Video: Watch Belgium: Bruges and Brussels, an episode of the Rick Steves' Europe TV show. Originally the Chapel of Saint Basil, this church is famous for its relic of the blood of Christ, which, according to tradition, was brought to Bruges in 1150 after the Second Crusade. So, in Belgium, we have 120 types of beer, and that's because we like using all different types of natural ingredients. kvpt 18.3 CREATE 01/13 02:00: Belgium is a land of contrasts. Then passionate chefs - creators of French fries and Europe's finest chocolate-give us a taste of their art. 4.0 out of 5 stars 40. The Old Masters Museum — featuring Flemish and Belgian art of the 14th–18th centuries — is packed with a dazzling collection of masterpieces by Van der Weyden, Bruegel, Bosch, and Rubens. In the adjoining room, old paintings and maps show how little the city has changed over the centuries. The Ancient Art Museum [now the Old Masters Museum at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts], featuring Flemish and Belgian art from the 14th to the 18th centuries, is packed with a dazzling collection of masterpieces by Van der Weyden, Bruegel, Bosch, and Rubens. Whether it’s established attractions or inaugural events that might become future Halloween standbys, here are five great ways to scare up some extra spooks this October. Matt has mixed feelings about his new relationship with April, and Hugh and Ken are abducted by a desperate local in need of medical help. Naples is Italy in the extreme. We check into a medieval hospital, savor the exquisite art of Memling, and climb a bell tower to get up close and fortissimo at a carillon concert. Everyday people share self-shot stories about their jobs and careers as they navigate the changes they're experiencing and the goals they're working toward. Is it just hedonism...or something more powerful? Try a small mix-and-match box to sample a few out-of-this-world flavors, and come back for more of your favorites. American travel authority Rick Steves guides viewers through his favorite European cities. Hans Memling's St. John Altarpiece was designed to comfort patients in the hospital. Several gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, zoo officials announced today. In his Census at Bethlehem, Brueghel gives us a bird's-eye view of a snow-covered village near Brussels. From the powerhouse headquarters of the European Union and Europe's grandest square in big-city Brussels, we go quaint with delicate lace and back lane bike rides in small- town Bruges. The square's historic highlight is the Basilica of the Holy Blood. He learns how to get the most out of a cruise, and exercises his independence to make smart use of limited time on shore by planning well, avoiding lines, and eating quick-but-local meals on the go. Farmers in the countryside would ship their wool and flax into Bruges. A tumultuous 20th century left Berlin filled with powerful sights - from evocative memorials, to surviving bits of its communist and fascist days, to its glass-domed Reichstag. Though Brussels (like Belgium) is officially bilingual, most of the people here speak French first. Rick: I hear it, yes. For travelers it's a breeze — everything's close together, well-organized, there's almost no language barrier, and the people — they're wonderful. In the fabled city of Alexandria, we venture through a market wonderland, smoke a shisha, and stroll a Mediterranean promenade. While many are applauding social media companies' banning of President Trump from their platforms, author Chris Hedges warns they could backfire. From its towering castle and playful fountains to its Nazi Documentation Center and maze of underground bomb shelters, Nurnberg is a fascinating study in contrasts. Back then, the city's canals provided merchants smooth transportation. With Rick Steves, Andreas Clemens, Georg Reichlmayr, Holger Zimmer. It's full of life — kids throw snowballs and sled across the ice, and men lug bushels across a frozen lake while a crowd gathers at the inn for the census. In the Italian countryside, Rick connects with rustic, traditional culture: enjoying an agriturismo (farmhouse inn), seeing how prosciutto and pecorino cheese are made, and hiking down into deep and ancient wine cellars. Huell gets the quintessential urban experience when he visits a magical garden in Griffith Park and then lunches at a newly opened cafe amongst the lush green trees. From the powerhouse headquarters of the European Union and Europe's grandest square in big-city Brussels, we go quaint with delicate lace and back lane bike rides in small-town Bruges. And when it comes to variety, Belgium is number one. In the St. John Altarpiece, Hans Memling shows us the full range of his palette, from medieval grace to Renaissance realism to avant-garde surrealism…all in a luxurious setting somewhere between Bruges and heaven. Finally, they explore Maramures, where everyday life still feels like an open-air folk museum. Share your comments on Rick Steves’ Europe TV shows with other travelers and with Rick! Visitors listen to a political science lesson while viewing the chambers where the members of the Euro-parliament sit. You hear it? The happy gang at this working family brewery [De Halve Maan] gives entertaining and informative tours. Belgium is a land of contrasts. 