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Wrecks, buildings, scarp slopes, mines and caves, some fishes – that are diving-spots which we are crazy about.
Coldwater? Absolutely!
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Lake Attersee / Austria: We can’t without it…

What is also great at big cars? We have tested it. We slept in our car with diving equipment and our holiday luggage. And we have to slept under a blanket because we weren’t primed and in the front on driver’s seat. Yes it worked for two person. It is a little tight and the neck is stiff but for one night it was okay. But the temperature drop from 25 to 11 degrees was hard.

We continued our holiday trip from Venice via Udine, Villach to lake Attersee. And on the Tauern Highway we liked the rest area to sleep there some hours. After a cup of well smelling coffee and arriving at lake Attersee – diving spot Schlierwand – enjoying an extensive breakfast in the sun the short and uncomfortable night was forgotten. But with the view over the lake we became tingly: DIVING! FINALLY!

But at first we visited the supermarket in Seewalchen – nut kifli, quark cake, special Austrian salami sausages, some apples, special Austrian bologna and spice bread are very important. Now! – and refered our holiday flat in Weyregg. And the we lost the patience. We left the not required things in our flat and started the way to the lake.

We spent some great days at lake Attersee and dived at our favourite spots Schlierwand, Ofen and Hinkelsteine. But also we experienced Twin Towers and Liebesbrücke (but in our opinion the place isn’t profitable). The visibility from a depth of 0 to 20 m wasn’t good. But under the thermocline it became much better. It became really good from the depth of 23/25 m. The deeper the better. We had then a visibility of over 20 m, especially at dive spot Ofen. So we experienced the steep face differently to the dives last year. Because of the still warm weather we can spent the decrompression time at pleasant 18 degrees. A lovely thing when the temperature is about 4 degrees in the depth.

As an highlight we wanted to find a small submarine boat in over 46 m. But Peter felt sick while the dive and we must break it. We are a little bit out of luck on our holidays this year. However all other dives were lovely. Well the spot Liebesbrücke seemed to be more onshore. But for a relaxing dive it was good.Apropos relaxing. Because of a busy time until our holidays our time at lake Attersee wasn’t only diving. We visited some friends in Linz / Austria, enjoyed the natur around lake Gosausee and visited Hallstatt. The initially late summer 30 degrees und the lovely weather allowed one or another sunbath. Steffie couldn’t leave her running clothes at home so she spent the one or another run along the lake road. At the last evening we paid a call on Mario with a shandy and a roast at restaurant Bachtaverne. After all the Viennese Schnitzel and the potato salad at restaurant Seeimbiss in Kammer is to be highly recommended. And we filled our gases at Bocki’s and his team by Under Pressure as always. Thank you.

Visibility: 5-25 m, max. dive time 100 Min., max. depth: 80 m, water: 4-18 °C

Salzkammergut / Austria: A desaturation trip to lake Gosausee and Hallstatt

We started a small trip of desaturation to lake Gosausee. In the sunshine we could enjoy the nature and discover also the small things.

After a cup of coffee in the sun we continued our trip and visited Hallstatt. Finally we could experience this special place in lovely weather. :-)

Valstagna / Italy: A good beginning of our holidays…

… but without diving.
Before we can move into our flat at lake Attersee we had three days of our holidays. So we research what we can do until. A trip to Valstagna in Italy for diving in three caves „Grotta dei Fontanazzi“, „Elefante Bianco“ and „Grotte di Oliero“ seemed to be a good idea.

So we booked a flat on Monte Grappa. We were a little bit surprised about the twisting road. On the half way to the top we found our accomodation. The name „Space of love“ was a little bit crazy but the flat was good and the view breathtaking.

The view over the Po plain

On the day after arriving we went to the diving place. But the thunderstorms on the days before especially on the last night made high water in the cave and a very heavy current. There was nothing with diving. We were disappointed. But we did know that there was a risk for diving in the caves. We didn’t know before if there ist the possibility for diving because of weather etc.

Also it wasn’t possible to dive in the other two caves because of high water.

At Grotte di Oliero

At Grotte di Oliero

At Elefante Bianco







At Elefante Bianco

And now? The region has a lot of sights. So we decided to spend the rest of the day in Bassano del Grappa without trying Grappa but with a big pizza.

Because of having one day left in Italy and the city isn’t far away and Peter had never been and Steffie 25 years ago we planned a trip to Venice. With sunny, hot weather we let  gondola, small alleys, channels, bridges, cappuccino, gelato and more act on us. At the end of the day we were happy but broken of this exiciting town.

The same evening we had to say: „Ciao bella Italia! We will come back – but for diving!!!“

Franchimont / Belgium: La Roche Fontaine

At Mike’s birthday Party we talked about a trip to Roche Fontaine in Franchimont / Belgium. Suddenly we planned the trip for the following weekend. We simply needed a new spot. And so we, Beate and Manfred, Mike and we both, accepted to drive 250 km each way. We wanted to see something new and we wanted to dive deeper than 35 m.

So we met at 6 o’clock in Eupen to start with Bea, Manfred and Mike to Carriere de Roche Fontaine. Anyway we need 2-2.5 h for one way and Mike’s friend recommended to arrive at 8.30 a.m. So we could get a parking zone in the front row. First we passed some motorways and after a lot of kilometres on a country road through the Ardennes. Lovely – like a holiday day. The architecture of the houses and the country connect another flair. And then we arrived our goal – right in the middle. Nobody was there and the cold and wet weather doesn’t communicate cosiness. Equal! Coffee and breakfast! A little later other diver arrived and with the entrance to the spot it began to rain really heavy. But the other diver sprinted to the reception.

