SUMMER AGENDA 2022 (festivals, events & programmes) au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond

☀️ SUMMERTIME is normally associated with some BIG annual events locally : 🎆 14 juillet celebrations – fireworks and more; 🗓 15 août – l’Assomption; 🏞  fêtes de village – local traditions (bread baking, etc . . .), music and traditional dances; 🌈 summer events for children – lots of events aimed at kids! 🖼 ephemeral summer exhibitions – for more information about outdoor art exhibitions, see … Continue reading SUMMER AGENDA 2022 (festivals, events & programmes) au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond

25+ ideas for activities over the SPRING HOLIDAYS

The  spring holidays here  in France fall this year between 9th April and 8th May 2022 (depending on your zone) . . .  and you are in for a treat here  au Pays du Mont-Blanc, as there are plenty of family-friendly activities a-happening. The  snow on the ski pistes is softening under  the golden spring sunshine (though with the April snowfall we had, you’ll still be able to have a spring ski in … Continue reading 25+ ideas for activities over the SPRING HOLIDAYS

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS in nearby SWITZERLAND and ITALY

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! We are also lucky if we live (or are visiting!) the 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc, as we are at … Continue reading MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS in nearby SWITZERLAND and ITALY

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS in nearby FRANCE

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, many 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 … Continue reading MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS in nearby FRANCE

MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

We are lucky to have some 🖼 wonderful museums 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc and in the Chamonix Valley, 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! (the local tourist offices will have a list of those scheduled during your stay). ⇒ see … Continue reading MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

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 A … Continue reading ALTA LUMINA en famille (Les Gets)

SPORTS EVENTS for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (spring & summer 2022)

It will soon be ☀️ SUMMERTIME, and we have a rich calendar of 🚵‍♂️ sporting events to participate IN, or be a spectator AT, over ☀️ these late spring and summer months! 🏃‍♂️  trail running, marathons and half-marathons; 🚵‍♂️ road-biking and VTT events (and details about the Tour de France); 🏊 swimming events; 🏃‍♂️🏊 🚵‍♂️ summer biathlon and triathlon events; 🌈 fun runs and obstacle races; … Continue reading SPORTS EVENTS for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (spring & summer 2022)

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)

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

It’s official in Geneva: 🌺 SPRINGTIME has ARRIVED ! The 🌳 Marronnier de la Treille’s first leaf appeared this year yesterday, on Thursday 10th March 2022 – 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 … 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)

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

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!) . . . [ ⇒ see article 📚 La Rentrée for … Continue reading LES MERCREDIS – sport, nature, creative activities and relaxation for children au Pays du Mont-Blanc

« 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 (4th ⇒ 6th June and 11th & 12th June 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 (4th ⇒ 6th June and 11th & 12th June 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)

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

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 with our treasured decorations and lights . . … 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 (18th March ⇒ 8th May 2022)

🌷 « La Fête de la Tulipe » in 🇨🇭 Morges celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020, and this year the event will be held from 18th March ⇒ 8th May 2022 . . . and for this 52nd edition, there will be a son & lumière spectacle at the castle! You don’t have to travel too far from the 🏔 Pays du Mont-Blanc to experience … Continue reading « Fête de la Tulipe » in Morges (18th March ⇒ 8th May 2022)

[ 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 🗓 Sunday 6th February … 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)