AQUATIS aquarium-vivarium en famille (LAUSANNE)

🐠🐊 AQUATIS aquarium-vivarium opened just over 4 years ago, and I had been wanting to take the boys ever since! And so MBFF was delighted to be invited just before the Christmas holidays. I kept it a secret from the boys until we arrived, just to add to the excitement; both boys being huge animal lovers (yes, including 🐊 reptiles and 🐸 amphibians!), I knew … Continue reading AQUATIS aquarium-vivarium en famille (LAUSANNE)

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

« 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)

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)

VERTICALP EMOSSON – a vertiginous day out en famille! (SWITZERLAND)

SUMMER 2022 update – not yet open ! A couple of 🍁 autumns ago now, MBFF had a super adventure: we were invited to test out 🚃 VerticAlp Emosson ! We had the most gloriously ☀️ sunny day to experience this phenomenal feat of engineering, which also has a rich history. I would say that 🍂 autumn – before closure for the season at the end … Continue reading VERTICALP EMOSSON – a vertiginous day out en famille! (SWITZERLAND)

AUTUMN PARKS & GARDENS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

🍁 Autumn is a lovely season to visit 🌳 parks and gardens: on the trees, a sharp palette rich in shades of gold, rust, brown, red, orange and yellow . . . underfoot, 🍂 a blanket of leaves crunching and sent fluttering when the children find a mound to run through . . . a crisp, and often ☀️ sunny day to accompany your exploits: playing and running, tree-climbing, … Continue reading AUTUMN PARKS & GARDENS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

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

FAMILY HIKES: Les Gorges Mystérieuses de la Tête-Noire (Switzerland)

The MBFF tribe had driven past the starting point to the 💦 Gorges Mystérieuses de la Tête-Noire on numerous occasions, on our way to the 🇨🇭 Bisse du Trient family hike, or en-route to 🇨🇭 Martigny or 💦 the Bains de Saillons . . . but until a few summers ago, I hadn’t ventured any closer to this “ mysterious gorge ” . . . but I had certainly wondered what … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: Les Gorges Mystérieuses de la Tête-Noire (Switzerland)

Geneva’s Botanical Gardens – Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève (CJBG)

We made our first visit en famille to Geneva’s 🌷 botanical gardens (CJBG – Le Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève) on a crisp and sunny 🍁 autumn’s day a few years back . . . and we loved it so much that we couldn’t wait to head back there in early spring! Just how had this magical garden eluded us for so long? (we … Continue reading Geneva’s Botanical Gardens – Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques de la Ville de Genève (CJBG)

MUSÉUM GENÈVE – Natural History Museum (Geneva)

The 🐧 Muséum Genève, Geneva’s natural history museum, was our go-to museum for ☔️ rainy days when our boys were small! We have – over the years – pushed 💤 sleeping babies around the exhibits there, watched our toddlers crawl, run and topple over there, and we have spent plenty of time running after them too! (now we actually have time to read the information!). … Continue reading MUSÉUM GENÈVE – Natural History Museum (Geneva)

BARRYLAND – Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard (Martigny)

We first visited 🐶 Barryland – Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard with a dog-loving and inquisitive 3 year old and a snoozing (mostly!) newborn baby in a pram . . . this visit coincided with the arrival of Saint-Bernard puppies! A year later we visited again and this visit coincided with another litter of 🐶 cute puppies, but also with the most wonderful 🐣 Easter egg hunt … Continue reading BARRYLAND – Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard (Martigny)

FAMILY HIKES: Le Bisse du Trient (SWITZERLAND)

The hike along the 💦 Bisse du Trient is perfect for families with young children or older relatives who are searching for a short and easy (and relatively flat) hike at slightly higher altitude than the valley floor! The path starts from the 🇨🇭 Col de la Forclaz (Vallée du Trient, Switzerland) and meanders through the shade of a 🌲 pine and mélèzes (larch) forest, to reach the ☕️ Buvette … Continue reading FAMILY HIKES: Le Bisse du Trient (SWITZERLAND)

10 of MBFF’s FAVOURITE PLAYGROUNDS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

MBFF has now spent about 9 years discovering and testing 🌈 playgrounds au Pays du Mont-Blanc. We are fairly confident that we have tested most of them (please let us know of any treasures we may have missed along the way!). The following list highlights our personal favourites (this is clearly subjective!). At certain points on our journey of discovery, we had to avoid certain playgrounds, as with two energetic … Continue reading 10 of MBFF’s FAVOURITE PLAYGROUNDS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

