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The cute little train station at Franeker

At Schiphol the skies had cleared, and it was a lovely warm sunny morning. After the usual unproductive tussle at the train station between the ticket machines and my Maestro debit card (one day I must really get to the bottom of this), which resulted in my having to buy a train ticket from a real person (and pay extra for the privilege), I had a pleasant and relaxing journey up to Leeuwarden, where I arrived shortly before noon. I dumped my bag at the Eden Oranje Hotel where, rather against expectations, my room was already made up and ready for occupation. Guessing that no-one else had yet arrived, I determined to take a short train journey to Franeker, to visit the planetarium there.

Pretty thatch - turn left for the canal, bridge and planetarium
This was on  my "must see" list when I visited Leeuwarden last year, but I didn't have the time, so today seemed like a golden opportunity.

The Royal Eise Eisinga Planetarium at Franeker is the world's oldest working planetarium: it was constructed by Eise Eisinger, a self-taught woolcomber, in his house between 1774 and 1781. I will give more details in a separate review; suffice it to say here that it is quite fascinating, and well worth a visit by anyone in the area. Franeker itself is a pretty canalside town, and I enjoyed a very pleasant, if rather warm, couple of hours wandering around window-shopping and admiring the neat houses and cottages, most of which are of some antiquity. There is a cafe situated next to the planetarium, where I was able to sit outside and linger over apple pie and cream whilst watching wedding celebrations at the town-hall opposite, which half the town seemed to have turned out to witness. All in all, a very rewarding afternoon.

londonstudent says:
Somehow I don't think my bankcard qualifies as normal, although it's perfectly normal here! Also, I've been told that the machines at Schiphol are more accomodating than at any other train station, but somehow it doesn't seem to make any difference! Holland just doesn't like my bankcard :(
Posted on: Aug 18, 2009
dolfijn says:
Nice blog! the machine in the trainstation except only the normal bankcards (redrawl cards) with meastro logo.
Posted on: Aug 18, 2009
londonstudent says:
Hey, you were quick off the mark - I was still uploading photos! It's well worth a visit :)
Posted on: Aug 18, 2009
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