By Ilona Kauremszky

Q:What's the name of the famous coffee place in New Orleans and what kind of city tour can I take?

A: Located in the French Quarter across from Jackson Square on Decatur Street, Café Du Monde has been offering a fine cup of coffee since 1862. A blend of chicory gives this Java its tasteful flavour. Be sure to order a plate of beignets, those delicious doughnuts sprinkled with icing sugar.

Sit outside at their terrace and watch the city come alive. Buskers and musicians delight the crowds. Horse drawn buggies take tourists along the narrow streets.

Afterwards, walk a few metres to the French Market. Here vendors sell everything from tee-shirts, jewelery to good old fashioned bluesy harmonicas.

When it comes to city tours, there is a variety available, depending on your interests. One of the most affordable ways to see New Orleans is to hop on the St. Charles Street Car which you can catch on St. Charles or Carondelet street. A $1.25 fare gets you to see the Garden District, the Audoban Park, Loyola and Tulane Universities among other areas of interest.

Gray Line Super City tours offers a two-hour guided bus tour with stops at the St. Louis Number Three Cemetery, and visits City Park which houses an extraordinary turn of the century carousel along with other points of interest.

Interestingly enough, New Orleans renamed its airport and is officially known as the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.


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