HOT NEWS! MEMBERS TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD.

Hello everyone and welcome.

We have a bunch of members who are still traveling around the world, and they all came back with Petanque stories.  Jim schwobel called me and said, “Hey I am in Millau.  Do you know anybody there that plays  can you recommend a place where players get together?”  Well I have had the great opportunity to participate at the Mondial of Millau but in the middle of October the town is so completely different. There is about  21,887 people  there.  But when the Mondial is on in August they almost double that number of people with all the players coming from all over the world.  So I suggested he go to see if anybody still plays at Parc de la Victoire during the rest of the year.  Jim went and found about 20 retired folks playing on that very difficult terrain.  So the club made some new friends, because they invited Jim to play with them for an entire afternoon.  He got some lessons how to play sauvage style.  The Parc de la Victoire  courts  are where  the World Champion battles every year before making it to a more groomed court ( Le Carree d’Honneur ) which are well known for their difficulty.    So on behalf of the club Jim  wants to thank you, the Millau players,  who welcomed him.  And because none of them spoke  English I am going to have to translate in French so they can understand when they read the blog.  Traduction, Merci de la part du club du Heart of Texas club d’avoir inviter notre ami et vice President du club Jim a jouer avec vous et a lui avoir donner une lesson sur un terrain tres difficile pour lui et a jouer avec un style qu’il ne fait pas souvent le style Sauvage. Merci encore en esperant qu’un jour vous vener jouer au Texas.  jim took a trip as well to the Obut factory.   And he is still traveling around France.

On the other hand Ed Priest,  also went to Millau as well as  Albi, Carnac, Concarnau, Quimper & Pont du Van, Guimiliau, Perros-Guirec & the Garnet coast, Giverny, Auvers-Sur-Oise, and Paris.  But never had the opportunity to play, even so he was able to find courts and players. He even found In the cemetery behind a closed church in Guimiliau a grave of a pétanque fanatic.  In Perros-Guirec.  He found an enclosed boulodrome with several outdoor courts.  The building was locked and the courts were empty.  But close to the port,   he found a group of the Pétanque Perrosienne playing on a crushed rock parking lot, but wasn’t allowed to enter the game.    The lot was divided into 18 courts with nails and string left in place to be able to play all year long.    Ed saw as well games on the beach, but they looked self contained so he  didn’t play.   Ed  and his wife had a great trip, met some wonderful people, ate some super food, but did miss out on playing pétanque.  Thank you both for your traveling stories.

A+ Love Arsene

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Sauvage style in Millau au parc de la Victoire with local players

Sauvage style in Millau au parc de la Victoire with local players

Great group of local resident of Millau, France

Great group of local resident of Millau, France

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Obut factory under the snow.

Obut factory under the snow.

Original display of Palet Breton

Original display of Palet Breton

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Boulodrome in Perros-Guirec.

Boulodrome in Perros-Guirec.

On the coast players on the beach.

On the coast players on the beach.

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Players from petanque Perrosienne but Ed wasn't allowed to join the game.

Players from petanque Perrosienne but Ed wasn’t allowed to join the game.

Ed Priest at the Obut shop in Paris.

Ed Priest at the Obut shop in Paris.

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Tomb of petanque players.

Tomb of petanque players.

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Ah my favored city!

Ah my favored city! Photo taken by Ed

 

 

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