|Shabby view from the breakfast table.|
|A duck. The only way to do a city tour by land and water. Well the only way if you don't want to get wet anyway.|
Getting on the duck we were presented with our very own duck call noise maker. We were instructed to use it as often as we liked whilst on the tour. There was plenty of it for the first 10 minutes at which point everyone except a 2 yr old child on our tour got bored of it.
|The lizard gains a duck bill. Not sure it's a good look to be honest.|
At this point both Rachael and I were experiencing something we've not felt since leaving England. Cold. No really, it's cold here. We both had to buy tacky tourist fleeces because it's COLD. Brrrrr....
After the duck we strolled around Fishermans Wharf and decided to get a late lunch / early dinner. We headed back to Boudin and had a lovely meal with a great view of Alcatraz island. Boudin is a San Francisco bakery and restaurant famous for their sourdough bread. This was foreshadowing because we had tickets booked for the Alcatraz night cruise.
Alcatraz is an eerie place. The buildings are largely unchanged since it's days as a prison and like Ellis Island in New York, the place has an atmosphere that is part creepy and part momentous. It's like the walls are talking. The cell block has an audio tour that is part of the ticket and it's excellent. There is audio testimony from actual wardens and inmates as well as dramatic retellings of some events. These are accompanied by sound effects such as clanging cell doors and alarms etc. It's all very atmospheric and slightly sinister. I certainly wouldn't want to do the tour on my own, it would be like walking around in your own personal horror movie.
|A cheery message for those entering the cell block. |
At least they were going to let us out at the end of the day - unlike these guys.
|Rachael already looks worried and she's not even IN the cell.|
|In Isolation (where the really naughty prisoners go)|
We think Chicago still wins the stunning skyline award though.
|City skyline as seen from Alcatraz|
Returning back to San Francisco on the boat we ran into a huge queue waiting for a taxi. I think sometimes we are spoiled in London because 300 people leaving a scheduled (daily) tourist trap would probably have a tailback of cabs waiting. As it was we had to wait about 45 minutes for a taxi. SF clearly needs more cabs!
Tomorrow we are going hunting for Star Trek locations in SF since in the future Starfleet in based here.
Live long and prosper!