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Travel Photography, Colors of the World, 2004-2013.

The clock stopped after 9 years, 26 days on 17th of August 2013

About Travel Photography,
Colors of the World.

Manfred is creator of ThisFabTrek.com, 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.

Traveled 325,985kms

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.


I am Manfred, photographer, writer, globe-trotter. This is the fabulous trek site, travel photography from 2004 to 2013. Non-commercial use of photos is free, please link back. Follow me on Twitter or Facebook. Share it round if you like it.

Map of ThisFabTrek-photography journey.

'All good things they say never last, Love it is not Love until it's past'.
From: Sometimes it Snows in April - Amar - on Winter Chill.

When I went on the journey in 2004 I had a dream, that one day I would come home on a train, the day when all ends, and I would have two little boys disembarking with me, my boys. After the birth of Daniel and David in 2007 I wondered how or if the second part would ever come true. I was broke, with just 30 euros left in the bank, when I landed back in Vienna from Brazil in April 2013, but I had the coolest and saddest, most legendary Winter Chill tune in my ears, and I felt it wasn't over yet, borrowed money and hit the road with my preschoolers, back down south on the last FabTrek journey, in a VW van; It ain't over till it's over. 3 weeks Morocco and fantasia, 4 weeks Spain, and finally I found time for the grandest towns, from Sevilla, Mérida, Leon, A Coruña, to Bilbao, and many others, and we spent hours in museums, palaces, cathedrals, castles, hit the beaches during the day and tapas bars at night, my boys and I we had always been an amazing team. Around Toulouse we then got stranded, the van let us down, and it was not the first breakdown in 9 year of constant traveling, but the definite forever last one, and we hitched a ride with friends to Paris, and that was maybe just right in time for Daniel and David to see the Eiffel Tower and spend time overlooking from Sacré-Cœur the grandest city on them all. Mysteriously by train, making the dream come true on the very last day, we arrived back in Vienna in August 2013 and the FabTrek clock stopped there, forever. But then there might be a second edition, one day faraway.

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Colors of the world, all images link to stories. Jump right into it!

