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About this Department

As WICE rebuilds itself following the COVID crisis and WICE's near collapse, this is our department for trying out new ideas . . . like cooking and knitting and walks.

Check in here from time to time to see what new and innovative course ideas we come up with.


    • 13 Jun 2023
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Place Dauphine, Íle de la Cité, 75001 Paris
    • 3

    The Italians call it bocce.  The Spanish call it bocha. Here it's called pétanque, and if you've walked through a park in Paris, you've seen it being played. It is the quintessential French outdoor activity and a wonderful way to meet people and while away a few hours in almost any of Paris's parks.

    Following up on our first highly-successful pétanque class and games a few weeks ago, we will have another session at Place Dauphine, on Île de la Cité, on the afternoon of Tuesday, 13 June. This will include lessons for newcomers (with all equipment provided by WICE). And after the class we hope everyone joins us for coffee or an apéro at one of the local cafés or restaurants.

    The session is free for WICE members, but registration is required, and the registration limit is eight people.

    If the session is full, please join the waiting list so that we can better plan future sessions.

    • 15 Jun 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale

    The Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale is located on the edge of the Bois de Vincennes and near Nogent-sur-Marne.

    It was originally used as a test garden to plant exotic plants such as coffee, cocoa and banana before being shipped back to various colonies. It was then developed for the 1907 colonial exhibition, and still preserves many vestiges of that time. Tropical greenhouses, Asian bridges, and exotic monuments embellish the walk. With its many ruins, this unusual place is considered the most romantic of Parisian gardens.

    The walk will be led by WICE member Bryan Harty, and it will be in both English and French.

    Attendees will meet at the RER station Nogent sur Marne ( direction Boissy St Leger) , exit one  ( Parvis de la gare).

    Due to insurance requirements, this is only open to WICE members. There is no fee, but those who wish to participate need to register.


    Le Jardin d’Agronomie Tropicale se situe en bordure du Bois de Vincennes et à proximité de Nogent-sur-Marne.

    Il a servi à l’origine de jardin d’essai pour implanter des plantes exotiques comme le café, le cacao ou encore les bananiers avant de les réexpédier vers diverses colonies. Il fut ensuite aménagé à l’occasion de l’exposition coloniale de 1907 et conserve encore aujourd'hui de nombreux vestiges de cette époque. Serres tropicales, ponts asiatiques et monuments exotiques rythment ainsi votre promenade. Avec ses nombreuses ruines, ce lieu insolite est considéré comme le plus romantique des jardins parisiens.

    La marche sera conduite par Bryan Harty, membre de la WICE, et se déroulera en anglais et en français.

    Les participants se retrouveront à la station de RER Nogent sur Marne (direction Boissy St Leger), sortie 1 (Parvis de la gare).

    En raison des exigences en matière d'assurance, ce programme n'est ouvert qu'aux membres de WICE. Il n'y a pas de frais, mais ceux qui souhaitent participer doivent s'inscrire.

