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Louis XIV (1638 - 1715)

Louis XIV

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Louis XIV (1638 - 1715)
Louis XIV was the 3rd Bourbon King of France.
He was the grandson of Henri IV the 1st Bourgbon King of France
and the great-great-grandson of Margueritte de Navarre
His childhood spend at the Hotel de Villeroy is at the origin of the many fairytales around Cremerie de Paris.

Before the birth of Louis XIV

Nicolas IV de VilleroyHenri IV, first Bourbon King of France
Villeroy's grandfather, Nicolas IV de Villeroy was already a minister
for Henri IV, grandfather of Louis XIV.
According to the legend
Henri IV had a permanent guestroom at the Hotel de Villeroy,
also called VB mansion (V for Villeroy, B for Bourbon)

Young Louis XIV & Cremerie de Paris

pavillon Henri IV
Louis XIV was born in Saint Germain en Laye in the Pavillon Henri IV
1638 september 5.
His birth was considered a miracle as this parents
Louis XIII (1601-1643) and Anne of Austria (1601-1666)
had been married for 23 years without having a child
and heir to the throne of France.

Anne of Austria
1643 Anne d'Autriche becomes the regente after the death of Louis XIII.
She moves from the Louvre to the opposite Palais Cardinal / Palais Royal.
Louis XIV becomes the 3rd Bourbon King of France.
The painting shows him with his mother
and his young brother Philippe d'Orléans.

Nicolas V de VilleroyLouix XIV, third Bourbon King of Francemap
1646 Nicolas V de Villeroy is chosen to be the governor / educator of the young king.
Villeroy and his family lived on rue des Déchargeurs / rue des Bourdonnais
at the Hotel de Villeroy /  Cremerie de Paris.

The children of the VB mansion
François de Villeroy and Catherine de Villeroy become lifetime friends
for Louis XIV.
Louis XIV is particulary attached to François (1644-1730) who is only two years old
when the young king comes to the Hotel de Villeroy.
The Villeroy and the Bourbon children love to climbe the railings of the escalier d'honneur.

Hotel de Villeroy is 10 minutes walking distance from the Palais Royal.

The engraving from 1649 shows Louis XIV
and his brother Philippe with Nicolas V de Villeroy.

1654 june 7 coronation of Louis XIV at the Reims cathedral .
Philippe acted as dean placing the crown on his brother's head.

Louis XIV in 1654
Louis XIV, 16 years old performing a theater play.

Louis XV and Maria Theresia of Spain getting married
1660 june 9 wedding in Saint Jean de Luz with Marie Therese of Austria (1638-1683).
Maria Theresia, is the daughter of the King of Spain and twice a cousin of Louis XIV.
Louis XIV an Maria Theresia are 22 years old,
Maria Theresia is 5 days younger.

1661 Construction of the chateau de Versailles begins.

1671 Nicolas V de Villeroy sells his VB mansion
to the postal entrepreneurs Louis Rouillé et Leon Pajot.
Spirit of Telecommunications arrives in the house .

The Villeroys move into a new Hotel de Villeroy in St Germain en Laye.

1682 The Villeroy children François and Catherine (married Armagnac) move
to the brand new Versailles Palace and live around their childhood friend Louis XIV.

Old Louis XIV & Cremerie de Paris

1708 Louis Leon Pajot becomes the maitre des postes
of the Pajot & Rouillé postal company, owner of the Cremerie de Paris.
Louis XIV estimated Pajot for the reliability of his postal services.

Louix XIV, third Bourbon King of France
1710s getting older Louis XIV returns to the VB mansion on many occasions.
Whenever a letter is really important for the King
he insists giving it to Louis Leon Pajot in person.

Louis Leon Pajot
If he does not feel well Louis Leon Pajot meets Louis XIV in Versailles
to pick up a letter.

Louis XIV likes to come to the VB mansion,
to give a letter to Pajot. This reminds him of his childhood.
Sometimes he watches the Pajot & Rouillé horses leave
on a long distance journey carrying mail to
one of the 900 Pajot Rouillé offices as remote as Venice or Rome
or to the Postal palaces of the Thurn & Taxis family in Brussels or Francfort.

1715 Louis XIV dies in Versailles.

Louis XV as a childLouis XV as a child
1715 Great-grandson Louis XV becomes the 4th Bourbon King of France.
In his will Louis XIV designates his childhood friend
from the times spent at the VB mansion,
François de Villeroy (on the left in the painting) to become the tutor of  Louis XV.
Philiipe II d'Orleans becomes the regent of France.

1738 the Postal company operating from Cremerie de Paris is very succesfull.
The Pajot and Rouille family becomes one of the richest families in Paris.
Louis XV and his ministry of finance, Cardinal Fleury become jealous.
Having absolute powers they withdraw the Postal license overnight
making an end to the Pajot & Rouillé postal services apreciated by Louis XIV's (his great-grand-father).

