On the Lycian coast along the south coast of the vast country are ancient sites located in Ephesus, Dalyan, Patara, Fethiye and Kas surrounded by unparalleled nature. A labyrinth of mountains, beaches and rivers in a unique ecosystem that combines sunshine and sea breezes amid the ruins ancient cultures from the Hittite, Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman civilizations. All this combined with beautiful blue skies, pristine beaches and the charm of the Mediterraean lifestyle...
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This Fab Trek
The mind, when pondering at night had always asked those questions of Manfred Schweda. What am I doing in corporate wonderland of bank, university, office or church? Who is the other animal asleep inside, the thinker, punk, creative, or Indian, vagabond and healer, maybe artist, writer, photographer and - traveler? Oh God, dare you to think. So when seeing the lies, gambles and manipulations I followed my old dream and set out for the real journey, the one that is called the life lived.
Many years later having lived that life on the road and taken the turns as they have come along, I have realized one thing: Only such a small part of the planet had been explored and such a vast landmass remains unknown, many swamps, jungles, deserts and oceans I will never travel. I am father of twin boys, DANIEL AND DAVID, my most important. THISFABTREK is ongoing. PHOTOGRAPHY AND JOURNEY, Stories from Life around the World, Love and Peace. Manfred Schweda was an Austrian banker who followed the voice within and you can follow his journey...
2011 - Vienna south to Mali, then back to the US, then Mexico, then with my boys to Morocco...
2010 - Egypt to Israel, Cyprus and Turkey and Greece, Albania, Bosnia back to Vienna. With my boys (3) north Poland, the Baltics, Russia, Finland up to Norway and North Cape and back. Then over to the US, NY, then Seattle south, San Diego, Joshua Tree, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley.
2009 - From to Bamako to Ouagadougou, then Ghana, Togo and Benin, via Niamey and Gao back to Bamako, ..., 2nd half of the year from Vienna, down the Balkan, into Asia, Turkey, Syria, Jordan to Egypt.
2008 - From Ouagadougou to Bamako, I fly to Vienna in Jan, and with my boys back to Mali, then Senegal, Guinea Bissau. On my own I head south, pass Guinea into Sierra Leone, then Liberia, into Cote d'Ivoire and back to Bamako. Summer means touring Europe. Then back to Africa.
2007 - Vienna, Austria, the birth of my twin boys Daniel and David, then the long way back down south (BDS) with the newborns, via the South of Italy, France and Spain to Casablanca, Morocco, on my own further to Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, back to Mali and down to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
2006 - starts out in Segou, Mali and ends in Bamako, Mali and so much in between. Twice back to Vienna, twice back down south to Mali, a great festival in Essaouira, Morocco in June and the Guinea adventure at the end of the year.
2005 - the remaining time in England (the 6x6 conversion) and the Africa journey - Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal/Gambia. In Morocco I meet Hasna, she comes along.
2004 - all the travels in Europe, mainly England, Scotland, Ireland and back to Austria for 2 month. Heidrun joins me - for a little while.
Preparation - The period in Vienna when I started cooking up the idea of leaving until the final step (early until 22nd of July 2004).