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.
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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eise_Eisinga_Planetarium
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: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_of_Stavoren
There's a hotel with huge wine casks for rooms.
We ended the day with pizza at home!