MOVED TO TEARS IN ANTWERP, BELGIUM (LONELY PLANET BEST IN TRAVEL 2018) | Eileen Aldis

MOVED TO TEARS IN ANTWERP, BELGIUM (LONELY PLANET BEST IN TRAVEL 2018) | Eileen Aldis


Hi guys! Hi guys! We’re in Antwerp. This is my first time ever being in Belgium. I’m so excited. And it’s my first time in Antwerp
but my second time in Belgium and it is so good to be back. And we’re excited to explore this new city
so we thought we would just look around today and take you guys with us. When we realized that the oldest house in all of Antwerp
was actually thirty metres around the corner from where we’re staying at our Airbnb
we knew this would be the perfect place to start. It has this historical marker and it says
it’s the oldest house in Antwerp circa 1480. The last example of medieval style of building. This house survived six wars
and five hundred years of urban planning Here live, happy and free,
Lieselot and Lore with their daddy. That’s so cute. And amazing. Six wars and five hundred years?! Wow. What you doing there? I’m in heaven looking at vintage clothes. I need a coat ‘cause it’s cold. This store’s great. I love it. We just dipped in quickly to a vintage store called
RIOT that looked neat because I need a winter coat. It’s colder than I thought it would be
so I almost found the perfect one but not quite. But it was neat because you can weigh all of the
clothes and that’s how you determine the price. You’re playing with your favourite new toy? Yeah. So sometimes there’s these plaques
that are written in Dutch and I can’t read what they say. So with the Google Translate app
I can actually go like this and it translates it live. It’s so crazy. Ahhh! Oh my god! Look at that. Wow. One of this city’s most famous attractions
is this guy right behind me named Brabo and Brabo is actually how Antwerp got its name. The legend here goes that there was once a
giant named Antigoon who lived near the Scheldt River, which is here in Antwerp,
and he always asked the passing boatmen for a toll and anyone who refused
he cut off their hand and threw it into the river. Until one day this young man
who became a hero, Brabo, killed the giant and cut off the giant’s own hand
and he threw it into the river. And that’s where the name Antwerp
or in Dutch it’s Antwerpen comes from the Dutch words hand werpen
which means hand throw. So that’s how Antwerp got its name. We just met the nicest group of people. This woman came up and asked Marc
to take a photo of their group and I saw that she was
holding this banner that said Mexico on it. AFS. And it’s this exchange program
between Belgium and Mexico and this whole group of people were from Mexico. And so we…we were like,
‘Oh my gosh, we’ve just been there. We loved it. We made videos there.’ And one of the men who was from Queretaro
he had done an exchange in Canada and I was like, oh, we’re practically neighbours. In Barrie, Ontario. In Barrie, Ontario So random. which is right near Toronto
so that was just the coolest coincidence. I love you’re just out in Belgium
where I’ve never been before and meet this huge group of people from Mexico. It’s amazing. So cool. We thought since we saw the oldest house in Antwerp that we should see the oldest building as well
and this castle is it. This is from the 1100s. This is called Het Steen
which just means the Stone Castle and apparently there’s been a settlement on this site since the ninth century made of earth and then they started
building this place between 1100 and 1200 and it was changed under Charles the Fifth
and it was actually a prison up until 1823 and then it became a museum until 2008 and today it’s a piece of history
that you can come and take a look at. The sign says this is the
‘oldest half hour glass in the world.’ I think you should flip it over. I think so too. I love that sound. It’s so small in here I can’t even sit down. Yeah. As long as you’re in the photo. We’re inside Het Steen – inside the castle –
and there’s this photo booth where for 2 euro you can have your photo taken. The thing you would
least expect to find in a medieval castle. A photo booth. So we’re going to do it and then you can
leave your photo and they’ll put it up on the wall with all the other photos. Let’s do it. Is that it? Is there three or four? I don’t know. So if any of you guys find yourselves at this castle please look for our photo on the wall
