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Young at heart by Rhoufi

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Paris Series

An old man offers a pretty maiden flowers on May Day in the Latin Quarter of Paris.

Did he get his kiss? Rhoufi knows, but Rhoufi’s not telling.

On May 1, 1561, King Charles IX of France received a lily of the valley as a lucky charm. He decided to offer a lily of the valley each year to the ladies of the court. At the beginning of the 20th century, it became custom to give a sprig of lily of the valley, a symbol of springtime, on May 1. The government permits individuals and workers’ organisations to sell them tax-free. It is also traditional for the lady receiving the spray of lily of the valley to give a kiss in return. Nowadays, people may present loved ones either with bunches of lily of the valley or dog rose flowers.

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  • 1more photo
    1more photoover 3 years ago

    I doubt he did…..
    maybe I’m not in a romantic mood today…….
    or just jealous !!!!
    because I didn’t have any !
    nice image

  • Merci Madame Magali,
    if I had known about this tradition before the day, I would have given you a lily of the valley. Next time I’ll know :-)))

    – Rhoufi

  • SRana
    SRanaover 3 years ago

    excellent capture…the juxtaposition of old man with a young pretty and their interaction is really intriguing…this is a great study of street scene.

  • Things may not be as they seem SR, but I preferred to accept the best possible view. He was a great old guy with a fine style, I was proud of him. Thanks for your comment.

    – Rhoufi

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 3 years ago

    a gorgeous love the content so rich

  • Thanks Christine, I thought so too, I didn’t want to lose that by going B+W.

    – Rhoufi

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 3 years ago

    Very wonderful capture…love this story!!

  • Thanks Gena, you wouldn’t be a romantic by any chance ;-)
    The old man had a great sense of style (wearing red shoes for instance!) and well, he just caught my eye and I coudn’t stop looking. I like finding things llike this.

    – Rhoufi

  • MWhitham
    MWhithamover 3 years ago

    Great shot!!

  • Thanks Martin, for your visit and comment.

    – Rhoufi

  • laminarwind
    laminarwindover 3 years ago

    Love it!
    Dirty old man…Thanks for the tip…We need to make it an everyday practice all over the globe…and it does not have to be lilly of the valley either…

  • Thanks Dragan. Isn’t it a pity that when an older woman pays attention to a young man, she’s called and Cougar with some respect, but when an older man does the same to a young woman he’s labelled a “dirty old man” (no offence to you, but that’s what happens). The appreciation of beauty and romance should be ageless.

    – Rhoufi

  • abigcat
    abigcatover 3 years ago

    Colour works perfectly for this one :-))

  • Thanks BC, I think that too. It was too cold in B+W and I wanted warmth.

    – Rhoufi

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerover 3 years ago

    Great capture Rhoufi – he got a kiss :-)

  • Ah ah, you’re a romantic! That’s just what he was hoping for :-D Thank you Cathy.

    – Rhoufi

  • geof
    geofover 3 years ago

    you must have only had a second or so to snap this one! I must say she doesn’t look too swept off her feet.

  • Yes it was truly a once off chance. The truth and lie of photography – the split second expression. When she took the flowers and smelled them her face softened. I think it worked for both of them. Thanks Geoff.

    – Rhoufi

  • Georgie Hart
    Georgie Hartover 3 years ago

    ooh what a delicious slice of life

  • Thanks Georgie. It was, really. It took a few hours of wandering alone, before I started noticing these things. In a new city it always takes a while.

    – Rhoufi

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