Experience France: Learn How to Play Pétanque in Paris

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Experience France: Learn How to Play Pétanque in Paris information and booking

90 minutes
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Pont Neuf, central Paris
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Play a leisurely game of French ‘boules’ (balls), known as Pétanque, just as the French do -- with a glass of wine in your hand! This popular game is played all over Europe but its roots are firmly set in France, where locals play it in just about every village. In Paris’ tranquil Dauphine Gardens, enjoy a 1.5-hour match and learn all the tactics and lingo to become a master at this much-loved ‘sport.’

Your introduction to the game of boules starts in the elegant Dauphine Gardens, near Pont Neuf, one of Paris’ most iconic bridges. Meet your host here and learn the rules of the game before joining your teammates so the match can begin!The game played is called Pétanque, a form of boules where metal balls are thrown from a standing circle toward a wooden ball called a cochonnet. The aim of the game is to knock your opponent’s ball out of the way. The most talented move is faire un carreau -- copying your leading opponent to take his or her place next to the cochonnet. Similar to British lawn bowling, the popular game is played in towns and villages throughout France and is a sport dear to all French hearts – it’s enjoyed by all no matter how young or old. In between throws, chat with your teammates and enjoy the game just as the French do – with a glass or two of wine (or a soft drink) and some nibbles. The game lasts roughly 1.5 hours, and you can chat with your host about the history and rules of the game if you wish!

What's included

  • Boules game
  • 2 glasses of wine
  • Soft drinks
  • Snacks

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off