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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.

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.

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Colors of Morocco, land of the Jinn.

Map: Morocco and Sahara whether Western or Moroccan.

Moroccan Highlights

Pictures link to stories!

Shells, Western Sahara coast.
Shells, Western Sahara coast.
Coastline south of Tan Tan.
Coastline south of Tan Tan.
Two camels kissing, in orange sun?
Two camels kissing, in orange sun?
Skull of goat. Western Sahara crossing Jan2011.
Skull of goat. Western Sahara crossing Jan2011.
Daniel on Eid al-Adha, Aid el-Kebir, Nov 2009.
Daniel on Aid el-Kebir 2009.
Bloody sheep head.
Bloody sheep head, November 2009, Eid al-Adha.
Tizzn Tichka with MB 307.
Tizzn Tichka with MB 307, Sep 2007.
Foum El-Hassane to Guimine, desert mountain range, sunset colors.
Foum El-Hassane to Guimine, Sep 2007.
Moroccan Mariage.
Henna.
Moroccan Mariage.
Me and Hasna. Casablanca region Aug 2007.
Greg Ford, after the Essaouira festival.
Greg Ford after the Essaouira festival.
Rachid Taha, Essaouira 2006. Rachid Taha, Essaouira 2006.
Pat Metheny Trio, Essaouira 2006. Pat Metheny Trio, Essaouira 2006.
Mahmoud Guinea, Essaouira 2006. Guinea Gnaoua, Essaouira 2006.
Mahmoud Guinea, Essaouira 2006. Mahmoud Guinea, Essaouira 2006.
Ba Cisokko, Essaouira 2006. Ba Cisokko, Essaouira 2006.
Gaada Divane, Essaouira 2006. Gaâda Divane, Essaouira 2006.
Hmida Boussou Essaouira 2006. H'amida Boussou, Essaouira 2006.
Monkeys at Ouzoud. Monkeys at Ouzoud waterfalls.
207 and Rainbow. Journey with 207, back down south.
Chefchouen in the Rif. Chefchouen in the Rif, back in Morocco in May 2006.
Hasna, Henna tattooed Hasna, Henna tattooed.
my father, the Sofitel bar in Essaouira My father, Essaouira.
Saharawi tent
Western Saharan desert.
Saharawi tent Girls, the Saharawi tent.
Saharawi tent
Mbarka baking bread.
Essaouira
Hasna, sunset in Essaouira.
Essaouira
Hasna, and I sunset in Essaouira.
Essaouira
Nainy Diabate, on the Gnaoua Festival in Essaouira 2005.
Fes Fes, Tannery.
Hassan II in Casablanca Casablanca, mosque Hassan II.
Hasna, Merzouga, face Hasna in Merzouga.
ms and Hasna in the dunes of Merzouga, morning light Merzouga, 6 a.m. in the dunes.
Dades Gorge from above Dades Gorge.
Marika between Amezri and Tizzi-n'Oulaoum between Amezri and Tizzi-n'Oulaoum.
2 girls between Amezri and Tizzi-n'Oulaoum between Amezri and Tizzi-n'Oulaoum.
ms before reaching Tizzi-n'Oulaoum in Sunset before Tizzi-n'Oulaoum.
Floh und Anna in Marrakech Flo and Anna in Marrakech.
H. in Marakech
Marrakech and H.
Noriko in Marrakech
Noriko.
Michael, Eddie, ms Michael, Eddie, ms on our way to Marrakech.
ms attemting to climb Toubkal
Toubkal.
Flo and Camera Flo and Camera, testing the Unimog in the dunes Tifnit.
Land Rover in Dunes Testing the Land Rover in the dunes Tifnit.
ms, Agadir beach Agadir beach.
Draa Valley, Mohamed Ali and dromedaries Draa Valley, Mohamed Ali and dromedaries.
Friends from the desert Friends from the desert, M'Hamid to Foum-Zguid.
Desert, morning coffee Desert morning coffee.
Desert sunset, Land Rover Desert Sunset and Land Rover.
Land Rover, Austrian Flag and Roman, Tifnit Land Rover, Austrian Flag and Roman, Tifnit.
Girl with boy on her back after Teloued Girls past Teloued on the road to Ait-Benhadou.
Tamnougalt, the Kasbah
The Kasbah in Tamnougalt, Rachid.
Draa Valley Girls with palm leaves Girls in the Draa Valley carrying palm leaves.
Mike and his bike, desert crossing
Mike and his bike, crossing desert.
Parapent
Our friends the parapantistes.
Mike reunion Meeting Mike in Ait-Ourir.

My Morocco, my entry to Africa.

Morocco, my entry point in Africa, I stay initially 6 month and made a new girlfriend, Hasna, Arab Muslim from Fes, with some old Jewish blood in her veins, which she is proud of. (P.S. Later she becomes my wife and we are blessed with twin boys Daniel and David.)

Jinns are the equivalent of ghosts, little devils (diables), that seem to exist almost everywhere in Morocco or at least on people's minds. Originally, part of old Berber religions, they where taken over into Islam, melanged... Africa starts after all in Morocco.

Jinns, have the nasty habit of appearing at night. The night is the time when the diables wonder around. Daylight is for men. Anything abnormal is associated with the Jinns, or the Devil.

"The Devil does appear!" I was told by Hasna "in women, in animals,...". Moroccans firmly believe in that. Two goats approached our camp, in the middle of the Saharan desert, a black and a white one, after dusk, some thunderstorm had passed our area an hour ago. To me they were mother and child seeking shelter, having got lost in the storm. She uttered some verses from the Koran and to me "Don't touch them, don't speak to them!" She frightened the hell out of me.

The goats were still there the next morning, proof they weren't the devil, but goats. Even I was glad when we found them again. Jinns don't show up at daylight.

Back from Mexico for another Essaouira Festival 2011.

I keep coming back to Morocco, 2009.

Again back home after the Italian journey, July 2007.

A year later back in Morocco Mai, June 2006.

First Morocco adventure, Mar to Sep 2005.

Else

  • Links - gathered while in the country.

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Highlights. Images are linked to the story behind.

Gnaoua in Essaouira with drum jumps high.
Drum jumps high, Essaouira 2011.
Eid al-Adha, Aid el-Kebir November 2009.
Eid al-Adha, Aid el-Kebir Nov 2009.
Rachid Taha, Essaouira 2006.
Rachid Taha, Essaouira 2006.
Pat Metheny, Essaouira 2006.
Pat Metheny, Essaouira 2006.
Mahmoud Guinea, Essaouira 2006.
Mahmoud Guinéa, Essaouira 2006.
Morocco the East, Algerian border country, Chefchauen, Fuiguig, the Easter High Atlas.
The East, June 2006.
Western Sahara trip, the Tan-Tan page
Western Sahara. Jul2005.
Diabate on Essaouira Festival
Gnaoua Festival. Jun2005.
Man in the Tannery in Fes Medina
Fes and Casa. Jun2005.
Merzouga and Hasna
Merzouga trip. Jun2005, meeting Hasna.
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.

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