Alcatraz

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On the cable car

After another great (and free) breakfast we headed down to Powell Street to get the Cable car, this time we got to hang onto the side for dear life, breathing in when another cable car passed us by.  We had a wander around the fishermans wharf area, and slowly made our way to Pier 33 for our trip to Alcatraz, having a hotdog along the way - it could be our last taste of freedom!

We got on the ferry to the Island with hundreds of other people, it has got to be one of the busiest tourist attractions in the States.  Alcatraz was as good as expected, the cell blocks and the audio tour being the highlight.  Even though it was a sunny day, it was easy to imagine how eerie it must be once the mist rolls in.  As we were leaving the Island there was a group of teenagers just arriving for a night in Alcatraz - now that has got to be the best residential ever! 

Caught the cable car back to the hostel, got changed and then out for a drink.

The watch tower at Alcatraz
No rest for the wicked. Emma had read about a good place for a drink, but it was a mission finding it. We first of all tried catching the bus, but couldnt find where to catch it from. Then we got on the subway, and estimated which stop we would need. Up we popped into an area that was less than salubrious. A scary few minutes later and we had sussed where to go, eventually reaching our destination after a 20 minute walk. After all that effort, we decided that a cocktail was in order.  We struck lucky in the bar - the owner came up to us and gave us some free food that had been ordered by mistake - result!  Had a few more drinks to celebrate, then wandered back, failing to flag down a taxi (must have the wrong kind of whistle) we got on the subway and back to the hostel.

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On the cable car
On the cable car
The watch tower at Alcatraz
The watch tower at Alcatraz
The cell block
The cell block
Emma in the recreation yard
Emma in the recreation yard
Diane in cell
Diane in cell
The cell block
The cell block
The city
The city
Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island
Cable car
Cable car