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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 women and tour but my second time in Belgium 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 up we realized that the oldest house in all of Antwerp was actually 30 metres around the corner from where we're staying and our interviewed fee we knew this would be the perfect place to start it has this historical marker and it says the oldest house in Antwerp circa 1480 the last example of medieval style of building this house survived six wars and 500 years of urban planning here lived happy and free leaves a lot and Laura with their daddy it's so cute and amazing six floors and five hundred years in there this starts great we just distant quickly to a vintage store called riot that looked me because I need a winter comfort it's colder than I thought it would be so I almost found the perfect one but not quite but with meat because you can weigh all of the clothes and that's how you determine it spring you playing with your favorite new toy yeah so sometimes there's these plaques that are written in Dutch so if the Google Translate app I can actually go like this and it translates as live Wow one of the city's most famous affections is this guy right behind meet named Bravo and Bravo is actually how an trove got its name the legend here goes that there was once a giant in an – goon who lived near the Scheldt River which is here in Antwerp and he always asked the passing boatman for a toll and anyone who refused who cut off their hand and threw it into the river until one day this young man who became a hero Bravo killed the Giant and cut off the giant's own hand and he threw it into the river and that's where the name antapuram judge it's aunt falcon comes from the Dutch words hand bath which means hand throw so that's how Antwerp got his name we just met the nicest group of people this woman came up and asked mark to take a photo of their group and I saw that she was holding this banner that said Mexico and AFS and it's this exchange program between Belgium and Mexico and this whole group of people were from Mexico and so we were like oh my gosh we just been there we'd loved a we made videos there and one of the men who is from cadet said oh he has done an exchange in Canada I was like oh we're practically neighbors and Barrie Ontario right near Toronto so that was just the coolest Quinton I love you just out in Belgium where I've never been before and meet this huge group of people from Mexico amazing locals we thought since we saw the oldest house and 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 v 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 sigh necessity the oldest half-hour bus in the world I think you should flip it over of that sound it's so small in here I can sow as long as you're in the photo or inside it's Dean inside the castle and there's no oh there for 2 euro you can have your I don't take anything you would least expect to find in a medieval castle we're gonna 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 so if any of you guys find yourselves at this castle please look for our photo on the wall inside it's a picture meant to 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 ii history about antwerp on it and it's all about Canadian soldiers and the impact that they had and apparently on September 16th 1944 550 soldiers from the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division in Hamilton advanced into antwerp to prevent the enemy from destroying the port facilities an 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 harbours 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 shells which is right here into antwerp harbour bringing essential materials and that contributed significantly to the Allied victory why should I read this without getting like emotional particulars it's emotional I think it's because I've never been to enter before or to the Belgian – Belgian for that matter but to come across something and know that our countries have this link and the specific harbours have this link years before I've ever been here just I don't know there's some things amazing about that anyway it says that the ship brought essential materials that contributed to the Allied victory and in the almost 13,000 allied casualties 6,500 were Canadians I think it's impossible to be here whenever thinking about all the history and I didn't realize that Canadians had such a significant impact on protecting the harbor here during the Second World War so I find that really moving one of the things Antwerp is best known for its diamonds and there's a whole area of the city here actually known as the diamond 2/4 and up until about 2012 84 percent 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 the turnover of fifty four 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 passed through Antwerp every year it's a lot of light I've never had those in France before I know what should I try I really really really hope this year on top tips stop place and semi-things wouldn't stop it it's like achoo other bloggers chew the Flemish speciality oh yes that sounds good should get one of those and yeah special special kitchen is in Arkansas okay if we cannot want to be just okay this is a typical on the store place and some ans you fry stuff list okay and it's like a meat stew it's like a meats doing first bite first you with the mayonnaise you're not surprised are you that's the way that we eat it have you ever had food to you have you heard of poutine in Canada no it's this 14 that's it that's a Russian guys no no I really didn't know what to expect when we decided to come to enter and I love this city I wish we were spending more time here to totally live here so cool yeah it's a relaxed pace of life everyone is friendly beautiful architecture in the downtown area I wish you're saying so longer because there's obviously a lot more to see and a lot more food so I think we'll have to come back some day hopefully you guys enjoy getting to 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 Internet


Reader Comments

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

    Nice translating youtube.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 🙂

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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 !

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