4.9 out of 5 stars 76. At Blenheim Palace - Winston Churchill's birthplace - Rick connects with English aristocracy. This Halloween Season, Is Big Tech Too Powerful? We need a little Christmas! Belgium: Bruges and Brussels. [now combined into the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium]. by Rick Steves and Gene Openshaw | May 30, 2017. They are talking. Some 500 years ago, the nave of this former church was lined with the sick and dying. Our finale: Ramesses II's magnificent temple at Abu Simbel. "Tending Nature" shines a light on the environmental knowledge of indigenous peoples across California by exploring how the state's Native peoples have actively shaped and tended the land for millennia. The town slumbered for generations. “Power and Health” examines the underlying sociological and economic forces that determine our health and how those forces are shaped by power. Season 11 of Rick Steves' Europe debuts this October and features eight all-new episodes. 99 to buy episode. The third and final season of “Tending Nature” emphasizes a reciprocal relationship between human and land, acknowledging Indigenous presence, and respecting natural resources. My favorite way to explore Bruges is on two wheels. This series tells of a courtship and marriage in the early 1600s. To make bobbin lace, which originated here in Bruges, women juggle different strands tied to bobbins, "weaving" a design with the many threads. The painting at the altar tells how the Holy Blood actually got here. 2004 | TV Parental Guideline Rating: TV-G | CC. Don't miss out on KCET.org's events, stories, breaking news, shows, and new recipes. From the powerhouse headquarters of the European Union and Europe's grandest square in big-city Brussels, we go quaint with delicate lace and back lane bike rides in small-town Bruges. Religious art reminded those suffering that Christ could feel their pain, having lived it himself. Of the town's 28 windmills, four survive today. From the powerhouse headquarters of the European Union and Europe's grandest square in big-city Brussels, to quaint back lane bike rides in small-town Bruges. Want to venture outside the City of Lights for a day? Rubens' huge canvases graced palaces and churches far and wide. Before posting, please read our Community Guidelines. A fortified moat circles the city. And he enjoys an intimate taste of contemporary culture: the yellow brick road of Sofia; the gregarious craftspeople of the medieval capital, Veliko Tarnovo; and the thriving pedestrian zones of cosmopolitan Plovdiv. Today hundreds of parliament members representing an entire continent are hard at work shaping Europe's future. 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Rick Steves' European Travel Tips & Tricks 1 Episode (2018) Rick Steves Special: The Story of Fascism in Europe 1 Episode (2018) Rick Steves Special 5 Episodes (2012-2017) Then he hikes the trails that top the towering chalk cliffs of the South Downs, wander into the beachy resort of Brighton (England's Coney Island), and push on to Portsmouth, whose naval heritage has left it with the best collection of historic sailing ships anywhere. The kitchen — busy whipping up 80 varieties — is on display in the back. It recalls how the sick were treated. Grab a bench in the courtyard to enjoy one of the regular and free carillon concerts. It's exciting just to be here — a fly on the wall of a place that aspires to chart the future of Europe "with respect for all political thinking...consolidating democracy in the spirit of peace and solidarity.". Today this uniquely well-preserved Gothic city prospers because of tourism. In the demonstration room upstairs, observe as ladies toss bobbins madly while their eyes go bad. Inside the basilica, the stark decor reeks of the medieval piety that drove those crusading European Christians on their holy war against the Muslims. When Europeans have a gripe, this is where they demonstrate. Working up an appetite, you'll be tempted by the smell of French fries. In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season. This delicate Madonna and Child is said to have been the only Michelangelo statue to leave Italy in his lifetime. Their expressions are mirror images of each other — serene but a bit melancholy, with downcast eyes, as though pondering what lies ahead for the young child. Get swept away by the city built on water. The lower chapel is dark and solid — a fine example of Romanesque style. The gleaming gold knights and ladies on the church's facade remind us that this church was built by a Crusader in the 12th century to house the drops of Christ's