Thursday, June 14, 2012

Go Play In The Street....

Saturday, June 9th was this summer's first Car Free Day in downtown London.   For those of you not familiar with the Car Free Festival, it started in 2010, and is an outdoor festival with the purpose of  promoting the environment, health, culture, and community.  On select weekends throughout the summer, three blocks of Dundas Street are closed to traffic, and taken over by pedestrians, bicycles, games, musicians, and information booths.  The displays and activities were divided into three categories:  Health and Wellness, Arts and Culture, and Environment.  The Health and Wellness area had games for the kids, an outdoor Spin Class, and yoga classes and bellydance demonstrations.

You could participate in an oversize Scrabble game
and Chess
A new addition to the festival were signs that told you how long it would take to walk to various downtown locations
Bright colours and a big smile on this woman, who was manning (or wo-manning) the display from Hot Dog Musique and Cinema
More bright colours and a wonderful smile on this street performer

One of the "Environment" themed displays was from the Salthaven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Centre and featured a falcon named Shakar who was very calm despite the number of people who were crowded around him.  I learned that falcons can fly at speeds up to 200 miles (km?) per hour and have amazing eyesight.
Isn't he gorgeous?


  1. Falconry is infinitely interesting to me. In the states one must have a license to handle one. Is that the case in the UK?

    Love the photo of the entertainer with the hula hoop. And the larger-than-life scrabble!

  2. Hi Shelley! The gay village has Ste-Catherine street East closed to cars all summer - The streets is full of artists displaying various form of arts and it has its funny crowd as well - I should go down while on vacation in July and take pics to show you nice people -

    I love the signs that say - 3 mins walk to...
    The falcon is gorgeous - Mr D loves birds of prey -

    Have a good weekend

    Ariane x

  3. Sounds like a great theme for a get together in the street. This weekend we had an "art car" display in my neighborhood. Wish I had taken some photos.

  4. He is a gorgeous bird and talking of which there's some fabulously dressed birds in your neck of the woods, isn't there? That arts festival looks so much fun plus you have sunshine, not fair!!! xxx