Saturday the husband and I drove into San Francisco to tour Alcatraz. We hadn't done it the last time we visited because of all the rain and although its a bit of a touristy thing to do, after reading the history behind the prison, we just had to go see it for ourselves. Alcatraz has sort of an eerie feeling, once you are out on the island you can't help but start imagining yourself as a prisoner. The men had to live day in and day out in tiny cells and while they worked they could gaze at the city, watch the boats and at night, if the wind was just right hear laughter and voices drifting through the air. It must have been torture to be so isolated. I know the men in this prison were criminals, but the cells were so tiny, there was barely room to move and stories of the warden and officers through the years weren't pretty. Even though it was almost 80 on the bay, the island was around 63 degrees and after walking for four hours my hands were so cold they went numb, and then painfully numb until I seriously thought something was wrong with me and I was dying. The island is also a bird sanctuary and apparently April is mating season so several spots were closed off where birds were nesting. My advice? If you plan a trip, bring a warm coat and where jeans even in the summer and don't go in April. There was so much bird poop in some spots it was off putting. Here are some pictures before, during and after our little island tour! Enjoy! And p.s. did you enter the Kiki La'Rue $50 shop credit giveaway from yesterday?! You have two more days to do so!
|sail boat racing under the Golden Gate Bridge|
|pulling up to the island|
|the indian graffiti comes from when an Indian group occupied the island..|
|this shot is through an old pane of glass in a building|
|officers hall- it used to have a bowling alley in the bottom!|
|babies! the geese hissed at me when I tried to get closer, so I settled for this shot...|
|the main prison|
|walking through the main prison, audio tour|
|playing around with editing..|
|tough enough to be a prisoner??? nah.|
|can you imagine looking through those bars at the sun everyday?|
|This man was a GAURD here over 50 years ago. He started in 1948 when he was|
only 21 years old. He was there signing books and I got a picture with him!
...and then my husband got pooped on, in a pretty major way. Let's just say half of his face was all white.
There would have been pictures but it was a pretty tragic three minutes, and we had to find napkins asap.
Here is a picture of the aftermath however....
After walking the island for hours and getting chilled to the bone it was nice to pull back into San Fran where it was still pretty toasty warm outside. We were craving some great seafood and after walking up and down the wharf we spotted a cute little place called Pompei's Grotto. We decided to try the bruschetta with dungeness crab to start with and oh my word was it a good choice! The tomatoes were fresh and crisp and so full of flavor and the crab was the perfect combo. Our only gripe was there was just a little too much olive oil in it and it dripped when we bit into it. Not a huge deal though, we would order it again. The husband ordered Alfredo with bay shrimp which was great. The Alfredo sauce was a little on the buttery side but after all the walking we had done, he welcomed the extra calories. I opted for Francesco's Misto with a cream sauce instead of the tomato basil. The misto had clams, mussels, jumbo shrimp, calamari and squid in every single bite. So worth the $19.95 price for the amount of seafood in the dish alone! The cream sauce was light and rich and I devoured it, every single bite (which is saying something because my portion could have fed two , easily). We also tried a few drinks, the husband tried a local beer (Anchor Steam bottled in SF and really loved it!) It was a little loud outside, being right in the touristy area so if you want to eat undisturbed I would sit inside! Overall we gave Pompei's Grotto an 8/10 and would definitely recommend it!
|bruschetta with dungeness crab|
|alfredo pasta with bay shrimp|
|francesco's misto with cream sauce|
Over & Out,
p.s. I still have 4 small ads and 6 medium spots open!
I would love to have you as a partner!