Friday, May 17, 2013

10 Things to Do in Venice, Italy

THE CHRISTIAN FICTION SCAVENGER HUNT STOP #31


Welcome to the 2013 Summer Scavenger Hunt! This hunt has 32 stops and runs 5/17-5/19/13. You can make the loop, reading unique content from 31 different authors, and if you complete the loop, and fill out the Rafflecopter form at Stop #32, you'll be in the running for an iPad Mini (loaded with all our books), or one of two runner-up prizes---all 31 of our new releases in paperback. In addition, some authors are offering additional prizes, so be sure to read each post thoroughly to be in the running for all that are available. The contest is open internationally.

If you've JUST discovered the hunt, I recommend you begin at the beginning, Stop #1, found at LisaBergren.com. But you can also begin here, and keep on rolling. Just be aware that you have to have the COMPLETED phrase in order, which you construct gathering the clue at each stop, within 24 hours of email notification from Lisa Bergren that you won. If Lisa doesn't hear back from you with the correct phrase within the time limit, she will move on to the next winner Rafflecopter draws. Ready? Here we go...

LISA BERGREN
I am pleased to host Lisa Bergren. This prolific, best-selling, award-winning author simply dazzles me with the variety of books she writes: fiction, nonfiction; contemporary/historical; suspense/romance; adult/children. Her reviews at amazon.com are top heavy with fives, because readers of every stripe love her stories. She has received a dozen or so Top Pick awards and countless 4.5 star ratings at Romantic Times Book Club.

Take a look at this list of awards: An RT Lifetime Achievement Award, an RT Reviewer's Choice finalist (Glamorous Illusions), a Rita nomination (Firestorm), a Christy nomination (The Begotten), and a Christy Award (Waterfall). :-) Over 40 books, over 2 million sold.

If you haven’t heard of Lisa Bergren, you’ll be intrigued by her official bio:

Lisa T. Bergren is an award-winning, best-selling writer of over forty books in many genres, from children's picture books to adult nonfiction. But her happy place is writing novels. You can find her on the web at LisaBergren.com, Facebook.com/LisaTawnBergren, and @LisaTBergren.

Today, Lisa gives us a fascinating look at one of the world’s most famous cities.

10 Things to Do in Venice, Italy

By Lisa Bergren

I’ve had several books set in (or with scenes in) Venice—the latest being Grave Consequences. And yes, one of the rough parts about being an author is The Research Trips (cue the sad music…umm…When can I set a book there again?). I’ve adored my time in Venice, and each trip has been radically different.

Don’t trust what the cruise day-trippers tell you. The only way to absorb Venice’s beauty and essence is to really have 3+ days. A good trip would be 3-5 days, and if you have the luxury of more time, 10 days will leave you feeling like you really know the place. (You can save money by staying outside the center of the Rialto and in an apartment; trust me, you can easily walk or take the water bus to anywhere you want to see!) If at all possible, go in Spring or Fall; Summer can be hot, humid and buggy. And tour in the early morning and evening, when the day-trippers vacate!

Now, sit back and watch this brief clip that Lisa filmed while floating on the Grand Canal in Venice, which her husband set to music!





When you go to Venezia (and you must go), please do these things:

1)     Go to the top of the campanile (bell tower) at sunset. The colors and views are marvelous, and you get a solid understanding of the “fish shape” of the island.

2)     Attend a Vivaldi concert in an old church. They’re available every night, somewhere in the city, and this was his home town. *sigh*

3)     When the crowds are getting to you, take the vaparetto (water bus) over to Torcello. Torcello was the birthplace of Venice, where mainlanders fleeing marauding soldiers escaped to, and then gradually stayed. There’s an amazing 1000-year-old church there and it’s all lush grass and peace and quiet.

4)     Buy Murano glass earrings in every color. They’re inexpensive here, and wildly expensive at home. I think the Dorsoduro district has some of the best shops. Better yet, day trip over to the island of glass itself to see how they’re made (but I do think prices are higher there than on the Rialto).

5)     Tour the Doge’s Palace and really contemplate what it was like to be the Duke (Doge, pronounced doa-sh) of the Lagoon—the power, the money. It gives you a solid sense of why Venezia had the most powerful naval fleet for centuries. From there, you can cross the Bridge of Sighs and also go through the prison where Casanova spent a few nights…and escaped.

6)     One morning, tour the Rialto fish market; there’s been a market in this location since 1057 and you’ll see what all those fishermen have to show for their morning’s toils.

7)     Hire a water taxi to give you a long, slow tour of the Grand Canal, and then take you around the circumference of Venice, about 1.5 hours. If funds don’t allow that, take the #1 Vaparetto from one end to the next of the Canal, and then do some hops around. It’s noisier, but seeing Venice from the water is special.

8)     Tour the basilica of Santa Marco, but be sure to leave time to go upstairs, and yes, pay a few more Euros for entrance. It’s worth it for the great view of the piazza, lagoon, and get a close-up of the millions of mosaic tiles, as well as the giant, bronze Graeco-Roman horses that were claimed as booty during the Fourth Crusade.

