Le Château de Saint-Michel: castle ruins, woods 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 … Continue reading Le Château de Saint-Michel: castle ruins, woods and a parcours d’orientation! (SERVOZ)

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

This Sallanches hike is ideal for this time of year, as 🌸 in early springtime many of our 🗻 higher (and even mid-range) altitude mountain hikes are still snow-covered. The hike (which is also 🚵‍♂️ a bike trail) is ideal for families for several reasons: 🗺 short distance – about 5km; relatively flat (except for the slightly uphill 🌳 forest section at 💦 the Cascade … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: Lacs des Ilettes, la Cascade de l’Arpenaz & Luzier

10 ideas for JEUX de PISTE and CHASSES au TRESOR au Pays du Mont-Blanc

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; 🗺 booklets & maps to buy … Continue reading 10 ideas for JEUX de PISTE and CHASSES au TRESOR au Pays du Mont-Blanc

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

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

COMBLOUX activities 2021

🗻 Combloux is another of MBFF’s favourite play areas, for ⛷ skiing, ❄️ snowshoeing, 🛷 sledging, ☕️ eating (!) and simply playing! Both of the MBFF boys have had ⛷ ski lessons here, and my youngest claims that it is his favourite ski station! And my elder son has just started having 🏂 snowboarding lessons here too! ⛷ Combloux ski station links up with ⛷ … Continue reading COMBLOUX activities 2021

PASSY PLAINE-JOUX activities 2021 (Passy)

🗻 Plaine-Joux is one of MBFF’s favourite play areas, whether that be for ⛷ skiing, ❄️ snowshoeing, 🛷 sledging or just playing! Both of the MBFF boys had their early ⛷ ski lessons here, and it was the perfectly-sized ski resort for this. I felt more confident, as there are no chairlifts, and I always worried about them being on a chairlift when they were … Continue reading PASSY PLAINE-JOUX activities 2021 (Passy)

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 last week 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 (on your 1km stroll from home)

And so here we are, now 2 weeks into our 🏡 2nd confinement here 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc. The kids are still at school, but this being 🇫🇷 France, we still have a Wednesday (on top of the weekend) to keep them busy! Are you struggling to keep your children inspired on your 1km, 1 hour authorised sortie per day? You’ve 🚶‍♀️ walked, 🛴 taken scooters, taken 🚵‍♀️ bikes, … Continue reading 10 ideas for NATURE GAMES & CREATIVITY en famille (on your 1km stroll from home)

FAMILY HIKES: Les Golettes, La Vigne & La Fley (SALLANCHES)

During this 🏡 second confinement, we all (apart from those lucky mountain leaders and other sporting folk!) have to find 🏡 walks within a 1km radius from home . . . as with the first confinement, I am lucky to have found one 🏔 local hike that adheres to the distance and time authorised (if I run part of it, which is a major challenge for … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: Les Golettes, La Vigne & La Fley (SALLANCHES)

FAMILY HIKES: Boucle de la Chapelle d’Ormaret (Combloux ⇒ Ormaret )

This is a lovely bucolic family hike, a boucle leaving from ⛪️ the baroque church of Combloux, and heading to ⛪️ the little chapel in the hamlet of Ormaret. It’s an easy stroll, with 🌿 wide open spaces for running, little bridges to cross, 🐄 farm animals to see (and the possibility of visiting a farm along the way), and ⛪️ a small chapel to … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: Boucle de la Chapelle d’Ormaret (Combloux ⇒ Ormaret )

10 ideas for AUTUMN FAMILY HIKES & STROLLS with small children au Pays du Mont-Blanc

🍁 Autumn, before ❄️ the snow arrives (and even when ❄️ the snow arrives!), is a lovely time for a family stroll or hike here 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc . . . the temperatures are (usually) fresher than the ☀️ summertime, and 🍁 the burnt seasonal colours adorning the trees and covering the ground are just beautiful. Next to a lake, you’ll perhaps see 🍂 autumn colours … Continue reading 10 ideas for AUTUMN FAMILY HIKES & STROLLS with small children au Pays du Mont-Blanc

FAMILY HIKES: La Passerelle Himalayenne to Lac Vert (Passy)

I have now been on this hike a couple few time, en famille, and with friends. I can assure you that each time, friends are wowed by the 🌉 Himalayan suspension bridge, 🏔 the fabulous views of Mont-Blanc, and the ethereal 💦 Lac Vert. The altitude gain (dénivelé) on this hike is fairly minimal, making it a great short hike for families with young children or older … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: La Passerelle Himalayenne to Lac Vert (Passy)

“Le Mystère de la Montre”: treasure hunt in Mont-Saxonnex!

