SF 11 | Alcatraz Island
At the end of May, my mom and Aunt came to visit us! I met them on a Friday night, showed them around the office, and then the touristy things began! On Saturday, they came to Sausalito and we showed them the boat, the docks, and the Heath ceramics shop - which is gorgeous, and was a short walk down the street. We took a bus back into the city and stopped to get shots of the bridge, but for the first time for us it was pretty foggy! It made for some cool shots, anyway, and we trudged (in the cold!) through Crissy Field a bit, too.
On Sunday, we met in North Beach and found a little Italian bakery for authentic baked goods/breakfast. I was hoping to get back to our favorite Mario's Bohemian Cafe for coffee with Vov in it (yum!), but we were a bit early, so we walked over to Alcatraz Landing, where we hopped onto the scenic ferry ride over to Alcatraz island:
Once we got there, we wandered up the hill to the prison and took the audio tour through. I'm not usually a fan of audio tours, but this one was actually really interesting, the way they mixed the prisoners talking with ambient sound. The building grounds were derelict but really interesting - I liked the look of it, despite it's history:
Halfway through the tour, you get to go outside and enjoy a courtyard and the view back to the city, looking down on the area where the prison guard's families used to live, and the cement park their kids used to play!