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

BUGGY WALKS: 10 ideas for winter buggy walks au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Are you beginning to feel frustrated with the beautiful ❄️ SNOW, as it is restricting your movements with a buggy? Are you tired of heading to 💦 Lac de Passy (lovely as it may be!) to do loop after loop with a buggy, because you are in need of some ground without ❄️ SNOW ? I’m sure you’re not alone! On this note, I was lucky during the buggy years, … Continue reading BUGGY WALKS: 10 ideas for winter buggy walks au Pays du Mont-Blanc

10 outdoor activities en famille (apart from ski alpin!) this winter au Pays du Mont-Blanc

This winter season, many of us are missing the functioning of 🚡 the remontées mécaniques, and our usual weekend dose of downhill skiing and snowboarding . . . and for those working in the ski industry, this has been the most challenging of seasons: 🚡 staff working the remontées mécaniques, moniteurs and monitrices de ski, 🎿 ski rental shops, 🧇 restaurants on the pistes . . … Continue reading 10 outdoor activities en famille (apart from ski alpin!) this winter au Pays du Mont-Blanc

COMBLOUX activities 2021

🗻 Combloux is another of MBFF’s favourite play areas, for ⛷ skiing, ❄️ snowshoeing, 🛷 sledging, ☕️ eating (!) and simply playing! Both of the MBFF boys have had ⛷ ski lessons here, and my youngest claims that it is his favourite ski station! And my elder son has just started having 🏂 snowboarding lessons here too! ⛷ Combloux ski station links up with ⛷ … Continue reading COMBLOUX activities 2021

PASSY PLAINE-JOUX activities 2021 (Passy)

🗻 Plaine-Joux is one of MBFF’s favourite play areas, whether that be for ⛷ skiing, ❄️ snowshoeing, 🛷 sledging or just playing! Both of the MBFF boys had their early ⛷ ski lessons here, and it was the perfectly-sized ski resort for this. I felt more confident, as there are no chairlifts, and I always worried about them being on a chairlift when they were … Continue reading PASSY PLAINE-JOUX activities 2021 (Passy)

BAPTÊME SNOOC au DOMAINE des PLANARDS (Chamonix)

In March 2020, the week before life was to change across the world due to Covid-19, a friend and I had a super morning in Chamonix: we had been invited to try out the 🛷 snooc au ❄ Domaine des Planards! At the time, the ❄ Domaine des Planards was the only ski station 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc set up to use it safely. … Continue reading BAPTÊME SNOOC au DOMAINE des PLANARDS (Chamonix)

FOODTRUCKS & FOOD HUTS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (2021)

Over the last few years, 🥗 FOOD TRUCKS & FOOD HUTS have multiplied 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, and have become welcome additions to our mountain playground. You may have spotted them over the years – in ❄️ wintertime, on the ⛄️ fronts de neige and on the ⛷ ski pistes, by 🚡 télécabines and télésièges departure and arrival points, along main roads in designated spots, or perhaps a slot at … Continue reading FOODTRUCKS & FOOD HUTS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (2021)

SEASONAL ICE-SKATING 2020 / 2021 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

[ 2020 / 2021 UPDATE – ⛸ the outdoor rinks should be able to open, but with Covid-19 regulations! ] It’s that time of year when the ⛸ seasonal ice-skating rinks begin to appear in town centres throughout 🏔 le Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) . . . a lovely way to spend some time en famille . . .  This year, of course, is slightly different . . . ❄ … Continue reading SEASONAL ICE-SKATING 2020 / 2021 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

CHOCOLATIERS ARTISANAUX au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and a bit beyond) au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and a bit beyond)

Here 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, we live on the border with 🇨🇭 Switzerland, one of the most famous chocolate producing nations in the world! Those 🐄 happy alpine cows produce 🥛 a rich creamy milk, perfect to mix with cacao, to form delicious chocolate . . .  But here 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, we also have a rich tradition of artisan chocolate-making, which … Continue reading CHOCOLATIERS ARTISANAUX au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and a bit beyond) au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and a bit beyond)

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! This year, of course, is very particular. We won’t have the joy of wandering through 🥨 Christmas markets (which is normally a highlight for MBFF!), many of ✨ the end … Continue reading MBFF’s suggestions for BUYING LOCALLY this CHRISTMAS

BOIS du BOUCHET – strolls, bike rides, a parcours d’orientation, snowy options & MORE !

