The surprise dive location, France

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A very strange eel. One I have never seen before.

We got in to Paris early in the morning after an overnight flight that included a 6 hour stopover in Bahrain and a huge time change. This was the biggest time change we had, due to skipping Oman, and we had a bad case of jet lag for the first time on the trip. Still, we managed to make it to the Gare Lyon train station from the airport and bought a ticket to Marseille, a beach city on the Mediterranean Sea.

After a three hour train ride, we arrived and immediately called a dive shop. They had a boat going out but told us we needed to get a medical certificate to dive in France. Ok, so we had a problem; how to find a doctor, get an appointment, and get the checkup all by the afternoon. The answer came when I saw a pharmacy in the train station and asked for a recommendation. They gave me a phone number for a general practitioner 100 meters from the station. I called; the doctor answered and had an immediate opening. So vela la, we had our certificate. We then jumped in a cab, headed to the dive shop and got signed up for the next day. They also recommended a hotel near by and gave us their special rate of $77 Euro per night. 

The next day we did two dives. The water was colder then all the other diving, but a little warmer then San Diego and they had 7mm wet suits so we were fine. Not as much life in the Mediterranean, but still plenty to see. The highlight was a large Seahorse, of which even our dive guide had never seen before in 2 years of diving here.
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A very strange eel. One I have nev…
A very strange eel. One I have ne…
The city of Bahrain. Lots of sand.…
The city of Bahrain. Lots of sand…
Our hotel in Bahrain. We only stay…
Our hotel in Bahrain. We only sta…
The view out the train window on t…
The view out the train window on …
Rod in the beach town of Marseille.
Rod in the beach town of Marseille.
Our dive boat that took us off sho…
Our dive boat that took us off sh…
Rod just before a dive.
Rod just before a dive.
Dennis and Rod ready to descend.
Dennis and Rod ready to descend.
A very large Octopus.
A very large Octopus.
Dennis walking the streets of Mars…
Dennis walking the streets of Mar…
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