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