La Bonne Etoile Artists Retreat was specifically developed to assist artists and writers who would benefit from an experience in another culture, along with a time of seclusion and solitude. But through the years it has developed into more....a community of friends. La Bonne Etoile Blog has been designed to expand the richness of that community by continuing the quest to create and recreate together.


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J-WIKI – a Q&A for all things French

Jerome, our walking encyclopedia on France and french “stuff” will be addressing questions sent in by our readers. But even more exciting is a series of articles translating Monsieur Pleau’s story of four Fontaine-Fourches families during the great Exodus in June, 1940. […]

Off like a herd of turtles, getting started

I have been playing around with all the bells and whistles of the blogging world and have finally realized if I don’t go ahead and start…well… we will never get there. So, here is our maiden voyage and maybe yours too. Let’s start at the beginning. […]

La Beche ou le crayon…Garden Hoe or Pen?


Just a note to let you know why there hasn’t been the first installation of L’Exode “one week, June, 1940 in France”.

Ayez de la patience….it is impossible to write with a garden hoe in my hand and spring has arrived in Fontaine-Fourches.

Also, this project has expanded to include Serge Virot’s […]