion.

Virginia said...

That day I wore a turtleneck, outer sweater and pashmina and these gentlemen had on far more! I think the French have ice water in their veins!! BTW, the player with the baseball cap was in the first group of pétanque players I photographed in June '09.

Un Francois aux USA said...

Le titre va parfaitement avec l'image, superbe!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Wow I admire their dedication Virginia! They do look a picture standing there so seriously studying the form.

Daryl said...

Put more than 2 men in a sport setting and you get a debate

Roberto Machado Alves said...

You got a great urban scene. In Brazil we also found people who gather in the streets to play various games.
Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope to return more often. I intend to gradually share many photos of my city, Rio de Janeiro.
Oh, I'm following your blog.
Greetings

Malyss said...

No matter the weather, the place,the city, the hour, when they have to play, they play!And if they talk, it's because , often, they may or may not win a lot of money, never forget it!

Alexa said...

As long as they remain friends and keep on playing together—which apparently they do, despite their "debates." Nicely captured, V.

Starman said...

I'm glad to see they had the good sense to wear warm clothing. I can't tell you the number of times I've seen people walking around the city in T-shirts in the middle of winter.

Paris Paul said...

There is nothing quite so serious as Frenchmen playing pétanque. It makes Middle East Peace Talks look like a game of Go Fish.

JoeinVegas said...

The company is more important than the game. That's the excuse to get together.

Maria O. Russell said...

Henry Miller said:

The cold of New York is physical,

The cold of Paris is spiritual!




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Thank you.