and send us a picture of it! That’d be so funny. So we just came out of the castle and
walked up this ramp to get a look at the Scheldt River and found this plaque that has
World War Two history about Antwerp on it. And it’s all about Canadian soldiers
and the impact that they had. And apparently on September 16, 1944 550 soldiers from the
2nd Canadian Infantry Division in Hamilton advanced into Antwerp to prevent the enemy
from destroying the port facilities. And Antwerp is the second busiest port
in all of Europe after Rotterdam. And for the next three weeks
they were supported by the Belgian resistance and they fought to secure
the harbour’s vital equipment. And it says accompanied by the resistance
the Canadians then began to advance to the Netherlands as part of the overall offensive
to free the approaches to Antwerp. And then on November 28, 1944 a Canadian supply ship
was the first vessel to steam up the river Scheldt, which is right here, into Antwerp Harbour
bringing essential materials that contributed significantly to the allied victory – Why can’t I read this without getting, like, emotional? It’s ridiculous. It’s emotional. I think it’s because I’ve never been to Antwerp before
or to the…to Belgium for that matter but to…to come across something
and know that our countries have this link – and this specific harbour – have this link years before I’ve ever been here just…I don’t know. There’s something sp…amazing about that. Anyway it says that the ship brought
essential materials that contributed to the allied victory and of the almost 13,000 allied casualties
6500 were Canadian. It’s so sad. I think it’s impossible to be here
without thinking about all of the history and I didn’t realize that Canadians
had such a significant impact on protecting the harbour here during
the second world war so I find that really moving. One of the things Antwerp is
best known for is diamonds and there’s a whole area of the city here
actually known as the Diamond Quarter. And up until about 2012 84% of all the world’s rough
diamonds passed through that district in Antwerp and it was the largest diamond district
in the entire world with a turnover of 54 billion dollars. And since 2012 a lot of the work here – the polishing
and the gem cutting that was done here historically – has been moved elsewhere where it’s lower wages. But there’s still over 16 billion dollars worth of polished diamonds
that pass through Antwerp every year. That’s a lot of bling. I’ve never had Belgian fries before so… No?? No, what should I try? A really, really, really, really top is here. The one on top with mayonnaise. With chips, stoofvlees and some mayonnaise. What are stoofvlees? It’s like a stew. A Flemish stew. The Flemish speciality. Oh. Yes. That sounds good. Stew with fries? Yes. Oh yes. My mind just exploded. And some mayonnaise and that’s
really, very, very traditional. So maybe we should get one of those
and another one. So the other one special. Frite special. It’s with frites, ketchup, mayonnaise, and onions. All on top of the fries. Ok, if we could have one of each that would be perfect. This is the typical one. The stoofvlees and some mayonnaise with fries. Stoofvlees. Ok and it’s like a meat stew? It’s like a meat stew, yeah. But this is a Flemish speciality that one. First bite. Oooh that is so good. The stew with the mayonnaise?! You’re not surprised are you? No, I’m not. That’s the way that we eat it. Have you ever had poutine? Have you heard of poutine in Canada? No. It’s this French… Poutine – that’s the Russian guy. No, no! I really didn’t know what to expect when
we decided to come to Antwerp and I love this city. I wish we were spending more time here. Me too. To be totally honest. The vibe here is so cool. Yeah, it’s a relaxed pace of life, everyone is friendly, beautiful architecture in this downtown area. I wish we were staying for longer
because there’s obviously a lot more to see and a lot more foods to be eaten, more importantly. Yeah, most important. So I think we’ll have to come back someday. I think so too. Yeah. Hopefully you guys enjoyed
getting to know Antwerp a little bit better as well. If you haven’t already then please subscribe
to our channel for more travel videos and we’ll see you in our next one. Bye!

