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Backstory: I never dreamed when I wrote The Japanese Art of Sex: How to tease, seduce and pleasure the samurai in your bedroom, I would be speaking about geisha and performing Japanese dance at La Biennale in Venice, Italy, the oldest and most prestigious cultural arts festival in the world.  I also had the opportunity to sign copies of my Harlequin Spice novel, The Blonde Geisha, in Italian: Passioni di una Geisha.  Come to Venice with me as I explore the city in my video series: Jina’s Excellent Adventure in Venice, Italy.   

 

Today’s Venice Video Episode: Venice Designer Boutiques


 

I love shopping.  Paris, Rome…and Venice.  Yes, Venice.  You wouldn’t believe how many designer boutiques and cute little shops I found located along the narrow streets of this wonderful city. 

Smart, sophisticated…and funky.  Everything from glittery gowns to rhinestone jeans.  And shoes to die for…you’ll see a pair of sexy black and red stilettos that I fell in love with as well as gorgeous jewelry fit for an Italian contessa. 

And my favorite boutique, Blumarine, located steps away from my hotel.  It’s a Cinderella shop showcasing the prettiest and most feminine dresses any fairy godmother would be proud of. 

No surprise Venice has such cool fashion shops.  Early Venetian merchants were known for importing splendor into the city in the form of wine and gems, silks, brocades and cloth of gold that dazzled the ladies of their time.  Velvets, satins. 

I swear I could still hear the rustle of taffeta and smell the lingering scent of sinful perfume everywhere I walked, conjuring up visions of romantic interludes as I explored the city…and so will you.    

 

Coming up in my next Venice Video: Venice Pizza

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February 2010: meet The Blonde Samurai 
“She embraced the way of the warrior.  Two swords.  Two loves.”

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Backstory: I never dreamed when I wrote The Japanese Art of Sex: How to tease, seduce and pleasure the samurai in your bedroom, I would be speaking about geisha and performing Japanese dance at La Biennale in Venice, Italy, the oldest and most prestigious cultural arts festival in the world.  I also had the opportunity to sign copies of my Harlequin Spice novel, The Blonde Geisha, in Italian: Passioni di una Geisha.  Come to Venice with me as I explore the city in my video series: Jina’s Excellent Adventure in Venice, Italy.   

 

Today’s Venice Video Episode: Venice Street Scenes and Performers 

Did you know there’s a bar/ristorante in Venice named “Bacaro?”  Since my last name is “Bacarr” I couldn’t resist checking it out.  Come with me as I take you inside this elegant restaurant and show you around.  

Then it’s off to the Promenade near the Piazza San Marco and wail until you see the wonderful flow of people, tourists and Venetians alike, enjoying this summer day.  And the souvenirs!  I bought T-shirts, fans, masks and an umbrella imprinted with Italian landmarks (I live in sunny SoCal, but it does rain once in awhile). 

You’ll also see street performers.  These are characters dressed up in beautiful costumes who “strike a pose” on Venice streets and remain that way for a period of time.  Since medieval times, the Piazza has been the place for jugglers and street hawkers selling beads, lace and glassware.  And dreams.

Come to Venice and you’ll see why it’s called a place of enchantment.

 

Coming up in my next Venice Video: Venice Fashion Boutiques

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February 2010: meet The Blonde Samurai 
“She embraced the way of the warrior.  Two swords.  Two loves.”

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Backstory: I never dreamed when I wrote The Japanese Art of Sex: How to tease, seduce and pleasure the samurai in your bedroom, I would be speaking about geisha and performing Japanese dance at La Biennale in Venice, Italy, the oldest and most prestigious cultural arts festival in the world.  I also had the opportunity to sign copies of my Harlequin Spice novel, The Blonde Geisha, in Italian: Passioni di una Geisha.  Come to Venice with me as I explore the city in my video series: Jina’s Excellent Adventure in Venice, Italy.   

 

Today’s Venice Video Episode:  Venice bookstores and gelati shops. 

I love bookstores.  There’s something magical about finding that intriguing tome that transports you to another time, another place and you’re there.  With him.  That special man… 

And what is more magical than Venice? 

