After the success of 2003 and 2005, we are getting ready for 2009!
Fernandina Beach is a small, very friendly town on beautiful Amelia Island on the Atlantic. From the Amelia river on the west side to the beaches on the east side is just 2 miles. With many cafés and restaurants for all budgets.
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We expect teams from all over the USA and Canada but also hope for teams from overseas. Remember in 2005 it was a French team, Jean-Pierre & Michel, who won.
To overseas players we suggest to start looking for flights. We did some simulations on Opodo.com, Expedia.com, and USAirways.com for flying in on Nov 12/13 and returning Nov 16/17 and came up with these sample roundtrip fares:
from Paris CDG: 550 € / from Brussels BRU: 366 € / from Amsterdam AMS: 474 € / from Frankurt FRA: 490 € / from London LGW: £ 365 .... Maybe we can use the forum here on petanque.org to share attractive fares from other countries.
In some cases a cheaper alternative may be to fly into Orlando (3 hrs from Amelia) and then drive up. If you want to take the opportunity to visit Florida, you can also fly into Miami (6 hrs from Amelia).
Lodging will be no problem at all. November is low season and no other events are planned that weekend. Lots of hotels and bed & breakfasts in all price ranges. If you're coming with a group of 4 or more, cottages on the beach are plentiful ànd affordable.
Amelia Island is known as the "Isle of 8 Flags" because since 1562 eight different flags have flown over it:
France, Spain, Britain, Spain (again), the Patriots of Amelia Island, the Green Cross of Florida, Mexico, the Confederate States, and finallly - 300 years later - the United States.
Let's try to beat that record with players from at least 9 countries. The more, the merrier!.
For some reason the worl championship in petanque is held in the buzzling metroloplis of Tahiti this year! So pack your swimwear and go there at once!
Finally petanque has found a new home, as a bar game! Althought it might take a few years befor the darts-boards get the boot and petanque moves in everywhere it has started to happen
The Financial times has finally understood that Petanque is the game of the future, with our long time friend Mike Pegg, International umpire. "It may not be the sunny south of France but even on a chilly Devon day, British fans are warming to the charms of pétanque"
This is a product we have mentioned earlier, just because it is sooooo French. A Tour de France petanque-set! This is more French than a baguette!
We stumbled across a petanque-game for the andoid-system. From the produces description:"Petanque in St Tropez is a 3D bowls game, as played on the mediterannean coast." We do not have an android-phone to test it on, perhaps one of you can help us out?
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