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Alan Stafford (Author of Too Naked for the Nazis)
Bed-Ins for Peace
A few days earlier, on their way to Poole, in Dorset, John and Yoko had gone via Southampton to enquire whether it would be possible for them to be married on a cross-channel ferry. Undeterred, John and Yoko decided they would get married in Paris, so they chartered an aircraft and flew to the French capital on 16 March. Unfortunately, the authorities refused them permission, for the simple reason that they had not lived in France long enough. Chartering another aircraft a few days later, they flew to Gibraltar. Where can we go? So we liked it in the symbolic sense, and the rock foundation of our relationship.
Newly-weds John Lennon of The Beatles and artist Yoko Ono kick-off a bed-in for peace on Mar. 25, , in their suite at the Hilton.
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Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth is the largest hotel in Quebec , and boasts of a list of former guests than include Queen Elizabeth II herself and members of the royal family, Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and many more. The John and Yoko suite. Image by Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth. The Canadian hotel became famous around the world after John Lennon and Yoko Ono took over a suite for a week, hanging out in bed in an effort to promote peace. It was the second such non-violent protest against war, with the other held at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam. The hotel has a number of spaces for guests to relax. Now, after closing for renovations, the hotel has opened with the intent to create a space for the community.
Most newlyweds like to spend their first few days as a couple far away from their hometown in some exotic locale, isolated from the rest of the world. Following their wedding five days earlier, John and Yoko holed up in the presidential suite at the Hilton Amsterdam, which they had decorated with hand-drawn signs above their bed reading "Hair Peace" and "Bed Peace. Because whatever it is, is in people's minds - their minds were full of what they thought was going to happen. They fought their way in, and their faces dropped. We were wearing pyjamas, but they don't look much different from day clothes — nothing showing. Their choice of city to stage their event and get their message across was not random.
A honeymoon is usually a vacation taken by a couple after marrying, a time to do something fun just the two of them. But after John Lennon of The Beatles and the Japanese artist Yoko Ono wed in Gibraltar on March 20, , they did something different, using their honeymoon to raise awareness of an issue much bigger than themselves: world peace. Both performance artists, they knew that bold change requires bold action. And so, at a hotel in Amsterdam, they sat in bed for a week, from March 25 to March 31, and invited the press to ask them questions between a. Surrounded by flowers, they took to their bed in their hotel suite in Amsterdam. Though he described the event in a joking manner, he made clear they had a serious point to make.