Petanque in Luxembourg Gardens
Jardin du Luxembourg might already be on your list of things to see in Paris, but to experience the park like a local, head to its western edge and watch a few games of petanque. The game, similar to Bocce and played mostly by older gentlemen, includes throwing hollow metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet. Even if there isn’t a match going on when you arrive, there will certainly be someone honing their skills. Just sit under the shade of the garden’s trees, drink some coffee, and take it all in.
Head to Gerard Mulot for a coffee and a slice of cherry clafouti to enjoy why you watch
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