A small group of French speaking men were spending a balmy Sunday afternoon in November playing a game of pétanque on Rothschild Boulevard. In a way, this photograph captures the essence of Tel Aviv. It is a relaxed city. Even in the middle of a busy, major thoroughfare like Rothschild Boulevard it is possible to see people cycling, playing pétanque, walking their dogs or sitting on a park bench reading a book.
Pétanque is a form of boules where the goal is to toss or roll hollow steel balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally "piglet") or jack, while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground.