Exploring the World by Sail from A to Z

Jeff and Zia's adventures aboard the catamaran Hekla

12 January 2015 | 62 31'S:59 47'W, Antarctic Peninsual
09 January 2015 | 65 54'S:62 52'W, Antarctic Peninsual
07 January 2015 | 65 15'S:64 16'W, Antarctic Peninsual
04 January 2015 | 64 19'S:62 55'W, Antarctic peninsula
31 December 2014 | 54 48'S:68 19'W, Ushuaia
27 December 2014 | It's 6am must be Miami...
26 December 2014 | Guatemala
09 June 2013 | 17 35'N:80 42'W, Caribbean sea
06 June 2013 | Jamaica
04 June 2013 | 18 28'N:77 57'W, Montego Bay
02 June 2013 | 19 20'N:78 49'W, on passage Cayman-Jamaica
23 May 2013 | 19 43'N:82 58'W, south of Cuba, NW of Cayman
19 May 2013 | 24 34'N:81 49'W, Key West, Florida
30 April 2013 | 23 25'N:85 38'W, Gulf of Mexico
27 April 2013 | 21 15'N:86 45'W, Isla Mujeras
19 April 2013 | 18 17'N:87 50'W, Xcalak
17 April 2013 | 15 34'N:89 12'W, Lago Izabal, Guatemala
10 April 2013 | Rio Dulce
10 April 2013 | 15 39'N:88 'W, Rio Dulce
01 April 2013 | 16 05'N:88 32'W, Southern Belize

around Brussels

22 August 2011
by Jeff
Often in the past I have favored less metropolitan places than Brussels for beer sampling, however we decided to do a somewhat organized lambic beer tour and especially hit my favorite places from my first trip here in 1988. Just hours off of the plane, we first we hit Cafe de la Becasse, on a tiny alley off of Rue de Tabora near the Grand Place. In 1988 they were serving raw lambic from the barrel with a flair and massive tartines with huge curly radishes, where I found the whole experience nearly otherworldly; today it was only sweetened lambic available, the tartines were still large but the radishes were tiny and slightly shriveled. The beer and service was a no longer artsy but simply pedestrian. We picked up a copy of “Around Brussels in 80 Beers” (a great guide, BTW) and navigated our way through a two day tour including Mort Subite, Nuetnigenough for dinner and a great selection of Dupont beers, bar Poechenellekelder (next to the Mannekin Pis and a great lambic list), Cantillon (brewery and museum), Skieven Architek (only a fair beer list but we were starving and they serve a great “stoemp,” a mash of potatoes, vegetables, and a sausage), Brocante (a neighborhood bar with a good lambic list), and wrapping up the last day at Moeder Lambic. The guide reports that Moeder Lambic “is fast becoming one of the world’s great beer bars.” We did enjoy knowledgable service and some exceedingly rare beers, such as the Cantillon Zwanze 2008, the most expensive beer I have ever bought, a rhubarb blended geuze. The bar is great, however I still put Brugs Beertje (in Brugge) as the best, grading on style, presentation, and character of the whole experience.

Nice tour of Brussels though now we are ready to move on to the bike trip.
Vessel Name: Hekla
Vessel Make/Model: Atlantic 57, Chris White Designs
Hailing Port: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Crew: Jeff Lebesch, Zia Zybko
About: Jeff has been sailing for 11 years, and has completed two singlehanded TransPac races on his former trimaran Hecla. Zia is enthusiastic about adventure-exploration by sail
Hekla's Photos - Main
Interior photos of the boat
20 Photos
Created 29 November 2011
Photos of Hekla under construction, Sept 2010 to Nov 2011
30 Photos
Created 4 August 2011

S/V Hekla

Who: Jeff Lebesch, Zia Zybko
Port: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
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