A 1km confinement radius is a different surface area for each family . . . some will have access to 💦 a waterfall, others 💦 a river walk, hopefully all can find some 🌿 green space or 🌳🌲 woodland . . . I realised last week that I had never written a full article about the 🌳🌲 Bois du Bouchet in Chamonix, which is certainly … Continue reading BOIS du BOUCHET – strolls, bike rides, a parcours d’orientation, snowy options & MORE !

10 ideas for NATURE GAMES & CREATIVITY en famille (on your 1km stroll from home)

And so here we are, now 2 weeks into our 🏡 2nd confinement here 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc. The kids are still at school, but this being 🇫🇷 France, we still have a Wednesday (on top of the weekend) to keep them busy! Are you struggling to keep your children inspired on your 1km, 1 hour authorised sortie per day? You’ve 🚶‍♀️ walked, 🛴 taken scooters, taken 🚵‍♀️ bikes, … Continue reading 10 ideas for NATURE GAMES & CREATIVITY en famille (on your 1km stroll from home)

FAMILY HIKES: Les Golettes, La Vigne & La Fley (SALLANCHES)

During this 🏡 second confinement, we all (apart from those lucky mountain leaders and other sporting folk!) have to find 🏡 walks within a 1km radius from home . . . as with the first confinement, I am lucky to have found one 🏔 local hike that adheres to the distance and time authorised (if I run part of it, which is a major challenge for … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: Les Golettes, La Vigne & La Fley (SALLANCHES)

FAMILY HIKES: « Forest Discovery Trail » / « Sentier Découverte de la Forêt » (Cordon)

A couple of Sundays ago, MBFF headed to Cordon, to hike the « Sentier Découverte de la Forêt à Cordon » (« Forest Discovery Trail »). We first discovered this trail about 5 years ago, and I have been meaning to write a full article about it every since! The 🌲 « Forest Discovery Trail » is an annotated trail through the 🌲 forest (a predominantly spruce … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: « Forest Discovery Trail » / « Sentier Découverte de la Forêt » (Cordon)

FAMILY HIKES: La P’tite Trotte (Combloux ⇒ Ormaret )

This is a lovely bucolic family hike, a boucle leaving from ⛪️ the baroque church of Combloux, and heading to ⛪️ the little chapel in the hamlet of Ormaret. It’s an easy stroll, with 🌿 wide open spaces for running, little bridges to cross, 🐄 farm animals to see (and the possibility of visiting a farm along the way), and ⛪️ a small chapel to … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: La P’tite Trotte (Combloux ⇒ Ormaret )

10 more ideas for AUTUMN FAMILY HIKES & STROLLS with small children (beyond le Pays du Mont-Blanc)

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you 10 ideas for 🍁 autumn stroll with young children 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . and promised you a follow-up article with 🍁 10 more suggestions for autumn hikes and strolls en famille a bit further away . . . This has been a particularly colourful autumn so far, with the 🍁 the burnt seasonal colours adorning the … Continue reading 10 more ideas for AUTUMN FAMILY HIKES & STROLLS with small children (beyond le Pays du Mont-Blanc)

10 ideas for AUTUMN FAMILY HIKES & STROLLS with small children au Pays du Mont-Blanc

🍁 Autumn, before ❄️ the snow arrives (and even when ❄️ the snow arrives!), is a lovely time for a family stroll or hike here 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . the temperatures are (usually) fresher than the ☀️ summertime, and 🍁 the burnt seasonal colours adorning the trees and covering the ground are just beautiful. Next to a lake, you’ll perhaps see 🍂 autumn colours … Continue reading 10 ideas for AUTUMN FAMILY HIKES & STROLLS with small children au Pays du Mont-Blanc

FAMILY HIKES: La Passerelle Himalayenne to Lac Vert (Passy)

I have now been on this hike a couple of times: once en famille with some friends and once on my own with a friend. I can assure you that each time, friends are wowed by the 🌉 Himalayan suspension bridge, 🏔 the fabulous views of Mont-Blanc, and the ethereal 💦 Lac Vert. The altitude gain (dénivelé) on this hike is fairly minimal, making it a great short … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: La Passerelle Himalayenne to Lac Vert (Passy)

“Le Mystère de la Montre”: treasure hunt in Mont-Saxonnex!

