We of course all know Alcatraz as that island on which Nicholas Cage and Sean Connery saved us all from the evil Ed Harris. The Rock as it’s commonly known in both the movies and real life sits proudly in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. Initially home to flocks of birds, it was first populated by our encroaching selves as a fort and then of course was turned into a federal prison and now acts as a strange choice of tourist destination. “Ooooh mammy can we go see where evil murders and criminals were housed? Oh please, oh please, oh pretty please?”. A little odd right?
But we “normal” citizens have always had an eerie fascination with those on the other side of the law. We know they’re bad people and have done terrible things but television shows such as Breaking Bad have fought to make us feel for these characters. And the same can be said on Alcatraz, where former prisoners now act as guides, posing for pictures with families and children.
There’s two ways to view Alcatraz….on it looking out at the beauty of the bay…..or off it, looking towards its imposing structures, guard towers and crumbling ruins. Before we set foot on the same ground as Nicholas Cage (What an honour), we took a boat trip around it a few days beforehand. The main pier is hidden from view if you’re in downtown San Francisco, along with the majority of smaller buildings on the island. So it’s worth taking the trip out to see the full show, as it were.
In the next blog post, we’ll be stepping ashore and exploring the island. Ooooooooooooooooh.