- Timeline More from year 1966
More from year 1966
Paul McCartney and family on holiday in Jamaica
April 12 to April 15, 1973
Spanish holidays for the McCartney family, and Wings
Mid-June to June 25, 1972
Paul and Linda McCartney on holiday in Jamaica
Early December 1971
Paul and Linda McCartney on holiday in Antigua
Paul and Linda McCartney on holiday in Provence and Corfu
May 15 - June 17, 1969
Paul and Linda McCartney spend three weeks in New York (and in Bahamas)
March 16 to early April, 1969
Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman on holiday in Portugal
December 11 - End of December, 1968
Paul McCartney spends time with Linda Eastman in Scotland
November 5 - Mid-November?
Paul McCartney and Mal Evans travel from Los Angeles to London
April 11-12, 1967
Paul McCartney and Mal Evans spend some time in Los Angeles
April 10-11, 1967
Paul McCartney and Jane Asher’s Denver vacation
April 06-08, 1967
Paul McCartney and Mal Evans fly to San Francisco
April 03-04, 1967
Paul McCartney on holiday in Kenya
November 14-19, 1966
Paul McCartney flies to France
Nov 06, 1966
Paul McCartney and Jane Asher on holiday in Switzerland
March 6 - March 20, 1966
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Paul and Mal drive from Bordeaux to Spain, where they had intended to visit John on the film set. Since his part has wrapped early, they drive to Seville, fly to Madrid, have a layover in Rome, and finally arrive in Nairobi, Kenya, for a safari vacation.
Winn, John C.. That Magic Feeling: 2 (The Beatles’ Recorded Legacy) (p. 3). Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed. Kindle Edition.
MAL’S PAGE – A special report by Mal Evans who went on safari with Paul
Our rendezvous was outside a theatre in Bordeaux, Tuesday evening at seven o’clock. Paul had flown out from Lydd Airport ahead of me. He arrived dead on time and we began an exciting ten-day holiday which took us down through France into Spain and on from there to Africa and the National Parks of Kenya.
We took it in turns to drive Paul’s dark green DB6. On the journey south we just stopped when we were ready to do so, looked around until we found a decent hotel and booked ourselves in. We took time out to see the sights — Paul went mad with his movie camera and used roll after roll of film everywhere we went. We bought souvenirs from Paul’s favourite type of antique shop. Before we left France he’d picked up a fantastic old oil lamp — like something out of “Aladdin” – and I collected an antique double-barrel shotgun which the border people wouldn’t allow into Spain so we left it at a little café just north of the actual frontier.
Our route took us through San Sebastian, Madrid, Cordoba and Malaga to Torremolinos. The original intention was to drive East all along the coastline beside the Mediterranean and meet up with John at Almeria. But by phoning London we found that John had finished work on “How I Won The War” earlier than expected and was on his way home with Cyn and Neil!
“That’s torn it,” exclaimed Paul, “O.K., how about a safari as compensation?”
“Spain isn’t really safari country, Paul,” I replied blankly. “No, but Kenya is!” came the prompt reply.
We sorted through maps and got in touch with our very helpful travel agency. In no time the spur-of-the-moment schedule was planned. Drive to Seville and have someone get the DB6 back to London while we flew to Madrid. Then another plane from Madrid to the city of Nairobi in Kenya. By way of Rome where we spent ten hours looking at St. Peter’s and everything. And taking a sightseeing bus trip which ran all through the sort of Knotty Ash of Rome and back into the centre!
At Nairobi we were introduced to our African driver, who had this shiny big Plymouth all ready to go.
“Got a radio?” Paul asked the driver.
“I hope you can sing then!” And we all did!
First stop — Tsavo National Park, with this fabulous lodge (more like a luxury hotel complete with blue pool) as our base. Some British soldiers in the bar started talking pointedly about Beatles until we joined them, Paul admitted his identity and went on to play and win a great game of poker!
A highlight of the two days at Tsavo was a trip to the big springs and the chance to gaze through an underwater observation window and watch all these massive fish and so forth. Monkeys, elephants, hippos, alligators, deer, zebras — we saw the lot and Paul’s got loads of movie to prove it.
Our next stop was a quickie visit to Ambosali Park, the least happy bit of the holiday because Paul had caught too much sun and felt really bad for a day or too. Here we were housed in individual chalet-type huts at the foot of Kilimanjaro. Driving back we were 200 yards from the huts when we came to this narrow stretch of road with high, steep banks. A whacking great elephant blocked our way. It was a bit scary because if we frightened him he could easily charge. We couldn’t back up because there was another car right behind ours. And we couldn’t pass — there wasn’t room, Eventually, with fingers crossed, we let rip and roared past at top speed before the elephant realised what was happening!
And so, back to Nairobi and the best bit of all — our stay at the fantastic Treetops Hotel, really built in trees with massive trunks going right through the rooms! To get there we had to use a landrover—and the services of an expert hunter to guard us because this was the really wild country. The people at the Treetops were wonderful company. About 40 of us all told and it was like a big dinner party with a friendly sort of family atmosphere. On the final morning Paul and I crawled out of bed at five o’clock to film the sunrise.
One last thing — a simple memory from Nairobi. We stayed over at the YMCA before taking a Friday night flight home. I left Paul to go into the town for a few last-minute gifts. When I got back he was sitting on the grass surrounded by this “audience” of ten or twelve little kids who had a half-day school holiday. Paul got a great kick out of just chatting to them… now if John hadn’t finished his film early those kids would never have met a very thinly disguised Beatle outside Nairobi YMCA! And I wouldn’t have had the most memorable safari holiday of my life!From The Beatles Monthly Book – January 1967
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