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'If you're wondering why it looks like I'm practising for the world's
'oddest pole-vault, then keep watching!' I don't like this!
Ed's not in pole position yet
but there's loads to like about today's European adventures.
Michelle goes to the dogs.
-Chris ages gracefully.
-Hacker and Dodge sell out.
-Got a great two-for-one deal on pets.
Victoria is dead interesting.
Naomi takes time out.
And Iain gets confused.
Are you actually frogs?
# All over the place
# All over the place
# North, south, east, west all of us are on quest
# Me and my mates all over the place
# It's true what you've heard, everything is absurd
# Whatever we do is strange but true
# All over the place
# All over the place
# There's stuff to do in Europe that is totally ace
-# And it turns up
-All over the place. #
The ancient Romans used to have funeral feasts
in underground cemeteries!
Well, here we are in the dead centre of Palermo.
How do you know it's the dead centre if you've not got a compass?
It's the dead centre because there's 8,000 dead people
buried directly beneath us.
Wow! You weren't joking about this being the dead centre -
there are 8,000 mummified people laid to rest down here,
in tunnels and chambers cut out of stone.
Those upright ones look like they're dead on their feet!
This one in Palermo is run by local monks.
Hey, I wonder if they got the habit from the Egyptians?
Ed and Victoria, you have 34 seconds to find out as much as you can
about the Capuchin Catacombs.
Ed, you have Raffaela, who is a tour guide.
Victoria, you have Fabrizio,
who looks after the catacombs for the monks.
Whoever finds out the most facts is the winner.
Tre, due, uno!
-What are the monks who run this place called?
-How many people do you get visiting here very year?
Why do they turn people into mummies?
Because they want to preserve the bodies in order to let people
and the family look at them, to remember them.
-Do you ever get scared down here?
-No? You don't think it's a bit spooky?
-No, just normal here.
Are they like Egyptian mummies?
Very similar. The first process is very similar to the Egyptian plan,
but later on they improved the embalming and the technique.
We've ran out of time!
I think we did really well. Give us a high-five. Yeah.
And the person that found out the most facts about the Catacombs is...
Come on, I'm "dying" to find out more.
Oh, Ed, you might want to rephrase that! Ed!
So, in their past lives, these mummies did all sorts of jobs.
As well as monks and priests, there were those that earned
the big bucks, like doctors, lawyers, and judges.
This is one of the best-persevered mummies here.
He's an American called Giovanni Paterniti
and he worked for the American government.
He's the richest person in the catacombs.
Cos if you weren't a monk you had to pay to be here and only the people
-with the most money could afford it.
-Oh. Well, I've got...
-I've got...2 cents.
Don't think we're getting mummified any time soon.
Still a lot more "cents" than I thought either of you had!
Look at this, this is the oldest mummy in here.
He's been down here for 415 years.
He's called Friar Silvestro da Gubbio.
Oh, yeah, you're right. Died on the 16th of October 1599.
So he's been down here since Shakespeare was alive.
Strange, isn't it? All these other guys probably wouldn't be here
-if it wasn't for him. He's a bit of a trend-setter.
You can tell by his hat.
Ed, guess what this mummy's job was?
Oh, judging by his hat I'd say...pirate?
Oh, Ed, you "arrr" so wrong! Get it?
Actually, these are two Italian soldiers
who fought in the Spanish Army.
-Those uniforms are 150 years old.
He's still got all his buttons.
-Well, I thought that was "dead" interesting! Get it?
-You are right, though. It is fascinating that people
have been doing that for thousands of years. Although I think
the ancient Egyptians had a slightly different approach.
Welcome to the Mummy Shop,
where every gift is always fully wrapped!
What can I do for you, then?
Well, I fancy a bit of pampering.
I've heard that you can turn me into a yummy mummy.
So go on, then. Make me look beautiful.
You, beautiful? I don't think he does special effects!
Actually, Mrs, you're in the right place. We've been mummifying
all sorts of posh types, like pharaohs and royalty,
for well over 3,000 years.
Ooh, royalty? If it's good enough for royalty it's good enough for me.
You want this furball done as well?
-We've got a great two-for-one deal on pets.
Well, it's common for pets and even loyal servants
-to be mummified with their masters.
I'm no loyal servant, either. It's her who wants work doing.
-"Pharaoh"-nuff. Get it?
Anyway, you're going to love the mummifying process.
-Firstly, we wash the body.
Then we remove all the organs, dry them out,
-and put them back in again...
-Beg your pardon?
..before poking a metal hook up your nose and pulling out your brains.
That won't take long!
Finally, we wrap your body in linen and seal it in the sarcophagus
for all eternity.
Ooh, linen? You've talked me round.
-She loves linen.
-Yoink! Mummy, what you doing?
Something "Sphinx" in here and it's not me.
And that's a wrap! Huh?
Switzerland has the world's first rotating cable car.
Talk about getting dizzy at heights!
An afternoon in the scenic Swiss countryside,
-the perfect opportunity to -
-Go for a nice walk?
Nope. Open my fan mail.
I really wanted to go for a walk.
-Ah! Ah! Ah! Paper cut!
Hold on, I'll call it in!
-There's no reception!
-I can't wait! I can't wait!
Help! Help! Emergency!
-THEY GASP BOTH:
-Your dogs are broken.
I hurt my finger and it didn't rescue me. Didn't help at all.
These dogs are not trained for rescuing people any more.
-They're too heavy.
Imagine a dog like this in a helicopter.
-Oh, so they're too big for helicopters?
-Right, I'll let you off.
-Why do you have so many of these dogs here?
We are the owner of the oldest breeding kennel
of the St Bernard dogs. We are here to breed them
and to make sure that they continue to exist.
These massive mountain dogs have been bred here for 319 years.
They've rescued over 2,500 people buried in snow
on the St Bernard Pass in Switzerland.
The little puppy! Hello!
I've always fancied myself on Who Let The Dogs Out?
I think I'm going to try and train her how to sit.
# Who let the dogs out?... #
Hey. Come on. Sit.
No, don't eat my laces! No! No!
See? That's how it's done.
Not like that.
But St Bernards aren't well known for being mischievous.
They're actually famous for rescuing people trapped in snowstorms.
Sometimes the dogs themselves they pull them out
-when they were covered in snow.
-They're so clever.
And the most famous St Bernard rescue dog was called Barry.
He lived here from 1800 to 1812
and rescued over 40 people.
Now there is always at least one dog in the centre named after him.
And this is him, Barry Homer!
In fact, the nickname for a St Bernard
in Switzerland is a Barry dog!
Hello, and welcome to Barry Or Not Barry,
the game show that - get off - the game show that's been described as
"an insult to Barrys everywhere."
I'm going to show you a photograph of a Barry and you've got to tell me
whether it's a Barry, St Bernard dog, or a Barry, a bloke called Barry.
Is this a Barry or a Barry?
I'll go with Barry.
Dear, oh, dear, oh, dear!
That is incorrect. It is a Barry.
Barry the Chuckle Brother.
Question two. Is this a Barry or a Barry?
That's just a fuzzy brown picture. I'll go with Not Barry?
Oh, blow me down with a dog biscuit!
That is incorrect. It was, in fact, Barry.
Barry the dog.
The original Barry the dog saved 40 people.
Although some people say it was 60. One thing we can all agree on,
though, is that he was a very brave and clever dog.
Unlike you. Question three.
Is this - don't! - Barry or Not Barry?
I'm going to with...Barry.
Oh, which was the wrong answer!
Oh, what a shame! It was a Barry.
Barry Styles, from everyone's favourite band One Direction.
He was actually born and raised by wild St Bernard dogs
in the foothills of the Swiss Alps.
Well, it's actually Harry Styles, and that's a total lie.
