In the wee hours of this morning John and Yoko were driven from Paris to Amsterdam, about a five-hour drive according to my calculations. They checked into their hotel and went straight to bed, where they remained for the rest of the week. Said John,

We sent out a card: “Come to John and Yoko’s honeymoon: a bed-in, Amsterdam [Hilton] Hotel.” You should have seen the faces on the reporters and the cameramen fighting their way through the door! 

The idea was to use the publicity generated by their marriage to advocate for world peace. As Lennon explained to reporters, with no excess of humility,

We are trying to make Christ’s message contemporary. What would He have done if He had advertisements, records, films, TV, and newspapers? Well, the miracle today is communications. So let’s use it!

Well, spoiler alert, John and Yoko did not usher in a golden age of worldwide harmony. But you can’t fault them for trying; there are worse ways to spend a honeymoon, certainly.

Frankly it is getting late and your humble scribe grows tired. Fortunately HRM Yoko Ono has seen fit to post a 70-minute documentary chronicling this weird week in Amsterdam. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then 24 frames per second = 24,000 words/second, and this video equates to 1,701,998 words. That’s a lot of information to absorb, but it’s worth the effort just to get a sense of what a weird time it was. It’s also quite beautiful in its own bizarre way. Best not to think too much about it — turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream….

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