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Alcatraz Island

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  • Day35


    July 20, 2017 in the United States ⋅

    Today we went to Angel Island and Alcatraz. First we went to Angel Island. Everyone was supposed to go on a tram and go around the island but the group was too big so we had to wait for the first group. Each tram ride is one hour so we had to wait for 1 hour. We ate lunch and went to a tiny nearby museum. Me and Maya had a corn dog and mammy and daddy had a tuna sandwich. I wanted to cycle but mammy and daddy said that we will cycle another day. The first group came back so we rode the tram and went around Angel Island. There were speakers on top of our trams so an audio tour tape was rolling. We rode on the tram for about 15 minutes then stopped. The driver said that this place is a good stop for photos. The view was great! So we rode on the tram for a few minutes then went back to the start point. We rode the ferry to Alcatraz. It was freezing so me and Maya got hot chocolate. At Alcatraz, we met Wendy (the park ranger) who said that we could do a walking tour and an audio tour. We did the walking tour that was for 45 minutes. During the tour, about 22 seagulls became crazy just because of a juvenile gull!
    We went to the place where they did the audio tour. We were actually in the prison building! Inside a few of the cells, we saw dummy heads of the people that escaped Alcatraz. Here is the history stuff: The chief officer got a call from the other officers. The officers said that there was an escape. The chief ran to the prison and saw the dummy heads. The officers thought it was a real head until one of the heads fell off.
    We went to the bookstore and saw a person who was a prisoner in Alcatraz for bank robbing. He is an author now, and he wrote a book about his life. It seemed interesting so I bought the book. I hope that we can come to Alcatraz again.
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  • Day4

    Day 4 - A Mission and A Prison

    September 11, 2016 in the United States ⋅

    We left the comfortablish 'Comfort Inn' early morning and headed straight for San Francisco. The scenery on Highway 1 from here was not as dramatic as yesterday but there were still beautiful little pockets. There was the cycling stage of an Iron Man taking place on either side of the road which was both impressive for its endurance and annoying when taking photos.

    Luckily our accommodation was just off the highway once we reached San Francisco and we didn't have to go anywhere near the centre. We dropped the car off there and ventured into the area we were staying in, Mission District. There is an abundance of taquerias and local breweries on the main throughfare here, Mission Street. On first reflection the area feels like Dalston in London with a Mexican twist. We headed to the T-Mobile shop as our first essential purchase was a WiFi hotspot so that we were near an internet connection at all times. Phew!

    After a quick rest we headed out again, taking the subway this time. The subway was just how I imagined an American subway to be, just the right side of sinister and depressing. I blame movies from the 70s and 80s when the only reason to feature a subway scene was to involve crime or stress loneliness. The incredibly soulful singing by a blind homeless person by the ticket machines didn't help. We managed to go the wrong way on the subway, classic tourist mistake, but we got to our destination with plenty of time to spare. We were to go on a night tour of Alcatraz!

    The approach to the island involved a mini tour round the island before docking. The surrounding mist added to the atmosphere and I managed to get my first glimpse of the bridges that connect San Franciso. Although the Golden Gate Bridge grabs the headlines, the Bay Bridge is just as imposing due to its length. I can't wait to see more of them whilst we're here. Anyway, back to the prison. There was a large group of us following a tour guide but as we entered the main block we were each given individual audio guides which was a clever way of slowly filtering people through the prison. The various famous episodes that took place were explained in detail by inmates and guards who were present in the prison when it was active. The escape attempt and armed siege that happened here were brought to life by focusing on a particular cell that involved the inmate in question or the event. Towards the end we were led outside which by now was dark and the vista of the city and the bridges all lit up was worth the night tour alone. A powerful image of opportunity and fun within sight. I was glad I was heading back to the mainland.

    What better way to celebrate our freedom and liberty then by eating burger and fries! Alice and I had heard nothing but good things about 'In and Out Burger'. It's a fast food burger, it was cheap and it was OK. Alice saw that people were having the 'Animal Fries' which I think is the main attraction. She'll try and get that before we leave California. With bellies full it was time for bed.

    Song of the Day:
    Scott McKenzie - If You're Going To San Francisco
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  • Day22


    June 4, 2015 in the United States ⋅

    We blijven toeristen, dus dan kan ook een bezoek aan Alcatraz niet uitblijven. De wereldberoemde gevangenis. De kaartjes zijn echter doorgaans al een week ervoor uitverkocht. Door de drukte waren we vergeten kaartjes te kopen. Maar van de week op de mobiel probeerden we toch maar de proef op de som. Eerste gaf de website aan dat alles vol was, maar na een paar keer opnieuw bezoeken bleek er opeens een tijdstip vrij te komen. Snel 2 kaartjes besteld op de voor ons ook nog ideale dag en tijdstip!

