Flashback Friday: The Drawing Room of Europe…


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.”

Flashback Friday: Venice…Byron’s “Fairy City of the Heart”

Bridge of Sighs - 1960s

Bridge of Sighs, Venice – 1966/67

“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)

Flashback Friday…Front Street, Natchitoches…Back in the Day


Things looked a bit different back in the day!  This photograph shows Front Street (a part of Jefferson Highway) in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  In view is People’s Bank and McClung Drugstore.

Photo source:  Cammie G. Henry Research Center (Watson Library, Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana)