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My First and Only Casino Clock


From our Mediterranean cruise in November, 2007.

This is the clock on top of the Monte Carlo Casino (in yesterday's mirror!), one of the most famous tourist attractions of Monaco.
No photos were allowed inside (DUH).  Too bad because it was opulent, for the rich and the famous!

So I went outside in the rain and took photos while Donica spent 50 Euros and made back exactly that as well as our entrance fees.
Just to say she did it!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


My First and Only Casino Clock


From our Mediterranean cruise in November, 2007.

This is the clock on top of the Monte Carlo Casino (in yesterday's mirror!), one of the most famous tourist attractions of Monaco.
No photos were allowed inside (DUH).  Too bad because it was opulent, for the rich and the famous!

So I went outside in the rain and took photos while Donica spent 50 Euros and made back exactly that as well as our entrance fees.
Just to say she did it!

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (32)

  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 10 Feb 2008, 02:16
Was it built especially as a casino or did it take over a heritage building. Lovely old look about it. They made sure you couldn't miss the clock, with the colours of the dial.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Aussie, it was built as a casino in 1958. I should have left a link!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monte_Carlo_Casino

Thnks.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Feb 2008, 03:40
There is a very strong "WOW" factor in this image, Ginnie.
Your accompanying prose is delightful!
Ginnie Hart: You are very kind, Ray, because I wasn't very happy with this image at first. Almost didn't post it. But I'm glad you like it. Thanks.
These colors are so vibrant, I love it. I feel like they are shining at you but at the same time made from out of the sky.

What a great capture to notice, but of course it's a clock so you would always notice this! smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, you know me, Jen. If there's a clock, I will almost surely see/find it. smile Thanks for your kind words.
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 10 Feb 2008, 05:34
This is an amazing capture of the clock, it sure has the WOW-factor in it like Ray already mentioned, I had the privalige of seeing this a few times, it is a very nice architectnical building, majestic and you were lucky to see inside, it is only allowed for people over 18, our son was too young then, so we just admired the outside and the cars that drove by......:0)
Ginnie Hart: Your words are kind, Astrid. I almost didn't post it because...I don't know why. I had to do too much fiddling on it since I didn't do my settings right back then (when I was still so camera ignorant!). I wish I had another chance at photos there. Sigh. I'm glad you saw it and know what it was/is like. Next time maybe you can go in, just to see the inside. Even in the rain at dusk, it was fun to stand there and watch all the "important people" go by. Well, they were probably the locals. Way too early for the important people yet! smile
  • Chris Phillips
  • 10 Feb 2008, 06:01
A fine timepiece, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Even those who are not rich and famous can appreciate it, Chris. smile Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Feb 2008, 07:46
Ray and Astrid mentionned the WOW-factor- indeed! The two Nike's on the top of the building might promise victory/success to the visitors! I once visited a Casino and I never forget the face and the trembling hands of an elder lady sitting at the Roulette-table,obviously obsessed by passion for gambling!
Sorry, I'm a little confused: It is about 6 p.m. in November, I thought it should be dark at this time? And it is a rainy day, but the colours of the building and the sky are bright-deep and intensive like on a sunny day?
Ginnie Hart: Gambling can do such terrible things to people, Philine, if they have no control over it. The only good thing about it in Georgia (no casinos but lotteries) is that the surplus monies are used as Hope scholarships for kids going to college who have good grades.

It was definitely getting dark at that time and raining, but I think the light from the buildings set off this effect. I was confused about it myself, to be truthful! smile
  • bisola
  • Surbiton
  • 10 Feb 2008, 08:01
Nice shot Ginnie! I'm also a bit puzzled as Philine is because i can see from the direction of the light that it must've been night-time... and yet the shot looks like it was taken much earlier. How'd you manage that? tongue
Ginnie Hart: I have no clue whatsoever, Bisola! I still was new then to my camera settings and have a feeling I had them all wrong. Too bad I can't go back and take more photos. But thanks anyway! smile
My kind of shot Ginnie with this symmetry. The colours are stunning. Very well captured.
Ginnie Hart: So glad it's YOUR kind if shot, Richard. As you see, sometimes it's mine as well. smile Thanks.
  • Tracy
  • Hulme
  • 10 Feb 2008, 09:29
The lighting is spot on Ginnie. The way the lights create a green glow around the clock and sprays out onto the statues.
Well done Donica for not losing, and what an experience to go inside and just even watch what goes on.smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I knew you'd be proud of Donica, Tracy! smile She didn't make any money but she didn't lose any either. Win-Win situation. Thanks, mijn vriend.
Interesting colours there Ginnie, and a couple of figures to invite you in to loose money as well. Well seen.
Ginnie Hart: HAHAHA! Yes, Les. Those might be guardian angels. smile Thanks.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 10 Feb 2008, 09:49
good photo Ginnie love the colour of the clock face
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Vintage.
  • gale
  • Cape of storms
  • 10 Feb 2008, 10:14
Sounds like fun Ginnie and well done on Donica winning the money back.. Love this lighting. Just glorious.Well done Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: We're not gamblers, Gale, so it was just for fun, to say she did it. So it was a win-win situation for her. GOOD! Thanks.
  • Aksel
  • Norway
  • 10 Feb 2008, 11:17
That is some strange and great colours...I'm thinking plastic, but that's me tongue
Ginnie Hart: Wouldn't that be a hoot if it WERE plastic, Aksel1 All those rich and famous people enjoying PLASTIC! HA! Thanks for that chuckle. smile
  • chad
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Feb 2008, 11:24
Quite stunning, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Chad. Thanks.
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 10 Feb 2008, 13:38
Good for Donica grin
...this is Ginnie...always looking up...! smile
This detail of the building is really great, speacilly the colours on that clock...I wonder what those kind of angels simbolize...
Ginnie Hart: Yes, good for Donica. And yes, Ginnie is almost always looking up! smile I think those are guardian angels for all the people who stumble out of this place after losing everything! sad Thanks, Lina.
  • clarence
  • United States
  • 10 Feb 2008, 15:49
Ginnie, that is some bright colors!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Clarence, it is. Thanks. smile
The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo

