MBFF’s suggestions for BUYING LOCALLY this CHRISTMAS

It’s that time of year: 🎄 the Christmas trees and lights are going up in the centre of towns and villages, and we are beginning to think of 🎁 gifts for family and friends! Here, chez MBFF, we will be writing our 🎅✉️ letters to Santa very soon! (We’ve all been very good. Mostly.) And I am keen to support local businesses as best as … Continue reading MBFF’s suggestions for BUYING LOCALLY this CHRISTMAS

CHOCOLATIERS ARTISANAUX au Pays du Mont-Blanc – Christmas selection !

Here 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, we live on the border with 🇨🇭 Switzerland, one of the most famous chocolate producing nations in the world (thought neighbouring countries do outweigh this small country in chocolate production!). Those 🐄 happy 🇨🇭 Swiss alpine cows produce 🥛 a rich creamy milk, perfect to mix with cacao, to form delicious chocolate . . . And here in our … Continue reading CHOCOLATIERS ARTISANAUX au Pays du Mont-Blanc – Christmas selection !

CHRISTMASTIME & HOLIDAY SEASON 2022 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

At 🎄 Christmastime we are spoiled 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) with 🎄 fabulous Christmas and holiday events ! In this article, you will find information about : 🎄 the lighting of town and village CHRISTMAS TREES (illuminations du sapin) in December; 🎅🎄 local Pays du Mont-Blanc Christmas events – Santa’s arrival, spectacles, storytelling etc . . .; ✨ dazzling holiday light shows & illuminations; 🎄 big … Continue reading CHRISTMASTIME & HOLIDAY SEASON 2022 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

CHRISTMAS MARKETS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

It’s official: the 🎄 Christmas season is kicking off this weekend ! The ❄️ snow has begun to fall and settle up high, ❄️ the mountain lakes are beginning to freeze, and not too far from the Pays du Mont-Blanc, 🎁 Villages & 🎄 Marchés de Noël and are soon to appear in the centre of bigger towns and villages (🇫🇷 Annecy, 🇨🇭 Montreux, Lausanne, 🇮🇹 … Continue reading CHRISTMAS MARKETS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

FAMILY HIKES: le Sentier Nature du Calvaire & le Creux Saint-Jean (MEGEVE)

MBFF hiked this trail a couple of times last year, and we can confirm that it is fabulous for families with small children! It would be lovely to do in 🍂 autumn, with the changing colours, but do leave it for a dry day, as it could be quite slippery underfoot after rain! You get a mixture of religious history, art & architecture and nature … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: le Sentier Nature du Calvaire & le Creux Saint-Jean (MEGEVE)

A visit to the MAMCO Genève en famille (GENEVA)

Have you ever been to the 🖼 MAMCO Genève? This 🖼 modern and contemporary art museum is located in an old industrial building in the Plainpalais area of Geneva, and it offers fabulous guided visits for families on Wednesdays and on the first Sunday of each month. MBFF has been a few times, and we love it! What is the MAMCO ? The 🖼 MAMCO (Musée … Continue reading A visit to the MAMCO Genève en famille (GENEVA)

20 SHORT FAMILY HIKES with a BUVETTE (CHAMONIX VALLEY)

When the kids are small, we are often limited in the hikes that we undertake: not too far, not too high, not too much dénivelé . . . some of us can hike further, but some of us have problematic backs and knees, meaning that baby backpacks can be more of a challenge . . . or, perhaps we have toddlers that like to hike, … Continue reading 20 SHORT FAMILY HIKES with a BUVETTE (CHAMONIX VALLEY)

DINOSAURS & PREHISTORY near the Pays du Mont-Blanc

Did you ever wonder why I placed 🦕 a dinosaur in the MBFF logo ? It wasn’t simply because kids tend to love 🦖🦕 dinosaurs; it was also because near the Pays du Mont-Blanc, just across the border in 🇨🇭 Emosson, you’ll find some 🦕 dinosaur prints, vestiges of 💦 a great ocean that once covered our 🗻 mountains . . . But where else … Continue reading DINOSAURS & PREHISTORY near the Pays du Mont-Blanc

