QUESTION: Where can I get information on summer language schools in Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga, Spain?
ANSWER: A listing is available from the Education Office of Spain, 150 Fifth Avenue, Suite 600, New York, N.Y. 10011; (212) 741-5144.This office, part of the Spanish Consulate, will send on request listings of Spanish-language schools for foreigners in whatever cities are specified. Its 1990 listings had 28 such schools in Madrid, 6 in Barcelona and 12 in or near Malaga. The listing may be your first lesson, as they are written in Spanish.
Here are some examples: In Madrid Centro Cultural Hispano Europeo, 32 Dr. Castela, 28009 Madrid, Spain; telephone 574-3713. The summer course, July 11 to 31 and Aug. 1 to 21, is $611.
There are courses for those 10 to 18 years of age July 10 to 30 and Aug. 1 to 21, with tuition and all meals, the only available option, $833. Included is dormitory lodging at the City University of Madrid.
In Barcelona a summer course in Spanish language and culture for foreigners is offered by the University of Barcelona, Cursos de Verano, Plaza de la Universidad; 318-4266. The course, July 29 to Aug. 14, is $445. Accommodations are available in the student residence San Jordi, 13 Maestro Nicolau, 08021 Barcelona, Spain; 201-6600. A month's lodging with all meals (the only option) is $733.
Another course, July 3 to 30 and Aug. 5 to 30, is given by Eurolingua, 6 Calle Prats de Mollo, Barcelona 08021, Spain; 201-3307. The cost is $1,293, which includes lodging with a family, breakfast and dinner daily and three all-day excursions.
In Malaga, the University of Malaga offers monthlong sessions beginning July 3 and Aug. 2 at $366 a session. Contact University of Malaga, Course for Foreigners, 310 Apartado de Correos, 29080 Malaga, Spain; 21 40 07. The school will help arrange lodging with local families, for roughly $550 a session for room and all meals and about $280 for lodging only.
Another source for language schools is the National Registration Center for Study Abroad, a reservation service that represents 86 independent private language schools in 16 countries that offer programs for Americans. Among the schools are 10 in Spain.
In Madrid, for example, is the Estudio Internacional Sampere, which offers a two-week intensive Spanish course with 20 hours of study a week for $1,070; additional weeks are $340 each. Included is a room with a Madrid family with two meals a day. The Eurocentre in Madrid has a two-week program for $842, also with room and two meals a day with a family.
There is also a Eurocentre in Barcelona, $999 for two weeks. The Malaga Instituto, also represented by the organization, charges $868 for a two-week course, including residence in a student dormitory. Information: National Registration Center for Study Abroad, Post Office Box 1392, Milwaukee, Wis. 53201; (414) 278-0631. Those who send a self-addressed envelope with 52 cents in postage will receive, over the next year, two listings of the center's offerings.
The Berlitz organization runs six Spanish schools in Madrid and two in Barcelona. A 45-minute lesson is $29, and the average student takes three a day, Berlitz says. The organization offers accommodations with Spanish families in either city for $50 a day, including all meals. Berlitz Study Abroad Division: North American Headquarters, 293 Wall Street, Princeton, N.J. 08540, attention Renate Overstreet; (800) 257-9449 or (609) 497-9938.
QUESTION: I am going to Paris and want to buy costume jewelry. I understand there are stores on one particular street that sell it.
ANSWER: There is a street with a concentration of costume jewelry (bijou fantaisie), Rue du Temple, which runs between Rue de Rivoli and the Place de la Republique.
However, you will have to limit yourself to window shopping as the stores there are wholesalers and will not sell to individuals shopping for themselves.
Here are some shops outside the Rue du Temple that do sell costume jewelry retail:
Burma sells faux versions of classic jewelry like diamond and emerald rings, pearl necklaces and the like. There are Burma shops at 16 Rue de la Paix (second arrondissement), telephone 220.127.116.11.
Also at 15 Boulevard de la Madeleine (first), 42.61.08.25; 50 Rue Francois I (eighth), 18.104.22.168; 8 Boulevard des Capucines (ninth), 22.214.171.124; 72 Rue du Faubourg St.-Honore (eighth), 126.96.36.199.
Another shop with similar jewelry is Ken Lane, 14 Rue de Castiglione (second), 188.8.131.52, and 7 Rue Royale (eighth), 184.108.40.206.
These two feature costume jewelry with more contemporary design: Agatha, 45 Rue Bonaparte (sixth), 46.33.20.00; 12 Rond-Point des Champs-Elysees (eighth), 220.127.116.11; 32 Rue Etienne-Marcel (second), 45.08.04.56; 97 Rue de Rennes (sixth) 18.104.22.168; 8 Rue de la Pompe, (16th), 22.214.171.124. Also, Reminiscence, 22 Rue du Four (sixth); 126.96.36.199.
QUESTION: I plan to be in the Los Angeles area this year and would like to pay my respects at the graves of John Wayne and Bette Davis. Can you tell me which cemeteries they are buried in?
ANSWER: John Wayne, who died in 1979, is buried in Pacific View Memorial Park, (714) 644-2700, in Newport Beach, south of Los Angeles.
Bette Davis, who died in 1989, is buried at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive; (213) 254-7251. (This is one of five Forest Lawn locations.)
The cemeteries do not reveal the location of grave sites. However, Grave Line Tours, a company in Los Angeles that gives tours related to deaths of celebrities, says that John Wayne's grave can be found at the top of Pacific View's one hill; at Forest Lawn, Bette Davis's grave it is on the left side just as one enters the Courts of Remembrance (a map is available at the cemetery gate). Her epitaph says "She Did It the Hard Way," according to Grave Line.
QUESTION: We will be in London Easter weekend. Can you tell us where to find information on events at that time?
ANSWER: One of the highlights of the Easter weekend in London this year will be an Easter Parade in Battersea Park, on the south bank of the Thames, on Easter Sunday, March 31. It starts at noon and admission is free.
For other events write for a free copy of "London Planner" to the British Tourist Authority, 40 West 57th Street, New York, N.Y. 10019, or call (212) 581-4700. The planner lists musical and sports events, exhibitions and sightseeing information.
- Information about travel opportunities like these is also available through your travel agent.