The Yaghan, also called Yamana are the indigenous peoples of the Southern Cone, who are regarded as the southernmost peoples in the world.
Hitch hiking Ushuaia to Buenos Aires.
Grey glacier is below.
Torres del Paine walk, Mar2013.
O'Higgins lake and glacier.
Careterra Austral, O'Higgins glacier.
The Chaiten lahar spilt into the sea, Chilean flag, for hope.
La Serena to Puerto Varas.
Geysers de Tatio.
San Pedro Atacama to Antofagasta Dec2012.
Laguna Colorada, red.
Uyuni to San Pedro de Atacama.
Coipasa, island on Salare Coipasa, Bolivia, great Aymara fiesta, great indigenous people.
Huayna Potosi to Sajama, Coipasa, Uyuni.
Up in the clouds Machu Picchu mountain.
Lima, Machu Picchu, La Paz.
Cusco, plaza de armas with la catedral and la compania, Peru.
Puno and Cusco, Aug2012.
Volcanoes Pomerape and Parinacota, high up, northern Chile.
Pomerape and Parinacota, Aug2012.
Dancer in red decorated bikini and feathers, extatic dance, Arequipa Day.
Arequipa Day 2012.
Tradition has it to offer beer, splash it around on the dust of the bull fighting arena, or better hit the bull. Old woman in red traditional bollera and hat splashes beer. Huambo, Arequipa, Peru.
Colca Canyon tour, Aug2012.
There are worse places in the workd to pee, than in Huacachina desert dunescape.
Huacachina, Paracas, Nasca.
Hat and a white mask, men on Lima Independence Day in Peru.
Lima, Peru, Independence Day.
The road and Cordillera Blanca, Peru on 4,000m.
Jul2012, Cordillera Blanca.
Outside San Francisco, Cajamarca, more people gather in protests of Newmont's Conga mine project, after clashes with police in Celendine have killed 3 people during the day.
Cajamarca protests.
Washing snail shells they have gathered. Boy carries their pot back up. Nouria, in back, washes dishes. Laguna or swamp. Peruvian jungle, Cocama Cocamilla village.
Into the Peruvian rainforest.
Deathly face.
Sipan, Chimu and Mochica tombs.
Four ponchos, four hats, Indigenas fiesta of horses, Salinas de Guaranda, the Ecuadorian Andes.
Salinas, Chimborazo, to Cuenca.
Preparing yuca/cassava/manioc flower. Yuca bread in Ecuador Amazon basin.
Cotopaxi to Amazon Rainforest.
Salento, Colombia.
Bogota, Medellin, Salento with twins.
Man and hat on main square of Villa de Leyva, Colombia.
Cartagena to Bogota Mar/Apr2012.
Kuna man.
Kuna Yala San Blas islands, journey in boats.
Lonley on glisten ocean. Kite surfing, Punta Chame.
Beaches, sun, ocean.
Eleborate head gear, tembleques, pollera dresses, Carnival de Panama in Las Tablas.
Carnival Las Tablas Feb2012.
Huge golden iguana atop green leaves, Cahuita jungle, Costa Rica.
Iguana, Cahuita, Costa Rica.
Augusto Cesar Sandino. Nicaragua managua, mural.
Sandino and Nicaragua Jan2012.
Names of families murdered in El Mozote massacre 1981, El Salvador.
El Mozote, El Salvador, Jan2012.
Garifuna in Livingston, Guatemala.
Flores to Rio Dulce, Livingston to Antigua.
Maya Pyramids sticking out of the jungle, Tikal, Peten, Guatemala.
Maya Tikal, the El Mirador hike.
Mam man and daughter, Western Highlands, Guatemala.
Guatemala Dec2011.
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
Mex. 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.
Ras, Hopkins, Belize.
10 days Belize Aug2011.
My boys on top of van are reluctant to come down.
My boys during repairs Jul2011
First pink flamingo encounter Rio Lagartos.
Chichen Itza and Flamingos 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.
Gnaoua in Essaouira with drum jumps high.
Drum jumps high, Essaouira 2011.
Red Hot Mexican Chili Peppers.
Mexican road May2011.
Burt out Ford Explorer, Copper Canyon.
Copper Canyon May2011.
Pacific waves, San Jose del Cabo.
Baja California Apr2011.
Pelicans California.
South after Oregon, Apr2011.
Segou, Festival sur le Niger 7th edition.
Segou Festival, Feb2011.
Two camels kissing?
Jan2011. Down south, all terrorists?
Monument Valley.
Grand Canyon, Navajo Nation.
Joshua Tree.
Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Nov2010.
Surfer California sunset.
Portland to San Diego, Nov2010.
Flattery Cape, WA.
Seattle, Olympics, Oct2010.
Taxis, Manhatten, New York.
New York, Oct2010
My twin boys Daniel and David, look out from our MB307 van, Col d'Allos, France.
Holland, France, Italy Aug2010.
Theater Kapija, Sweden Abbekas.
Sweden, Denmark July2010.
Tattooed lady driver in American Vintage Car in Vasteras Power Bigmeet, Sweden.
Power Bigmeet Vasteras, July2010.
Boys on snow on a lake, Strynefjellet.
Glaciers, southern Norway.
Red boats in the harbour of Bodo, Norway, lit by midnight sun.
Chasing midnight sun; Nordkapp journey.
Suburbs, when it rains, St. Petersburg, the rest is amazing, majestic, imperial, tsarist.
St. Petersburg, June2010.
Boys in hats on Latvian beach watch a bug on a stick.
The Baltics, June2010.
Boys in Torun.
Warsaw, Toruń, Gdansk.
