What is this tournament all about?
This tournament is being organized by petanque players in Austin, Texas in cooperation with the village of Annot, France. It will be a "casual" tournament with no connection to any official petanque organization. It will be open to players from Texas, local players from Annot, friends and family.
Even though the tournament is the focal point, it's really intended to provide an opportunity for Texas petanque players to have some fun and visit this beautiful part of Provence. Because Annot is a little bit off the beaten path (in the foothills of the Alps), we strongly recommend that participants spend at least four days in the area.
What are the tournament details?
The exact organization of the tournament is yet to be determined, but we know it will be a triplette competition (three players per team), with 21 players on the U.S. side and 21 players on the local side. There is space for seven courts on the terrain.
There will be no entry fee. This will be a totally "friendly" tournament.
The rain date will be the next day if necessary.
Aside from the formal tournament we expect to play a lot of informal games in the days leading up to the big show.
Feel free to Contact us if you have any input or questions.
What do I need to know before I leave?
The closest airport to Annot is the Nice - Côte d'Azur International Airport, about 60 miles from Annot. Delta, British Airways and Lufthansa all offer one-stop flights from Austin to Nice.
What about lodging in Annot?
How do I get to Annot?
What about renting a car?
Driving route from Nice airport to Annot
What about taking the train?
Driving route from Nice airport to La gare des Chemins de Fer
What will the terrain be like?
Here is a short video of the pétanque terrain in the center of Annot.
Where is Annot?
Annot is in the south of France. Nice is the nearest big city.
What are the famous Les Grès formations of Annot?
Annot is surrounded by a geology that attracts climbers from around the world. The film below explains (in French) how the famous boulders of Annot were formed and gives an overview of the village, surroundings and nearby hiking trails. (The classroom scene just happens to be filmed right in front of our building.)
What about activities around Annot?
Even though Annot is a small village it has just about everything you need. There is a post office, a library, a small bank with an ATM machine, even a doctor and a dentist.
In the middle of the village there are bar/restaurants, a pâtisserie - boulangerie (bakery), a couple of delicatessen shops, a bookstore and a pharmacy. At the edge of town, about one kilometer from the center, is a grocery store.
Every Tuesday morning there is a fun farmers market in the center of the village with people selling everything from wood stoves to shoes to wine and vegetables.
Annot is a medieval village surrounded by many beautiful trails that attract hikers from all around the world. The ancient roman trails are an ideal place for hiking.
Beyond Annot there are many beautiful sites to see, some of them on the Train des Pignes line.
The Gorges du Verdon, known as the Grand Canyon of France, is approximately two hours away by car.
Most players will probably want to spend some time in the city of Nice (where the closest international airport is). Please look on the Resources page to find advice on places to stay and things to do there.
Will there be any group activities?
We are working on a day-by-day Timeline so we can coordinate group activities.
What will the weather be like?
The month of September usually has ideal weather conditions. Since Annot is in a valley and at about 2000 feet altitude it warms up and cools off relatively quickly.