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.
A newer open port in the old port of the alsatian castle ruin.
The most funny thing about this piece of abandoned architecture:
The gate was the only obstacle, all the way around the ruin there was free access.
01* Favorite pets:: Dog, cat. other or none.? Have a favorite don’t means to hate all others – tiny fiery, charismatic dogs like Yorkshire terriers are the favorites. 02* Which way do you like strawberries most.? Fresh strawberries, liquid white chocolate, champagne and a sweet girl’s company. 03* Tidiness or creative chaos.? Love to get a grip on the chaos, in fact it is part of my business tasks too. 04* Do you still have any old toys from your childhood.? No my son owns them all now. 05* Darkness: spooky or spell.? No light without darkness. 06* When do you sing.? I am better at drumming a lot better, sing in the shower and selected songs public. 07* Your oldest book.? Oldest the three novels of Alexandre Dumas, they are about 100 years old. “The Vicomte de Bragelonne”, “Louise de la Vallière”, “The Man in the Iron Mask” The first book bought by myself was a Alfred Hitchcock book. 08* How do you wake up in the morning.? With a smile. 09* What about the small change: expend or accumulate.? Always wisely, coz freedom economically too are always the guiding principle. 10* Your next destination is.? Liverpool, Andorra and the old tiny native island in Denmark. 11* For writing a new blog post: any habits.? Always relatively spontaneously.
Inspired by the excellent post by Ailsa (link) and Madhu (link) after the great idea of Ailsa so I came to think that the world is crowded (perhaps overcrowded but it’s a matter of taste) of signs – everyone talks about Kilroy was here first of all – so it must really be Kilroy who make all the signs stuff – it also made me think of a sign on the little tiny island Samsø were I’m born (many years ago) – a sign which has always amused me.
When you drive from the middle of the tiny island to the south-west end.
When you reach the small village of Kolby Kaas, then there is on the right side a sign indicating what it’s called and that speed doesn’t exceed 50 km/h – in fact, as the name might not appear on the sign, because in Denmark there rules for this – there must live at least 200 people and yhat number of people not live in Kolby Kaas – on the wrong side of ‘oh no’ on the left side of the road is the “funny” sign.
It says in Danish when you drive into the village “Thank you for visiting – see you soon”
start by saying it to people who perhaps have never been there before
who stands in the doorway of home and say this ..?
I always wait until they had been visiting
before I say “see you soon” to the guests
also to see how good their manes are.
On the other side of the sign, when you drive out of the villige – they wish you “welcome to Samsø” – maybe that little village on the island don’t belonging to the island..?
Maybe the right place for the sign would be down where the tourists leave det ferry.
Straight out of Kolby Kaas (after you have been welcomed to the island or before you becomes thanks for the visit) is the island’s mill, built in 1898, no longer in use – but acts as a sort of mini museum as tourist can visit.
There are also signs related to a mill the turbine blades must stand as they do – they may not be a cruciform – millers were generally very superstitious and it means bad luck actually would mean that the miller will die soon – if a miller dies, then the family turn the turbine blades so they appear as a cruciform.