Christina, sunset dance, Prassonissi.
Crete, Olympia, Athens, Delphi.
Feet in Pamukkale.
Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesos.
Yellow flowers, Salamis, Cyprus.
Cyprus, Mar2010.
Scratching head in Israel/Palestine.
Scratching head Israel/Palestine.
Giza Great Pyramids.
Egyptian Pyramids, Islamic Cairo.
Bread is cycled in Cairo.
Eastern desert, flash floods, Sinai, Cairo.
Felucca Aswan
Aswan to Luxor, Egyptian Temples.
Alexandria, man lighting a cigarette, Egypt.
Hurghada. Egypt Dec2009.
Petra, Jordan.
Petra. Jordan Dec2009.
Jerash, Jordan.
Jerash. Jordan Dec2009.
Palmyra Tetrapylon at night.
Palmyra, Nov2009.
Friendly Syrian men in Ar-Raqqah.
Aleppo to Deir az-Zor, Nov2009.
Mardin, Turkey, olives.
Diyarbakir, Gaziantep, Nov2009.
Mount Ararat.
Mount Ararat, Lake Van. Oct2009
Ancient, uninhabited, medieval city of 200000 around 1000 A.D.
Ani, ancient abandoned city.
Dome Ishan cathedral, Georgian church.
Erzurum-Artvin-Kars Oct2009.
Tortum Lake, Trabzon to Erzurum, Coruh Valley etc.
Trabzon-Erzurum Oct2009.
Sultan Ahmed, Blue Mosque Istanbul.
Sultan Ahmed, Istanbul Sep2009.
Ladas in Sofia.
Bulgaria, Aug2009.
Sunset Grand-Popo, Benin, palms and beach.
Legend, Togo, Benin, Niger Apr2009.
Ghana, swaying palm trees.
Slavery and beaches, Ghana Mar2009.
Burkina, Faso, Arli National Park, family of Elephants.
Kicking the dust, Burkina Feb2009.
Mali, Dogon Country, Hand of Fatima.
Dogon Country, Jan2009.
Liberia, 6x6 Land Rover Defender, stuck in mud hole, muddy roads.
Liberian jungle roads, May2008.
Footballer on Lumley beach, Aberdeen, Freetown, Sierra Leone, sunset.
Lumley beach, Sierra Leone May2008.
Guinea Bissau, journey with the twins, Daniel and David.
Guinea Bissau. with twins, Apr2008.
Festival sur le Niger, Segou, Mali, 2008, Salif Keita, Bassekou Kouyate, Cheik Tidiane Seck, Habib Koite, Mangala Camara, Abdoulaye Diabate.
Festival sur le Niger. Feb2008.
Djembe d'Or Music Awards, Conakry Guinea|Guinee, with Jeannot Jean Baptiste Williams, Mamady Keita, Babani Kone, Missia Saran, Fatoumata Kamissoko, Kabakoudou, Grand Devise.
Djembe d'Or, Conakry. Nov2007.
Sayon Camara, Conakry Guinea|Guinee, also performance of Ballet Sanke.
Sayon Camara, Guinea. Nov2007.
Doyen, Sotikemo, Kouroukoro, Guinea, link to journey of Fouta Djalon, northern Guinea|Guinee, Labe, Mali, Touba, Termesse, Koundara.
Fouta Djallon, northern Guinea. Oct2007.
Mauritania desert mountain range, Green grass, Sahel rainy season.
Green Grass of the Mauri desert. Sep2007.
Alpi Apouane, Monte Pisamino, Vagli Sotto, Italia|Italy, Apr-Jun 2007.
Giro d'Italia with the twins. Apr-Jun 2007.
Concours National de la Percussion, Guinea Conakry 2006.
Percussion Competition, Conakry Dec2006.
Doundounba or Dundunba, Guinea Conakry 2006.
Doundounba, Conakry Dec2006.
Ballet Sanké Guinea Conakry 2006.
Ballet Sanké, Conakry Dec2006.
Jacques and the start of the Guinea adventure, Mount Nimba, N'zérékoré Nov 2006.
Jacques, N'zérékoré Nov2006.
Isabelle Fiadeiro, Nouakchott Nov 2006.
Isabel Fiadeiro, Nouakchott Nov2006.
Rachid Taha, Essaouira 2006.
Rachid Taha, Essaouira 2006.
Pat Metheny, Essaouira 2006.
Pat Metheny, Essaouira 2006.
Mahmoud Guinea, Essaouira 2006.
Mahmoud Guinéa, Essaouira 2006.
Djeneba Seck Singers.
Djénèba Singers, Segou, Mali, Feb2006.
Sekouba Bambino.
Sekouba Bambino, Segou, Mali, Feb2006.
Amy Sacko, Bassekou Kouyate.
Amy Sacko, Segou, Mali, Feb2006.
Dancers of Habib Koite.
Habib Dancers, Segou, Mali, Feb2006.
Djenne, Mud Mosque.
Mud Mosque, Djénné, Mali, Jan2006.
This was Essakane, Khaira Arby in Essakane, Festival au desert.
Kaïra Arby in Essakane, Mali, Jan2006.
This was Essakane/Tibuktu/Timbouctou Festival au desert, Touaregs/Tuaregs and camels.
Touareg/Tuareg in Essakane, Mali, Jan2006.
St.Louis to Atar, Mauritania.
Beach and Dunes, Mauritania, Dec2005.
Ile Goree Festival
Ile Gorée Diaspora Festival, Nov2005.
Senegal adventure.
Senegal Adventure, Oct2005.
Sahara trip, the Tan-Tan page
Nouadhibou, Mauritania. Sep2005.
Tan-Tan, Sahara trip, the Tan-Tan page
Tan-Tan, Sahara. Jul2005.
Diabate on Essaouira Festival
Gnaoua Festival. Jun2005.
Man in the Tannery in Fes Medina
Fes and Casa. Jun2005.
M#Goun in the back, Marika in front
Atlas crossing. May2005.
Land Rover in the Dunes, 3rd Axle in the air
Testing Land Rover. Apr2005.
morning coffe in the dessert watching the sunrise
M'Hamid to Foum Zguid. Mar2005.
Driving Black Valley in Kerry, Irelenad
Ireland, Dec2004
Scotland, Heidrun and start of winter
Scotland, Nov2004
Ullapool, Haensel, brother of Heidrun
Scotland, Sep2004
Outer Hebrides, coastal walk
Lewis, Scotland, Sep2004
Land Rover, early morning, sound of Bernaray
Hebrides, Scotland, Aug2004
Steven, Jon, myself at the end of the West Highland Way, Fort William
Fort William, Scotland, Aug2004


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