Women in green

Women in green.


Morning has broken

Atmosphere can easily attract people into the streets.
From quite early on, the fragrance of coffee spreads

A new day starts in Reims, for both tourists and residents.

Smell of burnt rubber

The circuit Reims-Gueux was a Grand Prix motor racing road course
located in Gueux, west of Reims in the Champagne region – established in 1926.
The almost 8 km long circuit placed with start/finish line on public road.
The last year for Formula One at Reims came in 1966,
the final sports car competitions were held in 1969,
motorcycle racing continued for another 3 years.
In 1972, Reims-Gueux closed permanently due to financial difficulties.
In 1997 a historic race was cancelled for technical reasons.
So in 2002, the bulldozers arrived to demolish some portions of the track.
A few sections of the old buildings are still visible today around the pit lane.

The smell of burnt rubber almost gone.

Saturday afternoon

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.