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Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Understanding Boules: Why The Game of Pétanque is Like Religion in Provence

A reason to gather in a central location, a place to rest, a circle of trust  and refreshments. It is not a huge stretch to think of pétanque, also known as boules, as a form of religion in Provence. In most Provencal villages, there is a place where the townsfolk come together …

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Pétanque the Story of Gaining Admission into a Circle of Trust in Provence

The following guest post is by Paul Shore the author of “Uncorked My Year in Provence.” Find out more about his book on pétanque and expat living here and visit his website here. Le Cercle in Saint-Paul de Vence International travellers and those who have relocated to live expat lives in …

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Ginger and NutmegLifestyle: Art & CultureProvencal History & Traditions

Pétanque Provence’s Other Religion

Contributor blog post by: Nutmeg The game of pétanque, sometimes called boules is a form of religion in Provence. Most villages have an official or unofficial boules pitch. The more elaborate centres will even have a “club house” offering refreshments. The word pétanque is Provencal in origin from the word …

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