Vanity Fair magazine commissioned the marvelous video below guaranteed to warm the heart of any Beatles fan. It’s a 12 minute tour around the world using Google Maps, highlighting locations mentioned in the Beatles lyrics, from Liverpool to the Black Mountain Hills of Dakota to Moscow. It may contain some cringe-worthy inaccuracies, but Beatles lovers won’t mind much.
The video starts out exactly where you would expect it to, in Liverpool with a tour of Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, and the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It travels up to Scotland, down to London for a variety of locations, number one being Abbey Road studios.
It jets to India, where we get to see the remains of the ashram in Rishikesh, now lovingly adorned with all sorts of Beatles fan art, and over to America. All in all, the total miles on this Magical Mystery Tour add up to 25,510, and all using Google.
So, if you can overlook the geographical goofs, it’s a 12 minutes well spent.