No. No, it isn't.
And it's also not a lie to say that your performance
in that quiz was appalling.
Although I am going to give you a bonus question.
Barry poo or Not Barry poo?
-Yep, that's right. You know what to do.
Germans are obsessed with sausages.
There are over 1,200 varieties of them!
-I am famished.
-Do you fancy a curry?
-Oh, yeah, I could do a curry.
Since we're in Berlin, might I suggest the wurst.
Why would I want the worst?
It's all about the wurst here in Berlin. They love the wurst.
I don't want the worst. I came here for the best.
Yeah, their best is their wurst.
They've even got a museum celebrating the wurst.
Why would they celebrate the worst? The Germans are famed for
their efficiency. The last thing they'd do is...
Oh! Currywurst Museum.
You silly sausage.
"Wurst!" Not "worst", Chris. Sort your pronunciation out!
A wurst is a kind of t traditional German sausage.
After the Second World War ingredients were hard to come by,
so some clever clogs used what was to hand to make a new dish -
sausage, ketchup and curry powder!
The currywurst was born!
In Berlin they say that they have the best currywurst in the world,
and they've even got a museum dedicated to these hot sausages!
This map shows the location of 173 of Berlin's currywurst stalls.
But there's an estimated 2,000 of them.
GERMAN ACCENT: Zat's a lot of sausage!
I wonder if anyone's ever made
a currywurst sauce that was dangerously hot.
I hope not. That would be a real schoolboy error.
Good morning, student.
Welcome to the Hogwurst School of Sausagery.
For today's lesson in the arcane cooking arts
we'll be looking at the power of curry powder.
First, use the mild curry powder to make a mild currywurst.
Excellent! Next, for the most hardcore curry fans,
super strength it with some extra hot curry powder.
Excellent work, Mr Spotter. Well done.
But, sir, what about the other powder?
We never use this powder, Mr Spotter. Ever!
Now, excuse me whilst I'm momentarily distracted.
Oh, dear, not again!
That's the third one this week.
I think if you really want to know how to make an authentic currywurst
there is only one place you can go.
-A sausage factory?
-Two places you can go.
And a stall like this is one of them.
Currywurst is usually sold from stalls like this one
in Berlin's city centre.
There are actually two different types of currywurst.
We have that one, it's called ohne darm. So it has no skin around.
And that's a smoked sausage with skin.
-So it's currywurst with skin, currywurst without skin.
You just take the sausage.
Then you cut it in smaller pieces.
You put curry powder on it.
Then a little ketchup. That's all the magic.
I've got to honest...I was wondering what all the fuss was about.
And that is a good combination.
Let's see how you guys get on making your own Currywurst.
-Ed's up first!
-Quite nice for a beginner.
OK. Now the curry powder.
That's chilli what you got in your hand!
-You can stop now.
-OK. And say when with the sauce as well.
A little bit more.
-Wow, you guys really like your sauce.
-And now you have to serve it to someone.
You want a sausage without skin?
What's that in German again?
Currywurst ohne darm.
Das ist gut?
-Chris is up next.
Be a little more delicate with this than Mr Petrie. Little more.
I think you used all of it!
-HE LAUGHS Probably did.
-Bit more than that?
-A bit more, yeah.
-Lather it on.
-Be nice to them. You have to put a fork in it.
-Oh, yeah, of course.
A green one.
And then you have to serve it to someone.
Currywurst? Currywurst mit darm.
She liked it. My mit darm is as good as your ohne darm.
No, they preferred mine.
-That wasn't the "wurst" day of my life.
-Still a bit peckish, though.
-Yeah, me too.
Yeah, go on, then.
Venice doesn't float on the water -
it's actually built on 118 small islands!
-Oh, there you are.
-What do you think of Venice?
-Well, it's lovely.
But I'm trying to hail us a taxi so that we can get around
and see the sights but I can't find one anywhere.
-You're trying to hail a taxi?
