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Our recent FOREST EXCURSION to Kemerburgaz Kent Ormani

FOREST EXCURSION: Alhamdulillah, we took a much needed nature break recently. It’s been a long winter holiday home so we enjoyed a day out in nature for fresh air and a welcome change of scenery! 
šŸ“Kemerburgaz Kent Ormani
We have been here before, but this time we discovered more as we went by car, whereas last time we went by taxi and therefore saw just what we could on foot! Check my previous post for details
on that visit.
This time we explored these areas:


Lake (Gol): 

It's so beautiful to sit near and take in. There are just a few benches and tables near the lake to sit at for a picnic, as well as benches to sit on to view though its on a hill. 

However there is a long pathway alongside the lake where you can probably find more places to sit.

Forest : We drove along a little deeper into the forest this time, where it was super isolated. There are even playgrounds here- almost for our private personal use! We had our picnic  lunch here as well as nap and quiet time amongst the trees which was awesome.

bonus : hearing the adhan amongst the trees (yes they have a mescit - prayer facilities)

Animals: We were thrilled to come across a pygmy goat family. This is nearby to the main entrance on the way to the ice-rink

Rides: always a favourite- there is a carousel, train and water car rides - plenty of options. You need a ticket (20TL/ride- bit pricey but kids loved it) 

Sahlep in the forest

Food: I’m not sure if the restaurant is was open for takeaway. However there were two kiosks serving everything from fresh gozleme, sahlep, sandwiches, biscuits, drinks and snacks. Some hot food ran out though so I wouldn’t rely on it for main food but it was perfect for snacks.

This has become one of our favourite nature places out of the busy-ness of the inner city. Just great for a day out as there’s something for everyone!

Discovering Istanbul, one fun family spot at a time!



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