100 Replies to “MOVED TO TEARS IN ANTWERP, BELGIUM (LONELY PLANET BEST IN TRAVEL 2018) | Eileen Aldis”

  1. Thank you for portraying my city so honestly … Also, you chose not the cheapest but a very good frituur (Frituur Nr1 is a very good but quite expensive frituur). Also, i never heard of poutine, had to look it up… We have our own version of poutine which is known across the dutch border too; namely 'een Kapsalon" (a hairdresser's) It's also with cheese (preferably young gouda cheese), a lot of vegetables in it and meat (shoarma or kebab) and has garlic sauce onto i most of the time (it's very very mjummy and you can't eat cheaper than that)

  2. You really did a good job capturing how nice my home town is! I hope you loved it and come back to explore it even more 🙂

  3. Maria! I would go to Frituur Nr One when I still lived in Antwerp before 1991 and she was already there! What a trooper she is, love her!

  4. i was born in antwerp, i still live relatively closeby. you need to try a bickycheeser burger and our version of mcdonalds : quick

  5. Its so nice that you’ve enjoyed Antwerp. I’m someone who lives in Brussels so I recommend you also go there or to Ghent ❤️

  6. I'm glad that you liked antwerp so much and stew with fries and mayonnaise greetings from antwerp tom

  7. Frieten met stoofvlees en mayonaise. Yes! So yummy huh? The other one was a friet speciale. Also great. thanx for visiting Belgium.

  8. Loved your videos of Belgium! I think you both did a great job on showing how beautiful the cities in Belgium are! If you ever come back to Belgium, sure visit Ghent! It is my hometown and looks a lot like Bruges but it is a lot less touristy and a lot more cosy with a lot af hip bars and restaurants. Also, if you're interested in WOI, you should visti 'Ieper'. Very interesting and you can even walk in the trenches which were used by the soldiers. In 'Breendonck' you'll learn more about WOII, where you can visit an old concentration camp.. It's very moving but definitely something you should visit.

  9. I loved watching your perspective of Antwerp – it's exactly as I would look at it through my own eyes if I was there. I'm your new fan.

  10. Hi, cool video. I'm from Antwerp 🙂 It's a common misconception that the name Antwerpen comes from the legend of Brabo. It actually comes from the Dutch word "aanwerpen" which means to dock (a boat). It is a cool story though 😉 btw, be careful when filming people in the street (in Belgium). We have very strict privacy laws so if you film someone in a public space you need their written permission to publish the footage on the internet.

  11. ahh damn it's a shame you guys didn't go thru the butcher's neighboorhood. It's a joy if you enjoy old buildings

  12. So weird cause it's all so nearby our place 😂 hope you had a good time! We live 1min from the Brabo statue 🤗 oh also, you chose the perfect place for fries! That Frituur is known for being open so late, you can even go there in the morning, after going out 😂👏🏻

  13. You should tottaly visit the red star line museum if you ever give Antwerp another visit. Also, a little fact about our fries, we deepfry them twice giving them extra crisp and flavour.

  14. it is lovely to see you come visit a city i see daily. and let me expericience all of it again true fresh eyes.

