Continuing our San Fran journey (read part one here), we got up bright and early to explore Alcatraz Island, which I kept calling Azkaban. Common mix-up right? The sun decided to show it’s face and honestly we couldn’t have asked for more gorgeous weather!
We did the audio tour and it was awesome! Semi-creepy, but very cool hearing what actually went down where you were standing. My favorite part was the story about the guys who buried out and hid their escape by making creepy fake heads (which they have on display in the gift shop #casual).
After touring the prison, we decided to air out and explore the pier areas! It was fun but insanely touristy (nothing like our beach walk/hike the days before) and SO COLD AND WINDY. Which, naturally, meant that we needed to bee-line it for the warm chowder.
In a post-chowder-coma, we wandered through the tourist hot-spots and got some lovely souvenirs, then hit up Ghirardelli Square… because there’s always room for chocolate. After a god-awful long wait, we jumped on a cable car and rode around for a little while to give our tired feet a break.
The next day was more playing tourist! We explored our neighborhood, went to Chinatown, went shopping downtown, and ate the best food I have ever eaten ever in my life (chinese Dim Sum).
(Note: while walking along the beach we saw a momma and baby whale!!! And totally freaked out about it. And yes, that’s what that gray blob is up above.)
I had SO MUCH FUN exploring San Francisco and I can’t wait to go back and visit again! Next up on my travel itinerary: Charleston for the annual Southern Blog Society Conference!