San Francisco In Pictures

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Although my trip last week was dominated by work (and a persistent cold), I did get the chance to leave the hotel a couple of times and see some of the sights of the city. Here are some images of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, the two major attractions that I got a chance to take in. As you’ll see, we lucked out with great weather for the most part.
Here is a view of Alcatraz from the Golden Gate parking area.
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The Golden Gate Bridge is so incredible majestic.
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Walking the bridge was quite an experience. The cars streaming by are incredibly loud and the bridge itself vibrates and bounces from the wind and the cars.
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Seeing the top of the pillar was surreal. It seems so incredibly high and I can’t imagine how the workings climb the riggings to paint the top.
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Before we left the bridge, I wanted to take a picture of downtown from the center of the bridge. You can also see Alcatraz on your left.
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The next night, we went on the Alcatraz night tour. It was a cold, rainy and blustery evening. In other words, it was the perfect conditions to travel to the most inhospitable prison in the US.
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One of the first things that you see upon approaching the island is this sign, which is a remnant of the Native American occupation of the island from 1969-1971.
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As soon as you enter the main prison facility, you immediately come across two rows of communal showers.
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Then, you head upstairs to the cell block.
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Alcatraz is such a study in contrasts. While the harsh prison conditions dominate your consciousness during the trip, you can’t help but notice the impressive views of the city.
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I took this picture to show you how small the window was for viewing visitors.
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Oh and for a bit of the supernatural, my camera took this picture itself. No joke. I have no idea how the shutter button was pushed, but I review every picture after I take it and I have zero recollection of taking this one.
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How’s that for freaky?
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