Blogs from Alcatraz, San Francisco, California, United States, North America


Bon, j'ai coché Alcatraz, mais je n'y suis pas allée. Je l'avais fait l'autre fois. Mais on est le 1er janvier 2023, et c'est une des rares journées ensoleillée donc je suis allée à la plage. En route, il y a la Petite Italie, et le chocolat Ghirardelli. Donc même s'il faisait chaud, j'ai pris plein de chocolat. La journée fut magnifique. Sur la photo : Alcatraz est au fond, comme quoi ce n'est pas entièrement de la fausse information 😜. Martine à la plage, une première! ... read more
En allant à la plage...

Today Scott and I have signed up for a trip to the iconic Alcatraz Island out in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Issy’s not showing a lot of enthusiasm for this exercise, so us boys set off on our own …. again. I assure Issy that I did have a shower this morning, but she’s still showing no signs of budging. It’s only about a fifteen minute boat ride out to “The Rock”, where the tour kicks off with a volunteer giving us a potted history of the infamous site. In the mid 1850s, shortly after the Mexican American War resulted in California being ceded to the Americans, planning began to convert the island into a military base to form part of the so called “triangle of defence” of San Francisco Bay. The first garrison ... read more
Bird life, Alcatraz
Haight Street

From 2010: Has it really been 13 years since I last visited Alcatraz? This must be my 5th or 6th visit to Alcatraz Island, former home to the Federal Prison. It housed some of the worst of the worst, like Al Capone, Robert (Birdman) Stroud, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Alvin "Creepy" Karpis, Mickey Cohen, Arthur "Doc" Barker, Clint Eastwood, Sean Connery and Nicky Cage. I went this time as a tourist! And it was a glorious day to be in the City. Rather depressing, but free room and board This is what I wrote a few years back: Most of my local friends know about Alcatraz Island or as locals call it, "The Rock", and have probably been there at least once. For those of you out of the area, and the country, the small island ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Alcatraz November 18th 2021

Day 2: Thursday, November 18th, 2021 We woke up early in the morning to head out for breakfast before heading over to the Alcatraz ferry dock scheduled to leave at 10:00. We had breakfast at the nearby IHOP. With time to spare, we headed over to Pier 39 to see the sea lions before taking the ferry to Alcatraz. Some interesting facts about Alcatraz include it housed famous prisoners with the likes of Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly and the Birdman. There were also various escape attempts; none are known to be successful. The prison closed on March 21st, 1963. After Alcatraz, we had a quick lunch at Pier 39 before heading on out Painted Ladies Tour of San Francisco. Some of the famous sites of San Francisco witnessed on the tour include: Lombard Street- famous ... read more
Pier 39
Pier 39

I have visited Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay many, many times (after the Federal prison closed). I have been fascinated by the island, like many people, both during its notorious Federal prison days, as well as after. As a young boy, I followed the escape (1962) of Frank Morris and the Anglin brothers, and enjoyed the subsequent movie, "Escape from Alcatraz." Then the closure of the prison, and subsequent occupancy of various Native Americans. I also enjoyed the fictionalized movie, "The Rock" with Cage and Connery. But I have never read this story. It is also the story of assimilation for immigrants and Native Americans. And the story of disenfranchisement, and social injustice. Read for yourself, as it was fascinating. read more
Love to visit this island
The Rock:  Alcatraz

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Alcatraz December 15th 2019

After lying awake for four hours in the wee hours battling jet lag (and booking a Santa visit at Macy’s at 3am local time), I was genuinely hoping that San Fran would live up to its reputation of not having bad coffee. Not so. I have now had what I am aiming for as the worst coffee of the trip. Let’s hope the aforementioned objective of not visiting Starbucks doesn’t destroy that very low-set bar. But there was an upside - truly the greatest almond brittle I’ve ever tasted, with chocolate and sea salt...lucky they suckered us in to buying a big container to take home. Since Sydney got another light rail line today (no transport nerdiness here), we thought we’d branch out from our success with the buses and try the street cars (not to ... read more

Wow what a tour Alcatraz was! The National Park Service provides an amazing audio tour narrated by former guards, prisoners, and warden families. We picked up our headsets and audio players shortly after arriving in the prison and it walked us through the prison's history, structure, internal processes, famous occupants, and narration of escape attempts. It is so well done that Mi Hyon and I gasped or laughed simultaneously throughout the tour; it really brought life to the place! Cost of the ferry is $37.25, but it's an all encompassing cost and we considered it a bargain! I think winter is the best time to see Alcatraz and most of San Francisco since crowds are smaller and the weather isn't that much different...according to Mark Twain. In the summer, the website recommends reserving Alcatraz tickets as ... read more
Rush Hour Ride in
Cupids Arrow
World Famous Fisherman's Wharf

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Alcatraz August 17th 2017

Dienstag, 15.08.17 Wie wahrscheinlich ist es… …. dass dasselbe Pärchen, das wir auf der Wanderung zum Rangitoto-Gipfel vor Auckland getroffen haben, einen Tag später im selben Flieger nach Fiji sitzt? … dass uns eines von vier Pärchen, die zur selben Zeit den Helikopterflug gebucht haben, einen Tag später auf der Fähre nach Alcatraz begegnet? … dass Daniela über den Tag verteilt dreimal die Uhrzeit richtig schätzt (plus/minus 2 min) und ich zweimal trotz Uhr die Umrechnung von 14 auf 4, ähm 2 nicht zustande bringe? Also heute ging es zu Mittag auf die Gefängnisinsel Alcatraz. Tatsächlich war es nur für ca. 30 Jahre ein Gefängnis. Davor war es eine Militärstation und danach wurde die Insel für einige Zeit von indianischen Aktivisten besetzt. Wir bekamen eine ziemlich coole Audiotour durch das Gefängnis und hörten von den unterschiedlichen, ... read more

Nous avons (presque) traversé le Golden Gate Bridge à vélo. En route, nous avons eu la chance de voir des baleines dont une qui se croyait à Marineland et qui nous a fait un show magique ! Adrien a ensuite tenté l'expérience de passer sous le Golden Gate Bridge avec son kite. Il faut que le vent soit au rendez-vous, le brouillard pas trop présent (ce qui est très rare à San Francisco) et que tout cela soit coordonné avec la marée. L'expérience a bien commencé jusqu'à ce que le vent tombe... Adrien a rapidement réussi à se faire des amis qui l'ont pris en stop sur leur voilier !... read more
Comptez le nombre de dent
Marius sans bosse sur le front

It was sixty-five and sunny the day my family and I took a boat from San Francisco bay to Alcatraz. It only took about ten minutes to reach the minute island. The first thing that caught my eye when I got off the boat was a small souvenir shop. It seemed so out of place on this once highly guarded location. We listened to the tour guide give a brief history lesson on the establishment of the prison. I would be lying if I said I listened to what he was saying. I was more interested in the huge body of water that was surrounding me. There were sailboats spanning all across the bay and massive sea gulls diving into the ocean. After receiving a pamphlet containing all of the information that the guide just covered, ... read more

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