Summer in Provence an Evening of Moules and Boules
By Mirabeau Wine:
Provence is world-renowned for many wonderful reasons; the never-ending summer sun, the golden sandy beaches of the Cote d’Azur, and of course, for its excellent rosé wines. But aside from its beautiful landscapes and delicious rosé, what else goes on in Provence? If you take to your car and explore the picturesque villages along the winding backroads of the region, it won’t take you long before you come across a group of Frenchmen all gathered around a collection of heavy metal balls, playing the wonderful game of ‘pétanque’.
…Continue reading here for Charlie Bullen’s article on boules, moules, and rosé. Summer living in Provence! Read about the origins of the game of pétanque and the rules. The “birthplace” of boules is the city of La Ciotat on the coast near to Cassis. A game called ‘jeu provençal’ existed, but the rules were complicated, and not accessible to everyone. It was Jules Lenoir who spearheaded a change of the rules and the size of the pitch. Now, as Charlie says pétanque is a social game, where all the action happens around the local boulodrome. Cheers!