If you've seen the previous Wanderlust Wonderlist installment and would like to find out more must-visit destinations for a Beatle-themed travel, we have them covered in this second installment!
You’ve already seen some of the most important places in the world that are relevant in the history of The Beatles and their fandom up to the present. We continue with four more destinations suggested by Lonely Planet, and one from London Markets Online:
Paradise Island, the Bahamas
The success of the Fab Four’s first movie, A Hard Day’s Night, rewarded the band and director Richard Lester with a bigger budget for their second movie, Help!. The Beatles reportedly requested Bahamas as a shooting location just because they hadn’t been there yet. Maybe to their surprise and delight, they were flown to the city of Nassau on New Providence Island in February 1965. However, their filming schedule on Paradise Island — connected to New Providence Island by a bridge — did not allow them some time off for some beach frolic.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes footage of the Fab Four filming in the Bahamas:
Another rather exotic filming location for Help! was a ski resort in the Austrian Alps. Called Obertauern, the ski and snowboarding resort sits on the Radstädter Tauern mountains, situated in the southeastern portion of the federal state of Salzburg. The Beatles stayed in the Edelweiss Hotel during the filming in 1965.
In August 1967, The Beatles had their first meeting with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, which sparked their fascination for Eastern influences — meditation techniques for “expanding the consciousness” to be precise. A year later, the band, along with their wives, girlfriends, and assistants, traveled to Rishikesh in India to meditate in the ashram of the Maharishi (meaning “enlightened spiritual one”). Rishikesh has been called the “yoga capital of the world” but Lonely Planet also notes that it’s also a popular destination for whitewater rafting and treks in the Himalaya.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
While there’s hardly any connection between the iconic British band and Buenos Aires, the capital and largest city of Argentina — the band never even played a gig in the country — a hardcore fan earned his country a place on the Beatlemania map. In 2011, lifelong fan Rodolfo Vazquez opened the Museo Beatle in Paseo La Plaza complex on Corrientes Avenue, where he housed over 8,500 rare items from his collection. Aside from records, gadgets, and puppets, Daily Mail reports that it also “includes a brick from The Cavern Club, a check for £11 signed by Ringo Starr and even a box of condoms branded with the names of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.”
Apple Corps Building in Savile Row, London, England
Last but not the least, we go back to London, at the Beatles’ Apple Corps office on 3 Savile Row, where they held their final live performance on the building’s rooftop on January 30, 1969. The performance was recorded for the documentary film Let It Be, but you can also watch a clip of the rooftop concert here. The performance was halted by the police, after which John Lennon spoke the last words of the band: “I hope we passed the audition.”
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