Thank you Phil H. I'm not heading off to Almeria until May, next year, but I'll certainly give your regards to Richard. He is a true gentleman, and has the most enviable hobby/job in the world - in my opionion; but boy oh boy! he certainly has to do some travelling on the tours he guides.
Last year, he devised the 'Full Leone' option for myself and my wife, because I'd specifically requested that I visit all of the Leone locations, and I understand that we were the first to undertake it. It was a gruelling few days, but was well worth it, and can't be highly recommended enough.
We found ourselves pretty exhausted at the end of each day, but I would'nt have missed it for the world....
Next year, I intend to return to some of the locations, but not all; the intention being to visit less, but take a bit more time at each, soaking up the atmosphere etc. No matter how many photos I take on a trip to Almeria, I always get back home, check them against scenes in the movies, and realise I've missed a few important shots! Which makes it more fun planning to go back the next time!
Also, every time I've left Almeria, I've never thought I'd be going back....How wrong I've been....I realise now that I feel 'closer' to that place than anywhere else, and that I'd miss it if I didn't keep returning.
As for discovering 'Tuco Tours', I couldn't have done better than find an enthusiast who is genuine, and keen to share his expertise and experiences with others....
And, as for acquiring other SW artifacts next year.....I'll just have to make sure I go with a near-empty suit-case; and a sturdy cardboard container to bring back 2 bottles of Manuel's 'Hostel Alba' Rioja'!!