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Callejón del Cariño (Affection Alley)

San Luis Potosí

There is a place, nestled between Venustiano Carranza Street and Francisco I. Madero Street, where you can momentarily escape the hustle and bustle of urban life in the city of San Luis Potosí. Named the Callejón del Cariño (Affection Alley), it's considered an alternative version of Guanajuato's famous Callejón del Beso (Kiss Alley).

This elusive asphalt passageway, which is only 328 feet long and 16 feet wide, has a legend of its own. In the 19th century, the story goes, there was a saloon where travelers and the homeless used to gather together to drink. Not unlike a hut, this place was located just a few feet from the alley and owned by Isabel Bedolla, who was nicknamed “the affectionate one.”

Her own clients were the ones who bestowed this nickname upon her, since she would comfort them affectionately whenever they were feeling down. It is widely believed that Isabel was at expert at making charms and casting spells in order to reawaken, maintain, or terminate any love affair. As such, this alley served as the stage for intense fights, one of which was the fight that ended Isabell Bedolla's life.

Nowadays, Callejón del Cariño (Affection Alley) is a colorful passageway, lined with benches and surrounded by trees, where lovers spend their evenings together.
There is a place, nestled between Venustiano Carranza Street and Francisco I. Madero Street, where you can momentarily escape the hustle and bustle of urban life in the city of San Luis Potosí. Named the Callejón del Cariño (Affection Alley), it's considered an alternative version of Guanajuato's famous Callejón del Beso (Kiss Alley).

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This elusive asphalt passageway, which is only 328 feet long and 16 feet wide, has a legend of its own. In the 19th century, the story goes, there was a saloon where travelers and the homeless used to gather together to drink. Not unlike a hut, this place was located just a few feet from the alley and owned by Isabel Bedolla, who was nicknamed “the affectionate one.”

Her own clients were the ones who bestowed this nickname upon her, since she would comfort them affectionately whenever they were feeling down. It is widely believed that Isabel was at expert at making charms and casting spells in order to reawaken, maintain, or terminate any love affair. As such, this alley served as the stage for intense fights, one of which was the fight that ended Isabell Bedolla's life.

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