  15. You're NOT in Belgium, you're in Vlaanderen. Belgium is DEAD. Killed by the nationalism and separatism.

  16. LOL you guys caught the footage of one of our teachers at the Myrddin Emrys College at 3:41
    www.meclarp.com

  17. If you had never attacked, invaded Belgium, Germany, Europe for your J$w overlords no lives would have been lost. Each "allied" soldier that died died fighting for the vermin that rules, exploits and oppresses us to this day. You died fighting for your worst enemies killing your real greatest allies. THAT is heartbreaking. We don't need your clownery and horseshit bloviating. Each of the 60 million Europeans that died in a war that was caused by J$w supremacism and their power games in Europe forcing a war of liberation is a tragedy. But fighting and dying for the wrong side ultimately is worse. The war efforts of the British, Canadian were in no more self-interest than those of Indians or Morroccans rule. Fact is the world's largest ever empirial power, the British empire and it's wealthy J$w criminal rulers won that war. Supporting the likes of the red terror they too are responsible for. And we live under their colonial rule to this day because of it when we had the chance of freedom and soveignty, prosperity and liberty for the peoples of Europe and the rest of the world through the strength of (ethnic) nationalism and separatism. Instead they openly push for the genocide, mongrelisation, replacement of the peoples of Europe as our unity and pride is considered a threat to this colonial rule. We are divided and ruled. And through crony capitalism and the deconstruction, complete erosion of our sovereignty through lobby controlled constructions like the EU we are enslaved and subjugated indefinitely until we fight back and reclaim our rights and homelands. This is the reality of European history. If your idea is to come to Antwerp for crocodile tears and insulting demagoguery it's best to hike back to the land of poutine and bask in your great isolation. You insult the legacy of each of those used Canadian soldiers with your ignorance and perpetuation of (if not) the greatest lie in history.

  18. Im from antwerp and I walk there every day! It is so cool to see the city you live in on youtube.. You even said things I didn't even know about Antwerp.. There are many stories about brabo and the 'hand throwen' but the one in the vid was the wrong one. How did you come on the idea to visit antwerp?

  19. Me and my boyfriend are born & raised in Antwerp and now live together and study there. We are planning to move to Canada some day because it feels like a second home somehow, that's why I cried with you at 6:35 🙂 also, the wall at 7:40 has a poem about cancer on it, and is a pokestop on PokémonGo called 'the cancer wall' fun fact to tell people

    another fun fact: My dad's a beer brewer (definitely check those out next time!!!!) and my uncle's a diamond artist (he has about 12 patented designs) :)))

  20. You guys should visit Mechelen if you ever visit our country again! it has an insane rich history surrounding the black plague, Emperor Charles the fifth of Spain (Charles Quint), A brewery of one of the Best beers in the world called "gouden carolus" which is also the favourite beers of Daniël Radcliffe and if i remember correctly they found evidence of settlements tracing back to the roman era, Which is also a cool history fact is that Gaius Julius Ceasar himself conquered Belgium whereafter he said "Horum omnium fortissimi sunt Belgae." which means "Of all these Gauls, the Belgians are the bravest/strongest." because he suffered great defeats caused by the Belgae where the present day name of Belgium comes from!

  21. Thank you so much for this really amazing video! I live in Antwerp and I feel like it's such an under appreciated city! And even I discover new things about and places in Antwerp even though I've lived here for 16 years already, really love this city and we love having everyone from abroad just so we can share everything this city has got to offer!

  22. Next to the city hall there is also a statue to be seen.
    It is called "De Buildrager" by artist Meunier. It represents the image of an Antwerp docker and was given as a means of thanks for the hard, dangerous and difficult work by the alied forces after WWII because the dockers loaded and unloaded ships from the alied forces.

  23. Antwerp is fucking beautiful 😀 I don't live in the city but I go there often. It's too bad my friends aren't into architecture

  24. Crazy to see your faces when you eat Stoofvlees, so happy you enjoyed a traditional meal from Belgium! loved seeing you enjoy the city. i've been living in Antwerp for 3 years now… your video made me realise why i love it here so much!

  25. Really loved to see tourists enjoy the city I live in xD so much entertainment and a feeling of proudness for my hometown right now =3 enjoy your channel as well, so keep up the good work! =3

  26. If you ever get back to Belgium, try visiting Mechelen, should only take a day cause it's not that big but it has a lot of history as it used to be the catholic capitol of medival europe. I visited Antwerp on numerous occasions and I have to admit that even some things we're new to me. Except for the fries with stoofvlees, we like get that spoonfed as soon as we teeth. :p

  27. Your reaction is so raw and powerful. Thank you for sharing that moment with us. I also love Belgium Fries! What a great video.