9)     Get inside one of the palazzos on the Grand Canal. We rented an apartment for three days on the third floor of one once, which was fabulous. But if your budget doesn’t allow that, Ca’Rezzonico houses a great museum…and is in a beautiful old palazzo.

10)  Get lost. Don’t get so wound up in finding the most direct route to your next stop. Pay attention to the sun and get your bearings, east-west-north-south, then walk generally in the direction you need to go. That way, you can enjoy it as you go rather than getting all wound up! And remember, it’s an island. You just can’t get too lost. Getting a little lost allows you to see treasures you would’ve never seen otherwise, and you settle into the relaxing, tidal rhythms of this wondrous place.

Lisa’s new release, Grave Consequences, a historical romantic suspense, takes the reader on a Grand Tour of Europe such as the journeys taken by every wellborn European in centuries past. It is available at bookstores or online at:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book Distributors, and elsewhere!

 
AND NOW, YOUR NEXT STEPS:

Write down this clue: triumphs.

NOW TO ENTER FOR THE GRAND PRIZE, HEAD BACK TO LISA BERGREN'S SITE, FIND STOP #32, AND FILL OUT THE RAFFLECOPTER FORM!

AND NOW FOR A BONUS PRIZE!

I’m having a drawing for a print copy of my upcoming July release, A Lady of Quality, a Regency romance from Love Inspired Historicals. To be entered in the drawing, scroll down from here to my April 1 post and leave a comment, guessing who my next hero and heroine will be. You can find the answers at amazon.com: http://is.gd/aIo3HU . As always on my site, winners are limited to residents of the U. S. and Canada. Entrants are responsible for laws regarding prizes in your state.

69 Comments:

Blogger dandelionfleur said...

I bought glass earring in Venice--but only in one color--shoot!!!

May 17, 2013 at 2:04 PM  
Blogger Me said...

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May 17, 2013 at 3:28 PM  
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May 17, 2013 at 3:51 PM  
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May 17, 2013 at 8:43 PM  
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May 17, 2013 at 9:20 PM  
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May 17, 2013 at 11:35 PM  
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May 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM  
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May 18, 2013 at 12:04 AM  
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May 18, 2013 at 1:27 PM  
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May 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM  
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May 18, 2013 at 4:21 PM  
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May 18, 2013 at 4:41 PM  
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May 18, 2013 at 5:01 PM  
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May 18, 2013 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Lady DragonKeeper said...

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May 18, 2013 at 8:57 PM  
Blogger Cara Putman said...

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May 18, 2013 at 9:21 PM  
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May 18, 2013 at 10:27 PM  
Blogger Flghtlss said...

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May 18, 2013 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger maudemaxine@gmail.co, said...


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The Hero will be baron Lord Winston.
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May 19, 2013 at 1:51 AM  
Blogger Becca Facts said...

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May 19, 2013 at 1:56 AM  
Blogger Jaynie said...

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Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

May 19, 2013 at 2:42 AM  
Blogger Jasmine A. said...

Thank you for hosting this section of the Scavenger Hunt!
Blessings!
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May 19, 2013 at 3:47 AM  
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May 19, 2013 at 11:27 AM  
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May 19, 2013 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Marianne Barkman said...

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Thanks for be being a part of this hunt. So fun!

May 19, 2013 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I believe the answer is: Catherine de Couer and Lord Winston.

Thanks so much!
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May 19, 2013 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger GREG AND MONICA said...

Lord Winston and Catherine Du Coer (I cheated ;) )

May 19, 2013 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger margie said...

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May 19, 2013 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

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May 19, 2013 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger bonton said...

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May 19, 2013 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Kd Brown said...

Catherine Hart du Coeur and Baron Lord Winston!

May 19, 2013 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Catherine Du Coeur (Hart)
Lord Winston

May 19, 2013 at 10:22 PM  
Blogger Wilma DeCamp said...

Miss Catherine Du Coeur (Hart) and Winston....Thanks for your ministry. I love Regency Romances!!

May 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Amy Smith said...

Catherine du Coeur and Lord Winston

I have really enjoyed getting introduced to some new authors. Thank you for the giveaway

May 19, 2013 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Veronica Sternberg said...

Catherine de Couer and Lord Winston
Thanks for the giveaway!

May 19, 2013 at 10:38 PM  
Blogger Lynda E. said...

I would love to win your bonus giveaway--I'm a big fan of the Regency period, and for me it also started with the 1995 BBC Pride and Prejudice. Your hero is Lord Winston and your heroine is Catherine Du Coeur. Thanks for participating in the scavenger hunt and I look forward to reading your work!
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May 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM  
Blogger mrsfaber said...

Catherine Hart du Coeur and Baron Lord Winston!

Added you to my Goodreads "Want to Read" list!

May 20, 2013 at 2:00 AM  
Blogger Michelle Fidler said...

Catherine Hart (Du Coeur) and Lord Winston. I do like the Regency period.

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May 20, 2013 at 8:02 PM  

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