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PART 11 OF 17

FRANEKER, HOLLAND

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The ship arrived in Lelystad, Holland

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Lelystad Port

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Driving past the flower crops to Eise Eisenga Planetarium in Franeker

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Old windmill still stands.

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City of Franeker

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Taking a break with coffee waiting for our scheduled tour

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Eise Eisenga Planetarium

The end of time?

A conjunction of planets occurred on May 8, 1774. Before it happened, people
insisted that these planets would collide with one another, the result being that
the earth would be pulled from its orbit and incinerated in the sun.
Eise Eisinga wanted to show that there was no reason for panic.

The actual situation every day

All the planets in Eisinga's model orbit the sun at the same speed as
do the real planets: Mercury in 88 days, the earth in one year, and
Saturn in more than 29 years! Even today, after so many years, the actual
position of the planets can be seen by looking at this model. Besides this
model, Eise Eisinga also built all kinds of special clocks that indicate
the day, the date, the rising and setting of the sun and moon, the
apparent movement of the heavens due to the rotation of the earth,
and other phenomena.

Made from oak, 9 weights and 10,000 nails!

All of this is kept in motion by an impressive gear mechanism that
uses wooden hoops and disks with 10,000 hand-forged nails as teeth.
Controlling this gear mechanism are a pendulum clock and nine weights.

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Stopped in Harlingten for lunch

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A young family member was helping out.

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A strange looking table knife

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Mack has tried Belgium's Brugs Blond beer and Cherry beer.  Now, Holland's own Heineken beer.

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Our ASL interpreters -- Joy Carney (left) and Allisun Kale

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Driving on a long, man-made dike . . . fresh water on the right side at lower level
and salt water on the left side at high level (cannot be seen)

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Sheep on the top of dike

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