You're trying to hail a...
HE LAUGHS HYSTERICALLY
-Why is that funny?
-HE LAUGHS HYSTERICALLY
FUNKY MUSIC PLAYS
# Yo, you're a holidaymaker
# You've made a mistake-a
# If you're in Venice there's one thing you need to know
# Travel by car or bike or bus is a no-no
# This might be hard to get into your head
# They don't have roads they have canals instead
# Water streets instead of roads, wow, who knew?
# If we can't get a cab then what do we do?
-# We need to find a way to get around
# But there's a distinct lack of solid ground
# Venice is beautiful, there is no doubt
# But how are we supposed to get about?
# A gondola's the answer if you're being flash
# Mind you, to ride in one we'll need plenty of cash
# If that's too pricey there's no need to fuss
# You either walk or catch the water bus
# Holidaymakers come from miles away
# Holidaymakers 60,000 a day
# 400 bridges span the waterways
# It's just like walking through a living maze
# When travelling around, though, do take note
# Your chosen mode of transport has to float
# Many islands make
# This beautiful place
# But leave your car at home because it's tricky to find a space
# Check the palace in
# San Marco Square
# The view from the top of the Campanile Tower is
# Truly beyond compare
# Venice was built on wooden stacks
# And this'll get you thinking
# Despite the best efforts of the Italians
# The city is slowly sinking... #
Which is why I brought my trunks.
# There is no city like this anywhere
# That uses canals to get here and there
# I think you'll find that it's second to none
# Although there are more miles of canals in Birmingham. #
-Yeah. True fact, that.
-Anyway, shall we get back to the hotel?
That song was a waste of time.
The Dutch produce over four billion tulip bulbs each year.
That's enough for over 60 flowers for every person in the UK!
-"Don't worry, Daisy, I'll be milking you soon."
-What you doing?
-I'm just playing with my miniature Dutch farm set.
It's got everything - tractor, farmer, cow - it's perfect.
-I'll have you know it is not incomplete,
and factually accurate. Have you noticed how flat it is?
That's because 26% of the Netherlands is below sea level.
But it's not a problem because they've got loads of ditches
-that stop the fields from flooding.
-But it's missing one key element.
-It's missing nothing, absolutely nothing.
-I'll show you.
Don't you listen to him, Daisy.
That Scottish man doesn't know anything about Dutch farms.
What have you done?!
If you've got a traditional Dutch farm you want a ditch jumping pole.
Dutch famers have jumped ditches for thousands of years,
but nothing like these guys.
This is fierljeppen, or Dutch ditch jumping.
It's a bit like pole vaulting,
except there is a ditch filled with water below you!
To avoid getting wet you need to climb as far as you can up the pole
so that you can reach the sand bank at the other side.
I think Ed and Iain are going to need a Dutch ditch expert!
We're supposed to be meeting someone called Kenzo and his dad Pieter.
-Don't know where you could... Ah!
-That'll be him there.
-You must be Pieter.
-I am Pieter. Welcome to the Netherlands.
Pieter is a former champion.
His record jump stands at a whopping 17.19 metres.
That's like ten Taylor Swifts!
So, what started this ditch jumping mayhem?
In the old days we used to go from place to the other place
through the fields, and,
well, they used poles to cross the waterways.
From a thousand years ago, so it's a long history this has.
Can you teach me how to use one of these poles?
I can try and help you and teach you how to do it,
-and let's see if you can win.
-To the poles!
Just grab the pole this high.
Put the pole between our legs. It's really easy, the first step.
Mum and Dad, if you're watching,
-I loved you...
-Iain, it's less than a metre drop.
Here I go!
Wow(!) Very impressive, guys - jumping into a sandpit(!)
Did you bring a bucket and spade?
Use the power in your arms.
You're like a lovely, graceful Dutch frog, Pieter.
The next step is we will do a little bit of a run.
Run to the pole, I grab it like this...
Actually, they're starting to look pretty good.