blood, which he brought back from Jerusalem. Sicily serves up a full-bodied and tasty travel experience. Almost lost between Germany and France in the middle of Europe, tiny Belgium is easy to overlook. What more do you want? Bruges seems to have a chocolate shop on every corner — and some are more adventurous than others. Commerce and the arts flourished. Until next time…keep on travelin'. In this painting, The Struggle Between Carnival and Lent, we see a classic battle between feasting and fasting. Learn more about the factors that led to the introduction and eventual passage of Proposition 187: radical demographic change, economic recession, civil unrest, natural disaster and a re-election campaign of a vulnerable Republican governor. Huell visits the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to explore its famous animal dioramas. Poland is ready to be rediscovered as the old "east" transforms itself into the new heart of Europe. Brussels is famous for good eating — serving many cuisines. It’s just a little different this year. The far southwest of England is a world unto itself, with a persistent Cornish culture. Travel with Rick on this video guide to Belgium and find out what to do on your next trip. Then we kick back on a riverboat cruise, enjoying iconic views of palm trees, minarets, and rustic villages. Today, they look down over the square, tall, in stone, and with richly ornamented gables. Employed by and often portraying Belgium's wealthy; they captured their world in astonishing detail. Memling was the master of "Flemish Primitives." Rick: Mmm… The Dumons don't provide English labels because they believe it's best to describe their chocolates in person — and they do it with an evangelical fervor. In times of crisis and challenge, we ask ourselves: What is the true value of travel? And he celebrates a traditional family Christmas, browsing the holiday market in Nurnberg and sledding down alpine slopes by torchlight in Switzerland. Bruges. 4.0 out of 5 stars 18. Clerk: It's a layer of marzipan, flavored by a tobacco of Cuba. He explores a world of flowers springing from towering hedges, a tin-mining heritage going back to biblical times, salty pirates' towns and fishing villages, and the Land's End of England. We explore the Land's End of Europe-windy and historic Cape Sagres before savoring pristine beaches and arm-wrestling octopi in the sleepy fishing village of Salema. OK you guys are having fun, you guys are having fun…. Posted by Stephan van der Meer The ins and outs and pros and cons of cruising, including making smart use of limited time on shore and the congestion and commercialism that comes with mass tourism. The merchant who lived here had it all. This brewery started in 1856, but we know that there was a brewery here on this premises, next to the canal, in 1564. Low temperature, resting, cooling, high temperature. Rick Steves grew up in Edmonds, Washington and studied at the University of Washington where he received degrees in Business Administration and European History. Rick: Can I try one? With heavy columns and round arches, the style is pure Romanesque. If you're not up to sampling all 120 local types, go right for the hometown favorite: Straffe Hendrik — literally "strong Henry." Rather than dieing in the streets, they died here, with dignity. A bigger, glitzier Dumon branch is at Simon Stevinplein 11. In honor of Black History Month, KCET and PBS SoCal will showcase a curated lineup of enlightening programs to bolster awareness and understanding of racial history in America. PBS SoCal and KCET are collaborating with KPCC and LAist to bring you a daily reporter roundup discussing the latest regional news about COVID-19. Located in the former hospital wards and church of St. John's Hospital (Sint Janshospitaal), the Memling Museum offers a glimpse into medieval medicine, displaying surgical instruments, documents, and visual aids as you work your way to the museum's climax: several much-loved paintings by the greatest of the Flemish Primitives, Hans Memling. Clerk: About 60 different kinds, we have. Check PBS Video. Rick also visits Nurnberg, a capital for both the First Reich (the Holy Roman Empire) and the Third. With Rick Steves. Salty sailors' quarters and wistful Fado singers mix with ornate architecture to recall the glory days when Vasco da Gama and Magellan made Portugal a world power. The parliament's sprawling complex of modern glass buildings is a babel of black-suited politicians speaking 24 different Euro-languages. With the entire Continent as his playground, fun is his mission. Here are a few programs and articles we recommend to help center your Thanksgiving celebration on honoring and amplifying Native stories, seeking truth about our history, and acknowledging Indigenous presence and wisdom. Here’s where to find five of L.A.’s most scenic bridge crossings — and why they’re fascinating destinations in their own right. Where else can you bike along a