    De boot vertrok aan het einde van de boulevard en aan het begin van de middag zaten we dan ook op de boot naar deze oude gevangenis. Na een audiotour en een wandeling namen we rond 17:00 alweer de boot terug en zijn vervolgens bij de boulevard wat gaan eten. Daarna weer gelijk richting het hotel want de volgende ochtend om 5:00 uur komt de taxi ons halen om ons naar het vliegveld te brengen voor de vlucht naar Cancun Mexico.
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  • Day7

    Alcatraz Gefängnis

    September 28, 2017 in the United States ⋅

    Heute ließen wir den Tag mal ein bisschen entspannter angehen und haben bis halb 8 Uhr geschlafen, wir waren gestern auch erst gegen 12 Uhr zurück vom Konzert.
    Um 11 Uhr ging unsere Fähre dann zu dem wohl berühmtesten Gefängnis der Welt, Alcatraz. Erst haben wir von außen die Insel bekundet, von wo aus die Gefangenen damals wirklich ein hervorragenden Blick auf San Francisco hatten, dann ging es durch die Zellentrakte. Dort bekam man über eine Audio-Guide Tour viele interessante Informationen.
    Al Capone war z.B. auch 5 Jahre auf Alcatraz gefangen gehalten worden. Drei Leute haben es geschafft von der Insel zu fliehen, bis heute weiß niemand was aus ihnen geworden ist.
    Ein Gefangener von damals war selbst heute noch da, allerdings nur um sein Buch zu präsentieren und Autogramme dafür zu geben.
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  • Day7

    The Rock

    September 15, 2016 in the United States ⋅

    Gestern waren wir auf auf Alcatraz Island!
    Bis 1963 war hier ein Hochsicherheitsgefängnis, in dem die schwierigeren Fälle inhaftiert waren, unter anderem Al Capone!
    Wir haben an einer Audioführung teilgenommen, die uns durch den Zellentrakt führte. Alles in allem gut gemacht, durch die eingebauten Hintergrundgeräusche hatte man wirklich das Gefühl, man sei in einem vollbesetzten Gefängnis - zum Beispiel Quietschen der Betten, Klappern von Gittern, Husten, Flüstern...
    Obwohl es keinen (bekannten) erfolgreichen Ausbruch gab, haben zumindest wir es heil wieder zurück zum Festland geschafft.
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  • Day3


    September 11, 2017 in the United States ⋅

    Mit der Fähre endlich auf Alcatraz angekommen, schauten wir uns zu Beginn einen sehr interessanten Einstiegsfilm an. Diesen kann ich wirklich empfehlen. Er wurde von Discovery produziert, falls ihr Interesse habt. Anschließend führte uns ein Audioguide durch die Zellenblöcke. Gegen Ende der Tour stand ein ehemaliger Häftling für Fragen zur Verfügung und gab zudem Autogramme. Nach insgesamt 2,5 Stunden auf der Insel ging es auch schon wieder zurück aufs Festland.Read more

  • Day16

    San Francisco, Alcatraz

    October 12, 2015 in the United States ⋅

    Immer wieder sehenswert ist Alctraz. Zum Glück wusste ich dass man Tickets im Vorverkauf organisieren sollte, so ward es dann ganz entspannt und ein toller Tag auf dieser immer windigen Gefängnisinsel.

  • Day0

    Alcatraz and Hyde Street Pier

    July 11, 2008 in the United States ⋅

    Our first full day in San Francisco. We set off on an early (09:00) tour of Alcatraz. Despite having been to San Francisco several times before, I have never yet made it out to 'The Rock' so we were all looking forward to this. It was a lovely day for the trip; sunny and calm. As we cruised the short distance out to the island we could see the Golden Gate bridge in the distance, shrouded in early morning mist.

    As you approach Alcatraz, you get a good sense of how isolated it really is, despite only being a short distance from San Francisco. The icy Pacific water and treacherous currents cut it off as surely as if it were 100 miles distant. Even in the bright sunshine, the island looks stark and inhospitable.

    The introductory video film in the theatre sets the scene very well and helps one understand what conditions were like in the prison, although I doubt that anyone who was not actually there can really appreciate what the conditions were like.

    It was very interesting to learn that the island was, and still is, a major nesting ground for many kinds of seabirds and that the National Parks Service is working to conserve and protect all the natural aspects of the island.

    The self guided audio tour was really interesting and informative and there were some fantastic views across the bay to San Francisco from the buildings at the top of the island.

    An amusing incident occurred the gift shop; a woman (maybe around 20) came over and told us she loved our accent and asked where we were from. We told her and then asked where she was from; turns out she was from SOuth Dakota...

    We left Alcatraz on the 12:00 ferry back to Pier 33. We then moved on to Pier 39 (Fishermans Wharf) where we visited the Aquarium. That was very interesting but once we had left there we quickly tired of the very tacky, touristy nature of the area and soon moved on to the Hyde Street Pier. This has several old ships that one can go on board and look around and this was far more interesting than Fishermans Wharf...

    After that it was back to the hotel and then an early dinner at a very nice (but *very* busy) Italian restaurant called Pazzia. We were all so tired that we fell into bed by 10:00 pm and went soundly to sleep.
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  • Day18

    SFO day 1... part3

    July 15, 2016 in the United States ⋅

    We took the ferry over to Alcatraz for our night tour, the tour was amazing!!
    Her are some pictures of the inside....
    The showers, no privacy. One of the cell hallways...rows and rows of stacked 5'x7' cells. The last picture is of one of the solitary confinement cells, it was scary and dark in there.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Alcatraz Island, Alcatraz, Алкатрас, আলকাটরাজ দ্বীপ, Otok Alcatraz, Αλκατράζ, Prisión de Alcatraz, אלקטרז, Pulau Alcatraz, アルカトラズ島, Ilha de Alcatraz, Алькатрас

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