good morning! good morning from bruges! we are in belgium in what might bethe most charming town in europe - honestly. yeah. itâ€™s actually a unesco world heritage city. all of the medieval buildings hereare so well preserved. itâ€™s absolutely stunning walking aroundso we wanted to explore all of the history and culture and thatâ€™s what weâ€™re going to do today. we wanted to start at a stop that would give usa really good sense of the local history
and so our first stop is the folklore museum. so weâ€™re in the museum and the idea is thattheyâ€™ve set up different scenes throughout history from the nineteenth and twentieth centuryin bruges and the surrounding area. itâ€™s neat. i guess you just throw them on. whoa! thatâ€™s pretty good. oh! ah too low.
you drink a beer or two. oooh! well we both got a â€˜9â€™. hello buddy. [meow] oh yes. all right. bye mr. man. so weâ€™ve just left the museum.
itâ€™s very small. itâ€™s only four euro and itâ€™s pretty quick to walk around and i really liked seeing the old scenes from history. so that was a nice way to start the day. yeah, really good. plus the kitty was really cute. so weâ€™re going to keep this tour movinâ€™ along. we just walked into this square called the burg square and it was here that the first inhabitants in the citysettled around the second and third century.
and this building behind me is the town hall -the gothic town hall or stadhuis - and it was built in 1376 and for over 600 years the city of bruges was governedfrom this beautiful building. the history here is just on a completely other level. weâ€™re walking through this huge marketright now called the grote market and there are so many tourists here. and city tours and walking tours and all of the above. so this is definitely not a place to cometo avoid tourists, but theyâ€™re all here because this cityis insanely gorgeous.
like the tourists are herebecause thereâ€™s so much to see and everywhere you look looks like a postcard. the whole town, this historic centre,is just mind-blowing soâ€¦ this is what you want to see when you come to europe. yeah, exactly. this square right here. yep. right now. we are so happy to be here.
weâ€™ve made our way over to this churchcalled church of our lady and, among other things, itâ€™s most famous for its altar piecewhich is by michaelangelo. itâ€™s a marble sculpture of the madonna and child and he created it in italy around 1504and it made its way here to bruges. weâ€™ve just come out from the churchwhere we spent a bit of time and, wow, thereâ€™s a lot of history there. quite a lot to see but i thinkthe main draw for people to come is, of course, seeing michaelangeloâ€™s madonna and child. itâ€™s made of carrara marble.
itâ€™s set a little bit back in glass so you canâ€™t get right up close to it which is too bad but it is still beautiful from afar. we actually had to throwour prescription sunglasses on just so we could see. mustâ€™ve looked so weirdbut it did help me see it better so that worked. but the interesting thing about its history is that michaelangelo created itfor the cathedral in sienna in tuscany and then two brotherswho were merchants from bruges purchased it and they brought it backto this church of our lady.
and then itâ€™s actually been taken - looted -by foreign occupiers twice. first by french revolutionariesand then by nazi germans and itâ€™s been recovered twiceand returned to where it belongs here so that people can still see it in bruges. so itâ€™s travelled quite a bit butitâ€™s in its rightful home again. now weâ€™re heading across the streetto sint-janshospitaal which is - ooh nice dutch. iâ€™m trying. itâ€™s kind of like german.
itâ€™s called st. johnâ€™s hospitaland itâ€™s been a hospital since the 1100s. it was a hospital up until 1977. so itâ€™s now a museum andweâ€™re going to go check it out. so inside the hospital was mostly fifteenth century religious art but, to me, the most interesting artifactsthey had there were old ambulances. they had two examplesof sixteenth century ambulances which were basically boxes with handles and the sick or wounded personwould be placed inside the box however it worked - sitting, standing -and then carried through the streets.
not very comfortable when youâ€™ve broken your bones. â€¦to be shoved into that little box. i imagine it wasnâ€™t the smoothestof rides to the hospital. but i think youâ€™d just be glad to be getting help. but they really didnâ€™t have a lot of knowledge,obviously, back in the 1100s about how to care for wounded or sick people and so i guess a lot of the care that went on therewas more like devotional, spiritual care because it was sisters and brothers of the church who were the main caregivers therein addition to some surgeons.