Past events

17 May 2023 XY171 Learn to Play Pétanque
06 May 2023 SM601 Exploring Paris : Storytelling in photography
01 Apr 2023 VM111 WINTER WALK - From Labor to Leisure: Made in Javel
30 Mar 2023 XM301 Modern Indian Cuisine with Chef Anjali Pathak
26 Mar 2023 VF261 WINTER WALK - Storming around the Bastille: Discovering people and places of Paris’s working class
21 Mar 2023 XM2101 Basics of Indian cuisine with Chef Anjali Pathak
19 Mar 2023 VM261 WINTER WALK - Ladies of Luxembourg
10 Mar 2023 WM1002 Literary Louvre Walk
18 Feb 2023 VF181 WINTER WALK - Another Side of Montparnasse: Denfert-Rochereau
01 Feb 2023 XF011 Learn to Knit
12 May 2022 AM121: Street Art: Paris Walking Tour
21 Apr 2022 AA211: Street Art: Its Genesis and Development (Lecture)
16 Apr 2022 SA161 CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY: Exploring Paris, Art of Storytelling
17 Mar 2022 AM171 “Regendering” Romeo and Juliet: Inclusivity in the Arts (Hybrid)
17 Feb 2022 AF171 The Glass Menagerie: Identity-Conscious Casting in the Theatre (Hybrid)
10 Feb 2022 SF105 Map of Your City: Creating an Illustrated Map Using Your Favorite Techniques (Remote Online)
10 Feb 2022 L02101 French Tart Baking: Chocolate Caramel Tart
10 Feb 2022 AF101 Parnassus: A Feminist Statement in Mythological Disguise (Hybrid)
05 Feb 2022 SF051 Creative photography - Street Photography and Storytelling
03 Feb 2022 SF034 Mapmaking: How to Create Your Own Personalized Map
02 Dec 2021 VD021 Cognacq-Jay Museum: An 18th Century Exceptional Collection of Decorative Arts
22 Nov 2021 AN221: The Raft of the Medusa: A 19th century tragedy - Lecture with Q & A
08 Nov 2021 VN081 Théâtre des Champs-Élysées: A 20th Century Architectural Jewel
21 Oct 2021 VO211 Carnavalet Museum: The Highlights of Its Rich Collection
11 Sep 2021 Forum des Associations de Paris 15e
14 Jun 2021 AU141: Grand Central Station: A Rose Among Thorns
10 May 2021 LA271: The History of French Fashion
15 Apr 2021 AA151: European Synagogue Architecture: What makes it special?
18 Mar 2021 VM111: Women Artists and Their Art: The Contributions of Women in Art History Part 2
17 Mar 2021 WICE Talks: NPS Special Presentation -Yellowstone National Park, FREE for Members
25 Feb 2021 VF251: Representation of the Feminine Nude in Western Art: The Contributions of Women Artists in Art History Part 1
26 Jan 2021 VJ261 POST-WAR ARCHITECTURE in Paris and The Grand Projects
19 Jan 2021 VJ191 PARIS ARCHITECTURE: From Art Nouveau to Modern Art
05 Jan 2021 VJ051 Private Parisian Mansions: A Famous Element of French Heritage
15 Dec 2020 VD151 The Famous Cocottes and Courtesans of the 19th Century
20 Nov 2020 VN201 PARIS ART AND ARCHITECTURE (Online 4-part Series)
25 Oct 2020 LO251 French Cooking - Online Classes: Alisa Morov Chez Vous
20 Oct 2020 B0201 Walking French Language - Intermediate
15 Oct 2020 VO151 Walk: Luxembourg Garden and Its Surroundings
24 Sep 2020 VS241 Promenade Along Paris Bridges: Pont Neuf to Alexandre III Bridge
22 Sep 2020 LS151 Tarte à la figue - New Date!
20 Sep 2020 LG30 French Cooking - Online Classes: Alisa Morov Chez Vous
17 Sep 2020 ES171 WICE Virtual Open House 2020
07 Sep 2020 BS071 Walking French Language and Culture Lessons (5 part series - à la carte or bundled)
10 Jul 2020 LY101 French Cooking - Online Classes: Alisa Morov Chez Vous (4 part series - à la carte or bundled)
18 Mar 2020 LM181 Chocolate Master Class: Atelier 'Golden Egg'
28 Feb 2020 LF281 Lemon Meringue Tart / Tarte Citron
13 Feb 2020 LF131 Valentine Chocolates: Atelier Alchemie
12 Feb 2020 LF121 Blanquette de Veau & Foret Noire Triffle
22 Jan 2020 LJ221 Bistro Navarin d'Agneau & Carmelized Apple Crumb Cake
11 Dec 2019 LD111 Holiday Apéro - New Savory & Sweet Party Food
20 Nov 2019 LN201 Thanksgiving in Paris!