MORE AMAZING WATERFALLS & GORGES beyond le Pays du Mont-Blanc

💦 Waterfalls and gorge hikes are in abundance here 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . [ ⇒ separate MBFF article 💦 WATERFALLS & GORGES 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc here ] But it is still worth highlighting some 💦 waterfalls and gorges to explore that are a  bit further away, in 🇫🇷 further France and in 🇨🇭 neighbouring Switzerland and the 🇮🇹 Aosta Valley (Italy) . … Continue reading MORE AMAZING WATERFALLS & GORGES beyond le Pays du Mont-Blanc

5 TOP SPOTS for PADDLING in NATURE au Pays du Mont-Blanc

I think that most kids enjoy 💦 paddling in shallow water, correct ? Here au Pays du Mont-Blanc, we have great options for 💦 paddling pools at public swimming pools, but also out in our glorious nature ! Here are some of your options for 💦 indoor or outdoor (or both) paddling pools, where babies and toddlers can play safely, at our local swimming pools : … Continue reading 5 TOP SPOTS for PADDLING in NATURE au Pays du Mont-Blanc

WEEKENDS & LONG WEEKENDS AWAY from le Pays du Mont-Blanc

Had you noticed that 🇫🇷 France has A LOT of bank holidays? No sooner are the spring holidays over, then along comes the Pont de l’Ascension and Pentecôte in May and June ! These weekends are the ideal escape – though do be warned that if you head to the 🇫🇷 South of France on a bank holiday weekend, then you’ll be doing so with many … Continue reading WEEKENDS & LONG WEEKENDS AWAY from le Pays du Mont-Blanc

3 FAMILY STROLLS & HIKES in the Parc Thermal (Le Fayet)

The MBFF team players are huge fans of the 🌳 Parc Thermal in Le Fayet . . . as well as the famous 💦 Thermes de Saint-Gervais-Mont-Blanc, this park has so much to offer: hikes & strolls, 🧗‍♂️ climbing & via ferrata, a newly renovated sports complex, a playground, le petit train du Parc Thermal, lots of green grass for running and ball games, art … Continue reading 3 FAMILY STROLLS & HIKES in the Parc Thermal (Le Fayet)

DAY TRIPS from le Pays du Mont-Blanc

We are spoiled with plentiful nature and culture here au Pays du Mont-Blanc – there are just so many wonderful options for family activities! But even with so many rich options, sometimes we might get valley fever (yes, this is a THING!), or we may feel the need to escape ☔️ bad weather . . . and that’s when a day trip away comes in handy! … Continue reading DAY TRIPS from le Pays du Mont-Blanc

25+ ideas for activities over the SPRING HOLIDAYS

The  spring holidays here  in France fall this year between 9th April and 8th May 2022 (depending on your zone) . . .  and you are in for a treat here  au Pays du Mont-Blanc, as there are plenty of family-friendly activities a-happening. The  snow on the ski pistes is softening under  the golden spring sunshine (though with the April snowfall we had, you’ll still be able to have a spring ski in … Continue reading 25+ ideas for activities over the SPRING HOLIDAYS

10 FOREST & WOODLAND STROLLS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Ahhh, 🌳 forests . . . strolling in nature, listening to the forest sounds, a place for exploring en famille, and so much scope to learn about 🌳🦌 trees and wildlife  . . . With the 🍃🍁 change of seasons, 🌳 our forests offer us something new every few months weeks . . . the 🍃 rich green of spring and summer, 🍂 the shedding of … Continue reading 10 FOREST & WOODLAND STROLLS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

10 family strolls & easy hikes around LAC d’ANNECY

💦 Lac d’Annecy is a super place to head from 🗻 the Pays du Mont-Blanc for a stroll or a hike – perhaps for a bit of culture in the old town of Annecy, perhaps to escape the winter snow of the mountains, or perhaps for a FLAT stroll along the lakeside with a buggy. You’ll find lots of flat walks around the lake, perfect … Continue reading 10 family strolls & easy hikes around LAC d’ANNECY

Piste X Code – let’s be safe on the pistes !

