Alcatraz! Ding ding, ding ding!
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Ok so the title is a reference to Eddie Izzard and his Dressed to Kill tour, if you haven't seen it, watch it! This is a place I have wanted to go to ever since watching the opening scene.
We took the MUNI Cable Car to Pier 33, very easy to get to but make sure you have the right change of have bought a day card. We had pre booked our tickets so as not to be disappointed although when we arrived the boat we were on was no way near full. Look back towards the main land for great views of the city.
Once we landed they give a basic safety speech and what not to do on the island. We left before the end and headed up to the main prison for our self guided tour, which is excellent but gets busier as you go round.
The island is also a nesting site for the Western Gull, this birds are big bugger’s! So the parade ground and a few other area's were closed off. However there was a information area set up on the birds which was quite interesting.
Alcatraz is a must on any trip to San Francisco, get the early boat and it will fill your day till at least lunch time. We had lunch on the island before heading back to the mainline, the boats are frequent so you never have to wait that long to get back.
Once back we explored Pier 39 which is full of touristy shops and Sea Lions, random I now but there is a colony which live just off the pier on wooden islands. We hopped back onto the Cable Car and headed to The Castro, which was handily on the same line.
Once at our destination we walked down Castro Street and had a look at Harvey Milk Plaza (more of a tube station than a Plaza!). Then went on the hunt for some food, we stumbled across Lime on Market Street and it was a brilliant bar come restaurant with great food and cocktails. We spent the rest of the evening and night in there till it was time for the last Cable car home. Well worth a trip!