Plaine-Joux Skiing (Passy)

While the children are young and learning how to ski, or if you have beginner skiers in your group, then Plaine-Joux is the ideal ski station au Pays du Mont-Blanc for multiple reasons: it’s a small, family-oriented ski resort; there are 12km of wide, gentle, sunny pistes (green, blue and red) with stunning views of the Mont Blanc Massif; this is an affordable ski resort, with different … Continue reading Plaine-Joux Skiing (Passy)

Pistes de Luge au Pays du Mont-Blanc

❄️November snowfall au Pays du Mont-Blanc!❄️ . . . walking knee-deep (or shoulder-deep for the little ones!) in the snow, snowball fights, making a snowman (or perhaps a snowcat or other snow animal) . . . and sledging fun!  When the first November snowfall arrived last year, the MBFF team headed up to Plaine-Joux in Passy for some fun on a luge . . . except that … Continue reading Pistes de Luge au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Ice-Skating au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Le Pays du Mont-Blanc has three indoor ice-skating rinks that are open all year round, and so are good places to head to escape the heat or rain during the summer months, as well as to visit in the wintertime!  In addition, during the winter holiday season, there are severa seasonal outdoor ice-skating rinks (usually set up right in the centre of town), that open  for a limited period; … Continue reading Ice-Skating au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Gypaètes Barbus © Antoine Rezer Photography

Bon Anniversaire, Gypaète Barbu! (© Antoine Rezer Photography)

The gypaète barbu is celebrating two big birthdays this year: 30 years since its successful re-introduction into France (1987), and 20 years since the first gypaète was born in the Alps (1997). And so, to celebrate within the domain of the convention Rencontres Internationales du Gypaète Barbu (10th to 12th November), Asters, Conservatoire d’Espaces Naturels has put together a fantastic programme for the whole family this … Continue reading Bon Anniversaire, Gypaète Barbu! (© Antoine Rezer Photography)

The MEG’s current exhibition: «L’effet boomerang. Les arts aborigènes d’Australie» (Geneva)

There were some beautiful snow flurries at altitude au Pays du Mont-Blanc yesterday, but it was a rainy Sunday in the Arve Valley, so the MBFF team decided to head to the MEG (Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève) in Geneva to see the current temporary exhibition: «L’effet boomerang. Les arts aborigènes d’Australie» . . . what a beautiful and thought-provoking exhibition! The MEG never fails to amaze us with its … Continue reading The MEG’s current exhibition: «L’effet boomerang. Les arts aborigènes d’Australie» (Geneva)

November Agenda au Pays du Mont-Blanc

November au Pays du Mont-Blanc is 🍂🍁crunchy leaves underfoot🍂🍁, snow perhaps ❄️ . . .  dusting off our luges 🛷, the first of many snowmen ☃️, Bourses de Skis, skiing 🎿 and ice-skating (we hope)  . . . and getting excited about the approaching Advent and Christmas . . . Do keep checking the listings, as I shall update them with any new information that comes my way over the month! And please feel free … Continue reading November Agenda au Pays du Mont-Blanc

La Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva)

The MBFF family visited La Maison de la Créativité in Conches on the outskirts of Geneva, on a crisp, sunny day last autumn . . . what a magical discovery, for children and adults alike! A house (Villa Calandrini) set in copious grounds and surrounded by woodland, with views of the Salève mountain, and it even has its very own Faraway Tree ®.  The house and … Continue reading La Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva)

Family strolls with small children: lakes in autumn au Pays du Mont-Blanc

After a visit to Japan during the magical time of «autumn leaves», I never thought that autumn would inspire me in the same way again . . . But then I returned home to the Pays du Mont-Blanc, and was charmed all over again by the palette of red, ochre, gold and orange covering the trees, crunching under my feet and reflected in the lakes of … Continue reading Family strolls with small children: lakes in autumn au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Festival: «Les Petits Asticots 2017» (Pays du Mont-Blanc)

«Les Petits Asticots» – the yearly children’s festival au Pays du Mont-Blanc – will be back again for another amazing season from the 21st to 26th October 2017!  Six days of theatre, music, circus and workshops for little people! The MBFF team absolutely LOVE «Les Petits Asticots» – not only are the shows of high quality, the festival is local and its timing during the Toussaint holidays … Continue reading Festival: «Les Petits Asticots 2017» (Pays du Mont-Blanc)

La Maison du Salève (Présilly)

A visit to La Maison du Salève makes for a wonderful family day out . . . originally an 18th century farm from the Chartreuse de Pomier (La Ferme de Mikerne – see here for more history), the building has been renovated to host a cultural centre recounting the history of the Salève mountain and its environs, through a permanent interactive exhibition, guided visits, workshops, discovery … Continue reading La Maison du Salève (Présilly)

Les mercredis – workshops & creative activities for children au Pays du Mont-Blanc

For some of us au Pays du Mont-Blanc, la Rentrée was two weeks ago . . . for some of us it was last week . . . some of our children still have school on a Wednesday morning and some communes have opted to go back to the 4-day week . . . it’s hard to keep track! Last weekend – up and down the … Continue reading Les mercredis – workshops & creative activities for children au Pays du Mont-Blanc

La Petite Université – Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Have you heard that there is a new university au Pays du Mont-Blanc?  It’s called La Petite Université – Chamonix Mont-Blanc! If you weren’t able to attend the journée présentation back in July, then you will find some of the team this Saturday 9th September, from 10h to 16h, on the Promenade du Fori (along the Arve river, after the Place du Mont-Blanc), at the «Forum … Continue reading La Petite Université – Chamonix Mont-Blanc

