AUTUMN AGENDA au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

🍁 AUTUMN is my favourite time of year . . . all of a sudden, one notices that there are some shades of 🍂 orange, brown and gold on the otherwise 🍃 green palette of trees . . . 🍂 the odd brown leaf flutters to the ground, and soon there is a crunchy carpet underfoot . . . 🍁 autumn is the perfect season … Continue reading AUTUMN AGENDA au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

LA RENTRÉE 2021 – creative activities & sports clubs

📚 La Rentrée is often an exciting time for children, sometimes daunting too: a new school, a new class and teacher(s), new subjects, seeing their friends again after the long summer holidays . . . (note: I’m aware that some children are already back at school; mine return later this week!). This 📚 Rentrée 2021, is – of course – as last year, still a bit more … Continue reading LA RENTRÉE 2021 – creative activities & sports clubs

SPORTS EVENTS for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (autumn 2021)

It is not officially 🍁 AUTUMN, but for me it feels like autumn as soon as La Rentrée happens. Here au Pays du Mont-Blanc, we have a rich calendar of 🚵‍♂️ sporting events to participate in, or be a spectator at, over the 🍁 autumn months : 🏃‍♂️  trail running, marathons and half-marathons;  🚵‍♂️ road-biking and VTT events; In this article, you will find: 🗓‍ … Continue reading SPORTS EVENTS for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (autumn 2021)

SPRING & SUMMER BLOSSOMS and FLOWERS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

It’s official in Geneva: 🌺 SPRINGTIME has ARRIVED ! The 🌳 Marronier de la Treille’s first bud appeared this year on Friday 12th March 2021 – and this is seen in the Helvetian city as the first official day of 🌺 spring! (see below for further explanations). And here are the 🌺 first buds on our Sallanches co-property tree too: 🌷 Springtime: when 🌱 crocuses first timidly reach out … Continue reading SPRING & SUMMER BLOSSOMS and FLOWERS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

Marché de Noël au Château de Coppet (SWITZERLAND)

I can’t quite remember how we first heard about 🎄« Noël au Château de Coppet » – a delightful Christmas market, located between 🇨🇭 Geneva and Nyon, on 💦 Lac Léman in Switzerland. But I’m so glad that we did, as we had a lovely experience there a few years ago! We’ve been meaning to head back ever since, but we’ve not yet managed it! What … Continue reading Marché de Noël au Château de Coppet (SWITZERLAND)

LYON – 72 hours of fun & visits en famille !

During the 🍂 Toussaint holidays of 2019, MBFF spent a long weekend in the beautiful city of 🏙 Lyon. As Daddy MBFF had some work meetings in the beautiful city, we decided to head there en famille, arriving at our hotel (located in the 7è arrondissement, just across the river from 🖼 the Musée des Confluences) at 8h in the morning (eek!), in time for me … Continue reading LYON – 72 hours of fun & visits en famille !

Festival « Les Petits Asticots » 23rd ⇒ 29th October 2021 (Pays du Mont-Blanc & Chamonix Valley)

🎭 Les Petits Asticots – the fabulous annual children’s festival 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc & in the Chamonix Valley, which takes place during the 🍁 Toussaint school holidays – will be yet again offering families seven inspirational days of theatre, music, dance, circus and workshops from 23rd ⇒ 29th October 2021! This year is the 20th edition of the festival! The MBFF family absolutely LOVE 🎭 Les … Continue reading Festival « Les Petits Asticots » 23rd ⇒ 29th October 2021 (Pays du Mont-Blanc & Chamonix Valley)

SCIENCE MUSEUMS, EVENTS & ACTIVITIES for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

There are several 🧬 BIG SCIENCE EVENTS that occur regularly 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond, and we have the annual 🧪 La Fête de la Science approaching fast! 🧪 La Fête de la Science – from 1st ⇒ 11th October 2021 (annual); 🧪 La Nuit des Sciences – every two years in Geneva; 🧪 CERN Open Days – every few years, the CERN opens to the public; This … Continue reading SCIENCE MUSEUMS, EVENTS & ACTIVITIES for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

