I just visited San Francisco – what a wonderful place to visit. It’s so easy to get around and is buzzing with a unique and intriguing energy.
I wanted to share a few joyful things I saw there, and also share a bit about Alcatraz Island where the infamous penitentiary was.
Everyone knows about the cable cars in San Francisco but the wait was really long (up to 2 hours) to ride them. What many people don’t know about are the streetcars that can take you to Fisherman’s Wharf for only $2. It was fun to ride these.
Every so often you hear a street musician who’s super talented and you think he’ll make it big one day. We found one – his name is John Vicino.
Then, a visit to Alcatraz. It was a maximum security penitentiary that closed in 1963. The cells are only 5′ x 9′ and of course housed famous prisoners such as Al Capone and Robert ‘birdman’ Stroud. Families and children of the staff actually lived on the island.
You take a short boat ride to the island and get a self-guided audio tour, and can spend as much time as you like on the island. It’s very fascinating and well presented. But the feeling you get while wandering about this place is eery. Here are some photos. I struggled to find the piece of ‘joy’ in this to share with you, but perhaps all I could find is the last photo which were lovely gardens on the island.
Although eery, Alcatraz is well worth visiting. If you go, just remember to book tickets online days in advance as it’s so popular you can’t just walk up and expect to go on the tour.