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We were fortunate to get tickets to go to Alcatraz while in San Francisco. I had really wanted to go at night but the evening tours were sold out till October 10th I was told. We boarded the ferry to Alcatraz and walked around the prison on an audio cellhouse tour. You're given headphones and a little walkman and you are basically on your own tour..which is great. It doesn't look like long walk up to the actual prison but trust me it is. It felt creepy and dark to me. I enjoyed the tour and photographing little bits of history as I've always wanted to see the prison for myself. Apparently, you can't take the audio tour at night so I was happy to have gone during the day and listened to the audio was very informative.


"No one can tell the Alcatraz tale like the men who actually lived it. The award-winning Alcatraz Cellhouse Audio Tour brings history alive through the actual voices of the correctional officers and inmates who lived on the island during the infamous Federal Penitentiary era.


Hear both sides of life in the island prison including such famous events as escape attempts, "The Battle of '46", food riots, and surviving solitary confinement.


The new Cellhouse Audio Tour is an expanded version of the original award-winning tour and includes new stories, new narrators, and explores new areas of the Cellhouse. The tour is available in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Mandarin, Portugese and Korean."


I was fortunate to meet and talk with Historian and Book Author Michael Esslinger at Alcatraz who signed my copy of "Letters From Alcatraz". I look forward to the read.


Visitors can reach the island by ferry ride from Pier 33, near Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco.


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Taken on September 7, 2011