I've just got here, through Paris, from the sunny southern shore;
I to Monte Carlo went, just to raise my winter's rent.
Dame Fortune smiled upon me as she'd never done before,
And I've now such lots of money, I'm a gent.
Yes, I've now such lots of money, I'm a gent.

As I walk along the Bois Boolong
With an independent air
You can hear the girls declare
"He must be a Millionaire."
You can hear them sigh and wish to die,
You can see them wink the other eye
At the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo.

A famous Music Hall song to go with a super shot
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. Thanks for sharing that, Bill. That's a new one for me! smile
I guess the casinos must make a profit smile
Nice balance and colour. Do we get to see more Monte shots?
Ginnie Hart: I guess, Mike. I guess! And yes, there are more Monte Carlo shots. I have one for tomorrow before I need to be gone for a few days (health issues in the fmily I need to attend to), but I'll be back with more. Just for you. smile
wow! Ginnie. I've never been in Monte Carlo yet, what a fantastic shot of this orange Clock!! How was your weekend?

I am still warm from the nice warm sun here in Holland! We were having a gret weekend because of the SUN:0

Warm greetings from JoAnn
Ginnie Hart: Maybe one day you will see this for yourself, JoAnn! I'm gald to hear you're having sun in Holland right now. Save it for me for March. smile
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 10 Feb 2008, 19:50
What colors! I didn't know Donica spent time in there. smile

Very appealing photo!
Ginnie Hart: I spent time in there, too, Ruth, just to say I saw it. They even took our cameras from us! But I went out to take pictures while Donica stayed inside. We only had an hour there. Thanks.
In these places the best thing is to make the photos from outside. Inside... always it is lost! wink Very peculiar colors to that hour of afternoon!
Ginnie Hart: Since I couldn't take photos inside, outside was IT, José Angel, and I was glad for that. Thanks.
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight, UK
  • 10 Feb 2008, 20:58
Casino Royale Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Chris! Thanks.
  • Still
  • France
  • 10 Feb 2008, 21:55
"Belle époque" architecture.. lovely capture!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Still, for stopping by again.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 10 Feb 2008, 22:37
might be going past that place in the summer...will be sure to take it...looks lovely from what youve shown here...
Ginnie Hart: It was fun to see, Sam, but as Astrid said, it's not a place where I'd want to live. Have fun if you go and take lots of pictures. smile
  • mickyboy
  • North Yorkshire
  • 10 Feb 2008, 22:48
Nice colours in this shot. a little more interesting than my effort with a clock.lol
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, every clock is different, Mick. Take them as they come! smile Thanks.
  • Helen
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
  • 10 Feb 2008, 23:31
I love the colors in this photo. Especially the face of the clock!
Ginnie Hart: It certainly is a charmer, Helen. smile Thanks.
  • rags
  • United States
  • 10 Feb 2008, 23:53
such rich colors! i wish they let you take pics inside.
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Kanyi. You wouldn't believe the place! Oh well. Thanks.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Feb 2008, 00:19
What amazing colours Ginnie.

Good to hear no money was lost wink
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Ellie. No money lost. Not one dime! HA! Thanks.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 11 Feb 2008, 13:12
Very colourful in the floodlights. Donica seems to be lucky in more than one way smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Donica is one lucky lady! She actually won $230K in a lottery once (of course, she didn't take that much home after taxes and it was before I knew her!). grin
The colour in every bit of this photo is so rich! Love it!!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Mary. I hope you're doing okay!!??!!
  • Dave Wilkins
  • in Bray, Co.Wicklow, Ireland.
  • 12 Feb 2008, 00:18
Colours are amazing...I've always fancied visiting...some day smile
Ginnie Hart: Some day, maybe, Dave. That would be nice. It was fun to say we did it! smile
  • Kay
  • Portland, OR
  • 12 Feb 2008, 03:12
Beautiful image, Ginnie. I am sure you had a wonderful time in Monaco, despite the pouring rain.
Ginnie Hart: It was fun to say we did it, Kay! smile But I don't need to go back again, if you know what I mean.

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