San Francisco, USA

Escape from Alcatraz

I had somewhat reluctantly pre-booked a trip over to Alcatraz.  Several friends had recommended it, and although I wasn’t particularly interested in visiting an old prison on an island, the glowing recommendations of friends made me think it would be well worth while.  I trusted my friends’ advice and booked myself on an early sailing at about 9.00 am.

San Francisco, USA

San Francisco, USA

San Francisco’s foggy reputation preceded it.  Surrounded in a thick blanket of fog, we sailed off into a big white void, which seemed to get thicker and thicker.  I felt claustrophobic, I could see nothing and felt completely enveloped.  However just before we arrived, the sun came up and burned off the fog, and it was like the curtain was pulled back.  The city was on show and it was gorgeous!  Not to mention the trip to Alcatraz itself was absolutely fabulous. My friends were right, it was a must see and I loved it. On arrival you are given an audio guide, voiced by old guards and inmates.  It gives a real sense of time and place, and all the other tourists just melted into the distance.  It felt like I had the place to myself and I was immersed in the history and the prison.

The views back to the city are stunning.  Imagining the prisoners with this beautiful view of a city that was unattainable to them was very evocative.   My tip – definitely visit, it was one of my highlights.  However go early.  The sailing times restrict the numbers of people every half hour, however once there you can stay as long as you like.  So the earlier the better!

San Francisco, USA

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San Francisco, USA

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