September 2017 - The Netherlands

September 8 Friday

The Eise Eisinga Planetarium in Franeker


The Afsluitdijk is a fundamental part of the larger Zuiderzee Works, damming off the Zuiderzee, a salt water inlet of the North Sea, and turning it into the fresh water lake of the IJsselmeer. The dam serves as a sea barrier to protect the inland against flooding.  It was built from 1927 thru 1932. (Wikipedia)

Wadden See (salt water) on left, IJsselmeer (fresh water) on right, formerly the salt water Zuiderzee.


The Eise Eisinga Planetarium

From 1774 to 1781, Eise Eisinga, a wool comber and amateur astronomer built a working planetarium in his house in Franeker.


The working parts are in the rooms and attic above the living room.


Another building has been taken over to house the museum and act as an entrance to the planetarium.

And the building between the two is an associated cafe and brasserie.

More info on wikipedia:


From the Planetarium in Franeker we drove to Stavoren on the IJsselmeer (formerly the Zuiderzee).

The Lady of Stavoren - a folk tale of greed and arrogance:

There's a hotel with huge wine casks for rooms.


Views of the village


We ended the day with pizza at home!