LES MERCREDIS – sport, nature, creative activities and relaxation for children au Pays du Mont-Blanc

[ La Rentrée 2021 – 2022 update ] WEDNESDAYS are, in many of the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc communes, a day free from scholastic duties (for children in maternelle and primaire, at least!). A day to perhaps explore a new ⚽️ sport or 🎨 leisure activity, 🏡 to relax at home or to head to garderie (where kids will discover lots of fabulous activities!) . . . … Continue reading LES MERCREDIS – sport, nature, creative activities and relaxation for children au Pays du Mont-Blanc

AUTUMN ACTIVITIES for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

🍁 AUTUMN is my favourite time of year . . . all of a sudden, one notices that there are some shades of 🍂 orange, brown and gold on the otherwise 🍃 green palette of trees . . . 🍂 the odd brown leaf flutters to the ground, and soon there is a crunchy carpet underfoot . . . 🍁 autumn is the perfect season … Continue reading AUTUMN ACTIVITIES for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

« ANNECY PAYSAGES » en famille (ANNECY)

I had been wanting to see and experience 🖼 « Annecy Paysages » ever since its conception in the summer of 2018 . . . and a couple of summers ago, on ☀️ a beautiful sunny day, we finally found a window for a visit en famille. Despite it still being ☀️ summer holiday season, and BUSY, we still had a fabulous time. And just last week, … Continue reading « ANNECY PAYSAGES » en famille (ANNECY)

Festival « Les Enfants d’Abord » (Sallanches)

[ 2021 update – due to Covid restricitions, this fabulous children’s festival has not taken place since 2019 ! This article will need an update! ] As residents of Sallanches, we have watched the 🎭 children’s festival « Les Enfants d’Abord » get bigger and better each year! (the festival has now been running for 24 years!). Over 4 days, every afternoon and evening (15h30 until 18h30) … Continue reading Festival « Les Enfants d’Abord » (Sallanches)

Plan d’Eau de Flumet (VAL d’ARLY)

Have you ever been to 💦 Flumet’s Plan d’Eau? If not, then MBFF highly recommends a visit! The little swimming lake is located within the 🌈 Base de Loisirs de l’Arrondine . . . which means that, as well as the lake, you’ll find a playground, skatepark and a terrain multi-sports on-site. Swimming lake The 💦 lake is just lovely! It is surrounded by plenty of grass to … Continue reading Plan d’Eau de Flumet (VAL d’ARLY)

Parc de Loisirs du Pontet (Les Contamines-Montjoie)

The MBFF tribe is a huge fan of the ⛳️ Parc de Loisirs du Pontet, the largest parc de loisirs 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc. This giant leisure park in the beautiful Les Contamines-Montjoie, offers more than 20 sports and leisure activities and also has 💦 a small swimming lake and boating lake. Being located next to Notre Dame de la Gorge, opposite the 🚡 Téléphérique de … Continue reading Parc de Loisirs du Pontet (Les Contamines-Montjoie)

Les Grandes Médiévales d’Andilly (reporté 2022!)

A few years ago now, the MBFF tribe headed to the 🎪 Les Grandes Médiévales d’Andilly with some friends and their children. We had a fabulous day (the whole family concurred and all of the friends too!). It really was a memorable day . . . So, what do you need to know about this 🎪 extraordinary family event? What are Les Grandes Médiévales d’Andilly? 🎪 Les Grandes Médiévales … Continue reading Les Grandes Médiévales d’Andilly (reporté 2022!)

