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Parlons Aventure in Cherbourgh, Normandy

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Monday, August 09 2004

2 weeks, 4 days

Cherbourgh, France

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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.

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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.

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Manfred and MB307
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Daniel and David with nanny Aisha, the best we ever had, black African Woman carrying white twin babies, in Bamako, Mali.

Land Rover km 4,077

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"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."
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"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.

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Lionnel and Regine

Map Vienna to Cherbourgh.
Cherbourgh
Cherbourgh impressions.

Lets talk adventure. Actually Didier said that, but he just was not there, so I have to come back one day to see him and Anne.

I come to see Lionnel, Regine, Arsene et Violette. They are currently based in Japan, just over in France for a few days only. This is a slot in time I did not want to miss before departing to the complete wilderness for good.

So after driving nearly 800 km from The Hague the night before my French this Saturday morning is a bit rusty.

But then all of a sudden my tongue actually speaks what the brain wants to tell.

Lionnel and Violette
Regine and Arsene
Lionnel carries Violette on the beach
Violette jumps
Helene, la nice Helene.
Claudine, la seure
Claudine.

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At Gee Gee's

The group
Gee Gee's crowd.

But before we settle to talk adventure we eat at Gee Gee's with Mo Mo, Isabelle, Luis and of course Lionnel and Regine. If I may flick through of what we have?

All is delicious: 3 kinds of paté on toast followed by a roast of lamb and fries, then cheese (fromage du lait crù) and choclate cake (gâteau au chocolat com desert).

And we drink a lot, Champagne then red wine (Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Côte du Rhone) and finish Calvados and coffee and more Calvados. After all we are in Calvados Country.

In the end we destroyed ourselves with sake Lionnel has brought over from Japan.

Mo Mo
Mo Mo
Isabelle and Regine
Isabelle, Regine.

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Lionnel, a master of his digital device, sent these pics.

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ms, Lionnel
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Gee Gee
ms Lionnel
Isabelle
Mo Mo, Isabelle
Regine
Regine
Mo Mo
Luis

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The adventure talk

Sunday evening Lionnel introduces me to Valèrie and Benoit and we talk adventure, They have been to India with their truck and back. And they have been to Africa many times and most important plan a trip to Senegal scheduled for this December via Algeria.

I listen in disbelieve and for the first time I feel it is doable, has been done before and that I CAN do it as well: LIVE MY DREAM.

Monday morning at 6.p.m. I take the ferry to Portsmouth, England, get a new phone card and make my way to London driving on the "right" side of the road as the English say.

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