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In Vienna, cook as the Viennese cook Lessons: A package tour by a New York agency offers a weeklong series of hands-on sessions. And you get to eat what you prepare.


I am interested in taking an English-language cooking course of one or two weeks' duration in Vienna. Although I am a caterer, the course need not be on a professional level.

The closest thing that could be found is a program run by Herzerl Tours in New York, which offers a one-week Taste of Vienna package. It includes four half-day sessions at the Am Judenplatz cooking school in Vienna.

Class participants will prepare a Viennese meal each day and eat the foods they prepare. Last year's dishes included Viennese-style veal scallops, beef goulash and apple strudel.

The itinerary also includes a visit to the local produce market with a teacher from the school; a tour of the wine cellars and a tasting at the Abbey of Klosterneuberg; an excursion to the tableware displays in the Imperial Palace; and a farewell dinner at a local wine tavern.

The tour, April 19-26, costs $2,395, including airfare on Austrian Airlines from New York; six nights' hotel accommodations; the classes; some meals; sightseeing; an operetta or concert; service charges; and taxes. Another trip is planned for November.

Contact the company at 355 Lexington Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017; (212) 867-4830 or (800) 684-8488; fax (212) 986-0717.

For those seeking a shorter sample, a Vienna restaurant, Drei Husaren, sometimes offers three-hour courses in which participants prepare a meal and eat it.

The price is about $60; no dates have been set for 1997. Contact Ingeborg Vogel, Drei Husaren, Weihburggasse 4, A-1010 Vienna; telephone (43-1) 512-1092-0 or fax (43-1) 512-1092-18.

My husband and I are interested in renting an apartment or home (depending on the rent) in New Zealand for two months between November and January. We would like to be in Browns Bay, Auckland, near public transport.

Browns Bay, a seaside residential suburb about a half-hour's drive north of the center of Auckland, has mostly single-family homes with little in the way of apartments, according to the Auckland Visitor Center.

Both rental agencies whose names the center provided said there were relatively few short-term rentals available.

The more optimistic, Barfoot & Thompson, said a modest three-bedroom house, if it could be found, would cost around $250 a week (calculated at $1.38 in New Zealand currency to the dollar).

Sue Stacey at that agency suggests you provide at least a couple of months' notice so "I could put some feelers out." Contact Barfoot & Thompson, Box 35062, Browns Bay, Auckland 10 New Zealand; telephone (64-9) 478-6195, fax (64-9) 479-1106.

Pub Date: 2/09/97

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