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About a French kiss : kissing FANNY is no reward!

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Fanny's painting in Terrasse Saint Clair restaurant:the bowl player losing a game without scoring a single point has to kiss Fanny's butt!The team that first reaches 13 points is the winner.According to the tradition,Fanny was a waitress who....

                                     Everybody know that French people are frivolous,are mostly off(they usually work 35 hours per week,have at least 5 vacation weeks...) and are often on strike:they have plenty of time to have fun and one of the most appealing and simple sport is playing bowls (boules).

                                     Dating back to antiquity,the habit of playing bowls boomed in the 19th century and developed in different ways in France according to the regions.But the aim was always the same:there is a target,the wooden jack named cochonnet(little pig) and one have to throw one's boules as close to the jack as possible and closer than one's opponent.

in Terrasse Saint Clair restaurant different kinds of old bowls(sport-boules from Lyon and Pétanque' s smaller.

                                    La BOULE LYONNAISE,the bowl from Lyon(sport-boules or jeu lyonnais or longue),similar to the Italian BOCCE is the oldest of the French bowl sports and an heritage of the Lyon silkworkers.Here the players using large bowls take steps before throwing the bowl.It is played in an enclosed area with wooden sideboards...

                                   In  la PETANQUE,mostly played in the south of France in particular in summer,the players stand still,the balls are smaller and it may be played everywhere on any surface with the exception of concrete.

a fake Fanny seen in La TERRASSE SAINT CLAIR restaurant in Caluire
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                                   BOTH WORSHIP THE GODDESS OF BOULES,FANNY!

                                   Being fanny(être fanny in French) means losing a game of boules without scoring a simple point,losing 13 to 0 (cf out for a duck in cricket).

fake Fanny in Terrasse Saint Clair restaurant
It is traditional that when a player is fanny,he has to kiss the bottom of a girl called Fanny.Since there is rarely an obliging Fanny's bottom available,there is usually everywhere boules is played,a substitute,a fake Fanny displayed.

                                  The losers are obliged to kiss the generous cheeks of a painting,sculpture,poster or pottery of the goddess in public.Thus,kissing Fanny is no reward but a punishment for losing a game and most often,the losers have to offer some beverage to the winning team.

                                 Fanny's tradition starts in Isère department close to Lyon,far from the south of France and just before the WWI.

The team which first reaches 13 points is the winner,the team that loses without scoring a simple point is said fanny and its players have to kiss Fanny's butt!
Fanny was a  kind waitress in a café of Grand Lemps who allowed the customers losing a game of boules without scoring to kiss her on...the cheek.She had a grudge against the village mayor .One day as she wanted to humiliate the mayor coming to collect his "prize" of loser :she stepped up on a chair,lifted her skirt and offered the mayor her.....FANNY to kiss!Immediately,the mayor taking up the challenge,two loud kisses resounded through the café...

                               This was the beginning of a living tradition!

A large collection of fake Fanny is displayed in the restaurant La Terrasse Saint Clair in Caluire close to Lyon

where people can enjoy an affordable good menu in a friendly bowling ambience encircled by inviting Fanny.

"comfy" fake Fanny's poster in Terrasse Saint Clair restaurant

(see my review in Lyon "canteens")

 

 

 

 

 














 

KeikoCreative says:
Yes that's right abt French and now sadly saw on the news on TV, Paris on strike:( Is really a shame that the beautiful city turns to ugly scene with all the trash pile up, smoke, hope things will get better soon.
Posted on: Oct 16, 2010
v10 says:
Bernard
I am in Cape Town and yes, Petanque is played here on a social basis. I do not know about Johannesburg.
When you visit your daughter, do not miss a visit to Cape Town, it is a different world.
Posted on: Feb 26, 2010
bernard69 says:
@Sylvia:congrats on getting my OCD,obsessive compulsive disorder!
Posted on: Feb 26, 2010
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