Inside, reclining statues mark the tombs of the last local rulers of Bruges: Mary of Burgundy and her father, Charles the Bold. The view is worth the climb...and probably even the pricey admission. Then passionate chefs - creators of French fries and Europe's finest chocolate-give us a taste of their art. Our souvenir: A vivid appreciation of how ending hunger is possible - and how smart and modern development aid is the key. It's probably not as good as a Cuban cigar, but it's very good for chocolate. Belgium: Bruges and Brussels. [now combined into the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium]. We need a little Christmas! And today it's reemerging as a trade capital of Europe. Flemish artists like Pieter Bruegel the Elder were masters of everyday detail. Get inspired with Rick Steves’ recommended places to go and things to do, with tips, photos, videos, and travel information on Belgium. He ends in Assisi - the hometown of St. Francis - which retains its spiritual aura to this day. Everything here is lovingly made by hand. Visitors listen to a political science lesson while viewing the chambers where the members of the Euro-parliament sit. Some specials come with an extra dose of creativity. Back then, a canal came right to this main square. Though Brussels (like Belgium) is officially bilingual, most of the people here speak French first. Nuns served as nurses. Rick: So how is this made? Good morning ladies and gentlemen, and welcome in the brewery Straffe Hendrik. Pieter Bruegel the Elder's son, Pieter Brueghel the Younger, was a fine artist in his own right. Rick: These are forming a skin right now? Nearby, another woman brazenly strips off her socks to dangle her feet in water. Dropping in on some of the Continent's top parties, he discovers that each one is a celebration of traditional culture, and all of them are full of opportunities to sing and dance, feast on traditional food, and party with locals. At this lace museum and school, you can learn about traditional lacemaking and then see lace actually being made. Farmers in the countryside would ship their wool and flax into Bruges. 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. 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. Belgium is a land of contrasts. 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. Derrick returns home and kneels before Bruges' bishop to give him the vial of blood. In many ways, this was less a hospital than a hospice. This was the ultimate in church-going convenience — he could attend Mass and not even leave the house. "City Rising" illuminates the journey of California's neighborhoods advocating for responsible development. Clerk: Two times. Then, side-tripping deep into the vast and mysterious Dartmoor National Park, he hikes to forgotten stone circles and chase wild ponies. Then we head for the south coast of your travel dreams-the Algarve. He begins his travels in England, where the … Venturing beyond Europe, and with local experts as his guides, Rick uses Ethiopia as a classroom for understanding global hunger and extreme poverty - and how to beat it. Clerk: What, do you need more? Rick Steves Belgium: Bruges, Brussels, Antwerp & Ghent. Together, we witness the importance of water, education, empowering women, and nutrition during a child's first thousand days. Then he takes a side-trip to Sintra to explore the fanciful castles of Portuguese royalty and climbs hilltop ramparts with grand views. S3 Ep7 | 26m 3s Share this video: Share this video on Facebook The scenes and their old French captions subtly spin a story of youthful lustiness that upsets stereotypes about medieval piety. Almost lost between Germany and France in the middle of Europe, tiny Belgium is easy to overlook. Next door is the town hall. Derrick of Alsace helped conquer Muslim-held Jerusalem in the Second Crusade. Poland is ready to be rediscovered as the old "east" transforms itself into the new heart of Europe. And, in Belgium, fries are an art form, taken very seriously. And we see firsthand the impact of globalization and climate change. Of the town's 28 windmills, four survive today. Belgium is a land of contrasts. With Rick Steves, Andreas Clemens, Georg Reichlmayr, Holger Zimmer. The neighboring street, Rue des Bouchers, is Brussels' restaurant row. 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. Looking for outdoor options beyond your local park or playground? Is it just hedonism...or something more powerful? Rick Steves’ Europe is public television’s most-watched, longest-running travel series. Mary, slightly smaller than life-size, sits while young Jesus stands in front of her. Brussels is famous for good eating — serving many cuisines. In this program, we start in Bruges to check into a medieval hospital, savor the exquisite art of Memling, climb a bell tower to get up close and fortissimo at a carillon concert, and sample fresh frites and the world's tastiest chocolate. The Brueg(h)el room takes you back in time. 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. Huell heads to the Soap Kitchen in Pasadena to learn all about soap-making. Brussels got a late start. He tours ancient ruins, traces the vestiges of the Crusaders, samples rustic cuisine, savors classic Greek-island views, and compares beaches - from the ultimate party beach to idyllic quiet hideaways. Six hundred years ago, it was just a handy place to buy a waffle on the way to Bruges. It recalls how the sick were treated. And all along the way, Rick drives on the left and polishes his pub etiquette. 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. But in the 16th century, its harbor silted up, trade moved to the port of Antwerp, and the economy collapsed, ending Bruges' Golden Age. And a fun part of travel today is watching this story unfold. This series tells of a courtship and marriage in the early 1600s. 2004 | TV Parental Guideline Rating: TV-G | CC. Before posting, please read our Community Guidelines. Rick Steves breaks down the Venetian must-do's. It helped the down-and-out make the transition from this world to the next. The Belgian surrealist René Magritte used his training in advertising to push our buttons with a collage of bizarre images. The attached Museum of Modern Art [now the Fin-de-Siècle Museum at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts] gives an easy-to-enjoy ramble through the art of the 19th and 20th centuries, from Neoclassical to Surrealism and beyond. Grab a bench in the courtyard to enjoy one of the regular and free carillon concerts. Scene I, called Soup-eating Lady, shows a shepherd girl with a bowl of soup in her lap. Clerk: It's a layer of marzipan, flavored by a tobacco of Cuba. Rick Steves' Europe Travel Skills: Cruising. In this painting, The Struggle Between Carnival and Lent, we see a classic battle between feasting and fasting. You hear it? 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. Rick Steves TV Episodes. The French speaking half of the country — and English speakers — call it "Bruges." Written and hosted by best-selling guidebook author Rick Steves, each half-hour show takes viewers to Europe's most interesting places, from great cities to off-the-beaten-path discoveries. And he shows how a cruise ship can be an efficient way to link up great island stopovers. I'm Rick Steves. 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 The quintessence of charming England is the "West Country": quaint Cotswold villages with their fine churches, manor homes, and gastropubs; Wells, England's smallest cathedral town; and the New Age capital of Glastonbury, with its legends of the Holy Grail and King Arthur. 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