08 Nov 2019 LN081 French Tart Baking Class - Apple Tarts
23 Oct 2019 LO231 Cod Fillets with Spicy Chorizo & Tapendade, Peach Tart
08 Jul 2019 VL081 Marais Fashion Tour
29 May 2019 LY291 Thai Grilled Tuna & Chocolate Roulade Cake with Berries
10 Apr 2019 LA101 Indoor Moroccan Grilled Lamb, Apple Sorbet & Apple Beignets
13 Mar 2019 LM131 Hearty Hungarian Stew & Famous Gateau St-Honoré
20 Feb 2019 LF201 Gorgeous Poached Fish & Cafe Caramel Mousse
23 Jan 2019 LJ231 Merci, Monsieur Parmentier! In Praise of Potatoes
05 Dec 2018 LD051 Around the World Christmas Dinner (Cancelled)
03 Dec 2018 VD031 Walk: Picpus Cemetery and the Nation District: An Historical Walk in the 12th District
14 Nov 2018 LN141 Pumpkin Tagine and Red Wine Walnut Chocolate Cake
17 Oct 2018 LO171 Filet Mignon de Porc aux Abricots et Pruneaux and Gateau aux Poires
30 May 2018 VY301 Paris Walks: Franco-American Friendship Historic Trail - Right Bank
03 May 2018 VY031 Belleville and Menilmontant: another facet of Paris
11 Apr 2018 LA111 Paupiettes of Filet of Sole à la Normande & Babas au Rhum
07 Apr 2018 VA071 Paris Mosque and the Botanical Garden (Jardin des Plantes)
19 Mar 2018 VM191 Resistance and the Liberation of Paris
14 Mar 2018 LM142 Fricassee de Poulet en Feuilletage & Chocolate Mousse Cake
14 Feb 2018 LF141 French Store-Bought Doughs - How to Quickly Make Savory & Sweet Treats
24 Jan 2018 LJ241 French Classic Coq au Vin & Galette des Rois
13 Dec 2017 LD132 Scallops in Sabayon Sauce, Game Ragout & Wild Mushrooms, Chocolate Macaron Pine Cone
27 Nov 2017 VN271 The Montagne Sainte Geneviève and the History of the Universities and Colleges of Paris
15 Nov 2017 LN152 Stuffed Duck Legs, Potato/Turnip Galettes, Maxim's Famous Pears
09 Nov 2017 VN091 Parc de la Villette (Cancelled-Undersubscribed)
18 Oct 2017 LO181 Thai Curry Fish with Exotic Fruit Salad, Coeur à la Crême Dessert
04 Oct 2017 LO044 Market Tour & Tasting: Marché de Grenelle
03 Oct 2017 LO034 Culinary Nutrition Vinegar Workshop for Better Flavors, Textures and Health
09 May 2017 VY091 The Chaillot Hill and the Architecture of the 1930’s
27 Apr 2017 VA271 Art Nouveau Architecture in the 16th arrondissement
28 Nov 2016 VN282 African-American Paris, Josephine Baker and Edith Piaf
18 Oct 2016 VO182 The People's Paris: from La Republique to Buttes Chaumont
04 Oct 2016 VO041 The Villa Savoye and the Historic Downtown of Poissy
10 Jun 2016 VU101 Paris Walks - The Village of Montmartre
27 May 2016 VY271 Paris Walks - The Two Islands: Ile de la Cite and Ile St. Louis
21 May 2016 SY211 Saturday Printmaking Workshop: May
04 Apr 2016 VA041 Paris Walks - Fashion and Historical Tour: Palais Royal - Les Halles - Le Marais
01 Apr 2016 AA011 The Language of Paint: Talks on Art and Artists
11 Mar 2016 VM111 Paris Walks: Discover the architecture of today in the centre of Paris
08 Mar 2016 SM081 Painting Studio: March/April
13 Feb 2016 SF131 Saturday Printmaking Workshop: February
23 Jan 2016 SJ231 Saturday Printmaking Workshop: January
17 Nov 2015 VN171 Paris Walks - Theater District and the Arcades
12 Nov 2015 AN121 Marie de Medicis: Queen of Spin
09 Oct 2015 SO091 Art Collecting in Paris
06 Sep 2015 FULL The Mysteries of Van Gogh Unveiled at the Village of Auvers-sur-Oise - Day Trip
27 Jun 2015 SU271 Saturday Printmaking Workshop: June
13 Jun 2015 VU131 Paris Walks - The Unknown, Exotic, & Esoteric 7th Arrondissement
04 Jun 2015 SU041 Figure Drawing: One Step at a Time - June Sessions
03 Jun 2015 SJ031---- Smartphone Photography Workshop IV
03 Jun 2015 SU031 Painting for Pleasure: Watercolors & Acrylics - June Sessions
30 May 2015 SY301 Saturday Printmaking Workshop: May
27 May 2015 SM271---- Smartphone Photography Workshop III
26 May 2015 VY261 Paris Walks - Jefferson, Franklin & the American Founding Fathers
