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 … Continue reading ALTA LUMINA en famille (Les Gets)

« VAN GOGH ALIVE – the experience » en famille (LAUSANNE)

Just before the holidays MBFF had the great privilege of being invited to experience the world-famous sensory exhibition Van Gogh Alive – the experience in Lausanne . . . in this exhibition, you literally step into Dutch born painter Vincent Van Gogh’s world, his life brought alive by bright digital renditions of his paintings. Did you know that Van Gogh Alive – the experience, developed by … Continue reading « VAN GOGH ALIVE – the experience » en famille (LAUSANNE)

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

Last winter season, with the remontées mécaniques shut in France, many of us took to new winter sports . . . ski rando had never been so popular, and sledging was a regular outing! Living 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, even without ski alpin, there are still a multitude of activities around to enjoy ❄️ in wintertime en famille. For now, we’re being told that … Continue reading 10 outdoor activities en famille (apart from ski alpin!) this winter au Pays du Mont-Blanc

SPORTS EVENTS for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (winter season 2021 / 2022)

There are plenty of ⛷ SPORTS EVENTS for families & children au Pays du Mont-Blanc over the ❄️ winter season, both in the participating and spectating mode! In this article, you will first find information about: 🏃‍♀️ winter trail running (sometimes on ❄️ snow!) events; ⛷ biathlon, ski rando & ski alpin and snowboard races and competitions; ❄️ fun runs and obstacle races in the snow; 🛷 sledging, paret … Continue reading SPORTS EVENTS for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (winter season 2021 / 2022)

Château de Saint-Michel: castle ruins, forest and a parcours d’orientation (SERVOZ)

Did you know that there were 🏰 castle ruins in 🏔 the Chamonix Valley? You’ll find the ruins of the 🏰 Château de Saint-Michel, a 14th century fortress built under the orders of Béatrix de Savoie, dame de Faucigny, in Servoz. The 🏰 castle ruins sit on a hilltop (860m), surrounded by trees, and the only remaining vestiges are the tower and parts of the wall, now covered in vegetation (especially verdant in summertime!). … Continue reading Château de Saint-Michel: castle ruins, forest and a parcours d’orientation (SERVOZ)

FAMILY HIKES: Sentier des Arpelières (VAL d’ARLY)

A couple of 🍁 Novembers ago, MBFF set off on a short hike that I’d been wanting to do for a while: Le Sentier des Arpelières in Crest-Voland (or Les Saisies), Val d’Arly. I have hiked all over the world, but – hand on heart – 🍁 the autumn colours and 🍄 the magical nature of the terrain on this hike make this 🍂 one … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: Sentier des Arpelières (VAL d’ARLY)

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

🗺 Outdoor games can be a great way to keep the family entertained while exploring, or used as an educational approach to learning about one of our mountain villages or towns here 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc.  These 🗺 outdoor games take all sorts of different forms:  🦌 thematic trails to learn about the local patrimoine or nature & animals; 🗺 informative booklets & maps … Continue reading 10 ideas for JEUX de PISTE and CHASSES au TRÉSOR au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

FAMILY HIKES: boucle from Lintre ⇒ la Pierre Fendue (SALLANCHES)

This boucle is one of my favourite Sallanches hikes. I’ve actually yet to do it en famille, but I’ve now hiked it a few times with friends, and I know that it would be the perfect family hike with older kids (even younger ones, if they are good hikers!).  There is not a huge dénivelé on this hike (the steepest part is at the start), … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: boucle from Lintre ⇒ la Pierre Fendue (SALLANCHES)

TÉLÉCABINE du JAILLET in summertime: aire de jeux panoramique, relaxation zone, hikes & activities (Megève)

With the Télécabine du Jaillet (Megève, Portes du Mont-Blanc) , you can swiftly get up to ⛰ the altitude 1585m, while exerting minimal energy! And, at the arrival station, so much FUN awaits : the aire de jeux panoramique, a chill-out zone, a superb view of Mont-Blanc, picnic spots (and a restaurant option a short stroll away) and plenty of 🥾 hikes and 🚵‍♂️ VTT … Continue reading TÉLÉCABINE du JAILLET in summertime: aire de jeux panoramique, relaxation zone, hikes & activities (Megève)

ARLY-PLAGE: the perfect spot for splashing & paddling ! (PRAZ-sur-ARLY)

Last summer, on ☀ a very hot day, I finally ventured to 💦 Arly-Plage for some river fun with the boys . . .  We’d visited 🌈 the Base de Loisirs des Belles several times, and we’d been ⛷ skiing in Praz-sur-Arly, but we’d never gone for 💦 a paddle and a splash around in the shallow Arly river! Arly-Plage: splashing fun The 💦 Arly … Continue reading ARLY-PLAGE: the perfect spot for splashing & paddling ! (PRAZ-sur-ARLY)

