The Rock

August 12, 2009

While in San Francisco I took the opportunity to visit Alcatraz – something I haven’t done before. The Alcatraz Night Tour was highly recommended to me, as it is longer and more detailed than the tours that are run during the day (and also suited my schedule as I was in SF for work and consequently not free during the day). Suffice to say I’d highly recommend it as well. It was bitterly cold (as San Francisco can be during the summer) and the Bay microclimate and it’s trademark fog were much in evidence, but the boat trip out was great fun and the tour both informative and highly entertaining.


Fog City lives up to it’s name


The Island of Pelicans


The Lighthouse and the remains of the Warden’s house


Water Tower


Alcatraz Island looking towards the Bay Bridge


The Rock


Alcatraz Cell


The entrance to the Administration Building


Lighthouse, with the cellblock behind


Watchtower at Dusk


Leaving the Island

The photography isn’t up to my usual standard as I used my little Ricoh compact rather than the Olympus DSLR, but the chilly greyness and forbidding aspect of the island comes across quite effectively I think. I hadn’t been aware that many of the staff of the Federal Prison lived on the island. It must have felt very isolated as the last boat of the day pulled away each night, although by many accounts the guards had happy family lives while some of the most infamous prisoners in US history lurked but a few metres away.

I’d highly recommend anyone visiting San Francisco taking the night tour of Alcatraz… a very informative and enjoyable 3 hours.

Off to San Francisco

July 26, 2009


Apologies for the lack of blogging of late – I’ve spent the last week or so caring for ill family and then being ill with some loathsome lurgy myself. I am now off to San Francisco for work for 4 days. San Francisco is my favourite city, bar none, and I haven’t been there for many years so I am looking forward to reacquainting myself with it.

Cornwall Pictures

June 1, 2009

I thought I’d post some more of my more arty pictures of the coastline around St Agnes in Cornwall where we spent our holiday last week….


Sunset at Trevaunance Cove I


Sunset at Trevaunance Cove II


Atlantic Coast I


Atlantic Coast II


Trevaunance Cove Blue


Man and His Man at Sunset

London Visit

February 20, 2009


Today was the last (week) day of Miss Fleet’s half term. Mrs Fleet decided to bring Miss Fleet and Rothmans to London for a day out. They came up on the train and I met them for lunch at Ultimate Burger on Glasshouse Street just off Piccadilly Circus. (It’s a great gourmet burger place, and their Satay burger is to die for). After lunch I went back to the office while Mrs F took the girls to London Zoo, where they had great fun (Miss Fleet was amazed and delighted to discover that Komodo Dragons are in fact real and not a figment of Daddy’s imagination).

After their fun time at the Zoo they came and met me from the office and we did our traditional visit to Banana Republic on Regent Street (my third favourite store in the world after the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue in NY and any Ruehl 925 store (Abercrombie and Fitch’s grown up elder brother – they don’t have them in the UK). Miss Fleet loves BR because the name amuses her and because the store is generously provided with comfortable chairs – she migrates from one to another as we move through the store. I bought a very nice purple sweater. Amazingly Mrs F didn’t partake, but I gather there is a dress she has her eye on for my brother’s nuptials later in the year.

All in all a nice day out for the girls, albeit an exhausting one for Mrs F!