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


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 December 6th 2017

I decided last night to do Alcatraz today. I was getting increasingly pissed off with myself throughout the day after wasting precious time this morning screwing around waiting for someone to come to Alcatraz with me knowing full well it wasn’t going to happen. By the time I finally accepted my fate at 10am, the first available time slot was 12:30, Considering I was also planning on checking out the sea lions, Fisherman’s Wharf and Lombard street before sunset at 4:50, this didn’t leave me too much time. 100% my fault and I was 110% shitty at myself. In the end, the timing was lucky as the trams decided not to come for 40 minutes (very nice of them, hey). The ticket included a 20 minute cruise to the island with amazing views of the Golden ... read more

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
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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

Off to Alcatraz! I was so excited for today, when booking my trip I was deciding whether to fly into LA or San Francisco and I thought that LA would be cheaper, but there wasn't really anything pulling me to visit there. When I found out the flights to San Francisco were the same price, it was a no-brainer. One of the reasons, I wanted to visit was to go to Alcatraz, when I was younger (a lot younger), a co-worker had been and had lent me a book written by one of the former prisoners, I can barely remember his life story now, but since then I've always wanted to visit. And after watching 'The Rock', one of my favourite films when I was a teenager/at uni. I had read online that you needed to ... read more
Approaching Alcatraz
Approaching Alcatraz
Approaching Alcatraz

Day 9 Well last full day in San Fran and another brill time. Walked up Powell and down to fishermans wharf to catch the ferry to Alcatraz. Walked around the Island before heading up to the cell block for the audio tour. When you arrive you are in the shower room where all new inmates arrive, and it hits you how new inmates must have felt when they arrived on The Rock. Walking around the cells and listening to the audio you do get a sense of how life must have been like for the prisoners. What got me was how cold the place was and its summertime. Got to solitary cell block D where all the infamous inmates were housed, Capone, The Birdman, Machine gun Kelly. Finished the tour , caught the ferry back for ... read more

What a day!!! My alarm woke me up at 6.30, and I dragged myself out of bed, got ready and navigated myself through the streets to catch a cable car. With more unnessercery long videos of the cable car ride (The videos are temporarily out of order on this website but I'll put them up as soon as they fix it!) I made it down to pier 39. This is basically the tourist trap of San Fran, but I love it. Its a vibrant, colourful, tacky and almost fairground like area on the dock. I still had hours before my Alcatraz booking, so at around 7.30am I wandered through the empty pier 39. The locals were all setting things up and I vaguely felt like an intrusive tourist who was just too early. (Like when passengers ... read more

San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities to live in...and with a maximum security prison located only 1.25 miles off into the bay.... read more
Ferry Ride

We are all headed out to Bali for Mary's daughter, Mariah, wedding. So included in this year's trip are our children! Before arriving in Bali, we decided to take a 2 day stop over in San Francisco. What an adventure we had to start. From fitting 4 adults and 8 suitcases along with 4 backpacks of 'essentials' into one taxi to Patrick getting up close and personal with TSA (yes, he got the full search!). Poor boy, they thought his carry on of snacks was contraband. Everything settled down after that and we arrive at our San Francisco hotel after 11:00pm.... read more
Arrival in SF
TSA approved

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