I have no doubt everyone in Venice reads.  I saw a different bookstore on every corner filled with romances, mysteries and travel books.  I’m pleased to say Venetians are also reading my Harlequin Spice novels, which have all been translated into Italian, including Passioni di una geisha (I did a booksigning after my speech at La Biennale).  

As any Venetian lady will tell you, when you find that special man, I mean, book, you want to get between the sheets and enjoy every moment.  And if it’s a hot summer day, you’ll need a creamy scoop of gelato or Italian ice cream to cool you (and him) off.  

I swear Venice has as many gelati shops as it has bookstores.  In this Venice video, we’ll explore the bookstores (you’ll see a first edition of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”)  and the gelati shops…including my favorite ice cream shop, il Tovaro.   Buon Appetito!   

 

Coming up in my next Venice Video: Venice street scenes and performers

 

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February 2010: meet The Blonde Samurai 
“She embraced the way of the warrior.  Two swords.  Two loves.”

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Backstory: I never dreamed when I wrote The Japanese Art of Sex: How to tease, seduce and pleasure the samurai in your bedroom, I would be speaking about geisha and performing Japanese dance at La Biennale in Venice, Italy, the oldest and most prestigious cultural arts festival in the world.  I also had the opportunity to sign copies of my Harlequin Spice novel, The Blonde Geisha, in Italian: Passioni di una Geisha.  Come to Venice with me as I explore the city in my video series: Jina’s Excellent Adventure in Venice, Italy.   

 

Today’s Venice Video Episode:  Piazza di San Marco St. Mark’s Square) and Gondolas

Napoleon likened the Piazza di San Marco or St. Mark’s Square to being the best drawing room in Europe, while others have called it everything from a fantastic stage set to a vast museum.  No doubt the piazza is the most famous Venice landmark known for its pigeons and tourists. 

I remember one cold winter trip I took to Venice when the whole city seemed to be enveloped in a misty fog until the arrival of Carneval, carnival.  Then the piazza came alive with the living, vibrant colors and exquisite beauty of the costumed figures in masks and dominos appearing like ghosts from out of the past…

What you’re about to see in my video is Venice on a June day when the summer heat sucked the moisture out of the air, but not the tourists.  You’ll see the square packed with people all vying for position with their cameras.  A grand sight. 

Then we’ll check out the gondolas. I didn’t have time to take a gondola ride on this trip, but you’ll get an idea of the wild craziness that goes on around the gondola station.   Next time I’ll hop on a gondola and get the shot for you.  Promesso.  

Coming up in my next Venice Video: Venice bookstores and gelati shops

 

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February 2010: meet The Blonde Samurai 
“She embraced the way of the warrior.  Two swords.  Two loves.”

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Backstory: I never dreamed when I wrote The Japanese Art of Sex: How to tease, seduce and pleasure the samurai in your bedroom, I would be speaking about geisha and performing Japanese dance at La Biennale in Venice, Italy, the oldest and most prestigious cultural arts festival in the world.  I also had the opportunity to sign copies of my Harlequin Spice novel, The Blonde Geisha, in Italian: Passioni di una Geisha.  Come to Venice with me as I explore the city in my video series: Jina’s Excellent Adventure in Venice, Italy. 

 

Today’s Venice Video Episode:  I take you on a tour of the Hotel Saturnia

I was living in an enchanted land when I was invited to Venice by La Biennale Arts Festival, especially in my hotel.  Wandering through the halls of the Hotel Saturnia was like stepping back in time with all the beautiful artifacts, paintings and furniture. 

But it isn’t a stuffy place where you’re afraid to laugh or sink down into the comfortable couches in the drawing rooms and take your shoes off.  Everyone is friendly and the staff goes out of their way to make sure your stay is a memorable one.  

The hotel is a cool, quiet refuge from all the hustle and bustle going on outside in the streets where I could sit in the elegant, comfortable lobby and gather my thoughts before venturing outside and exploring Venice.  They even have a public room with Internet access if you can’t resist checking your email. 

The Hotel Saturnia is conveniently located a short walk away from the Piazza di San Marco as well as shopping and restaurants.  I highly recommend it as the place to stay when you’re in Venice.   

Coming up in my next Venice Video: Piazza di San Marco and Gondolas

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February 2010: meet The Blonde Samurai 
“She embraced the way of the warrior.  Two swords.  Two loves.”

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