San Francisco – Part 2

Day 2

One place we made plan ahead for visiting is Alcatraz. I was told that the tickets may get sold out, so bought tickets before the trip.

boarding area to the ferry
boarding area to the ferry
the ferry runs on diesel electric hybrid.  along with diesel, it also uses wind and solar power to generate electricity.
the ferry runs on diesel electric hybrid. along with diesel, it also uses wind and solar power to generate electricity.
Alcatraz is not as far as i thought...
Alcatraz is not as far as i thought…

The very first sign that you will see when you get off the boat.

Alcatraz was once occupied by Native Americans, after it was closed
Alcatraz was once occupied by Native Americans, after it was closed

Alcatraz offer Audio Tour that included in ticket, and it is very well done.
However, If you could catch Alcatraz Garden tour, it is very well worth it! Our tour guide took us around the various restored gardens, and told us a lot of stories about prison, plants and story about various area on island.

Highly Recommended!  If you get there early morning, they have Garden tour around the island.
Highly Recommended! If you get there early morning, they have Garden tour around the island.

Come of the gardens restored by volunteers.
Come of the gardens restored by volunteers.
Persian Carpet.
Persian Carpet.

After the garden tour, we picked up the mp3 player and headset and head off to the audio tour. it is very well designed.

Exercise field.
Exercise field.
Cell.  so small.
Cell. so small.
rows of prison cells, very depressing view...
rows of prison cells, very depressing view…

The info I found said it will take 2 to 2-1/2 hours to visit Alcatraz, but we ended up spending almost 5 hours. You can feel the history in the air.

After the Alcatraz tour, we had a Dim Sum. Everything was so tasty, and really wish if we could eat more…
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After lunch, my wife went to attend a session, so I went off to walking around Union Square.

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6 thoughts on “San Francisco – Part 2”

  1. Wow! Nice food! .
    oh…man, I’ve been programming and writing papers while you are having so great food! Are you still there?

    1. Unfortunately I’m already back… Food was so good I already miss them… but it’s always good to be back home. I like small town like oxford, and appreciate the flat land… after walking up and down the street in SF, the uphill to High Street is not that much of hill anymore….

  2. you forgot to say wife met her high school friend for dinner at Sichuan Home… no pics, though…

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