HOT NEWS! MEMBERS TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD

Hello everyone and welcome.

Many people travel all the time,  on every corner of the globe,  by train, plane and automobile.  When a petanque player travels, he is looking for clubs or the gathering of players in the hope to watch or play a game. I have been traveling most of my life and  I have seen many countries  and many places where people enjoy a good game of petanque. For years I  have been trying to connect both clubs HOT from Austin TX  and St Genevieve des Bois in France to have an exchange of players. Little by little it is taking shape.  We have our Vice President Jim  Schwobel  who is spending  time with Jo  Sanchez  in France  and is experiencing  the great players  at the St Genevieve des Bois Club. ( a few kilometers away from Paris).  Jim stayed with Jo’s family. And luck will have it, it was the time of the year when the  club held a big tournament, sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Pétanque et Jeu ProvençalJo talked to the officials and they let him play.  He  was the only foreigner in the huge tournament consisting of 80 doublettes  teams!  Unfortunately they didn’t get to place in the tournament in spite of Jo’s excellent shooting and Jim’s good  pointing.  In fact, they lost the first two games of the double elimination tournament by the scores of 13-7 and 13-11.  Jim told me that just participating in an event like this was a most memorable experience. To be surrounded by 160 Petanque players, most of whom have been playing this game since they were children, in a tournament of the iconic French sport was pure ecstasy.  So the French Texas connection is getting strong and about to get stronger with the visit of Marco Foyot soon coming to Austin on saturday October 26 and Sunday October 27 .

We also have another member George Dreyfus, he is going around the world with a truck from crossing the Amazon from Macapa to Manaus to arrive at Rio Branco, to visit Machu Picchu after finishing crossing the Cordillere des Andes, really tuff road!  to Lake Titicaca on the way to Bolivia  and make it to Africa to come back to Europe.  Just unreal George!  We don’t have too many pictures yet but I am sure he going to manage to play some petanque in the middle of nowhere. Have a safe trip we see you back in Austin in a year.   A+ Love Arsene

St Geneviève des Bois Petanque club welcoming Jim from HOT!

St Geneviève des Bois Petanque club with a HOT banner. Sweet !

Too cool! the President of St Genevieves des Bois signing the HOT banner

Too cool! the President of St Genevieves des Bois signing the HOT banner held by Jo

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The tournament, having a FPUSA membership card did help to participate.

The tournament, having a FPUSA membership card did help to participate.

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George on the top of the world! No petanque there

George on the top of the world! No petanque there

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George's truck going around the world. Crazy French guy!

George’s truck going around the world. Crazy French guy!

Bridge in Bolivia? how do you go across even with a 4/4?

Bridge in Bolivia? how do you go across even with a 4/4?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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