20 May 2015 SM201---- Smartphone Photography Workshop II
16 May 2015 VY161 Paris Walks - Buttes Chaumont Quartier
13 May 2015 SM131 Smartphone Photography Workshop I
05 May 2015 SY052 Drawing Practice: May Sessions (newly listed!)
11 Apr 2015 SA111 Saturday Printmaking Workshop: April
02 Apr 2015 SA021 Figure Drawing: One Step at a Time - April/May Sessions
25 Mar 2015 VM251 Paris Walks - Jardin du Luxembourg and Surroundings
04 Mar 2015 VM041 Paris Walks - French Revolution on the Right Bank
05 Feb 2015 SF051 Figure Drawing: One Step at a Time - February/March Sesions
04 Feb 2015 SF041 Painting for Pleasure: Watercolors & Acrylics - February/March Sessions
14 Oct 2014 VO141 Paris Walks - The Jewish History of Paris
07 Oct 2014 VO071 Commemorative WWI Paris Walk - Suresnes Memorial
02 Oct 2014 AO021 --- Feminism & The Maternal in Contemporary Art
20 Sep 2014 VS201 Paris Walks - Art Nouveau in Paris
19 Jun 2014 VU191 Paris Walks - Père Lachaise Cemetery
29 Apr 2014 VA291 Paris Walks - Writers and Artists of the Left Bank
29 Mar 2014 VM291 Paris Walks - Paris in the Middle Ages
18 Mar 2014 VM181 Paris Walks - Theatre District and Arcades
18 Dec 2013 ! ONE SPACE OPEN ! LD181 French Christmas Cookies
04 Dec 2013 LD041 Discover French Cheeses ~ A Fromagerie Visit & Tasting
20 Nov 2013 LN202 ONE SPACE LEFT - AFTERNOON SESSION Poulet à la Moutarde, Céleri-Rave, Petits Soufflés au Chocolat
20 Nov 2013 LN201 ONE SPACE OPEN - MORNING SESSION: Poulet à la Moutarde, Céleri-Rave, Petits Soufflés au Chocolat
12 Nov 2013 VN121 Paris Walks - Resistance and the Liberation of Paris
05 Nov 2013 VN051 Paris Walks: Franco-American Friendship Historic Trail - Left Bank
19 Oct 2013 VO19 Paris Walks - Gallo-Roman Lutetia
16 Oct 2013 LO161 Market Walk rue Mouffetard
15 Oct 2013 VO151 Paris Walks: Franco-American Friendship Historic Trail - Right Bank
28 Jun 2013 PWU282 Literary Parisian Gourmet Dinner - Summer Writing Course
16 May 2013 EY161 - Bar à Vin by the Drip, Sip or Gulp
15 May 2013 LY151 Provencal Stuffed Zucchini & Wine Poached Pears
25 Apr 2013 EA251 - Hot Pot, Can't Stop... Part II
17 Apr 2013 LA172 Market Walk - African Marché Dejean
16 Apr 2013 LA161 Paris by Arrondissement - the 18th
10 Apr 2013 LA101 Vegetable Terrine, Savory Cake & Fruit Compote
27 Mar 2013 EM271 - Best Contemporary French Bistro in Paris
27 Feb 2013 EF271 - Best Italian Resto in Paris
13 Feb 2013 LF131 North African Tajine & Sweet Desserts (FULL)
06 Feb 2013 EF061 - Hot Pot, Can't Stop
30 Jan 2013 LJ301 Potée Auvergnate & Gâteau moelleux aux Bananes et aux Epices (FULL)
12 Dec 2012 LD121 Duck Breast and Confit de Canard
14 Nov 2012 LN141 Seasonal First Course Dishes & Gâteau Moelleux à l'Orange
06 Nov 2012 LN061 Paris by Arrondissement - the 14th
16 Oct 2012 LO161 Paris by arrondissement - the 13th
12 Oct 2012 LO101 Market Walk rue Montorgueil
25 Sep 2012 LS251 Paris by Arrondissement - the 9th
05 Jun 2012 LU051 Paris by Arrondissement - the 17th
30 May 2012 LY302 Market Walk rue du Faubourg St Denis
23 May 2012 LY231 Spring Vegetables & Tuiles des Dames
04 Apr 2012 LA041 Terrine Campagnarde & Charlotte aux Fraises
20 Mar 2012 LM201 Paris by Arrondissement - the 4th
14 Mar 2012 LM141 French Sausages & Lentils, Tarte au Citron
08 Feb 2012 LF081 Guinea Fowl Provençal & Cake a l'orange
07 Dec 2011 LD071 Holiday Dishes
16 Nov 2011 LN161 Classic Veal Stew & Far Breton dessert
19 Oct 2011 LO191 Chicken a la Normande & Apple Tart
27 Sep 2011 LS271 Paris by Arrondissement - the 2nd
07 Jun 2011 LU071 Paris by Arrondissement - the 1st
25 May 2011 LY251 A Market Walk of the Les Halles Area
17 May 2011 LY171 Paris by Arrondissement - the 5th
27 Apr 2011 LA271 Terrines for Summer Entertaining
26 Apr 2011 LA261 Paris by Arrondissement - the 19th
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