Family Hikes – tips for hiking with small children

With the recent beautiful weather we’ve been having, after lots of RAIN, I thought it time to write a post about hiking with small children. Family hiking with small children is not a simple task! Well, perhaps it is for some families . . . perhaps your children were born hikers!  But for many of us, getting our children to LOVE hiking in the mountains is … Continue reading Family Hikes – tips for hiking with small children

Les P’tits Experts de la Nature (Sallanches)

Every Wednesday afternoon during the French school holidays, the Centre de la Nature Montagnarde in Sallanches organises worshops for children aged 6 to 12 years  called Les P’tits Experts de la Nature. Children are given a certificate booklet when they do their first workshop and they collect a stamp for each completed workshop.  During their 2-hour workshop, they become little “experts” in different fields of nature! My son … Continue reading Les P’tits Experts de la Nature (Sallanches)

Softplay & Bouncy Castles au Pays du Mont Blanc

Au Pays du Mont Blanc, we are now lucky enough to have two softplay options – one in Chamonix and one in Sallanches – for those RAINY DAYS all year long . . . and in the summer months, plenty of bouncy castles spring up in lovely locations: Indoor Softplay Centres La Petite Folie Softplay (Chamonix) This softplay café in Chamonix Sud opened its doors in the summer … Continue reading Softplay & Bouncy Castles au Pays du Mont Blanc

Le Chalet des Créateurs (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)

Every now and again a new place to visit comes along that really makes me SMILE . . . The Chalet des Créateurs in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains is one such venture. The Chalet des Créateurs is many things at once: a gallery showcasing local creative talent (45+ créateurs, and always changing); a boutique with unique hand-made, local goods/gifts; a place for children and adults to try out workshops! A … Continue reading Le Chalet des Créateurs (Saint-Gervais-les-Bains)

Lac de Passy

Lac de Passy, officially referred to these days as a “Base de Loisirs“ (due to the numerous leisure activities on offer), is the largest lake in the Pays du Mont Blanc.  Ideal for a swim and a splash during the summer months, it is also frequented by cyclists, joggers, buggy-walkers, fishing enthusiasts, windsurfers, paddle-boarders and dog-walkers (NB dogs are not permitted at the beach/criques ends of … Continue reading Lac de Passy

Le Paradis des Praz (Les Praz, Chamonix)

My MBFF boys headed off for some fun at Paradis des Praz at the weekend and it reminded me what a wonderful little hidden jewel it is.  This natural playground is well-known to families living in the region, but perhaps not to those visiting. Nestled in the woods in Les Praz, a short walk from the golf-course car park (or from Les Tines, in the opposite … Continue reading Le Paradis des Praz (Les Praz, Chamonix)

«Le petit atelier’jardin du mercredi» at the Jardin des Cimes (Plateau d’Assy)

Over the summer months, the wonderful Jardin des Cimes will be offering weekly workshops for children every Wednesday afternoon, from 14h30 to 16h30 (from Wednesday 7th June to Wednesday 30th August 2017). These will be themed workshops pertaining to nature and gardens, with a different theme for each week.  You will need to reserve a place for the workshop, at 8,50€ per child, with a … Continue reading «Le petit atelier’jardin du mercredi» at the Jardin des Cimes (Plateau d’Assy)

2KM3 – when a car park becomes ARTWORK! (Saint-Gervais)

A contingent of the MBFF team (the youngest member and myself) headed off last week on a voyage of art exploration and discovery . . . to the newly painted multi-storey car park in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains: 2KM3. We went with a draisienne (push bike).  There was art, and there were some steep descents (and ascents on the return journey) for the little one! What a marvellous … Continue reading 2KM3 – when a car park becomes ARTWORK! (Saint-Gervais)

The beautiful quais of Sallanches

I was walking along the quais in Sallanches last week and the chataignes (chestnut trees) were all in bloom and had formed a tapestry above my head . . . and I thought how I must write a post about how NOW is the time to experience Sallanches’s riverside at its most lush! A trip to Sallanches’s Saturday morning market (which is lovely; a post to come) … Continue reading The beautiful quais of Sallanches

Les Gorges de la Diosaz (Servoz)

A visit to Les Gorges de la Diosaz natural site makes for a wonderful visit en famille, come rain or shine (we have visited during both weather forecasts here at MBFF!).  You are in the shade for most of the walk, so this is a great option during a summer heatwave, as well as on a slightly drizzly day!  It is quite the experience to walk along the footpath, … Continue reading Les Gorges de la Diosaz (Servoz)

Baby & Toddler Playgroups & Storytelling au Pays du Mont Blanc

When I had my first baby, I came across playgroup & storytelling information progressively, so hopefully it will be of use to some folk to have it all in one place . . . a list of some of the playgroup & storyteeling options au Pays du Mont-Blanc: Chamonix Chamonix «ChamCats Carers, Mums n Tots» takes place in the Salle Paroissiale (Church Hall) of  the Presbytery … Continue reading Baby & Toddler Playgroups & Storytelling au Pays du Mont Blanc

Le Jardin des Cimes (Plateau d’Assy)

MBFF was thrilled to discover Le Jardin des Cimes in Plateau d’Assy a few years ago.  It is a truly magical garden, with breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc Massif. Le Jardin des Cimes (“Garden of the Summits”) has revitalised the area of Plateau d’Assy; not only are the garden and café a delight for locals and tourists alike, but jobs have been created and there are plenty of activities and … Continue reading Le Jardin des Cimes (Plateau d’Assy)

Cinemas au Pays du Mont Blanc

Chamonix Chamonix’s Cinéma VOX is a bit of an institution, and I was once a regular visitor with a pass (in my footloose and fancy free days when I lived just down the road!). There are VO films to choose from and the venue is also used to host certain events: shows for children, mountain films, the adventure film festival, guest speakers . . . *Good … Continue reading Cinemas au Pays du Mont Blanc