MBFF has tried out another of Cluse Arve & Montagne’s jeux ! This time we chose another jeu d’aventure: ⏱ Le Mystère de la Montre, in ⛰ Mont-Saxonnex! After having had so much fun doing the previous two jeux, ⚔️ Le Chevalier Maudit (in Châtillon-sur-Cluses; read about our experience here) and 🥚 L’Œuf de Plume la Gypaète (in Le Reposoir; read about our experience here), … Continue reading “Le Mystère de la Montre”: treasure hunt in Mont-Saxonnex!

« Le Chevalier Maudit »: medieval knightly fun and Geocaching® en famille! (Châtillon-sur-Cluses)

In February this year, we headed to ⛰ Le Reposoir to do one of the Cluses Arves & Montagnes 🗺 jeux d’orientation (L’Œuf de Plume la Gypaète – see here for MBFF article), and we really enjoyed it! As well as the fun of the orienteering game, we really delighted in getting to know a new mountain village and the pretty ⛪️ La Chartreuse du … Continue reading « Le Chevalier Maudit »: medieval knightly fun and Geocaching® en famille! (Châtillon-sur-Cluses)

FAMILY HIKES: la Gorge du Glacier (Argentière)

I don’t know about you, but I like to stay off 🏔 the busy mountain paths in ☀️ the summertime, social-distancing regulations in place or not! Earlier this week, my boys were at their 🎨 Art & Nature workshop with local artist Cat Kartal in Argentière, and so I took the opportunity to have a day out by myself, hiking and then reading my book in nature. I … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: la Gorge du Glacier (Argentière)

Le Site des Ponts de la Caille (CRUSEILLES)

You may well have spotted these two bridges – 🌁 Les Ponts de la Caille – from the motorway (A41 Annecy-Genève) on a trip to 💦 Lac d’Annecy from 🏔 Le Pays du Mont-Blanc? Have you ever come off the motorway to explore? MBFF certainly has – my curious nature would never leave such incredible looking bridges unexplored! 🌁 Les Ponts de la Caille are two … Continue reading Le Site des Ponts de la Caille (CRUSEILLES)

10 ideas for JEUX de PISTE and CHASSE au TRESOR au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

This summer there are more 🔍 jeux de piste and 💰 chasses au trésor (treasure hunts) available for family fun than ever before 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond.  These 🗺 treasure hunts take all sorts of different forms: ☀️❄️ FREE ephemeral summer  trails; 🦌 trails to learn about the local patrimoine or nature & animals; 🔍 solving puzzles and following clues along the way … Continue reading 10 ideas for JEUX de PISTE and CHASSE au TRESOR au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

FAMILY HIKES: « Sur les traces des Graniteurs » (COMBLOUX)

I had been wanting to do the short themed walk ⚒ « Sur les traces des Graniteurs » in Combloux for a while, and last springtime MBFF finally managed to go . . . At the time, I was looking for a lower altitude hike (and not too long!) to do en famille, as there was still lots of ❄️ snow up high . . … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: « Sur les traces des Graniteurs » (COMBLOUX)

20+ SUMMER TERRACES for families in the Chamonix Valley!

Our 🥗 local restaurants and cafés are beginning to tentatively re-open to the public after a three month closure, with socially distanced tables and other modifications. Restaurants with terraces are therefore a particularly attractive option for people to head to, who want to eat out again, but are less keen to be seated indoors. I have put together the first of TWO articles, this one … Continue reading 20+ SUMMER TERRACES for families in the Chamonix Valley!