The first time I visited Monte Carlo was 23 years ago. I don’t know if it was because I was a kid, but you could feel the money and the aristocracy all around you, there was a certain amount of charm that would stay with me for years. That changed when I visited again last year. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a tourist attraction with people walking around in shorts and beach sandals, spending 10 euros just so they could say they were gambling at the grand old Casino de Monte-Carlo. It looked so cheap and trashy, it lost all its charm and nostalgic atmosphere. They are building skyscrapers!!! What a travesty. What a disappointment. At least I managed to capture some of that lost charm in the back gardens.
Interesting fact: The most famous example of the gambler’s fallacy occurred in a game of roulette at the Casino de Monte-Carlo in the summer of 1913, when the ball fell in black 26 times in a row. This was an extremely uncommon occurrence. Gamblers lost millions of francs betting against black, reasoning incorrectly that the streak was causing an “imbalance” in the randomness of the wheel, and that it had to be followed by a long streak of red.