L.C. I took high school Spanish and was a poor language student. I picked up enough Spanish while I was there so that I could understand most and make myself understood.
L.C. It was a pleasure. Almeria was like going back in time by a century. We went into town by horse and carriage from the villa where we stayed during the duration of shooting. We had no exposure to the outside world. Telephones were difficult, television almost non-existent.
L.C. My wife and I rented the first floor of a villa directly on the Mediterranean. It was comfortable and had a large patio where you watched the fisherman draw in their nets in the early morning. John Lennon rented the top floor of the villa while we were there. He was in Almeria to make a film. Ringo stayed with him for awhile. The Spanish kids found out and they would serenade them until late in the night. It was charming. Clint Eastwood was also there for a time making his "Fist Full of Dollars" films.
L.C. The experience of Almeria was wonderful. We explored all of the neighbourhoods and drove all over the local area when we had time. We shot six days a week so that there wasn't too much time to do any real travel. We did make side trips to Granada to visit the Alhambra and we went to Gibraltar.
L.C. We had excellent food at the villa. We had a Catalan cook who made meals for us and others. Mostly fish. When a ship would tie-up in the harbour our landlord would barter for beef and other items that were not readily available in Almeria.
L.C. It was more difficult for Katha. I was out shooting all day and she was mostly by herself and Melissa. Even though, she was as disappointed as I that we weren't going to return for the second season.
In the States
L.C. The American crews were more experienced, however, the Spanish crew more than made up for that by their enthusiasm. I enjoyed both crews, but the Spanish crew was a new experience.
L.C. I don't believe that they came on board with the momentum and the caring that we established in Spain. Here we were just another show.
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