  28. next time you visit antwerp keep me posted i'll take you to the real side of town … and then you can go sailing with us in zeeland the netherlands !

  29. the way you guys enjoy Antwerp, talk about it so nice, makes me happy . you are such a nice couple, I hope you will be alays happy in your lives, Eileen and Marc. Bless you !

  30. a little hint: if you're going to a frituur (fries shop) i suggest you try some of the meats you can see in the counter on 8:57 . These are all different kinds of meats which are really tasty. Every video i see of tourists eating in a frituur, they never try te meats.

  31. The lady at Frituur Nº1 I remember from 1990 – 1993 when I was a younger man living just a short walk from the Grote Markt. We'd go out to the bars and cafes and drink copious amounts of De Koninck beer then at 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning go over to get some frites met mayonaise. It was a smaller place then, a walk up window (the original is to the right of the corner store) … they were always packed …. you walked up to the window placed your order and got it back the same way. Ate "on the street". She was feisty. Quick witted. Didn't put up with any shenanigans! I loved seeing her there and getting crap back from her! Loved her! Glad to see she is going strong!

  32. charming vid! we are planning our 3rd trip to this area and hope to visit several cities between Amsterdam and Brussels. great to see some fellow Canadians sharing their European travels. greetings from Niagara Falls!

  33. Wow. 500 Canadians during WW II helped protect Antwerp? Wow. How many Americans and English protected and died in Belgium?

  34. Wow that was well edited and composed video. I have been in Belgium and ate the fries lol. I'm actually a traveling rapper that shot a 1-minute music video in Antwerp. I'd appreciate if you took a moment to check it out if you'd like. 🙂

  35. Yes, we are grateful to the soldiers of Canada how helped us regain our freedom in World War II. We'll never forget it, nor forget the brave soldiers who gave their lives while freeing and saving ours. We, here in Bruges, are proud to have a bridge, called "De Canadabrug" (The Canadabridge). This bridge was given the name in 1948 to honor the Canadian troops crossing this bridge in to Bruges. It is now closed and being rebuild.

  36. Nice to see your video! I am living in the beautiful Belgian town of Brugge. I have been to Antwerp city more than few times! Beautiful place to be in. Yes, they do always mention Canadian soldiers..and their contribution during the Wolrd war. There is even a small Canada Square not far away from my place, with lots of flowering plants and well maintained.

  37. Your title of "moved to tears" became "bevestigd tot tieners" in dutch, translated it means "confirmed too teenagers".

    Nice translating youtube.

  38. For me, Antwerp feels like a cosy and social place. People are very nice and the food is devine. The city is very down to earth and breath taking at the same time. It feels like a warm hug when visiting 😍

  39. If this made you emotional then a visit to Ypres and the surrounding area will blow your mind. Canadian soldiers fought and died in their thousands in the trenches around the city during the Great War 1914/1918.. Theres a huge memorial to the Canadian forces at St Julien. In 1917 the village of Passendaele was captured by the Canadians after 5 months of fighting in a Hell of mud, death and misery. Canadians are very well thought of in this region of Flanders.

  40. Next time you visit Belgium you might wanna check out the city of Ghent. I would say it's a combination of Bruges and Antwerp (medieval city, but very vibrant). Next time I'm in north-america, I promiss to check out them Canadian Rockies 😀

  41. Since the commemoration of the canadians was a bit of an emotion to you, here the G maps coordinates of the 2 bronze buffalo's at the canadian bridge in Brugge in commemoration of the liberation of the town by the anglo canadians: @51.2124956,3.2069691,21z?hl=en

  42. First time I have watched some of your videos and now I'm subscribed and already liked this video because of you way to talk about Mexicans and Mexico.
    I'm Spanish but raised as Mexican and sincerely i love when non-mexicans talk about my country in such a respectful and cute way!
    I have seen a lot of people around the world talking sh*t and putting down Mexico, so Thank you for loving Mexico 💜

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