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... with my friend Maya in Santa Monica, the oasis of the city. It was great to spend a couple of days recharging on the beach but after a while the humidity and frenetic ways of the city get to you and we had itchy feet again. We peeped the largest homeless population in America on the sketchy streets of skid row and gtfo. Joshua Tree was our final stop in Cali. It is a small national park home to the renowned tree, with a few brief walks scattered amongst the ancient boulders, ...
Alcatraz. The very name is known to all Americans. The reputation is sinister. Here is where the Federal Government held the worst of the worst. Some believe the island is haunted. The names of those held here live in American folk lore. Al Capone, Machine Gun Kelly, Whitey Bulger - and so many more.
The history of the island is much more than it's most famous use as a Federal prison. The island was a desolate hunk of granite in San Francisco Bay, thus ...
... at 10.30 - Alcatraz - what a site to see and experience! Now I am sure there are other versions of history here especially from the conspiracy theorists however what I found most amusing was that after they decided to turn it from an armed services post into a prison for the worst of the worst there was a community backlash of the NIMBY kind - wow even back then! There were concerns by the community prisoners could escape and run riot in SF. The prison authorities assured all ...
... does give us a bit more room and a little bit of quiet.
After checking in, we braced ourselves against the biting wind and made our way the few blocks to the Wharf where we found a gorgeous Italian restaurant so I could make good on my promise to Alex that she could have spaghetti bolognese for dinner tonight.
After dinner, we stopped by the chocolate shop on Ghirardelli Square for dessert and got back to the hotel absolutely full just before ...
We took a walking tour of the city, which Anne and Steve had recommended from their visit in previous years and really enjoyed seeing the different styles of Queen Anne houses in the area and what was real and what was fake and who lived where (a little classier than the Los Angeles paparazzi style door stopping). Fortunately, the tour was designed to be relatively flat so we did not have to take in any serious hills on ...