So, we were bored.
Stranded in Spain due to the volcano in Iceland which set Europe into a travel crisis last week, as airspace was shut down everywhere, we decided to hire a tour guide to help us make the best of our situation. Veronica, a French woman from Germany who moved to Spain for work, put her hair in pigtails and donned a cowgirl hat to drive us into the Spanish frontier, to a place called MiniHollywood, where spaghetti-westerns were once filmed. Essentially it's an old western film set of a town. To its credit, lots of movies were filmed here. Numerous are legendary: Sergio Leone's 'Dollars' trilogy ('A Fistful of Dollars', 'For a Few Dollars More' and 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly') starring Clint Eastwood as the Man with No Name, 'Django' with Franco Nero, the sequels to which are endless... over a hundred titles were at least partially filmed in these dusty 'Western' streets. I have to admit, I have not seen even one of those films. Frankly I'm not a spaghetti-western fan. Anyway, Almería was also used as a location for other film genres after the sixties (Patton, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade...) but it was the spaghetti-western that really defined the relationship between the local region and the movie industry.
Some folks have their children read books, explore museums, go on nature walks, leading healthy, productive lives at every open opportunity. We, instead, prefer to take our children to a Can Can show, dress them up and put guns in their hands, and sit them down to watch a knock 'em down, shoot 'em up western show.
Ah yes, we know how to live it up. Just give us a call if you are ever stranded in Spain.
We hope you enjoy the movie about our visit to Mini Hollywood as much as we enjoyed the day out.