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Monday, April 25, 2011

ALDEN WHITENACK : One Of World's Greatest Shot Glass Collectors.Check out the article in Collector Magazine (Dec.2001 Vol.21 No.12).Simply Amazing!

Here's an article about one of World's greatest shot glass collectors who I am very fortunate to have as my good friend....it is of course Alden Whitenack. This article was written by Christie Reed and published in Collector Magazine in December 2001. Many of the present day collectors were either too young 10 years ago or simply had no idea that Alden was and still is working tirelessly to increase his ever growing collection with many new items with many of them being extremely rare, unique and one-of-a-kind. In 2001 Alden had "only" 11,000 shot glasses. Here we are in 2011: Alden Whitenack's collection is now well over 26,000 glasses and growing strong. Many of the shot glasses in his collection are from places that are no longer in business or existence for that matter which of course makes them extremely unique and highly desirable by many serious collectors. You will find out what I am talking about when you read the article and look at pictures of Alden's shot glasses. For now Alden is not in Guinness Book Of Records or in any Hall Of Fame but that may change at any moment as he certainly deserves to be honored for his tremendous efforts in putting together what  is now one of World's biggest (if not THE biggest) and most complete shot glass collections. Moreover, Alden has been a great supporter of my World By Shotglass project. He has given me valuable advice and contributed many beautiful shot glasses with many already posted on Facebook and World By Shotglass website (http://worldbyshotglass.com/) and others which will be posted very soon. Alden's expertise and veteran advice cannot be overlooked and is highly appreciated by myself and fans, supporters and followers of World By Shotglass. Besides being one of the greatest collectors, Alden is also one of the nicest and generous people I've ever met. I would like to wish Alden lots of health, happiness and success in everything he does and of course many more discoveries and acquisitions in the ever changing world of shot glass collecting! Cheers!
Respectfully yours,
Yan Vilensky
World By Shotglass 



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Friday, March 4, 2011

WORLD BY SHOTGLASS CHAPTER 14: SWITZERLAND

Dear friends, here's World By Shotglass Chapter 14: Switzerland. As always the is a story by Marina Balzac, 30+ pictures of shot glasses and scenic photos. Cheers!



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WORLD BY SHOTGLASS CHAPTER 13: FRANCE

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WORLD BY SHOTGLASS CHAPTER 12: THE NETHERLANDS

WORLD BY SHOTGLASS CHAPTER 12: BELGIUM CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW. THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


Monday, February 14, 2011

WORLD BY SHOTGLASS CHAPTER 11: BELGIUM

WORLD BY SHOTGLASS CHAPTER 11: BELGIUM CAN BE FOUND BY CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW. THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT!




WORLD BY SHOTGLASS CHAPTER 10: LUXEMBOURG

Here's Chapter 10 : Luxembourg....Check it out!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

WORLD BY SHOTGLASS CHAPTER 9: LITHUANIA

World By  Shotglass
Chapter 9 :
Lithuania

§                              Location :  Europe (Baltic Region)
§                              Capital: Vilnius
§                              Language: Lithuanian
§                              Population: 3.24 million
§                              Total Area: 65,200 km2
§                              Currency: Litas
§                              Annual average liquor consumption per capita: 11.2 liters per year
§                              Annual Beer Consumption Per Capita: 76 liters per year
§                              The Most Popular Drink: Beer (Utenos,  Kalnapilis), midus, gira, kveisas


Lithuania Flag



Lithuania Map


  • The country
Date of formation of Lithuania is considered to have been in the 13th century A.D.  In the Middle Ages, Lithuania was one of the biggest countries in Europe and in 1569 joined a union with Poland.  It was annexed by the Russian Empire in 1795, regained its independence in 1918 but was re-occupied by the Soviet Union in 1940 and by Germany from 1941-1944.  Lithuania was later the first Soviet republic to declare its independence again as an independent nation on March 11, 1990.  Outside of a turbulent history, Lithuania is also the Geographical Centre of Europe.  It was marked by The National Institute of Geography of France in 1989, is 26 km to the North of Vilnius (located at 54°54′N 25°19′E). This fact is registered in Guinness records book.

  • The People
Lithuanians have the lowest male life expectancy in the EU (66 years old) and one of the highest suicide rates in the world.  It is then not surprising that Vilnius is the only city in the world that has a statue honoring a great musician (and a mad scientist according to some), Frank Zappa.
Activities:
  • Theme Park
If you are into extreme travel experiences, make sure to check out Social project “1984. Survival drama” .  It is possibly the strangest European theme park.  It recreate life (3 hour experience) under Soviet rule.  It takes place in KGB bunkers (15 miles from Vilnius).  These tunnels, 15 feet underground, that were dug in 1983 and used to house emergency TV and radio studios in case of Nato attack, now has become a tourist attraction.
  • Eating

Lithuanian cuisine offers a great choice of dishes and freshly baked breads.  Additionally, any cafĂ© will offer a large variety of food if potatoes are not your favorite.  For those looking for a taste of authentic, cepelinai is worth trying.  It is an oval shaped grated potato dumpling filled with ground meat.  It’s interesting that this dish got its name from the zeppelin or dirigible, which was manufactured by the German Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin.  The aircraft was named after the inventor, while the form resembled Lithuanian cepelinai. 

  • Drinking

In Lithuania, beer is very popular and beer sales represent over half of alcohol sold in the country.  Connoisseurs say it is of very high quality and judges agree.   Lithuanian brewers have won more than one international prize.  I have tried a few of various flavors and strength but could not pin point my favorite as after a few, they all tasted the same.



Story By Marina Balzac
Contact: info@worldbyshotglass.com
©2011 World By Shotglass. All Rights Reserved

Special Thanks to Irina Lapteva (Dublin, Ireland) for her contribution to this project.






























































Lithuania Kaunas (courtesy: Irina Lapteva)



Lithuania Vilnius (courtesy: Irina Lapteva)



PHOTO GALLERY


Lithuania Druskininkai




Lithuania Kaunas




Lithuania Klaipeda Curanian Split




Lithuania Trakai Castle




Lithuania Vilnius Cathedral Of Vilnius




Lithuania Vilnius Church of the Apparition of the Holy Mother of God




Lithuania Vilnius Back Street




Lithuania Vilnius Geographical Center Of Europe




Lithuania Vilnius Panorama




Lithuania Vilnius St.Anne's Church, St.Francis' and Bernadine




Lithuania Vilnius Street