Last Day in San Fran: Alcatraz, Ai WeiWei, Boudin Bakery, reading bedtime stories.

For our last day in San Francisco we got up early and headed out to Pier 33 for the ferry boat ride to visit Alcatraz prison.

IMG_0385 IMG_0381The prison and audio tour were well worth the time and hike, I was especially glad I got to visit the hospital section of the facility, especially the X-ray room and operating room.

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We didn’t have time to see the landscaping tour but took some quick photos there as well.

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The island also had an exhibit on display by the artist Ai WeiWei.

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The art was breathtaking and poignant, much of his work brought a tear to my eye.  I feel like Banksy and this guy would get along fine.  He had one exhibit where you could fill out a postcard that was pre-addressed to a political prisoner, we let Oliver draw and fill one out. Another exhibit included a hallway of cells that had a name on it with symbolic music being piped into the room.  A final large room was filled with a construction of 1.2 Million legos that showed faces of political prisoners on it, including one with Nelson Mandela.

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After heading back from the island we walked along the pier.

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We took lunch at the Boudin Bakery.

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During the evening we decompressed from our busy week by hanging out at Aunt Anne’s and finished off lots of left-overs, then we headed across the street to let the kids unwind at the park.

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We finished off the evening by sharing a pint of Salted Caramel Ice Cream from Three Twins Ice Cream, a San Francisco company.

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And we read bedtime stories to cousin Richard, the kids delighted in ‘Dragons Love Tacos”.

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