the ‘be happy’ bench

To offset my photo commentary on the two cellphone users, here is a lovely young couple, caught in the act of simply ‘being.’

He chews on the top of his water bottle, his arm casually draped around her shoulders; she plays with a strand of her long hair. Who knows what they are talking about, if anything.

As luck would have it, the words ‘be happy’ appear on the wall behind them, as if happiness is a destination –


and this bench in the old Alfama neighborhood of Lisbon, is where you might find it.


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