The french name of the game is pétanque
(borrowed into other languages, with or without the acute accent)
Comes from petanca in the Provençal dialect of the Occitan language,
an older language of Languedoc, including Provence.
Deriving from the expression: pès tancats
– meaning ‘feet fixed’ or ‘feet planted’ (on the ground).
In a way a very relaxing game,
which is mostly played outdoors such as squares.
Great way to get to know people as a newcomer or tourist.
That’s how it happened to me more than 35 years ago.
Waited at the car while others were shopping.
Looked curiously at the local players without knowing the rules.
Faster than a blink of an eye, the young dane was invited to the game.
Got rules explained and so here we go.
I won the very first game and they thought I had lied.
But the next games revealed that it was pure beginner luck.
Never won since.