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