Remember, Ed and Iain will have a ditch full of water to jump over
later, not a nice soft sandpit.
Look how bored Kenzo looks. What do you think, Kenzo?
You're good enough to fall in the water, he says.
Oh, good, thanks. Thank you very much.
Kenzo's now demonstrating the next technique
Ed and Iain must master - pole climbing, of course!
I have a little trick. The inner tube of a bicycle tyre.
We're going to put it around our feet so we have more grip.
So we can climb easier to the top.
Other foot above it. Yeah, perfect. Now push with your legs.
-I don't like this.
-Push with your legs.
Climb like a caterpillar. You're doing well!
Ed? How do you get down?
Oh! Ah! Oh! Ah! Oh! Ah!
-You do everything on your arms, the whole climbing.
-That's not good?
-Well, usually your legs are stronger than your arms.
Push with your legs.
Nice. Push with your legs.
Well done, Iain, you're all the way to the top.
I didn't think you would make it.
I don't like running, climbing poles,
getting wet - what am I doing here?
Think you're ready for the real thing. Congratulations.
We're going to be part of the competition.
Oh. Thank you for that lovely gift - me getting wet.
MUSIC: Jump Around by House Of Pain
Children from all over the Netherlands are jumping around today
because this is the Junior Ditch Jumping Championships.
And the rules are pretty simple -
the winner is whoever gets the furthest distance
on the other side of the ditch.
The distance is measured from the point you launch
to the point you land in the sand.
But if you want to get as far as possible you have to climb the pole.
Got to remember to run fast, hit the pole hard,
climb up it, and then not kill yourself on the way down.
-Have you done this before?
And how did you do? Presumably, being a frog, you must have
landed in the other field or something?
-Are you actually frogs?
There's only question I want to know the answer to - how do I not get wet?
-You have to do a big jump
so that you can really climb up the pole.
So in that way the higher you climb
the more likely you'll be to reach the other side.
-It's a lot to remember, isn't it?
-I'm definitely getting wet.
Kenzo's up next.
It's a great jump there by Kenzo!
Oh, and a good distance.
A fast run up...strong climb...
Oh, he's fallen in the water on that attempt!
Kenzo comes in second place.
Just about to do the junior prize giving,
-which can mean only one thing.
-The proper people are done.
-Now the idiots have their turn.
-We're up next.
Ed and Iain look genuinely scared!
One pole separates them from greatness...and dry land.
You feel things in your stomach?
Ed Petrie and the stupidest thing we have ever done.
And he's made it to the other side!
I think he got the pole in his face.
No points for technique but he seems to be in one piece.
Did it hit you?
No, I just narrowly avoided getting a whacking between my legs.
But he's not made it over the qualification line,
so the jump is not measured. Can Iain do any better?
My heart was beating so fast
when I was in his position about five minutes ago.
Stirling has dodged the ditch, but it's an equally poor jump. No score.
Got to take a few more risks if we want to go further.
-We got one more turn.
Oh, OK. right, let's do it. Go. Go, go.
Ed's getting a bit cocky now.
I think he's going to try and really go for it and end up in the drink.
A better jump this time from Ed!
He's crossed the line but his back foot was just behind,
so the jump won't count. Oh, and an awkward landing as well.
Oh, that hurt. I'm so worried about it not going between my legs
I just smacked my elbow.
Final jump. It all rests on this.
A smoother jump from Stirling
but still not over the line,
and a messy landing to finish.
So close to making the line. Argh!
With zero attempts crossing the line
it all comes down to Pieter's judgment on technique.
So will it be Ed's leggy landings or Stirling's dodgy dives?
Over to you, Pieter.
OK, and the winner of the All Over The Place Europe
for Dutch fierljeppen is...Ed!
-Very well done.
Oh, it's always fantastic to beat Iain Stirling.
It doesn't happen very often on this show.
I can't believe it!
You've been watching All Over The Place Europe!