Originally Posted by Format C:
"To play bocce", in Italy, is almost a synonym to "to be old".
There is also a smaller version of it, called "boccette", which is played on a billiard table...
I had been to Val d'Isere in the French Alps several times in winter for the skiing, but it wasn't until we stayed in our usual hotel in the summer time on a motorcycle tour that I discovered the Petanque courts between the hotel and the ski lifts! (They had always been covered with snow!) And they were filled with old men smoking Gitanes, plotting strategies for the next ball!