canal, savor heavenly chocolate, and see a Michelangelo, all within earshot of a bell tower with a hyperactive carillon? Traditionally, visiting VIPs bring the Mannekin Pis a costume. Many tourists consider the local waffles a cultural highlight worth traveling for. What are they saying? The Chocolate Line — famous for its many "gastronomique" varieties — proudly shows off its kitchen. Unlike knitting, lace-making requires total concentration, as you follow intricate patterns. Well, I can have a good answer to that one for you. We check into a medieval hospital, savor the exquisite art of Memling, and climb a bell tower to get up close and fortissimo at a carillon concert. Tue, 1/12 at 5:00 pm on Austin PBS Create. Nuns served as nurses. Experiencing the best of Portugal, we start in Lisbon, a ramshackle mix of glorious old and fun-loving new. Rick: These are forming a skin right now? Terms of Service | Privacy, Bruges, Belgium: The Art of Flemish Fries, Bruges, Belgium: Church of Our Lady and Memling Museum, Bruges, Belgium: Drinking Beer Belgian Style, Bruges, Belgium: History and Sweet Surprises, Brussels, Belgium: Europe's Political Nerve Center. Rick: Who made the first fry? The flirtatious shepherd lad cuts a slice of bread (that's foreplay in medieval symbolism) and — according to the text — saucily asks if he can "dip into the goodies in her lap." The Brueg(h)el room takes you back in time. He walks us through a map he created of Sen. Harry Reid's major environmental campaigns. Belgium is one of Europe's great secrets. As a matter of pride, Brussels businessmen rebuilt their offices better than ever — all within about seven years. And, in Belgium, fries are an art form, taken very seriously. Is that legal for Americans? For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, In many ways, this was less a hospital than a hospice. The website of the Belgium Embassy in the US: https://unitedstates.diplomatie.belgium.be/en There is a Coronavirus link in the Quick Links menu. The bride smiles, but she's closely escorted by two men, while the scared groom gulps nervously. Rick: Cuban tobacco leaves? Rick: 60! It helped the down-and-out make the transition from this world to the next. Looking for outdoor options beyond your local park or playground? Rick starts in Jerusalem, alive with religious tradition and passion. You see, these fries are swimming like fishes in the fat. Care was more for the soul than the body. Rick uses Ethiopia as a classroom for understanding global hunger and extreme poverty S11 Ep1107 | 25m 33s Share this video: Share this video on Facebook Share this video on Twitter Today, rather than the sick and dying, the wards now house a handful of exquisite paintings by Hans Memling. Elie Mystal, justice correspondent for The Nation, says Garland is an “underwhelming” pick, given his judicial record. Thanks for joining us. From there, Rick visits the great historic sights of Martin Luther and the Reformation (Erfurt, Wittenberg, and Wartburg Castle) before finishing in the capital of Franconia: wine-loving Wurzburg. When there're so many types to try, and an inviting tasting room with friendly people, it's time to drink beer like a Belgian. He paints real objects with a camera-eye clarity, but jumbles them together in new and provocative ways. This was the ultimate in church-going convenience — he could attend Mass and not even leave the house. Rick eats lots of cod, enjoys pastries hot out of the oven, strolls the city's back lanes and its reinvigorated waterfront, marvels at an exquisite church built with spice taxes, and listens to some soulful fado music. Up in heaven, in a rainbow bubble, God opens the seals of a book, unleashing awful events: fires, plagues, and wars that stretch as far as the eye can see. In other words, it's been a trading center for a long time. Nearby, a visit to Auschwitz teaches us a timeless, soul-searching lesson. The Wedding Parade shows where all this wantonness leads: marriage. Rather than fingers, the carillon player uses his fists and feet. Rick Steves' Europe | All the best travel tips, travel inspiration, and European tour info from the team at Rick Steves' Europe. In this special, he not only samples delicious meals, but also learns the important history about Basque food and tamales. After exploring Bruges, we'll ride the train to the capital: Brussels. Clerk: Use the top of the fingers, because it's hot, yes. With affordable flights from the US, minimal culture shock, almost no language barrier, and a well-organized tourist trade, Belgium is a good place to start a European trip. Belgians are Europe's beer connoisseurs, and this handy tour is a great way to pay your respects. Tour Guide: For the English tour, please, for the English tour. Huell heads to the Soap Kitchen in Pasadena to learn all about soap-making. Rick: Cuban tobacco? For the next 200 years, lace was the rage. In this episode, test cook Becky Hays makes Julia the perfect Roasted Whole