Monday, January 26, 2015

Boules

A few years ago, Mary Gilbert drug me to the 20eme to what was advertised as a "grande brocante" that would cover many streets in Quartier Saint-Blaise. We had visions of miles and miles of antique French treasures that we could snatch up at a great price. What we found was similar to American garage sales, rows upon rows of less than chic items. We were rather discouraged until I spotted what might have been the best item anyone had to offer.  This vintage pétanque set in a worn case caught my eye. If I could have figured a way to fly it home, it would be mine.  Alas, I had to pass it up.

Here in the states, people love bocce ball and boules. With my limited knowledge, I think I can safely say that pétanque is similar to both but played with smaller metal balls. I think my love of this set stems from the delightful times I've spent in Paris watching the men ( and a few women) play pétanque in the gardens.

9 comments:

Julie said...

Love this image, VJ.

angie said...

what great pictures !!! love greetings from angie from Germany

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

Une sublime photo de boules... J'habite la région où sont fabriquées les boules de pétanque, les boules OBU à Saint-Bonnet le Château dans la Loire.

Gros bisous ♡

Stuart said...

Sounds like this was more of a "vide grenier"... literally empty attic in french. That's what yard sales are called here.

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William Kendall said...

They certainly do stand out nicely. I've seen the game played here on occasion, but it is a rarity.

altadenahiker said...

What a perfect shot.

Alexa said...

Gorgeous patina!

Joe said...

I can imagine much conversation in the presence of these boules V.