France 2009


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Nice

The beach in Nice

The beach in Nice

There was a major Bocce tournament going on with courts lined up on the promenade above the beach. There were at least 50 courts. Unlike the USA bocce I have played, this one is done on gravel and they throw the ball rather then roll it. They prefer an underhand throw that gives the ball a back spin. Their accuracy was phenomenal.

The first player seems to set the place from which all subsequent players must stand. She made a small circle in the gravel as seen above. Everyone else has to stand within that circles when the ball is released.

The pleno is a small red ball about the size of a large grape.

The lady with the string and a magnet did not have to lean over when she retrieved her ball. All the balls were made of steel.

The Sunday market in Nice

The Sunday market in Nice

The Sunday market in Nice - Olives, the aroma was fantastic.

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