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About Travel Photography,
Colors of the World.

Manfred is creator of, travel photography, a travel blog and a photography blog (a journey from 2004 to 2013). 'I set out to see the colors of the world, always I try to capture the colors'.

Seeing, is understanding, so I report and photograph, but formost enjoy and live those different conceptions of life (all that TV [and the web] cannot give). I reject jealousy, animosity, bigotry. Be free!

Manfred in the desert of the Western Sahara

The mind, when pondering at night and always asked those questions. What am I doing in corporate wonderland of bank, university, office or church? Who is the other animal asleep deep inside, the thinker, punk, creative, or Indian, vagabond and healer, maybe artist, writer, photographer, traveler, globetrotter? Oh God, dare you to think. When I saw the lies, gambles and manipulations I follow the old dream and set out for the journey of life lived, the journey to see the colors of the world.

During years on the road I have taken the turns as they came along, and realized one thing: Only such a small part of the planet can be explored and such a vast land and sea mass will always remain unknown, to me; many swamps, jungles, deserts and oceans will never be traveled. But then I am father of twin boys, Daniel and David, my most important, and I show them some of the wonders and colors out there.

ThisFabTrek, Photography and Journey, the Stories from the Road and Life around the World, stopped in August 2013 after more than 9 years, Love and Peace.

Last vehicle.

G20, Chevy Gladiator.

Chevrolet Gladiator G20, The boys in Cordillera Blanca, Peru.
The boys and Chevy van, Peru.

The G20, the vehicle that came to me for the Americas adventures.

6 wheeled Land Rover.

Land Rover Defender 6x6
Link to Foley

The vehicle of the Africa adventures, a Foley 6-Wheeled Land Rover Defender.

Before, the MB307.

Manfred and MB307
Journey, Middle East.

The vehicle of the Middle-East and North-Cape Journeys. See all vehicles.

Daniel and David with nanny Aisha, the best we ever had, black African Woman carrying white twin babies, in Bamako, Mali.

Travel Blog

contains Festival/Fiesta/Art photography.

"There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo.

"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it, to tell the tale." Living to Tell the Tale - Gabriel García Márquez.

"They never taught wandering in any school I attended. ... they never taught the art of writing a book, either. It's all so mysterious."
"Wandering is an art in itself. Wandering and writing don't mix"
"Writing demands commitment and if one thing your wanderer is allergic to is that very quality of commitment, for once one is committed he runs that very risk of failure ..." Wanderer - Sterling Hayden.

"Photography enables you to grasp a place first time round. ... Photography is a means of exploration, it's a vital part of travel, almost as essential as a car or a plane. " - Wim Wenders.

"The worst prejudice we acquire during our youth is the idea that life is serious. Children have the right instincts: they know that life is not serious, and treat it as a game..." , Egon Friedell.

"How far you gonna go. Before you lose your way back home" - Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Achtung Baby, U2.

"If you want to be a hero well just follow me." - Working Class Hero, John Lennon.

"When I think of all the things I have done, I know that it's only just begun." - I love you, Lou Reed.

"One does not escape the Sahara - the Sahara let's you go or not" - Touareg.

"Planet earth is blue and there`s nothing I can do" - This is Ground Control to Major Tom, David Bowie.

"Glory for the crazy people/in this stupid world" - Ahmed Fouad Negm. > journey > north-america > mexico

Colors of Mexico.

Map of Mexico.

Mexican Highlights.

Pictures link to stories!

