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Published: December 2nd 2014
hello world... As you can see we got to Alcatraz today. Hubs and I have never been there and neither have our daughters, so the aim was to be out early today. e were up at 6am and grabbed a quick breakfast (amid a small amount of drama...) then we headed out early. Catching the "F" line all the way to Fisherman's Market, we took the ride right through to the end and ended up just outside the wharf we needed for our Alcatraz tour. We were there about 8.30am and grabbed coffee at the cafe there and took a quick look at the miniature buildings and were ready to line up at 9.30am - you definitely need to be there about half an hour beforehand so you can collect your tickets. The initial lineup is slow... but that's because they take group photos while you're waiting to board the ferry.
The ride is quick, we grabbed seats on the top/back so we had lots of fresh air as we travelled over to the island. The weather was grey but a little sunlight filtered through as we made it to the island. It's amazing... you have to head over to
Some suggest the monument is fashioned in the shape of a fireman's nozzle - though that's apparently more of a coincidence
the staging location at the beginning so you can hear all the information on locations of toilets etc., Then we made our way into the theatre and the small bookshop. We then headed up the hill (yep 1.4 miles uphill) before we made our way through the cell block. Boy that was interesting!!
We learned about the riots, murders etc., It was scary but very informative.
Then we headed back down the hill just missing a ferry but that was okay because we were pooped!!!! When the next one came, we were in prime position to get on and find great seats. Comfy as, we made the short ride the mainland. One small piece of trivia, the children who lived on the island of Alcatraz during it's penitentiary years made the trip to and from the island daily to attend school in San Francisco! In fact, many families lived on the island during the years it housed some of the most heinous criminals. Also John F Kennedy was the one who signed and oversaw the closing of the Alcatraz Prison.
After that, we headed down to Pier 39 (Fisherman's Wharf) and grabbed an interesting lunch of fish
and chips (me) Hotdog (Charlotte) Calamari with chips (which came with fried octopus - Beth) and Fisherman's Basket (Mark) then we walked the wharf. We bought a heap of interesting goodies (good thing I have spare weight) and the girls had tons of photos taken and we saw the Sea Lions. Then we trekked on further to find where the Cable Car leaves from. Sadly, we couldn't go all the way as there are roadworks that mean it can only go to the edge of China Town. Then we grabbed a bus and walked (yep again...) to Westfields. Let me tell you, there are YUMMY meals to be had there!!!! Charlotte and I tried Charlies Grilled Subs and weren't upset with our choices. (Their home made lemonade is to DIE FOR!!!)
Then we caught the "F" line and made our way back to the hotel.
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