What is Piste X Code ? Piste X Code is a new, and long overdue, 🗻 on-piste safety campaign! We all know that 🏂 skiing and ⛷ snowboarding and other downhill mountain sports carry risk. Perhaps we’ve had an accident on the pistes or we know someone that has been injured. The nature of 🗻 winter piste sports ie downhill, slippery and varied terrain (some … Continue reading Piste X Code – let’s be safe on the pistes !

YVOIRE – a lakeside family day out ! (Lac Léman)

Yvoire is  a 14th century medieval fishing village, located on the southern shores of the  French coast of  Lac Léman. Known as « la perle du Léman » and classified as one of the « plus beaux villages de la France » (see here), with its narrow streets filled with pretty stone buildings, their wooden balconies overflowing with  flowers, Yvoire attracts a fair number of tourists, especially over  the summer months. Yvoire: a little geography & history  Lac Léman – this  Swiss –  French … Continue reading YVOIRE – a lakeside family day out ! (Lac Léman)

FAMILY HIKES: « Sur la piste de Charlotte la Marmotte » (Le Bettex, Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc)

Just over a year ago in November, MBFF headed to Le Bettex (Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc), to walk the family-designed « Sur la piste de Charlotte la Marmotte ». This family walk is 🗺 an annotated trail, and it can be done all year round ( in winter with snowboots or raquettes). The trail can also be walked with an all-terrain buggy, though it would be easier … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: « Sur la piste de Charlotte la Marmotte » (Le Bettex, Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc)

Les Thermes de Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc en famille (LE FAYET)

Having already re-opened under the L’Oréal Paris label, 💦 Les Thermes de Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc underwent a huge renovation project last year . . . These 💦 thermal baths are nestled in a verdant and bucolic spot at the bottom of 🌳 the Parc Thermal in Le Fayet : 💦 in the gorge du Bonnant and next to the Cascade des Thermes. Steeped in history, … Continue reading Les Thermes de Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc en famille (LE FAYET)

AQUATIS aquarium-vivarium en famille (LAUSANNE)

🐠🐊 AQUATIS aquarium-vivarium opened just over 4 years ago, and I had been wanting to take the boys ever since! And so MBFF was delighted to be invited just before the Christmas holidays. I kept it a secret from the boys until we arrived, just to add to the excitement; both boys being huge animal lovers (yes, including 🐊 reptiles and 🐸 amphibians!), I knew … Continue reading AQUATIS aquarium-vivarium en famille (LAUSANNE)

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS in nearby SWITZERLAND and ITALY

We are lucky to have some 🖼 wonderful museums 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, many housed in architectural gems (old, new and renovated). . . and as well as their permanent collections, they also offer 🖼 temporary exhibitions and 🎨 workshops for children and families over the school holidays! We are also lucky if we live (or are visiting!) the 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, as we are at … Continue reading MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS in nearby SWITZERLAND and ITALY

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS in nearby FRANCE

We are lucky to have some 🖼 wonderful museums 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, many housed in architectural gems (old, new and renovated) . . . and as well as their permanent collections, many also offer 🖼 temporary exhibitions and 🎨 workshops for children and families over the school holidays! [ ⇒ see MBFF article about 🖼 MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS au Pays du Mont-Blanc here and 🖼 OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITIONS … Continue reading MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS in nearby FRANCE

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

We are lucky to have some 🖼 wonderful museums 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc and in the Chamonix Valley, many housed in architectural gems (old, new and renovated). . . and as well as their permanent collections, they also offer 🎨 temporary exhibitions and workshops for children and families over the school holidays! (the local tourist offices will have a list of those scheduled during your stay). ⇒ see … Continue reading MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

ALTA LUMINA en famille (Les Gets)

On Saturday evening, MBFF walked through a sparkling enchanted forest, courtesy of Les Gets Tourisme! I’d been wanting to experience this night-time son & lumières parcours since it opened more than a year ago, and finally we managed to get there! The unique trail is located in the forest behind the Lac des Écoles in Les Gets . . . and it is just M A … Continue reading ALTA LUMINA en famille (Les Gets)