December 22, 2017

Come Party With WICE and Celebrate 40 Great Years!

The year 2018 marks our 40th anniversary!  WICE is one of the longest serving volunteer-run cultural associations for the international community in Paris.  And like a fine French wine, we’re just getting better with time.

Our members, from six continents and from diverse backgrounds, form lasting friendships at WICE.  Run by volunteers, these dedicated men and women of WICE  organize all kinds of learning opportunities, including languages, Paris tours, cooking, history, writing, photography, film and the visual arts.  Recently, we’ve added more purely social gatherings, such as our monthly apéro parties.

We’ll be celebrating un certain âge with a host of exciting events all year.  Keep your eyes peeled for new announcements so you can join in the fun!

At our relaunched new-look website, you can register for all activities, across all of our departments.  

Here’s a sneak preview of 2018 courses and events:

December 19, 2017

Happy Holidays: Paris in Sparkle Mode

The Famous Galeries Lafayette Holiday Tree (Photo © Sarah Fauvel)
Winter weather (snow!) and glittering holiday lights mark the beginning of the holiday season, when the City of Light starts to really sparkle. From the joyous department store decorations to festive sapins in the street to the holiday fairs in St Germain, La Defense, and Bercy Village, every neighborhood has its own way of celebrating.

Galeries Lafayette Window (Photo © Cassandra Parkinson) 
Photography instructor Meredith Mullins and a merry band of adventurous WICE photographers went in search of the essence of the season.

Photographer Cassandra Parkinson Takes Aim (Photo © Rick Braswell)
They captured candid street moments, the beauty of moving lights (with camera twirls and zoom bursts), lively store windows, and the glory of the Galeries Lafayette traditional tree (well, not so traditional this year).