Téléphérique du Salève – a day out with superb views of Lac Léman & the Alps! (Etrembières)

[ autumn 2021 update: 🚠 the Téléphérique du Salève is now SHUT for a huge 2 year long renovation programme . . . but you can still visit the iconic ⛰ Salève mountain, either by driving up there or by hiking up / the 🚠 cable car is due to re-open in 2023 ! ] A couple of weekends back, MBFF was kindly invited by … Continue reading Téléphérique du Salève – a day out with superb views of Lac Léman & the Alps! (Etrembières)

WATERFALLS & GORGES au Pays du Mont-Blanc

A visit to a 💦 waterfall or gorge is often an awe-inspiring and sensory experience, allowing you to appreciate nature in its wildest, purest form. It can also be a great option for a family hike, or a chance to escape ☀️ the heat of summer, with a cool breeze and brume emanating from the cascade of water. We are lucky 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, as we … Continue reading WATERFALLS & GORGES au Pays du Mont-Blanc

La Cascade du Rouget (SIXT-FER-à-CHEVAL)

Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval (Vallée du Giffre) is known as 💦 the land of 30 waterfalls, and 💦 la Cascade du Rouget figures prominently on that list; in 2009 was voted the most beautiful waterfall 🇫🇷 in France! It is affectionately referred to as 👑 « la reine des Alpes » (the Queen of the Alps). Located at an altitude of 960m, and with its +80m of height set across two … Continue reading La Cascade du Rouget (SIXT-FER-à-CHEVAL)

FAMILY HIKES: Lacs des Ilettes, la Cascade de l’Arpenaz & Luzier

This Sallanches hike is ideal any time of year (except on an icy winter’s day!); in 🌸 early springtime, many of our 🗻 higher (and even mid-range) altitude mountain hikes are still snow-covered, but the paths on this trail should be snow-free; in autumn, the colours are just spectacular! The hike (which is also 🚵‍♂️ a bike trail) is ideal for families for several reasons: … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: Lacs des Ilettes, la Cascade de l’Arpenaz & Luzier

10 activities for families & children over the SPRING HOLIDAYS

MBFF had been planning a week away over 🌸 the spring holidays – April would normally have us travelling to our beloved 🇮🇹 Toscana – but Macron’s announcement last week for a 3rd confinement, with a 10km limit to travel, has somewhat scuppered those plans, and we shall now be remaining in-situ!  However, as places to spend confinement, 🗻 le Pays du Mont-Blanc is a pretty … Continue reading 10 activities for families & children over the SPRING HOLIDAYS

EASTER CHOCOLATE: chocolatiers artisanaux au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and a bit beyond)

How do you celebrate 🐣 Easter? Do you organise 🐣 a little Easter egg hunt in your garden or in a local park? 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 … Continue reading EASTER CHOCOLATE: chocolatiers artisanaux au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and a bit beyond)

BUGGY WALKS & FAMILY STROLLS: La Réserve Naturelle du Bout-du-Lac (Doussard, Lac d’Annecy)

🏞 La Réserve Naturelle du Bout-du-Lac in Doussard is a tranquil 🐸 wetland area, with marshes, 💦 rivers and 🌾 unique flora and 🦆 fauna, offering superb views of 💦 Lac d’Annecy and 🏔 the surrounding mountains. For 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 families, it is ideal: wide wooden walkways perfect for buggies or wheelchairs, 🗺 explanatory panels along the way . . . children will remain engaged and you’ll all learn … Continue reading BUGGY WALKS & FAMILY STROLLS: La Réserve Naturelle du Bout-du-Lac (Doussard, Lac d’Annecy)

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 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 winter buggy walks au Pays du Mont-Blanc

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 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 the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) . . . a lovely way to spend some time en famille . . .  Sometimes, next to the ice-skating rink, you might find yourself rewarded with 🥃 a vin chaud stand or a small 🎄 Christmas market! [ ⇒ for more information about … Continue reading SEASONAL ICE-SKATING au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

CHOCOLATIERS ARTISANAUX 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)

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 during confinement 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

Living in the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc, we always have some 🌳 woodland or green space nearby, so here are some ideas for 🌳 nature-inspired activities for your next outing! 1. Build a CABANE We don’t all live near 🌳 woodland with copious branches available to make a solid cabane, but if you do . . . this activity will keep your brood amused for a … Continue reading 10 ideas for NATURE GAMES & CREATIVITY en famille