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

When I had my first baby nearly 11 years ago, I had just moved to a new town 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . I knew nobody in the town, and was quite lonely and keen to find 🌈 baby activities and playgroups, in order to get out and about and to socialise a bit! Progressively, I discovered the 🌈 playgroups that were available … Continue reading BABY & TODDLER activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

« Montreux-Noël » (SWITZERLAND) – 19th November ⇒ 24th December 2021

🇨🇭🎄 Montreux-Noël normally runs from the end of November until Christmas Eve (2019 was its 🎁 25th birthday, the first edition having been last century, in 1995!) . . . so let me share with you MBFF’s experience at this fabulous Christmas event and market, and some astuces too . . . This year (2021), it will run from 19th November until 24th December 2021. I had … Continue reading « Montreux-Noël » (SWITZERLAND) – 19th November ⇒ 24th December 2021

LA MAISON PUGIN – a local Christmas tree farm (Reignier)

[ 🌲 winter 2021 update: to come ! ] 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 taste and requests! Once chosen, we take home our new Christmas friend and get prepared to 🎄 decorate it … Continue reading LA MAISON PUGIN – a local Christmas tree farm (Reignier)

Combloux PLAYGROUNDS

On a short family hike in Combloux a few summers ago, we found ourselves playground-hopping before we’d even begun walking (quite difficult, hence, to get our boys walking!). First of all, we headed to the playground we already knew and loved, right next to our parking spot . . . Adventure playground This playground is by far one of our favourites in the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc. … Continue reading Combloux PLAYGROUNDS

« Fête de la Tulipe » in Morges (April ⇒ May 2022)

La 🌷 « Fête de la Tulipe » in 🇨🇭 Morges celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, and this year will be held from (2022 dates to come!) . . .the first buds are expected to be in full bloom by mid-April. You don’t have to travel too far from the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc to experience total dépaysement, to distance yourself from the mountain valleys and … Continue reading « Fête de la Tulipe » in Morges (April ⇒ May 2022)

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS (beyond the Pays du Mont-Blanc)

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! [ ⇒ see MBFF article about 🖼 MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS au Pays du Mont-Blanc here and 🖼 OUTDOOR ART EXHIBITIONS & EPHEMERAL OUTDOOR … Continue reading MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS (beyond the Pays du Mont-Blanc)

[ Geneva, Nyon, Cluses & Annecy ] – FREE museums on FIRST SUNDAY of the month!

Throughout the year in 🇨🇭 Geneva and Nyon, from 🗓 September ⇒ ⇒ May in 🇫🇷 Cluses, and from 🗓 October ⇒ May in 🇫🇷 Annecy, several 🖼 museums & temporary exhibitions are FREE on the 🗓 FIRST Sunday of the month! In addition, the museums often put on some 🎨 wonderful workshops & guided tours for children and families (also FREE) on this day. The next FREE Sunday will be this 🗓 … Continue reading [ Geneva, Nyon, Cluses & Annecy ] – FREE museums on FIRST SUNDAY of the month!

Gypaètes Barbus © Antoine Rezer Photography

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

The 🦅 gypaète barbu celebrated two big birthdays in 2017: 🦅 30 years since its successful re-introduction into France (1987); 🦅 and 20 years since the first gypaète was born in the Alps (1997); Some gypaète barbu facts: 🦅 NAME – the gypaetus barbatus is what is known as an « Old World vulture »; ie it resides in Africa, Asia and Europe, as opposed to the … Continue reading Bon Anniversaire, Gypaète Barbu! (© Antoine Rezer Photography)

2KM3 – when a car park becomes ARTWORK! (SAINT-GERVAIS)

A few years back, a contingent of the MBFF team (the youngest member and myself) headed off on 🎨 a voyage of art exploration and discovery . . . to 🅿 the newly painted multi-storey 🚙 car park in Saint-Gervais-les-Bains: 🎨 2KM3. This art project really is a masterpiece: an alternative museum of street art, a FREE museum, a museum open every day of the year! … Continue reading 2KM3 – when a car park becomes ARTWORK! (SAINT-GERVAIS)