In all the big tourist cities of the world,there are always a few sites that demand attention.
You have to admit that a former prison sitting a few miles offshore a major city is a showstopper…
Everyone that comes by the piers has their eyes towards the rock.We did too! In fact one of the first questions that I asked D when we started touring is “Do you want to go see it?”.Which came out as a matter-of-fact “No”.
I do not know if all the “sensationalism” that turned off my husband ,or if he had enough seeing thousands of short-short and sneaker clad troops stomp past us and towards the shuttle boats.
My French husband is not as attracted by sites that drain large groups of tourists.Different culture,and a different outlook. But it is probably all for the better.
It made Alcatraz look much more mysterious and strange seen from the shore… because it was a forbidden island in its time.
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These pictures were taken as we went up towards the Golden Gate bridge.
I boned up on the History of this island, and I learned that the prison part is actually dating back from the Civil war.Of course,the island was most famous from 1934-1963.It has since the 1970’s become a recreational area and a part of the National Parks service.
This is really “the rock”; no prisoner has ever succeeded in escaping.The majority were caught,others shot or lost at sea.
I’m sure that many a tourist is happy to finally return to the pier…