The game of petanque involves throwing hollow metal balls as close to a small wooden ball, known as the jack, from a standing position.
Most of the time you will see it played on dirt or gravel, but you can play on grass or sand too. It’s very much a part of the culture in southern France, where the modern form of the game started in La Ciotat, Provence.
Originally a similar game was played by Ancient Romans, who modified an Ancient Greek game involving throwing stones as far as possible by adding the target element. It was popular throughout Europe by the Middle Ages, although it was banned for commoners in France in the 14th century. By the 17th century, the ban was lifted and the game spread once more.
The south of France even evolved its own version of the game, known as jeu provencal, in which players ran three steps before throwing the ball down a larger field. However, in 1907, a rheumatic player came up with the idea of shortening the field and throwing from a standing start as his condition would not allow him to run.
Soon this version became the most popular form of the game, and it’s now played around the world in French-speaking communities.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
Spring in Philadelphia is a beautiful time. The flowers are blooming, there are people out enjoying nature and Philadelphia’s festival season begins. There are festivals year-round; however, the spring festivals draw much bigger crowds and get Philadelphians ready for a fun and enjoyable summer. Each festival is unique and it’s worth attending as many as possible to fully enjoy the city.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
Book the Night on a Glacier experience, available May–September, from Off the Map Travel, to not only spend a one-of-a-kind night in a one-of-a-kind destination, but also enjoy your chance at seeing Norway’s magnificent polar bears.