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Ninth Ward Re­birth Bike Tours are of­fered by Con­fed­er­acy of Cruis­ers; they take about four hours; $US60 ($84) a per­son. More: con­fed­er­a­cy­ofcruis­ers.com. For an over­view of Ka­t­rina and its im­pact, visit the Liv­ing with Hur­ri­canes: Ka­t­rina and Be­yond ex­hi­bi­tion at The Pres­bytere on Jack­son Square in the French Quar­ter. Open 10am-4.30pm; closed Mon­days. Rec­om­mended read­ing: The Tin Roof

Blow­down by Louisiana nov­el­ist James Lee Burke, set in the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina. Qan­tas and code­share part­ner Amer­i­can Air­lines op­er­ate from Aus­tralian ports to New Or­leans via Dal­las; Qan­tas in­tro­duced A380 ser­vices on the Syd­ney-Dal­las route late last year. More: qan­tas.com.au. The city’s pop­u­la­tion has still not re­turned to pre-2005 lev­els, but tourist num­bers are back up (9.5 mil­lion last year) and the food scene — al­ways fab­u­lous in the Big Easy — has never been more ex­cit­ing, with a record 1400 “good qual­ity” restau­rants now open. Culi­nary hot spots in the French Quar­ter in­clude the in­sti­tu­tion that is An­toine’s, where Oys­ters Rock­e­feller were in­vented, cel­e­brat­ing its 175th an­niver­sary this year; Bren­nan’s, re­opened in 2013 af­ter a $US20m makeover; Court of Two Sis­ters, a great jazz and buf­fet brunch ($US30); the Com­man­der’s Palace in The Gar­den Dis­trict is vi­brant and joy­ful as ever. More: an­toines.com; bren­nansnewor­leans.com; courtoft­wosis­ters.com; com­man­der­spalace.com. • newor­lean­scvb.com

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