El Dia de los Muertos. Atlixco, Puebla.
El Dia de los Muertos.
Church Huajuapan de Le├│n, Oaxaca.
Church Huajuapan de Le├│n, Oaxaca.
El Silencio Mata. Silence kills. Oaxaca mural.
El Silencio Mata.
Girls and flower baskets, Oaxaca.
Girls and flower baskets.
Monte Alban.
Monte Alban.
Fiesta de quince anos. Mitla, Oaxaca.
Fiesta de quince anos.
Washed white rocks, Hierve de Agua.
Washed rocks, Hierve de Agua.
Calle Aldama Indio mural. Near Guerrero, Mexico City.
Calle Aldama mural.
Frida Kahlo, grafiti Mexico City.
Frida Kahlo.
National Palace, main patio, Mexico City.
National Palace, Mexico.
Benito Juarez. Taller Siqueiros.
Benito Juarez.
Balloons, sun over Pyramid of the Sun. Teotihuacan, Mexico.
Balloons, sun over Pyramid of the Sun.
Yellow and white Vochito. Volkswagen beetles in Taxco, Mexico.
Yellow and white Vochito.
Chinese nurses, Cuernavaca, Mexico, Independence Day.
Chinese nurses.
Emiliano Zapata.
Emiliano Zapata.
Tetela del Volcan.
Morning laugh, camp in 3400m altitude, Paso de Cortes, Puebla, Mexico.
Morning laugh.
The twin boys and Popocateptl.
The boys and Popocateptl.
When the waves come. Pacific Ocean, Boca del Cielo.
When the waves come.
Buried on sandy Pacific Ocean beach.
Buried in sand.
Mexican/Austrian/Moroccan curiosity, the lagoon in Boca del Cielo, Chiapas, a boat, 2 boys, two girls.
Mexican/Austrian/Moroccan curiosity. Pacific Ocean Sep2011.
Is he the ruler K'inich Janaab' Pakal? Palenque museum.
Is he the ruler K'inich Janaab' Pakal?
Reproduction of Maya glyphs. The hieroglyphs can be read since the 70s and helped shed light on history and rulers.
Reproduction of Maya glyphs.
Me and the boys at the waterfalls Agua Azul, Chiapas.
Me and the boys.
Some tacos near-by. Cinco Lagos.
Some tacos near-by.
Boys on top of mariachi sculpture in front of white San Jore church in Comitan, Chiapas. Blue sky.
Boys on top of mariachi sculpture.
The Lacandon jungle around, clouds hang low. The Montes Azules Biosphere Reserve.
San Quentin north.
Vochito in heavy rain in calle in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.
Vochito paddles through rain.
My boys on top of van are reluctant to come down.
My boys...
Playa del Carmen, C. arrives. Boys no shoes.
Christina arrives.
Costa Maya, water is so clear.
Clear Costa Maya.
Fresh coconuts for the boys. Chetumal, morning.
Fresh coconuts for the boys.
Front, west view of great pyramid, Chichen Itza, Yucatan. Watch the the snake like shape of the shade on the steps.
Front, west view of great pyramid.
What is here to do?  On Playa Colorada, boys search on white sandy beach what to do.
What is here to do?
Huge bull in arena, Rio Lagartos.
Huge bull.
First flamingo encounter near-by.
First encounter near-by.
Iguana, resating on rock, Uxmal, Mexico.
Iguana, Uxmal. Jul2011
La Gran Piramide, boys on steps. Uxmal.
Giant steps, takes convincing.
Boys are mounting a fishing boat on santa Clara beach.
Mounting one is no problem.
Izamal, Yucatan. Priest walking over atrium, Franciscan convent.
Izamal, Convento de San Antonio de Padua. Jul2011
Up 20km from Papacatepeti volcano, my boys start Mexico.
Barely 15 hours after landing.
Cathedral Puebla, Mexico.
Cathedral Puebla.
Rusting away fishing vessel in lagoon of Alvarado, Vera Cruz, Mexico.
Rusting away fishing vessel.
Street corner Campeche evening.
Street corner Campeche.
First floor in central historic Mazatlan.
A bar on first floor would be great in here. Mazatlan May2011
Spreading the chilis out on the roast for drying. Mexico.
Spreading out the chilies on grill.
Empty bottles in cases stacked on top of each other, street Guadalajara.
Empty bottles. Guadalajara May11
Morelia, a man with hat walks by a colorful house facade.
Morelia, man.
Recowata Hot Springs, Christina under waterfall.
Recowata Hot Springs, Copper Canyon, May11.
Burnt out Ford Explorer.
Burnt out Ford Explorer. Copper Canyon, May11.
Mision del Santo Angel de Satevo. The catholic yellow plaster does not go so well.
Mision del Santo Angel de Satevo.
Black and white stems and trunks of tree for an art of roots, Hacienda San Miguel, Batopilas, Mexico.
Black and white trunk art.
Bright red tree in bottom of Urique Canyon.
Bright red tree in Urique. Copper Canyon, May11.
Man and Tecate, in Batopilas.
Man and Tecate.
Giant Cardon Cactus in Baja California.
Cardon Cactus in Baja California. Apr11.
Designed by Gustave Eiffel, Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur.
Santa Rosalia, Gustave Eiffel church.
Cardon Cactus forks, branching off.
Cardon forks.
Pelicans in sky silhuettes. La Ribera, Baja California Sur.
Pelicans slhuette. Cabo Ribera, Baja Sur. Apr11
Men on Ferry, La Paz to Los Mochis.
Men on Ferry.

And back in October.

Back with my boys in July.

First Mexican trip Apr to June 2011.

Beers in Mexico.

So after the greatest country of hoppyness, the US, we are here in Mexico and beer serves the prime purpose of refreshing, cold, clear, clara, Pacifico. Fridges are turned to -1°C, just below freezing, the bottles balloon to ballena (whale), you need it, a beer in Mexico is a must like water.

  • Pacifico, Mazatlan, the great Clara.
  • Indio beer., not so bad.
  • Sol when is hot, one gets used to.
  • Dos Equis when is hot, one gets used to
  • Superior, can't get a handle on this, when is hot, one gets used to, maybe not even that. Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma.
  • Montejo has some taste.
  • Tecate from north, brewery during prohibition times, moved over the border, when is hot, one gets used to. Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma.
  • Modelo never liked it.
  • Negra Modelo, flat too.
  • Bohemia Obscura is a lemonade, taste of molasse.
  • Leon Cerveza Negra, interesting, another invention of Modelo corp.
  • Cerveza Noche Buena only at Christmas time, 5.9%, decent beer from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma.

...and there are lots more, most not worth mentioning... drafts are flat so often, Modelo's Chope, Negro Modelo or Modelo Especial, often so much warmer then the -1°C fridge bottled cousins.

Fiesta de quince anos. Mitla, Oaxaca.
Fiesta quince anos, Oaxaca Nov2011.
Calle Aldama Indio mural. Near Guerrero, Mexico City.
Mexico, Frida, Teotihuacan.
This is not North Korea, actually it is nurses marching on independence Day march in Cuernavaca, Mexico
Independence Day, Sep2011.
When the waves come. Pacific Ocean, Boca del Cielo.
Pacific Beaches, the waves come.
My boys in St. Quentin, the Lacandon Jungle.
Chiapas, Zapatistas, Lacandon.
My boys on top of van are reluctant to come down.
My boys during repairs Jul2011
First pink flamingo encounter Rio Lagartos.
Flamingos in Rio Lagartos.
Uxmal, The Adivino, the Pyramid of the Magician. Maya site, Yucatan, Mexico.
Uxmal, Edzna and mission churches.
Up 20km from Papacatepeti volcano, my boys start Mexico.
The boys start Mexico July2011.
Red Hot Mexican Chili Peppers.
Mexican road May2011.
Burt out Ford Explorer, Copper Canyon.
Copper Canyon May2011.
Cardon Cactus sunset Baja California.
Baja California Apr2011. > journey > north-america > mexico

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