STAFF REPORTFall should bring airfare relief to Europe
If you've been thinking about Europe, fall is a great time to go, with cooler weather and festivals. Fares should drop by $300 to $500 to destinations such as Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, London and Madrid. Thanksgiving is also a great time because Europeans don't celebrate it, so you don't have the competition for seats that drives up the cost during Christmas, New Year's and summer.
AIRFAREWATCHDOG.COMTreme neighborhood to celebrate 200 years
While TV fans await the third season of HBO's "Treme," the real Fauborg Treme neighborhood just north of the French Quarter is making big plans to celebrate its 200th birthday. One of America's first black neighborhoods, Treme became part of incorporated New Orleans in 1812. Most events, including lectures and home and museum tours, are scheduled for Oct. 17-21, though details are scant now. Check back with treme2012.com.
COX NEWSPAPERSTips for not falling prey to a pickpocket
To avoid becoming a victim of pickpockets, especially abroad: Carry a minimal amount of cash and one or two credit cards -- not your whole wallet. (Leave the rest in a security deposit box in the hotel.) Carry your valuables in a secure place, such as a pouch that hangs around your neck and tucks into your shirt, or a money belt hidden under your waistband.