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 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!

 

 

 

Castle Estense (Castello Estense)

The construction of Castle Estense in Ferrara, Italy was ordered by the Marquis Niccolò II d’Este in 1385 after a dangerous riot proved that the Marquis’ family was not safe in times of civil unrest, the architect employed was Bartolino da Novara.

Castello Estense at night, Ferrara, Italy

Castle Estense at night

Castle Estense and Moat, Ferrara Italy

The exterior that we see today was completed in the 1500 hundreds

Castello Estense from Piazza Castello, Ferrara, Italy

Here is a view of the castle from Piazza Castello.

Drawbridge of Castle Estense, Ferrara Italy

The castle can be accessed by three drawbridges.

Courtyard of Castle Estense, Ferrara, Italy

This is the courtyard of the castle. The two wells provided water in times of drought and the round stones at the far end of the courtyard were used as catapult ammunition.

Passage to Dungeons in Castle Estense, Ferrara, Italy

A passage in the dungeons that leads to prison cells.

Prison Cell Door in Castle Estense, Ferrara, Italy

Each cell was secured with three doors, note the small door for passing things in and out of the room.

Cell of don Giulio d'Este, Ferrara, Italy

The castle’s dungeons were not meant for ordinary prisoners but for high-ranking individuals who required strict supervision, such as don Giulio who conspired against the Duke in 1506 and was held in this cell for 53 years. He was released when he was 81 and energetically walked through the streets of Ferrara adorned in his clothing that was over half a century old.

Dungeon Prison in Ferrara, Italy

Here is the prison cell of Ugo, the son of the Marquis who had a love affair with his stepmother, they were both executed in 1425. In the left corner of the cell is the privy.

Dungeon Prison of Ugo in Ferrara, Italy

On the ceiling of Ugo’s cell you can see prisoners’ messages written with candle smoke.

We had a great time exploring this castle. Definitely take a tour of Castle Estense if you are in Ferrara. To see more photos of our trip to Ferrara select Italy from the category drop down at the top right of the page.

Ferrara Cathedral

Welcome to Ferrara, a city in northern Italy with spectacular architecture and wonderful sculptures.

Ferrara Cathedral at Night

This is the lovely Ferrara Cathedral, we discovered it our first night in the city and knew we would have to come back in the morning for a closer look.

Ferrara Cathedral, Front

Ferrara Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint George, it was consecrated in 1135.

Porch of Ferrara Cathedral

The porch of the building is supported by two Atlases perched atop lions.

Detail of Atlas from Ferrara Cathedral

Here is a detail of one of the Atlases and his lion, also a noble pigeon.

Nave of Ferrara Cathedral

This is the nave of the cathedral which is lined with saints, looking towards the entrance.

Saint Ursus of Aosta

A wonderful sculpture of Saint Ursus of Aosta.

Aisle of Ferrara Cathedral

The right-hand aisle looking towards bronze figures.

Bronze Statues Ferrara Cathedral

Bronze statues and crucifixion from the fifteenth century.

Madonna delle Grazie Chapel

The Madonna delle Grazie chapel in honor of the Virgin was created by Agapito Poggi and Andrea Ferreri in the eighteenth century.

Interior of Ferrara Cathedral

Sunlight illuminated the many crystal chandeliers throughout the cathedral.

Ceiling of Ferrara Cathedral

The walls and ceiling are beautifully decorated with gilt stucco.

The Ferrara Cathedral was a joy to behold and made a great beginning to our trip through northern Italy.

Snow Hippo makes an Igloo

Snow Hippo Getting Ready to Build an Igloo

Greetings, I am the Snow Hippo

Snow Hippo Constructs Igloo

Master of my domain!

Stacking Blocks of Igloo

I use my surroundings to make everything I need, even a winter home

Tiny Blocks for Igloo

Each block of snow is placed carefully to create the perfect igloo

Tiny Hippo Places Last Blocks in Igloo

The delicate work of placing the last blocks does not daunt the mighty Snow Hippo

Finishing Touches on Igloo

Candy canes were added for delicious structural support

Snow Hippo in his Igloo

A job well done, bask in my brilliance!

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