SPRINGTIME ACTIVITIES au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

The ❄️ snow on the ski pistes starts to soften under the golden ☀️ spring sunshine, and slowly disappears from alpine town and village centres . . . and then the ski stations shut . . . 🌷 spring flowers shoot up overnight . . . and 🌳parks and 🌷 gardens re-open . . . and then it is the season once again for hiking . . . a season when we can sometimes start … Continue reading SPRINGTIME ACTIVITIES au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

BUGGY WALKS – La Braconne, the Pré Curral & the Bialle river path (Sallanches)

When you are living in the 🏔 ❄️ snowy mountains in WINTERTIME with a newborn or young baby, your quotidien can feel tough . . . getting out for a buggy walk is more challenging than usual, with icy pavements or snow impeding certain routes you would normally take. Of course, using a baby-carrier or baby-carrying scarf is one brilliant alternative (as baby keeps warm and you … Continue reading BUGGY WALKS – La Braconne, the Pré Curral & the Bialle river path (Sallanches)

FOOD TRUCKS & FOOD HUTS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

You may have spotted them this wintertime, on the ❄️ ⛄️ fronts de neige and on the ⛷ ski pistes, by 🚡 télécabines and télésiège departure and arrival points, along main roads in designated spots, or perhaps a slot at a 🍏 market . . . and come 🌷 springtime and ☀️ summertime, some of them will move to new locations: 💦 lakes or perhaps another 🏔 mountain location . . . FOOD TRUCKS & FOOD HUTS have multiplied 🏔 au … Continue reading FOOD TRUCKS & FOOD HUTS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

RAINY DAYS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

You have perhaps heard that saying ☔️ “ there’s no such thing as bad weather; just badly dressed people “ (I heard this several times on a couple of work trips to Icleand!) . . . that may well be, but even the strongest of resolves can be broken by days and days of 🌧 rainy weather in the mountains (especially when you can no longer actually see those … Continue reading RAINY DAYS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

CARNAVAL au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond!)

It’s 🎭 CARNAVAL season – that time of year when the little ones (and bigger ones) get dressed up (or refuse to, as my boys systematically did for a couple of years!) and take to the streets of our local towns and villages 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) to release their inner Rio de Janeiro dancing & musical energy! Here is what is on 🏔 au Pays … Continue reading CARNAVAL au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond!)

REFUGE du TORNIEUX: a 4km luge descent (Sallanches)

I had visited the Refuge du Tornieux (1450m) on a ☀️ summer hike a couple of years ago . . . but heading there last week on a ❄️ winter hike was an entirely different experience! I was on my own, which is a rare pleasure . . . but as I am always thinking ahead for fun family activities, as I stopped to take photos, I was … Continue reading REFUGE du TORNIEUX: a 4km luge descent (Sallanches)

FAMILY STROLLS: winter wonderlands au Pays du Mont-Blanc

The ❄️ SNOW falls and drapes our 🗻 mountain peaks with dazzling white blankets . . . some ❄️ snowflakes fall to the ground and form sparkling white forest carpets, some snowflakes cling to the 🌲sapins, before fluttering slowly to the ground . . . magical, féerique, ❄️ winter wonderland Narnias everywhere you look 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc! This article gives you some ideas for ❄️ winter wonderland spots ❄️ to head with … Continue reading FAMILY STROLLS: winter wonderlands au Pays du Mont-Blanc

« Wildlife Photographer of the Year » (Forte di Bard, ITALY)

It was quite by chance in the spring of 2014 that we discovered that we could enjoy the 📷 « Wildlife Photographer of the Year » exhibition fairly close to home, right near the Pays du Mont-Blanc! I had always enjoyed visiting the London-based exhibition at the Natural History Museum (NB « Wildlife Photographer of the Year » competition / exhibition is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London), and was … Continue reading « Wildlife Photographer of the Year » (Forte di Bard, ITALY)

LES HOUCHES – SAINT-GERVAIS Skiing

The ⛷ Domaine Skiable Les Houches – Saint-Gervais is one of MBFF’s favourite spots to ski in the Chamonix Valley. With plenty of gentle pistes to ski en famille, superb Beginner areas and authentic retaurants on the pistes, it’s a winner! Nestled in the heart of the Mont-Blanc massif, Les Houches – Saint-Gervais offers spectacular panoramic 360° views of 🏔 Mont-Blanc, Mont Joly, les Aravis, Les Fiz, and les Aiguilles Rouges . … Continue reading LES HOUCHES – SAINT-GERVAIS Skiing

WEEKLY PLANNER for babies & toddlers au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Here it is: the WEEKLY PLANNER for babies & toddlers au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) . . . hopefully, this will be easy to use . . . please always confirm sessions before attending, as all are subject to change at the last minute! Colour Code for Listings Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches, Servoz & Vallorcine) Passy & environs Sallanches, Combloux, Cordon & Domancy … Continue reading WEEKLY PLANNER for babies & toddlers au Pays du Mont-Blanc

BABY & TODDLER activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

When I had my first baby seven years ago, I had just moved to a new town in the Pays du Mont-Blanc, away from a network of friends . . . I rather short-sightedly thought that this would be an instant opportunity to make new discoveries, and to have new adventures.  In effect, it was . . . but at times I was also incredibly … Continue reading BABY & TODDLER activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

WINTERTIME activities for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

Whether you live 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc or you are visiting at this ❄️ WINTER WONDERLAND ❄️ time of year, then this is the post for you! We all need FRESH IDEAS for family days out over the holidays (and ideas that don’t only involve winter sports!) and – lucky for us – the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc is located at the crossroads with 🇩🇰 Switzerland and 🇮🇹 Italy and close to other parts of 🇫🇷 Haute-Savoie and … Continue reading WINTERTIME activities for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

