Olot Negre

Between the peaks of the Pyrenees and the magnificent beaches of the Costa Brava there is an enormous area of volcanoes and lava, craters, ash and basalt that form landscapes of infinite beauty. Such is the Volcanic area of La Garrotxa, a European Nature Reserve, packed with castles, ancient stone and age-old country houses that invite both rest and adventure.

Little more than 50 kilometres from the city of Girona thirty conical volcanoes rise up, with craters, beech forests over lava rivers and spectacular gorges with basalt walls, the product of prehistoric explosions. Exploring the volcanoes in la Garrotxa Nature Reserve is like travelling to a world of fire and ash, where amazing mountains and landscapes have been sculpted, with a multitude of towns and villages nestling harmoniously in their rugged environment.

This volcanic region is unique in Europe and was finally formed 11,000 years ago when the last eruption took place. Since that time the volcanoes have remained dormant, although not all are extinguished. All this geological heritage is covered with tracks and trails, viewpoints, castles, monuments and churches, all of surprising beauty.

The contrasting colours are spectacular. Ochre earth, dark ash and petrified lava mix together with intense green forests and meadows in spring and summer. All the while you can hear the sound of water flowing down crystalline springs and streams. A route along the park’s trails is highly recommended to all, whether on foot, by bike or on horseback.

The City of Olot the capital of la Garrotxa is hosting this April, Olot Negre, a festival dedicated to Crime/Noir Genre. More information and programme available here (Spanish and Catalan).

Garrotxa Guide (English)

Las viudas de los jueves

Las Viudas de los jueves

Las viudas de los jueves (2009)

Director: Marcelo Piñeyro

Writers: Marcelo Piñeyro, Marcelo Figueras. Based on the novel Las viudas de los jueves (Thursday Night’s Widows) by Claudia Piñeiro.

Cast: Ernesto Alterio, Juan Diego Botto, Pablo Echarri, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Gloria Carrá, Ana Celentano, Gabriela Toscano  and Juana Viale

Synopsis: The film follows the rather unusual lives of four wealthy families living in Altos de la Cascada, a gated community on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. We witness how their lives are transformed from the economic boom of the early 1990’s to the country’s financial collapse in 2001.

Comments: Las viudas de los jueves was released in Spain on March 26, 2010. Begoña and I went to see this film last Thursday.  I feel very disappointed at the end. I have very much enjoyed the book on which the screenplay is based, but the film is boring and does not have any sense of rhythm. Actors’ performance was mediocre to say the best and most of them were not credible. In my opinion there are important elements in the novel that do not show up in the film while the script introduces other totally disposable elements.

My rating 3/10.

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