ron and janes excellent adventure travel blog

Today was a terrific day, the weather co-operaterd and didn't rain. Instead the sun was out, still quite cold in the morning but we dressed for the day--layers. We headed down to the wharf and hopped on a hop on hop off bus to get to pier 33 for our Alcatraz tour. We had just enough time to have a delightful lunch at a really great restaurant called Butterfly. We then headed on to our tour. We boarded the boat that would take us over to the island. Once there we got our head sets and started our tour. What a grusome place!!!The headphones tell the story of the inmates life and the attempted escapes from the prison. The background sounds are of the inmates or cell doors closing or sirens , whatever is happening at that point in the tour.out We heard about Al,scarface,Capone,Machine Gun Kelly, and of course The Birdman of Alcatraz-Robert Stroud. They say that as far as they know ,no-one escaped--no bodies were ever found, however the most famous escapees were learning spanish before their escape???? Once we were back to the Wharf we had a nice drink at pier 39 and strolled around all the great streets and watched the sea lions on the piers. They are such funny animals,I really enjoyed watching them. We caught the last night tour on the hop on hop off bus and enjoyed more sights of the city before walking home for dinner around 8:00 pm. Tomorrow we are heading across the golden gate bridge to Sausilito and dinner at Scomas.

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