so with a lot of the death that was happening there, there were a lot of prayers being said for people andâ€¦ and rites and that kind of thing. and there was this fantastic old painting that showedwhat it looked like as an operating hospital back in that time and under the arches there are bedsand there are nuns attending to the sick and just really interesting. thereâ€™s even an example of one of thoseambulances being used to carry somebody in. so i really enjoyed seeing that painting. it kind of brought the space to life.
so anyway that was interesting to see. itâ€™s kind of raining now but itâ€™s not too bad and weâ€™re going to go on to our next placeand weâ€™re hungry. so weâ€™ve arrived at the frietmuseum which i feel like any trip to brugeswouldnâ€™t be complete without. yeah, when i heard there was a fry museumi knew we had to come here and apparently you can eat fries here. so we might even do that firstbecause iâ€™m really hungry. weâ€™re starving.
but weâ€™re going to find outwhy theyâ€™re called â€˜french fries.â€™ i was starving when we got here and now walking around this fry museumi desperately need some fries. like right now. and i think the fry shop that weâ€™re going to isgoing to be really good considering itâ€™s a fry museum. it had better be anyway. â€˜cause now we know what makes a fry good. they sent these fries into space for two hours. and then they found themthirty kilometres from brussels.
i feel much better after eating. so much better and the rain has gone away. i know - so weâ€™re lucky. but you know when you reach that point youâ€™ve justbeen kind of walking around sightseeing all day and you just want to eat anything? anything? so when i heard they had burgersi was like, â€˜who cares?â€™ weâ€™re in. give me a burger with the fries.
so that was good. anyway the fry museum was interesting. it was very text heavy. there was a lot of plaques to read and it was very cramped at timesso it was a little bit difficult to read but i thought the most interesting partwas actually upstairs at the end where they had all of the various paraphernaliaof the fries and what, you know, the fry carts looked like in the 50s. replica fry house.
yeah, just all the fun little tchotchkesthat people make out of fries. and we got answers to two very important questions. one: where do fries come from? and they are belgian. they originated in a region of belgium where peopleused to eat little fish that they fished for in the river and they were really small little fishand they would fry them whole in oil and eat them crunchy. and in the winter in the 1750sthat river that they used to fish on froze and so they couldnâ€™t get the fish anymore.
and so they cut potatoesin the same size and shape as those little fish and fried them in oil and thatâ€™s how fries were born. and the second question that was burning was why people call them french fries or many people. especially in canada and the united stateswe call them french fries and itâ€™s been really hard this whole timeto try and not say french fries. â€˜cause i donâ€™t want to offend anybody. but apparently it started during the first world war when american soldiers met some belgian soldierswho offered them some fries or chips.
the belgian soldiers were speaking french becausethey were from the french-speaking part of belgium but the americans assumed that they werefrom france because they were speaking french. so the americans went home and told everyonethat they had eaten these fries that were french. french fries. thatâ€™s how it started. and apparently thereâ€™s no, like, historical proof of thisbut that is the kind of accepted story around here. and itâ€™s on a plaque at the fry museumso that is good enough for me. but that was fun and i feel likeif youâ€™re in belgium and you love eating fries it makes sense to go to the fry museum.
so that was time and money well spentas far as iâ€™m concerned. and i think now, because itâ€™s stopped raining,we should take advantage of the canal us behind and go for a river cruise becauseapparently there are over 80 bridges and itâ€™s called the â€˜venice of the northâ€™ - one of them - i can see it. and there are certain parts of the citythat you just cannot see except from the water. so we better go check that out. we gotta do it. back of the boat like the cool kids.
what a way to finish off our day here in bruges. that was a half hour boat ride all around the water. that was totally worthwhile because you really dosee things that you wouldnâ€™t see just from the sidewalk. so i feel like that was really worthwhile. and we had a really funny captain who spokesix languages and was funny in all of them. i canâ€™t even crack jokes in frenchso to do it in six languages, like, wow. yeah, that was worth the price of admission. and he was telling us all about the history of bruges: how it became rich, how it became poor,how it became rich again.
so hopefully you guys enjoyed walking around brugesseeing all the sights as much as we did. itâ€™s just absolutely gorgeous here. if you havenâ€™t already please subscribe to our channelfor lots more travel videos and weâ€™ll see you in our next one. bye!