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I THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 V Q NO CHARGE Stockholm, Sweden, is the Cultural Capital of Europe in 1998, and more than 600 special programs and events have been organized for visitors. For a full schedule of events and lots of free information, contact the Swedish Travel and Tourism Council at P.O. Box 4649, Grand Central Station, New York, N.Y. 10163-4649, or call (212) 885-9700. You can e-mail questions to the tourist board at info gosweden.org or check out the Web site at www.gosweden.org. You don't want to miss the Ice and Snow festival during January and February and the Stockholm Historical Festival May 25-31. o 0 2 Lowest Round-Trip Air Fares From West Palm Beach Montreal $391 (Jj T i Seattle i , ,A "-nxi- -iy- Toronto $391 () Bo'ston ,$m (kp ft " Chicago ;$18Q() an d-n-ie-rn! J " , ' Ctevela'nd feJf GLAD YOU ASKEDj Question: Would you have information about renting a j house in Italy for several months perhaps something in a nice s farming area? Stanley Pustelny, Lake Worth Answer: I like a man who knows what to do when he has some time on his hands rent a house in Italy, of course. Country Cottages (800-674-8883 or 561-988-4000) represents more than 13,500 European cottages and villas. A house that can accommodate four people, and comes fully equipped, costs less than $1,000 a week in the spring. If you stay a month or longer the price drops considerably. Ask about packages. For example, a package starting at $849 per person includes a week in a farmhouse, a rental car and ; round-trip air fare from Miami. Castles, Cottages & Flats (800-742-6030) also has a wide range of European houses. A little country cottage for two people in Italy starts at about $500 to $600 a week. j Untours (call 610-565-5242) l has "farmhouse apartments" on working farms and wineries in k Italy. A four-week package starts at $2,733 per person and includes apartment, round-trip airfare from New York to Florence, transfers, four-week car rental and more. CHERYL BLACKERBY Washington $180 fj WHAT A DEAL Have a long, tiring flight to Denver? Stop by A Massage in the Denver International Airport for a quick massage ranging from the 15-minute 'Economy' chair massage for $20 to the 90-min-ute 'Jet Lag Buster' table massage for $90. Specialities include back and headache relief. KL ! $39r V: i M 4wJ Phoenix I ! i -. ' 7 . $238 ,$288) I Dallas 'H Atlanta v-x S $138 (QL.FLK Tallahassee $2U (CO) ' V :. New Orleans;1 .j JdUKSUNVIlie AA - American Airlines AF - Air France AR - Aerolineas Argentinas BA - British Airways BK - Paradise Island 170 ,DH 'l West J, $179 (AA.DL) I BW - British West Indian KP - Kiwi MX - Mexican TW - Trans World Airlines UA - United UP - Bahamasair US - USAir UX- Air Europa KW - Carnival Airlines NW - Northwest KX - Cayman Airways OA - Olympic Airways ki ki M OZ - Asiana Airlines FESTIVE FLORIDA 1: Tampa: The 16th Annual Victorian Christmas Stroll: Through Dec. 23 in the Henry B. Plant Museum on the University of Tampa campus, originally the Tampa Bay Hotel and built in 1891. The theme this year is Christmas around the world. Hours: 1-8 p.m. daily. Cost: $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12. Call (813) 254-1891. 2: Ocala: Next Saturday and Sunday. CO - Continental CP - Canadian Airlines DL - Delta FF - Tower Air FL - Airtran Airways HP - America West JM - Air Jamaica LB - Lloyd Aereo Boliviano PA Pan Am PR - Philippine Airlines VP-Vasp LH - Lufthansa LT - LTU QF-Qantas VS - Virgin Atlantic - Royal Jordanian 3M - Gulfstream $284 () $389 (AA.C0) $284 (AA.KX) $484 (UA.CO) $321 (AA) $119 (CO) $414 (AA) Cancun : Grand Cayman Mexico City :. , ... : , ' Montego Bay NassauParadise Island San Juan St. Maarten $216 (KX.NW) $384 () $199 (JM.AA) $108 () $228 (KW.AA) -.Atlantic Ocean $604 (AA) $407 (AA) Santo Domingo The histonc buildings of Ocala are decorated for the season and lighted with luminaries. Carolers, bagpipers and Santa round out the Gulf of Mexico $1 Equals . . . Rates paid to individual travelers in the United States for each dollar changed, minus service fees. Rates may be more favorable abroad, or for large businesses. Country Year Ago Argentina (peso) ' .88 .89 Australia (dollar) 1.35 1.12 Austria (schilling) 1 1 .35 9.86 Belgium (franc) 33.27 28.93 Britain (pound) .57 .57 Canada (dollar) 1.32 1.25 Egypt (pound) 2.82 2.85 Finland (mark) 4.89 4.22 France (franc) 5.68 5.02 Germany (mark) 1.70 1.48 Greece (drachma) 251.13 220.21 Hong Kong (dollar) 7.11 7.11 Ireland (punt) .65 .57 Israel (shekel) 2.87 2.77 Italy (lira) 1,666.00 1,462.00 Japan (yen) 123.57 109.91 Kenya (shilling) 44.98 42.08 Mexico (peso) 7.33 7.03 Netherlands (guilder) 1.82 1.57 Portugal (escudo) 162.46 159.18 Spain (peseta) 143.80 124.71 Sweden (krona) 7.10 6.15 Switzerland (franc) 1.37 1.25 The Import of bank notes by