Side of Salmon. Joe Biden has formally nominated Merrick Garland for attorney general. Starring: Rick Steves … Clerk: What, do you need more? Then, we head for Brussels, home of Europe's most magnificent medieval square, and capital of the European Union. But in the 16th century, its harbor silted up, trade moved to the port of Antwerp, and the economy collapsed, ending Bruges' Golden Age. Pieter Bruegel the Elder's son, Pieter Brueghel the Younger, was a fine artist in his own right. The fancy smaller buildings giving the square its unique character are former guildhalls with ornate gabled roofs crowned by statues. Switzerland's mountains and culture; scenic train rides; exploring glaciers; making cheese the old fashioned way. Even those that sound gross can be surprisingly good (be adventurous). A third, less-interesting branch is farther south, at Walstraat 6. And we see firsthand the impact of globalization and climate change. Then, in the 20th century, tourists discovered the charms of Bruges. Most of this bell tower has presided over the Markt since 1300, serenading passersby with cheery carillon music. Skyscraper-studded Frankfurt - with so much commerce it's nicknamed "Bankfurt" - has a delightful-to-explore old center. Great navigators are remembered. Overlooking the square, the tavern and the church compete as a refuge for mortal souls. wpsu WPSU Create 01/12 18:00: Belgium is a land of contrasts. This time we've got buckets of mussels, the best fries in Europe — with mayonnaise, monk-made beer, crunchy waffles, and dreamy chocolate… Yep, we must be in Belgium! …by spinning dying and weave it, weaving it in…into…you know, uh, finished textiles. Enjoy the window display, refreshed monthly. The heartland of England has sights that put the "Great" in Britain - its venerable universities, its royal heritage, and reminders of its industrial might. Exploring the Nile Valley from north to south, we see the highlights of Egypt. “Southland Sessions” connects you to SoCal’s resilient arts scene one session at a time. Before loading it onto outgoing boats, industrious locals would maximize their profit by dying, spinning, and weaving it into finished textiles. So if you drink Belgian beer you might recognize sour cherries — Kriek, as we say — raspberries, chamomile flowers, licorice, ginger, juniper berries, honey, seaweed — as long as it's natural, it's OK. We really have a beer culture. Rick Steves Belgium: Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent. Haul out the holly and fill up the stockings. However you choose to pronounce it, it comes from the Viking word for "wharf." Avoid crowds by visiting at 11:00. Brussels' Town Hall dominates the square. Learn more about the aftermath of Prop 187’s passage: the legal battle that ensued and the change in the electorate in the years after. By 1830 it was the capital of an exuberant and newly independent country — Belgium — booming with the Industrial Age. The brewery makes the only beers brewed in Bruges: Brugse Zot ("Fool from Bruges") and Straffe Hendrik. Even with its crowds, it's the kind of city where you don't mind being a tourist. 4.6 out of 5 stars 108. Like pilgrims, he explores its stony center before trekking to its awe-inspiring basilica, built on the tomb of the beloved saint. We're starting in "Brugge," as the Flemish people who live in this part of Belgium call their town. Next door is the town hall. Belgium is right up there with Germany, England, and the Czech Republic as one of the world's great beer countries. Rick: So how is this made? Taste one, please. Even with low expectations, this bronze statue is smaller than you'd think. Rick and his team tour Romania's vibrant capital, Bucharest, with its "Little Paris of the East" architecture and lingering reminders of a brutal communist dictator. 500 years ago a trade boom left it with dazzling art and architecture. 4.6 out of 5 stars 108. The city specializes in seafood. Track Rick Steves' Europe season 10 episodes. "City Rising" illuminates the journey of California's neighborhoods advocating for responsible development. (30 minutes) Can't find the episode you're looking for? Mary, slightly smaller than life-size, sits while young Jesus stands in front of her. The neighboring street, Rue des Bouchers, is Brussels' restaurant row. Here are some of the best drive-thru holiday experiences in Southern California. Today's daunting challenge: to respect these differences while building a democratic, prosperous, and peaceful Europe. You'll be tempted by chocolate-filled display windows all over town. Clerk: Belgium. Music plays, the table;s set and the meat's on the BBQ, as the bride and groom enter…reluctantly. Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Belgium. Watch Travels in Europe with Rick Steves - Season 2, Episode 7 - Belgium and Luxembourg: Brugge in Belgium is fast becoming a tourist mecca while retaining its old charm. 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