LES CONTAMINES-MONTJOIE / HAUTELUCE Skiing

⛷ Les Contamines-Montjoie / Hauteluce is one of our family’s favourite ski areas – some broad, sunny pistes, excellent snow, panoramic views of the Mont-Blanc Massif and Beaufortin, lovely restaurants on the slopes  . . . just great! Snow machines also ensure good snow at the start and end of the season. The ski station straddles over both sides of the Col du Mont Joly, linking Haute Savoie … Continue reading LES CONTAMINES-MONTJOIE / HAUTELUCE Skiing

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

It’s that time of year when the ⛸ seasonal ice-skating rinks ⛸ begin to appear in town centres throughout le Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . a lovely way to spend some time en famille, or to let the youngsters play with their friends.  Sometimes, next to the ice-skating rink, you might find yourself rewarded with a mulled wine stand or a small🎄Christmas market! As well as the ⛸ice-skating rinks … Continue reading SEASONAL ICE-SKATING au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

« Montreux-Noël » (Switzerland)

🎄«Montreux-Noël»🎄officially opened yesterday, 22nd November, and will run until the 24th December . . . so this is the ideal day for me to share with you MBFF’s experience at this fabulous Christmas event and market, and some astuces too . . . I had wanted to go to the🎄Marché de Noël de Montreux🎄(part of the🎄«Montreux-Noël»🎄celebrations) for a very long time, and we finally managed to … Continue reading « Montreux-Noël » (Switzerland)

LA MAISON PUGIN – «venez choisir & couper votre sapin!»

Choosing a🎄Christmas tree to take pride and place in one’s home is a special family tradition . . . it takes a while to find the perfect tree – small, tall, full . . . we all have different demands! Once chosen, we take home our new Christmas friend and get prepared to decorate it with our treasured decorations and lights . . . slowly it comes … Continue reading LA MAISON PUGIN – «venez choisir & couper votre sapin!»

Le Lac Vert (Plaine-Joux)

WOW – this 🍁🍂autumn🍂🍁 has been so mild and sunny . . . and the sunny days look set to continue for a while . . . those desperate to see ❄️snow❄️ falling and covering our slopes must be getting impatient . . . but here at MBFF, though our boys are looking forward to winter sports and snow, we are equally happy to continue to enjoy the … Continue reading Le Lac Vert (Plaine-Joux)

AUTUMN LEAVES orienteering (Chamonix Valley)

Over the summer holidays, MBFF asked Baby-Cham (a babysitting service in the Chamonix Valley) to head out on one of the new Chamonix Valley orienteering circuits and to report back on the experience. Its team braved the summer heat and did a superb job testing out the Bois du Bouchet and the Lac des Chavants parcours. Read about Baby-Cham’s experience here. Just this weekend, the … Continue reading AUTUMN LEAVES orienteering (Chamonix Valley)

FILENVOL – capers high up in the trees (near Annemasse)

During the 🍁Toussaint holidays last year, on a 🍂 sunny autumn afternoon, the MBFF tribe (+ one friend) visited Filenvol. I was personally won over by the location – before the fun in the trees even began – as the afternoon light filtering through the 🍂 golden leaves was magical. And then I heard the laughter of children and adults alike, as they capered through the 🌳 trees . … Continue reading FILENVOL – capers high up in the trees (near Annemasse)

Baby-Cham goes orienteering in the Chamonix Valley!

Over the summer holidays, Baby-Cham (the owner of the company and her little helpers) went to test out a couple of the new parcours d’orientation (orienteering routes) in the Chamonix Valley. You may have seen some of the maps in your local tourist offices or on large panels on-site?  The Chamonix Valley has developed 6 orienteering routes for you to enjoy, many of them in … Continue reading Baby-Cham goes orienteering in the Chamonix Valley!

C’est La Rentrée!

The kids are heading back to school and each year, during the period just before and after La Rentrée – up and down the valley – there are plentiful events for children and parents to find out more about possible activities/sports clubs to sign-up for, either on Wednesdays or on other days of the week. Colour code for listings: Chamonix Valley (Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches, Servoz & … Continue reading C’est La Rentrée!

LAKES & WATERSPORTS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

Au Pays du Mont-Blanc we are lucky to have 💦several swimming lakes with stunning mountain views . . . while the perfect spot for strolling and biking in autumn and winter, come the balmy days of spring and summer, the water warms and the lakes start to get busy with bathers and ⛵️ watersport enthusiasts (at Lac de Passy and Lacs des Ilettes: windsurfing, paddle boarding, SUP yoga, … Continue reading LAKES & WATERSPORTS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

SUMMER SPLASH! – waterslides, paddling pools & parcs aquatiques au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

It is now officially summertime, scorching hot, and we have just bought a new paddling pool for the terrace – so I thought this the opportune moment to present a post about the WATERSLIDES & WIBIT PARKS, PADDLING POOLS, SWIMMING POOLS & AQUATIC CENTRES au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond!  In the following post, you will find information about: summer waterslides – over the last few … Continue reading SUMMER SPLASH! – waterslides, paddling pools & parcs aquatiques au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

MBFF’s recommended family hikes au Pays du Mont-Blanc

With a now seven year old and a four year old in tow, the MBFF family is beginning to find its hiking mojo (we hope).  The snow levels at altitude are still quite impressive this spring/summer season 2018 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, and our local refuges have had their work cut out to open in time to accommodate hikers, but we hope to get out in … Continue reading MBFF’s recommended family hikes au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Le Jardin des Cimes (Plateau d’Assy)

Le Jardin des Cimes is a truly magical garden at altitude, 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 workshops on offer for families and schools, as well … Continue reading Le Jardin des Cimes (Plateau d’Assy)