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Trollbeads: Italian World Tour Collection

Updated on August 8, 2012
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Janine is a published author in Only Trollops Shave Above the Knees, appears on The Huffington Post and at Confessions of A Mommyaholic.

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Italy

Today's next stop on the Trollbeads World Tour is Italy. I, myself, have a huge soft spot for this country, because I am part Italian and grew up learning so much about the Italian culture through my family. As the Italians say, "La Dolce Vita" or "The Sweet Life" , but doesn't it sound so much nicer and romantic in Italian!!

During this visit or tour, you can pretty much take a trip with your senses, like by tasting some of Italy's most delicious cuisine. Next, we can try to experience love just as the Italians do in the city of Rome, because in this country love is eternal, family is the utmost importance and friendships do last forever!! Please enjoy your stay and "Arrivederci" or "until we see each other again"!!

Now Please Discover the World Tour Italy collection in this short video and try to answer the question, "In Italy, a girls runs through the streets into what shop?":

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Spaghetti

As I said earlier, I am of Italian descent and growing up, I knew many things Italian so to speak. One of my earliest memories was the Italian Sunday dinner, which alway consisted of Spaghetti and meatballs. My mother even made her own spaghetti sauce or gravy (Yes Italians really do call it gravy, not sauce) that she learned to make from her mother or my grandmother, who learned to make it from her my mother, my great-grandmother and so it was passed down from many generation before that too.

So this little silver charm of spaghetti on a fork truly has a lot of meaning for me personally. It reminds me of Sunday dinners of days gone by, but not forgotten.

That said spaghetti is widely known as a true symbol of Italian cuisine and Italian spirit as well. In the end, it is an essential ingredient for the Italian World Tour Trollbeads collection.



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Romulus and Remus

Romulus and Remus's legend is that they were abandoned by their own mother and raised by a wolf. They, then found the city of Rome and this bead is a great symbol of this capital city of Rome.

This gorgeous silver charm for me symbolizes motherhood. Even though they were abandoned by their mother, the wolf raised them as her own. Apparently their mother was not a great mother by any means, but the wolf truly was an excellent mother raising these two as her own.

Any wonderful mother, whether a child is born of her flesh or not, who would raise a child with love and care, is plain and simple a mother. I am a mother and can tell you I couldn't ever imagine being a minute without knowing where my own children are let alone abandon them. Thank god for the wolf in this case and kudos to the her for stepping in as a mother to Romulus and Remus. Therefore, this charm is for mothers all around the world and is a must if you are a mother or about to become a mother.

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Love Locks

On the famous Milvio Bridge in Rome, couples in love engrave their initials on padlocks, hang them on the bridge and then throw the key into the river. Here we have a beautiful silver charm that embodies this very act of love by having what appears to be a lock on one side and two hearts connected on the other side, pretty much symbolizing that these two hearts are connected and locked forever. Anyone who has just found their great love, in love for a short while or who has been in love for many years needs this charm, because this charm symbolizes love plain and simple.


Caprese

Here lastly is a beautiful glass charm with the colors of the Italian national flag--green, white and red. It is named Caprese and is named after the salad (yes more food, but Italians are well-know for their fine cuisine) that originated on the island of Capri in the Gulf of Naples. This dish, just like the flag, contains the same three colors. These colors by the way symbolize freedom, unity and pride. This glass charm is quite simply Italy in a nutshell and as the Italians say," Viva Italia!"

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Concluding Italy..

It has been my absolute pleasure to tour Italy today in Trollbeads World Tour. If you watched the video, you should have the answer to the original question. I will not give it away here however. Join us for the next hub, when we tour the next country in the Trollbeads World Tour.

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      What an original and FUN way to explore a country! Very unique. I LOVE it! VUMS!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you so much TTombs08. I am loving touring the world with these charms, but this country in particular really has been so much fun and holds such a place in my heart.

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      I had never heard of the padlock custom but I love the idea! How romantic! They lock it up and throw away the key...

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      I totally agree with how romantic that custom is. I think out of all the collections I have seen so far this is one of my favorites and some of that is truly because so much of my Italian heritage and background is felt whe looking at this collection.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      I enjoyed the world tour very much. I love the color of the flag. It's important to learn about other cultures so you can understand their needs, wants, desires, customs and beliefs. Spaghetti and meatballs, what's there not to love? Does that make me Italian at heart? Voted up!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Lovedoctor, again thank you so much for all your support and comments. I totally agree it is important to learn about different cultures to be a more educated, well rounded person. That being said I am so enjoying doing this series about the Trollbeads World Tour, because I feel like I have already learned some very interesting and valuable stuff about other countries that I didn't particularly know previous to this. This culture though is truly near and dear to my heart, because of my heritage, but I love the concept that everyone has a little Italian in them!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      The caprese bead is very pretty. I don't get to eat too much pasta lately and I am now thinking about making some spaghetti. I had the best Italian meatballs at a local restaurant, very authentic, family owned and so delish! Enjoyed your hub writeup.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Teaches12345, thanks again for your continued support and comments. I too love spaghetti for obvious reasons and after writing this article yesterday also had the immense craving to eat big bowl!

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      Bill De Giulio 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hey Janine. Italy is one of my favorite topics. I absolutely love Italian food and yes I grew up with gravy on my spaghetti, not sauce. Well done.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thanks so much bdegiulio for stopping by and commenting. I agree Italy is also one of my favorite topics and it is so true about gravy not sauce. My husband is Irish and the first time he heard my family refer to it as gravy thought he was going to have roast beef or something not spaghetti. Totally a true story!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You do have a creative touch with your trollbeads and virtual journeys that you take us on! My daughter is in Italy now visiting Venice, Florence and Rome. Your hub made me miss her, but in a good way because I'm happy she's having a good time:)

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Oh, Linda I am sorry that you are missing your daughter and that made Hub made you think of that, but do agree she is probably having a great time. I hope to someday visit Italy and would love to see all three of those cities. Right now, Trollbeads sent me there virtually. I again just want to thank you for all your support on here!!!

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      Hi Janine,

      I came back to revisit. I just noticed you have written other world tour hubs. will check them out as soon as I get a chance.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Thank you lovedoctor926 for the revisit and so happy you came back. I have indeed written more World Tour Trollbeads articles on other countries and still have a few more that I am working on to publish too, so please do come back and enjoy!!! Thanks again for all your support here!!!

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      You're welcome Janine.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Again thank you lovedoctor926!!!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An amazing hub! Visiting Italy is one of my dreams! I enjoyed Italian 3Cs - I relished Italian cuisine, admired Italian culture & found Italian cinema entertaining! I enjoyed learning a lot from this engaging hub of yours! Italy theme trollbeads are unique. Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, socially shared & pinned

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Ishwaryaa22, Italy too is totally on my bucket list, being that I have my family that came from a few different parts. So I can totally relate to your lovely comment. Thank you again for your kindness, shares, votes and pin too!!

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