Break the rules and you go to prison, break the prison rules and you go to Alcatraz

Our last day in San Francisco began with a visit to one of the world's most famous, former, prisons - Alcatraz. That is also something I would recommend if you're staying in SF, especially if you're familiar with the movie or stories from Alcatraz. It's a very interesting and terrifying experience at the same time when you imagine what it was like there only 50 years ago.

On the island you can walk around as you want and in the prison you can go on a self-guided tour with headphones and a media player - a very good thing since you can walk at your own pace, and the tour narrators actually were the prisoners and prison guards. We even got to see pictures of all the people they talked about. In the background you could hear sound effects and such to make the experience as real as possible. 

One of the prisoners said that the worst thing was the view of San Francisco and that it reminded you of what you had lost, every day.

You've all seen the movie "Escape from Alcatraz" with Clint Eastwood, right? It's based on a real escape, and perhaps the only successful. Here you got to see the real fake head in Frank Morris' cell and the holes they crawled through! In the picture below you can also see the passage behind the cells. From there they climbed three floors up to the roof where they built a raft. It's amazing how they managed to do all that.

Since we brought a computer with us to the U.S., we made it a thing to download movies that was set in the city we stayed in, and watch them before bedtime. That evening we downloaded Escape from Alcatraz, of course, and it was a completely different experience to watch it after being there. And after all we have heard and seen, both during the visit and on documentaries, and the fact that their bodies were never found, I am completely convinced that the three escapees survived, despite the icy cold water, and lived the rest of their lifes somewhere in South America.


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