St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace Explored by a Tiny Hippo

Tiny Hippo in Fornt of the Arco Foscari

Join me as I burrow about Doge’s Palace and the Basilica San Marco.

The Tetrarchs and a Tiny Hippo

These ancient fellows like to keep secrets.

Piazzetta San Marco

When visiting the Basilica San Marco be sure to visit the balcony for great photos.

Tiny Hippo Takes a Selfie

I was trying to master the art of the “selfie” while I was in Venice, did I do it right?

Tiny Hippo in Fornt of the Porta della Carta

Here I am in front of the 15th century entrance of Doge’s Palace.

The Giants' Staircase with a Tiny Hippo

This is the Giants’ Staircase, unsurprisingly, there is a swing just for Tiny Hippos stung across the stairs.

Mars and Neptune of the Giants' Staircase

The backsides of Neptune and Mars looking over the Giants’ Staircase, they have no shame!

The Courtyard Between the Basilica and the Palace

The courtyard between the basilica and the palace was lovely in the afternoon light.

Tiny Hippo in Venice

Hope you enjoyed my quick exploration of these treasures of Venice, until next time, toodle-pip!

Tiny Hippo Enjoys the Tastes of Italy

Tiny Hippo in a Purse

I know that traveling can be overwhelming, but keep faith there is always something grand to look forward to.

Tiny Hippo with Gelato

Like this marvelous gelato I found at La Torinese in Bologna, Italy.

Tiny Hippo with Espresso

After the gelato, I enjoyed a wee cup of espresso. Now I can conquer all my travel adventures!

 

 

Tiny Hippo and Leonardo da Vinci

There is a great Leonarado da Vinci exhibition happening in Venice, the best part is that you get to play with all of the machines!

Da Vinci Exhibition Venice

The da Vinci exhibition is being held in a church in Venice.

Tiny Hippo Testing da Vinci Tool

This device shows how ball barrings can be used to move Tiny Hippos around with great ease.

Tiny Hippo uses da Vinci Machine

This auto-locking wheel must have been used to lift very heavy cakes.

Tiny Hippo uses Cam Hammer

Leonard da Vinci must have used this machine to crack open nuts when he was feeling peckish.

Da Viinci's Vertical Ornitottero

I am afraid he may have made this flying machine a bit too small for Tiny Hippos to use.

Da Vinci Hang Glider

This glider looks more suited to my kind, I knew old da Vinci wouldn’t let me down!

Tiny Hippo and da Vinci Machine

I just don’t know about this one, the sign says it is a dredger, but it looks more like a cranberry thief.

Da Vinci Gears

After all the excitement of touring so many da Vinci creations I need to unwind for a bit. See you next time!

 

Tiny Hippo Tours the Churches of Venice

Tiny Hippo and Church of San Giorgio Maggiore

Welcome to Venice, I the Tiny Hippo, will be your esteemed guide! Let us start a whirlwind tour of the churches of this ancient city!

Santa Maria dei Miracoli, Venice

This is the lovely church of Santa Maria dei Miiracoli, just after sunrise.

San Nicolò da Tolentino

Here is the church of San Nicolò da Tolentino, my favorite part is the clothes line on the left.

San Trovaso, Venice

San Trovaso has two identical facades. This was so that the two rival Venetian factions, the Nicolotti and Castellani, could each have their own entrance of equal importance. I wonder where the Tiny Hippos enter?

San Rocco, Venice

San Rocco is one of five plague churches in Venice. These votive churches were built as symbols of thanks for the city’s deliverance from plague epidemics.

San Salvador Sculptures

What a fabulous hat that man has!

I hope you enjoyed this quick peek at some of the churches of Venice! See you next time for more adventures with your favorite Tiny Hippo!

 

 

 

Church of San Zaccaria as Seen by a Small White Terrier

San Zacharia, Venice

This is the church of San Zaccaria, the facade uses a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles, circa 1400s.

White Terrier in Campo San Zaccaria

And this, is my dearest yellow ball, Spiky, circa 2013.

Tiny White Dog in Venice, Italy

My magnificent home is next to San Zaccaria, all the other dogs and doges are jealous.

White Dog in Front of San Zaccaria

My human is a champion thrower of spiky balls.

Happy Small White Dog with Ball

Without fail, I gallantly retrieve Spiky.

White Dog Playing Fetch at San Zaccaria

Spiky and I spend each afternoon in front of my church playing fetch with my human.

Cat in Venice

Cat watches our ritual from the window with great interest.

White Terrier with Yellow Ball

I have my awesome San Zaccaria and my stoic ball, Spiky, what more could any doge want?

Bikes of Ferrara, Italy

Ferrara, City of Bikes

Piazza della Cattedrale is located in the heart of Ferrara, and everywhere you look there are bikes.

Bikes and a Courtyard

In each alcove and portico there were bikes all in rows ready to go.

Bike Outside Hotel de Prati, Ferrara Italy

While the natural preferences of bikes was to stay together in herds, there were loners who were happy sought quiet walls to rest against, like this bike outside our excellent hotel.

Fashionable Bike in Ferrara, Italy

Some of the bikes were very dapper.

Vintage Bike in Italy

Others were more rough and ragged.

Red Bicycle with Basket, Ferrara, Italy

Most of the bicycles were adorned with baskets, everyone needs a good accessory, right?

Bike with Lucky Cat Horn

This lucky cat bike was tucked away in a secluded courtyard, it was very shy.

Dog in Bike Basket, Ferrara

Cats were not the only things to embellish the bikes of Ferrara, This fashionable dog was at home in his very own, blanky lined basket.