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

Family Strolls (with buggies): «Sentier thématique des roselières» (by Randos en Famille)

Here at MBFF, we have been on some lovely hikes au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond . . . but certainly we have not tried and tested them all! So, today, I would like to share with you a hike (perfect for families, buggies and draisiennes), tried and tested by Marine from the excellent website Randos en Famille: the «sentier thématique des Roselières» in Saint-Jorioz, on Lac d’Annecy. … Continue reading Family Strolls (with buggies): «Sentier thématique des roselières» (by Randos en Famille)

Springtime Activities for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

We have one more bank holiday this May 2018: Pentecôte . . . and then it is full steam ahead with school and work . . . until the summer holidays! Until the summer activities post, I thought it might be useful to have a general list of activities available for families & children au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) at hand in one list . … Continue reading Springtime Activities for families au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

Springtime Blossoms & Flowers au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

With the plentiful snowfall of this winter season au Pays du Mont-Blanc, it is hard to imagine that we have now officially entered a new season . . .🌷🌹🌺🌱SPRING🌹🌺🌷🌱 !!! When crocuses first timidly reach out to the sun from their bed of grass, when the first almond and cherry blossoms appear in their splendid hues of pink, when magnolia trees blossom in splendid glory, when spring flower … Continue reading Springtime Blossoms & Flowers au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

«Fête de la Tulipe» in Morges (31st March to 13th May 2018)

La «Fête de la Tulipe» in Morges kicked off this year on Easter weekend . . . and those 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 high snowy peaks; just the other side of Lac Léman takes you to a … Continue reading «Fête de la Tulipe» in Morges (31st March to 13th May 2018)

Baby & Toddler Activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc

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 the opportunity to make new discoveries, and to have new adventures.  In effect, it was . . . but at times I was also incredibly lonely, … Continue reading Baby & Toddler Activities au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Pistes de Luge au Pays du Mont-Blanc

❄November snowfall au Pays du Mont-Blanc!❄ . . . walking knee-deep (or shoulder-deep for the little ones!) in the snow, snowball fights, making a snowman (or perhaps a snowcat or other snow animal) . . . and sledging fun!  When the first November snowfall arrived last year, the MBFF team headed up to Plaine-Joux in Passy for some fun on a luge . . . except that … Continue reading Pistes de Luge au Pays du Mont-Blanc

Family strolls with small children: lakes in autumn au Pays du Mont-Blanc

After a visit to Japan during the magical time of «autumn leaves», I never thought that autumn would inspire me in the same way again . . . But then I returned home to the Pays du Mont-Blanc, and was charmed all over again by the palette of red, ochre, gold and orange covering the trees, crunching under my feet and reflected in the lakes of … Continue reading Family strolls with small children: lakes in autumn au Pays du Mont-Blanc

La Maison du Salève (Présilly)

A visit to La Maison du Salève makes for a wonderful family day out . . . originally an 18th century farm from the Chartreuse de Pomier (La Ferme de Mikerne – see here for more history), the building has been renovated to host a cultural centre recounting the history of the Salève mountain and its environs (a permanent interactive exhibition) and temporary exhibitions . . . and … Continue reading La Maison du Salève (Présilly)

Family Hikes – tips for hiking with small children

2018 update: this appears to be a very popular post on the MBFF website, so I have updated it with a few new suggestions for family walks! Family hiking with small children is not a simple task! Well, perhaps it is for some families . . . perhaps your children were born hikers!  But for many of us, getting our children to LOVE hiking in … Continue reading Family Hikes – tips for hiking with small children

Lac de Passy

Lac de Passy, officially referred to these days as a Base de Loisirs (due to the numerous leisure activities on offer), is the largest lake in the Pays du Mont-Blanc.  Ideal for a swim and a splash during the summer months, it is also frequented by cyclists, joggers, buggy-walkers, fishing enthusiasts, windsurfers, paddle-boarders and dog-walkers (NB dogs are not permitted at the beach/criques ends of the lake during … Continue reading Lac de Passy

Le Paradis des Praz (Les Praz, Chamonix)

