San Francisco

Alcatraz Island | California

Being a huge fan of crime procedurals, I was very excited for the opportunity to visit Alcatraz! In order to tour the island, you have to book tickets here a few weeks in advance. We opted for the early morning tour, which means that we were the first ones on the island. We had about an hour before the masses descended on the prison and I would highly recommend it.

Upon exiting the ferry on the island, we were greeted by a former inmate recounting his time on the island. We headed up the hill towards the penitentiary, entered though the shower room and were handed an audio tour to make our way around at our own pace, to the stories and recollections of former inmates and officers.

San Francisco | California

San Francisco is oozing charm at every turn. Well-preserved historical sites mesh with the conveniences of a modern city. Having been to San Francisco as a child, I have always had a desire to return as an adult. Luckily, San Francisco was on the route we were traveling and bonus, Haley was able to join us for a few days. In no particular order of things we watched the sun rise over the bay bridge, ate some churros at Pier 39, made the obligatory drive past the "Full House house", got locked up on Alcatraz and found some spectacular spots for photo-ops (click here for the locations). Unfortunately, the house from Mrs. Doubtfire was set on fire the evening we arrived which meant that it was a crime scene during our stay. I also convinced everyone that trying Indonesian food was imperative since the opportunity arose at Borobudur Restaurant. My comrades were brave and tried it all but ultimately only enjoyed the chicken sate. At the end of our time, I believe that overall our favorite place was the Musée Mécanique, a collection of vintage arcade games and entertainment, tucked away in Fisherman´s Wharf. Definitely worth a visit, whether you are alone, on a date, or with the family!