ANIMAL PARKS & AQUARIUMS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

We are 🐯 HUGE ANIMAL LOVERS here at MBFF  . . . and we are lucky to share our home with a couple of affectionate (and fairly tolerant!) 🐱🐱 felines. But perhaps some of you don’t have the home set-up to accommodate animal friends, or perhaps allergies are preventing you from doing so . . . Luckily – whether you live 🗻 au Pays du Mont-Blanc or you are visiting – … Continue reading ANIMAL PARKS & AQUARIUMS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

RAINY DAYS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

[ note: please check Covid-19 restrictions for entrance (online reservations, face-masks, limited numbers, etc . . . ) ] You have perhaps heard that saying ☔️ “ there’s no such thing as bad weather; just badly dressed people “ ? (I heard this several times on a couple of work trips to 🇮🇸 Iceland!) . . . that may well be, but even the strongest of resolves can be … Continue reading RAINY DAYS au Pays du Mont-Blanc

LAKES & WATERSPORTS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

🏔 Au Pays du Mont-Blanc we are lucky to have 💦 several swimming lakes with stunning mountain views . . . while the perfect spot for strolling and biking in autumn and winter, come the balmy days of spring and summer, the water warms and the lakes start to get busy with bathers and ⛵️ watersport enthusiasts (at Lac de Passy and Lacs des Ilettes: windsurfing, stand up paddle (SUP), … Continue reading LAKES & WATERSPORTS au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

SUMMER SPLASH! – waterslides, wibit games, paddling pools and parcs aquatiques au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

Though not yet ☀️ officially summertime, we’ve been having some really hot days, and 💦 paddling pools have become fixtures in gardens . . . so I thought this the opportune moment to update an article about the 💦 WATERSLIDES, WATER GAMES & WIBIT PARKS, PADDLING POOLS, SWIMMING POOLS & AQUATIC CENTRES 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc and beyond! In the following article, you will find information … Continue reading SUMMER SPLASH! – waterslides, wibit games, paddling pools and parcs aquatiques au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond)

« 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!

La Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva)

The MBFF family visited 🎨 La Maison de la Créativité in 🇨🇭 Conches (on the outskirts of Geneva), on a crisp, sunny day in 2016 . . . what a magical discovery, for children and adults alike! A beautiful house (Villa Calandrini) set in copious grounds and surrounded by 🌳 woodland, with views of ⛰ the Salève mountain, and it even has its very own Faraway Tree ® (reference to … Continue reading La Maison de la Créativité (Conches, Geneva)

La Fondation Pierre Gianadda (Martigny, SWITZERLAND)

🖼 La Fondation Pierre Gianadda in 🇨🇭 Martigny (Switzerland) is one of my all time favourite museums! There are some fantastic and ambitious 🖼 temporary exhibitions organised here and every 6 months the main exhibition is changed. Past exhibtions have included: Cézanne, Klee, Goya, Rodin, Giacometti, Moore, Modigliani, Claudel, Chagall, Braque, Dégas, Manet, Dufy, Miró, Gauguin, Bonnard, Van Gogh, Picasso, Morisot . . . ). The building itself is … Continue reading La Fondation Pierre Gianadda (Martigny, SWITZERLAND)

MEG – Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève (GENEVA)

One of MBFF’s 🖼 favourite museums in Geneva is the MEG (Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève) . . . we watched as it was being built and we were excited when it opened its shiny new doors to the public! The adventure starts before you even enter the museum – the architecture is modern and audacious (designed by Graber Pulver Architekten AG) and there is a 🌷 pretty landscaped garden (Hager … Continue reading MEG – Musée d’Ethnographie de Genève (GENEVA)

MAH – Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (GENEVA)

One of the largest museums in 🇨🇭 Switzerland, the 🖼 MAH – Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, displays over 650 000 sculptures, 🏺 objects and 🖼 paintings across 5 floors. Built in 1910 by the architect Marc Camoletti, the museum is located in the old town, and so is a short walk from plenty of other family delights. We thoroughly enjoyed our last visit here, concentrating on just a … Continue reading MAH – Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (GENEVA)