nonresidents is restricted or prohibited. Source: Thomss Cook Foreign Exchange $860 (DL) $558 (FF) Athens Cairo Cape Town Frankfurt Helsinki Hong Kong Jerusalem London Madrid Nairobi Paris Rio de Janeiro Rome Sydney $1,550 (RJ) $1,569 () $418(). $540 (DL.LH) $1,019 (NW.CP) $1,096 (TW,NW) $428 (AA) $418 () $2,878 (BA) $339 (CO) $1,066 (DL.UA) $478() $1,878 (QF) $1,450 (RJ) $1,269 () $418 () $540 () $879 (OZ) $999 (TW.BA) $369 (UA.DL) $418 () $2,956 (BA) $339 () . $823 (VP) $478 () $1,878 (UA.QF) Travel Editor Cheryl Blackerby answers questions from readers. If you have a question, please write to Way to Go, The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 24700, West Palm Beach, Fla., 334 16-470O, or call (561)820-4511, line 5250 (outside the local calling area: 930-2511. Martin and St. Lucie counties: 561-337-0511); or fax her at 820-4445; or e-mail blackerbypbpost.com. Questions will be answered in The Post (not by mail or phone). scene. Admission $7. Call (352) 351-1861. 3: Kissimmee: Holiday Extravaganza, next Saturday. A boat parade, carolers, holiday characters, horse and carriage rides, and Frosty's Playground complete with 20 tons of snow. Call (407) 946-0440. NOTE: The information given here was valid as of the Thursday before our publication date. However, airlines constantly change fares and the rate may no longer be valid. Fares listed here are round trip and may be subject to availability, advance purchase and other restrictions. Three or more airlines serving the route have the same fare. Fare information supplied by Sunrise Vacation & Travel Service, West Palm Beach BEST C A R I B B E A N CRUISE V A L U E -Ft. Lauderdale ''A f Nassau x1)3" St. Thomas .Ft. Lauderdale X Half I Moon Nassau V Cay San Juan .St. Thomas J "st. John Moon St. Maarten Cay V A - INCLUDES ROUNDTRIP N I t I1 AIRFARE, HOTEL & TRANSFERS Barbados 'wv-'St. Lucia Sk II Ii t ' 7-Day Itinerary ms Westerdam Depart Ft. Lauderdale January 10, 17, 24 or 31 Save 50 per pcfson. Irom as low ds 10-Day Itinerary ms Ryndam Depart Ft. Lauderdale January 3, 1 3 or 23 Save 50 per person, fiom as low as 3 Nights 5 Nighu 7 Nights 3 Nights 5 Nights 7 Nighu ' flillll Holiday Inn Centro $355 $425 489 Los Tules $505 $569 $635 Budget Downtown. Free Shuttle to the Beach Budget Beachfront Costa Real Cancun 439 565 689 Continental Plaza Flamingo Cancun 475 625 769 Vallarta 549 639 729 Krystal Cancun 509 685 855 Sheraton Buganvilias 619 759 899 Melia Hirquesa Cancun 509 685 855 Presidente Melia Cancun Beach Inter-Continentalt 809 1069 1335 8c Spa Resort 595 705 929 tA" ,nclusive"A" Meals AI1 Orinks-All Tips-All Included! Caribbean Villaeet 599 835 1065 ,.. i $828' $1284 m. ,' ' ' ,' ' ; tAII Inclusive-All Meals-ATI Drinks-All Tips-All Included! Package prices reflect 1 night FREE. ; porl chargos includes poll chaises & taxes 3 Nights 5 Nights 7 Nights $669 $595 El Presidente Acapulco $519 3 Nights 5 Nights 7 Nights Posada Real Ixtapa $535 $619 $709 Doubletree Ixtapa 585 699 819 BONUS: Receive $25 Beverage credit per stay. Dorado Pacifico 585 699 819 Krystal Ixtapa 609 739 875 Westin Brisas Resort 669 845 935 Presidente Inter-Continental Ixtapat 755 985 1219 tAII Inclusive-All Meals-All Drinks-All Tips-All Included! BEST OVERALL CRUISE VALUE World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society BEST SERVICE OVERALL Onboard Services Magazine HICHL3T RATED MAJOR CRUISE LINEt Readers of Condi Nasi Traveler Come, lei us show you our special corner of tin- Caribbean. A place - a ship - filled witb elegance and art. Where Min'll dine c(iiisitelv. and enov fic-star senile (tippinj; not required). And where one enthanled (lav. vou'll diseinbark to a private island ol'vour own. Sw im Hall Moon ( lav's crystalline Avalers. snorkel, sunbathe or sail a boat 'round the cove. It's exclusive. Uninhabited. It's paradise, accessible onlv one wa. Aboard the ships of Holland America Line. Call vour travel aent todav. Budget Heacniront Hotel Copacabana 519 595 669 Fiesta Americana Condesa Acapulco 575 685 795 Hyatt Regency Acapulco 575 685 795 Camino Real Diamante 679 855 1035 Las Brisas Acapulco 785 1035 1169 Holland America Line For reservations, call or have your travel agent call Aeromexico Vacations toll free at 1-800-245-8585. A TRADITION or IUILLINCI1 All packages are per person, double occupancy and include lowest roundtrip airfare on Aeromexico from Miami, airport transfers, hotel accommodations and hotel tax. Please add an additional $35 to above rates to cover U.S. Departure Tax, Federal Inspection Fees, Customs User Fees and Passenger Facility Charges. Add Mexico departure tax from $15.62. Packages are valid 14 to 13198, and are subject to change, availability and cancellation charges. Weekend , holiday, and peak season surcharges may apply. Certain blackout dates may apply. 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