|An abuelo goes on paseo|
|As dúas Marías|
The Santiago tourism board describes the park as “pacego (adjective applied to the ancestral country houses in Galicia or pazos) because it was the recreation and leisure area of the city in the same way that the gardens of Galician pazos were areas of pleasure and enjoyment.” Envision the gardens of a palatial country estate, and you’ll get an idea of what the Alameda is supposed to be like.
|Sit on a park bench with Ramón del Valle-Inclán|
During this time, the two sisters—whose family had been persecuted for being left-leaning, or even anarchists—would go out for a stroll (paseo) at 2pm everyday, dressed up in bright colors and eccentric makeup. Sometimes they would flirt with male university students heading home for dinner…but they were generally a colorful contrast (a protest!) to the gray, conservative, conformist mood of the age.
|Grand ol’ trees|
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