MBFF has tried out another of Cluse Arve & Montagne’s jeux ! This time we chose another jeu d’aventure: ⏱ Le Mystère de la Montre, in ⛰ Mont-Saxonnex! After having had so much fun doing the previous two jeux, ⚔️ Le Chevalier Maudit (in Châtillon-sur-Cluses; read about our experience here) and 🥚 L’Œuf de Plume la Gypaète (in Le Reposoir; read about our experience here), … Continue reading “Le Mystère de la Montre”: treasure hunt in Mont-Saxonnex!

« Le Chevalier Maudit »: medieval knightly fun and Geocaching® en famille! (Châtillon-sur-Cluses)

In February this year, we headed to ⛰ Le Reposoir to do one of the Cluses Arves & Montagnes 🗺 jeux d’orientation (L’Œuf de Plume la Gypaète – see here for MBFF article), and we really enjoyed it! As well as the fun of the orienteering game, we really delighted in getting to know a new mountain village and the pretty ⛪️ La Chartreuse du … Continue reading « Le Chevalier Maudit »: medieval knightly fun and Geocaching® en famille! (Châtillon-sur-Cluses)

An AIRE de JEUX, a MARE aux TÊTARDS and a PARCOURS ORIENTATION (Argentière)

Sunday’s family outing started somewhat late in the day, as Daddy MBFF had to go and vote in the mayoral elections! By the time that we had sorted out 🍏 our picnic lunch, it was already midday and by the time we ate the picnic lunch it was 14h! A true Spanish lunch hour; no wonder Mr 6 was so grumpy! But the later lunch … Continue reading An AIRE de JEUX, a MARE aux TÊTARDS and a PARCOURS ORIENTATION (Argentière)

FAMILY HIKES: La Cascade de Bérard (LE BUET)

The short hike up to 💦 La Cascade de Bérard, located just above the village of Le Buet (near Vallorcine), is the perfect family outing on a hot ☀️ summer’s day or after 🌧 strong rain – you’ll either be refreshed or you’ll see 💦 the waterfall in its rawest, most powerful form! If you head off on this hike in late spring or in early summer, then … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: La Cascade de Bérard (LE BUET)

FAMILY HIKES: La Cabane du Cerro (CHAMONIX)

There are so many wonderful 🏔 hikes au Pays du Mont-Blanc and several of them are the perfect length for families with very young (or reluctant) walkers! I have always found (actually, I still do!) that hiking to ☕️ a mountain buvette, with the reward of 🍨 an ice cream or 🍓 a slice or fruit tart, is a great incentive to hike. As are … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: La Cabane du Cerro (CHAMONIX)

Where to observe TADPOLES & FROGS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Yesterday MBFF went for 🍏 a picnic with friends (🌥 between sun and cloud!) up at 🎣 Lac de Javen in Megève. 🎣 Lac de Javen is a popular picnic spot for families in the summertime, as it is just a short hike to get there and there are plenty of activities on offer: ☕️ buvette and restaurant, 🌈 small playground, 🌈trampoline and other loisirs (later … Continue reading Where to observe TADPOLES & FROGS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

MBFF’s 20 favourite PICNIC SPOTS (with small children) au Pays du Mont-Blanc!

[ NOTE: for now, in adherance with regulations, you are NOT allowed to picnic at our local lakes ] I was lying in bed last night thinking of all of the lovely places that I’d like 🍏 to go for a picnic en famille; I’ve missed this activity these last two months! A picnic gets everyone outdoors and is often accompanied by a short walk or … Continue reading MBFF’s 20 favourite PICNIC SPOTS (with small children) au Pays du Mont-Blanc!

FAMILY HIKES: Bois de Fessy et les Blocs de La Pesse (Sallanches)

During confinement, we all had to find 🏡 walks within a 1km radius from home . . . though perhaps I was not able to go quite as far as I desired, this did encourage me to try out some of the 🏔 very local hikes, and one that we did en famille (though with much whining and shoulder support at times!) was this one: 🌳 … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: Bois de Fessy et les Blocs de La Pesse (Sallanches)

BUGGY STROLLS: Parcours de l’Eau Artistique (Arve River, PASSY)

Each new spring season, ❄️ the  snow melts and the 🌷 first spring flowers peep up shyly from the lawns; this re-awakening of nature is the perfect invitation for a buggy stroll . . . Early in 🌷 the spring season there may still be too much ❄️ snow along the river paths at higher altitude in 🏔 the Pays du Mont-Blanc, but there is a lovely stretch … Continue reading BUGGY STROLLS: Parcours de l’Eau Artistique (Arve River, PASSY)

FAMILY HIKES: l’Alpage de Charousse (Les Houches)

The hike to 🌼 l’Alpage de Charousse (alpage means high mountain meadow) in Les Houches is one of my favourite short hikes in the Chamonix Valley, and one that MBFF has really enjoyed en famille with two small hikers. Description of hike The main highlight of this walk is arriving at the postcard perfect meadow – 🌼 the Alpage de Charousse (1200m)- when the blue, pink … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: l’Alpage de Charousse (Les Houches)