Wine Country and San Fran Trip: Tuesday – Day 5

Hello! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.


On Tuesday Christina and I woke up bright and early. We had a busy day ahead of us!

First stop was breakfast at Tartine Bakery. When we first walked into the bakery I immediately thought, neighborhood gem. I loved it. It wasn’t touristy at all, just a casual breakfast spot for locals to sip on coffee, nibble on pastry, and/or plug away on their laptop and/or leaf through a novel while either sipping on coffee or nibbling on a pastry. ๐Ÿ™‚

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My most important meal of the day consisted of an almond milk latte and an egg and ham quiche. Hit the spot. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I wanted to make sure I ate something hearty because I didn’t want to get hungry on Alcatraz Island!

Alcatraz was our next stop. Christina and I had really wanted to visit the island last year, but tickets were already sold out. This year I made sure to purchase our tickets months in advance.

We excitedly boarded the ferry that transported us to the island. It was such a great day to be on the water!ย Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles off shore – hence why we took a ferry there.

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Here is some Alcatraz trivia for you: did you know that the island was originally a military fort and not a prison as it is so commonly known as?

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After Alcatraz had been used as a military fort, it became a military prison, and then a federal prison.

Our tour ticket ($30) not only included a ferry ride to and from shore, but a self-guided tour with individual headsets so visitors could learn about the history of Alcatraz Island at their own pace. It was really great.


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We were able to look in several cells in the prison. We even got to go inside a couple!

A beautiful lookout point from the prison.

A beautiful lookout point of San Francisco from the prison.

A few more Alcatraz tidbits:

  • A lot of the prison guards chose to live on the island when it was still operating. (Others also chose to live off the island). Not only did these prison guards live on the island, but so did their wives and children. We saw the old quarters where families lived and the school building where their children went. Call me crazy, but I would have never, ever, ever wanted to live here. Ever. Particularly with my children. But it was a thing.
  • The word “Alcatraz” came from the Spanish “La Isla de los Alcatraces” which translates to “The Island of the Pelicans”. We did see a number of pelicans on the island!
  • The island grounds are beautiful. Lots of shrubbery and flowers.

For more information on visiting Alcatraz Island go here.

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A view of Alcatraz as we were departing the island.

Once we were back on dry land we headed to Fillmore & Union Street for a late lunch and some retail therapy. ๐Ÿ™‚

My amazing lunch courtesey of The Plant.

My amazing lunch courtesy of The Plant.

Once we had shopped to our heart’s desires we headed back to the hotel to rest up before heading back out for drinks and dinner with some local friends.

SF here we come!

SF here we come!

First up we had happy hour planned with several people at West of Pecos. Christina had invited one of her former co-workers who used to work in Dallas but moved back to San Fran, while I had invited one of my best friends from college, Mandy, and a childhood friend of mine,Cory, who I hadn’t seen or spoken to in 20 YEARS out for drinks. Crazy right?!

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After drinks we headed to Osha Thai for dinner – sans Cory. ย (I did take a picture of my red curry but it didn’t come out that great). Then the gals – Christina, Mandy and I headed to a bar that our Uber driver recommended for one more round of drinks. Note: not sure we’ll ever go back there! Definitely not our scene. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was such a great day and night!




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