This trip consolidated my opinion that Paris is the most beautiful city I have ever visited, with the worst food I have tried. I know, many of you will disagree with either statement, but hopefully not with both. Don't get angry, this is just my personal opinion. I have been in Paris before but I have forgotten the magnificence of its museums and churches gracefully situated along the Seine, the elegance of the Gothic architecture, the beauty of the city gardens, the gentle curves of window rails that differ from building to building, the rich history you can google and visualize on every street, and the ingenuity of the modern buildings on La Defence.
Image by Tallapragada, distributed under CCL.
Before we left for France I idealized the baguette for my kids, promising them daily bakery shopping and picnics on the grass. But we all quickly learned the delicate lifespan of this symbol. Following is a graph of baguette freshness.
In one of the attempts to eat something other than baguettes or crepes, following an advice of a local, we ventured into the Chartier restaurant on Montmartre street. Great atmosphere of a busy old train station, good and inexpensive food that, as everywhere in France, lacks fruits and vegetables. And of course, coffee with dessert, which brings us to math. In our party, two people ordered decaf and one a real coffee. The waiter brought a large plate with three small identical cups on it. To my question which one is the caffeinated he reluctantly pointed to one and quickly retreated. There was absolutely nothing on the plate to distinguish this cup from the other two, it looked like a joke but we were far from laughing as one of us needed caffeine for driving and two others were looking forward to a good night sleep. What do you think were the chances that the cup I picked was really a decaf?
Serendipitously I discovered a great way to make our kids spend half-a-day in the Louvre and think it is fun! Daisy de Plume, New York expat living in Paris, with a background in art history and tremendous knowledge, created a series of Treasure Hunts that you can do at the Louvre. Ours was "The Best of Biestery" and we scanned half of the museum in 3 hours looking for the paintings, sculptures and vases that Daisy described. The proof that we found each was a family snapshot in front of it. If you are heading to Paris, check out Daisy's webpage, ThatLou, for more details. Beware that it is for adults and older kids ages 10 and up. Our team won, largely because we had one local on it who had been at the Louvre in the past and I did some homework scanning through Daisy's blog for hints on the treasures she likes and memorizing few room numbers (all following her suggestion).
How many cards are there overall? We noticed a peculiar detail, that when you divide the cards between two players there is one card left, and when divide between three - there is one left again.
After you figured out how many cards there are, can you count how many objects are there overall if every two cards have only one object in common?