My MBFF boys headed off for some fun at Paradis des Praz at the weekend and it reminded me what a wonderful little hidden jewel it is.  This natural playground is well-known to families living in the region, but perhaps not to those visiting. Activities at Le Paradis des Praz Nestled in the woods in Les Praz, a short walk from the golf-course car park (or … Continue reading Le Paradis des Praz (Les Praz, Chamonix)

The beautiful quais of Sallanches

I was walking along the quais in Sallanches last week and the chataignes (chestnut trees) were all in bloom and had formed a tapestry above my head . . . and I thought how I must write a post about how NOW is the time to experience Sallanches’s riverside at its most lush! A trip to Sallanches’s Saturday morning market (which is lovely; a post to come) … Continue reading The beautiful quais of Sallanches

Les Gorges de la Diosaz (Servoz)

A visit to Les Gorges de la Diosaz natural site makes for a wonderful visit en famille, come rain or shine (we have visited during both weather forecasts here at MBFF!).  You are in the shade for most of the walk, so this is a great option during a summer heatwave, as well as on a slightly drizzly day!  It is quite the experience to walk along the footpath, … Continue reading Les Gorges de la Diosaz (Servoz)

Le Parc de Merlet Animal Park (Les Houches)

Le Parc de Merlet animal park is perched at 1563m, about 600m above the village of Les Houches. It is home to around 80 animals that roam freely within the boundaries of the park: chamois, ibex, deer, mouflons, marmottes . . . and even the odd llama (see here for more information about the animals that live here)! A little history . . . The animal park was opened in 1967, … Continue reading Le Parc de Merlet Animal Park (Les Houches)

Sallanches – Springtime Family Stroll

Springtime has arrived . . . and while I dream of one day being in Japan for its famous springtime cherry blossoms, for now I am excited to share this little Sallanches town walk with you. While there is still snow on the higher altitude walks, why not take a leisurely amble through the streets of Sallanches, enjoy the spring blossoms and discover a little history as you … Continue reading Sallanches – Springtime Family Stroll

Chamonix Parks, Woods & Gardens

Chamonix, while boasting many terrific hiking routes and skiing opportunities, can also lay claim to some beautiful parks, gardens and woodland.  This could be of particular interest if you have small children or babies in buggies!  Here is our list: Parc Couttet  A relative newcomer to Chamonix, inaugurated in the summer of 2015, the Parc Couttet is a little gem of a park, right in the … Continue reading Chamonix Parks, Woods & Gardens

Le Lac des Chavants (Les Houches)

The Lac des Chavants in Les Houches is a relaxating destination for families in both summer and winter (and spring and autumn!). *Please note that Lac des Chavants is NOT a swimming lake!* In the warmer months, there is a playground here, a climbing rock, an area to play pétanque, fishing in the lake, and a relaxing buggy/dog-walking path around the lake and into the woods. This is the … Continue reading Le Lac des Chavants (Les Houches)

Le Parc Thermal (Le Fayet)

Le Parc Thermal in Le Fayet is by far one our favourite haunts in the springtime and summertime, where we go to escape the heat of the valley, to find shade and to appreciate the refreshing breeze from the Bonnant river! The park has an elegant entrance, with a pretty fountain. There is a main path through the park that is ideal for walking with a buggy … Continue reading Le Parc Thermal (Le Fayet)

Lacs des Ilettes (Sallanches)

Officially known as Base de Loisir des Ilettes, les Lacs des Ilettes actually consist of three lakes and this is a popular place year-round for locals to come for a stroll en famille, for a bike ride, a dog-walk (permitted around the 3rd lake) or a jog and workout.  In summertime, the middle lake is a popular choice for swimmers and the 3rd lake for windsurfers. Le … Continue reading Lacs des Ilettes (Sallanches)

Montenvers Mer de Glace & Train (Chamonix)

Another great attraction in Chamonix on many families’ list is the Montenvers train journey up to the Mer de Glace glacier.  The famous little vintage red coggle train will take you on a relaxing 20 minute journey up the mountainside, through forests and tunnels cut through the rock, and up to the glacier at 1,913 m (an ascent of about 1000m).  Children from the age of 12 … Continue reading Montenvers Mer de Glace & Train (Chamonix)