Piazza San Marco as seen in the mid to late 1960s.
In a quote attributed to Napoleon, St. Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) is referred to as “the drawing room of Europe.” Though the impressive origin of this quote is unsubstantiated, it is reflective of the significance placed upon Venice’s principal public square—known to locals simply as “the Piazza.”
“I stood in Venice, on the Bridge of Sighs; A palace and a prison on each hand; I saw from out the wave of her structure’s rise As from the stroke of the enchanter’s wand: A thousand years their cloudy wings expand Around me, and a dying Glory smiles O’er the far times, when many a subject land Look’d to the winged Lion’s marble pines, Where Venice sat in state, throned on her hundred isles.” –Lord Byron, Childe Harold (canto IV, st. 1)
Traveling cross-country in 1985. This rocky terrain with its rugged beauty was quite a departure from the verdant Louisiana scenery I was accustomed to! In the vast openness of Utah, I felt as small as I appear in this photograph!
Florence, Italy. Times change, people change…but the Ponte Vecchio remains much the same. The top photo was shot by my dad in 1966 or 1967; the lower one by me in 2011. One of Italy’s greatest attractions for me is its constancy.