After we got to know why. After we checked in, inspired the diving place (it is not bigger than a pitch), assembeled the equipment, went to the water and had a view under water we realized that the visibility was bad – agitated. But it became better in the depth. So we had two good dives next to slick marble walls. Peter and Manfred searched the 50 m hole but didn’t find it. Also some relicts of the decomposition time impressed us, too. While waiting the decompression time we met some fishes.

In the next village of Franchimont we found a Frikandel snack bar. Altogether we had a lovely day at Roche Fontaine.

The photos aren’t so good this time because Steffie had some problems photographing in this light situation. And the visibility wasn’t good for taking pictures. Beate Kleemann took the group photos.
2-5 m, max. dive time: 70 min. max. depth: 40 m, water: 11 °C

Panheel / Netherlands – consistently on Sundays…

We have been with Manfred, Mike, Danni and Mike (there are two Mikes in our circle of friends) for diving in Panheel often. With a partly very good visibility we rejoiced in the numerous underwater objects (helicopter, „gallery“, plane, boat…). Although we met some animals and found the 30 m-place. Especially amusing is the morning ado on Sundays, from 8.30/8.45 on. For some Dutch it is really important to be the first on the parking place of the (mehr …)

Sprimont / Belgium: Carrière de Lillé

Early in the morning, at nine o’clock we met Torsten at stone quarry of Sprimont in the Ardennes. Because of talking to another diver we know that you can come for diving to Sprimont without registration before – different to La Gombe that is next to Sprimont.

The parking place was really full but we found two places for our cars and so we looked about at first. With our bad French we registered for diving in the restaurant and amazingly they talked to us in English. Our French seemed to be too bad… Perhaps the man at registration didn’t want to hear that. After we got a briefing about diving in the quarry by him he explained (mehr …)

Triebischtal / Sachsen / Germany: Old limestone mine Miltitz

After the good dives in the limestone mine ‚Miltitz‘ last year we could get one of the appointments for diving this year. Already before we made plans about our dives and filled our bottles with appropriate gases.

On Friday evening we started after work and a check if we have packed our camera and its body. With continuous rain we drived straight to Dresden where we stayed in hotel ‚Waldschlösschen‘, directly next to brewery ‚Waldschlösschen‘ and a bridge called the same name. Here we had a late dinner.

The next day started very early in the morning because there are some kilometres to drive from Dresden to Triebischtal. Out on the countryside where time has stopped a little we arrived at our rather goal for this weekend: the limestone mine ‚Miltitz‘. (mehr …)

Lake ‚Kreidesee‘ Hemmoor: Our turn of the year…

We already went for christmas to the North of Germany, to Steffie’s parents who live in Norderstedt (next to Hamburg). And so we decided to spend the turn of the year with friends at lake ‚Kreidesee‘ Hemmoor. The tour was organized by dive school Sepia.

Actually we wanted to go to Hemmoor at the 31st December but it is an long time between christmas and sylvester. So we went to the lake two days before because it isn’t far away from Hamburg. Mike, Eva, Ralf, Steffi and Sascha invited us for having breakfast at their holiday house before diving. Thank you again. That was really good. After we started our dive with some of them from E2 to the Rüttler. Afterwards we drove back to Hamburg. We finished our lovely day with a good dinner at restaurant ‚Schweinske‘ Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel and a glissade back to NorderstedtAt 31st December we moved from Hamburg to Hemmoor in one of those framehouses on the terrain of lake ‚Kreidesee‘. We like them an they are ‚gemuetlich‘. We shared it with BeateManfred and Armin. Perfect. That was really good. After a short greeting we picked up our diving equipment and drove to the water: Together with Eva, Stefan, Mike, ManfredRalf und Armin we dived from E0 to the plane and beside the steep face back to E1. For the turn of the year we had a small party in one of the houses and a barbecue. Thank you Carsten! The meat was broiled really good. Mjam!

The new year we began with our personal highlight of the Hemmoor trip: Wolfgang by dive school Sepia borrowed us two scooter for our first scooter dive. At the beginning trying with the lowest speed we lined up inaptly. But some moments later it wasn’t dificult any more and so we scootered downwards to the ‚Rüttler‘ – with the highest speed. Three times around the ‚Rüttler‘ and past again… The concret bomb and the sail boat revolving we tried them. Lovely! That was a lot of fun. Very good. Thank you, Wolfgang!

A day later we began our day slowly and dived with Beate from E2 again to the bridge of the ‚Rüttler‘. Diving over the chute we went to the cellar of the building. We were very happy that  Beate had so much fun and cracked her record of depth in freshwater.

Our Trimix dive we made with Manfred at E5 one day later. Actually we decided to dive there at home. The steep face should be very nice at this place… But the tow of the equipment holded us off until then. We planned our dive until the depth of 50 metres. But when we arrived that depth we kept to the right. But there wasn’t anything except sludge. So we turned and still encountered the steep face. Altogether it was a good dive.

Unfortunately our holidays were coming to an end. So we met with MikeManfred and Ralf (*grr*) really early in the morning for doing a last dive in this lake at the 4th January before driving home and having breakfast. We started at E1 and dived over the street to the pipelines and the ‚Rüttler‘. Our decompression time we spent in the forest. A lovely last dive.

Thank you, Wolfgang by dive school Sepia for the organisation. We had a really good time with you, Eva, Beate, Steffi, Elisa, Claudia, Marlies, Carsten, Mike, Stefan, Ralf, Nils, Wolfgang, Sascha, Wolfgang, HarryManfred and Armin. We enjoyed it really!

Vinkeveen / Netherlands: predators…

Normally we aren’t fish watcher… But in Vinkeveen we had some interesting encounters with luce and co. We think that some good pictures were gotten out.

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