Telecom genes stay in the walls of the old VB mansion ...
One day they are reactivated
with the invention of the Phone Book of the World ...
Phone Book of the World

1789 with the French Revolution a lot of documents are lost.
Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Louis Philippe II and the Villeroys are killed.

150 years later / 160 years ago
The aura of young Louis XIV
has an impact on Empress Eugénie

mapPearl Tiara of Empress Eugenie
1852 almost two hundred years later, the aura of Louis XIV is still around.
Napoleon III has the project to renovate the centuries old Les Halles foodmarket.
A project his uncle Napoléon Bonaparte did not have the time to finish.
He plans to build a new avenue, rue des Halles
connecting the foodmarket with the newly erected rue de Rivoli
and the Boulevard de Sebastopol.

Emperess Eugénie, wife of Napoléon III
interferes with the project.
She changes about everything
and convinces her husband and the Baron Haussmann
to change the axis of the future rue des Halles,
so that the historic VB mansion can stay in place.

1870 Once the constructions are finished
and Les Halles becoming the world's most beautiful market,
France is attacked by Bismarck.
The lost Franco Prussian war forces Eugénie to leave France.

The aura of Young Louis XIV
has an impact on the Romanov Children

Cremerie de Paris - historic courtyard
1880 Exiled in the United Kingdom
Eugénie transmits the fairytales of the VB mansion and les Halles
to children, among them a young girl, Alix Hessen.
The aura of Louis XIV fascinates the little girl,
grand-daughter of Eugenee's friend Queen Victoria.

1894 Alix Hessen marries Nicolas Romanov and becomes the last Tsarina of Russia.

1896 Alix and Tsar Nicolas II travel to Paris,
Alix eclipses from the official protocol and discovers sees VB mansion
known from Empress Eugenies childhood stories.

Cremerie de Paris - historic courtyard
1910 it's was turn of the "young girl's" children and their cousins
to listen to the Cremerie de Paris and Louis XIV stories.
This happened in Russia and in Hessen (now a state of Germany).

One of them was Anastasia,
another one Coco Chanel's later boyfriend Dmitri Romanov
and another one the great-aunt and the great-uncle
& "baby-sitters" of the current Cremerie de Paris.

1986 The stories are so fascinating they result
in the reopening of the Cremeries, closed since 1970,
date of the departure of the Les Halles foodmarket.
1993 A little jewel left by Coco Chanel to her friend Aimée Sottomayor
was there to help
as if the fashion designer had decided to bring the legends
of the Cremerie back to life.

The aura of Louis XIV
has an impact on the assistant
of the inventor of the internet

15 / 20 years ago
US Technology Pioneers

for "Bourbon"
in a unique Two Letter domain name
1993 during the early years of the internet
the same place became a Sony Boutique and
the first Internet cafe in France.
At that time Hotels in Paris were not yet connected
and the internet connection brought rather unusual people
to our VB mansion. Almost everyone was from America.

From time to time we told some clients a little about our history
The magic linked to the childhood of Louis XIV, 3rd Bourbon King of France
spend at the Hotel de Villeroy interested them.
Talking to one of them had an impact on our future.

The visitor looked rather "scientific".
He was dressed so wildly the Ritz Hotel would not have let him walk through the door.
He was the assistant of Dr Jon Postel, the inventor of the .com system.

Our visitor influenced Cremerie de Paris to get
as an internet domain matching our history.
"V" for Villeroy, owners of our old mansions and State advisors.
"B" for Bourbon, the Kings of France
Henry IV, Louis XIII, Louis XIV, Louis XV, Louis XVI
all visitors of our house
When you look at your computer keyboard
you can see the two letters "VB"
right next to each other
just above the space button.

Two Letter Domains are something a exceptional,
there are only 696, most in the hands of American Corporations,
the country where Internet was born.

Since about 10 years Chineese brands buy everything they can get
now owning 23% of the Two Letter Collection.
The brands having a Two Letter Domain
are Facebook, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, Under Armour, Weight Watchers
from the US
or Jingdong, Xiaomi from China
almost nobody from France,
exept Cremerie de Paris,
one a destination of avant garde American web users.

The aura of Louis XIV
has an impact on the man from the Moon

When you work in a historic Hotspot
you run into all kinds of unusual people.
During our internet cafe year
other US visitors were quite unusual.

Buzz AldrinBuzz Aldrin, Ben SolmsBuzz Aldrin, Ben Solms
1998 - 2005 One of them was a space traveller.
1969 july 20 he used the Apollo 11 to go to the moon.
He loved the stories about Louis XIV so much we decided
to take him to Versailles to discover the parc Louis XIV has left.
The picture show Buzz Aldrin, his wife Lois and the editor of this article in Versailles.

The first picture was taken in the parc next to the Grand Trianon,
the second one in the lobby of the Trianon Palace Hotel,
a great place for tea, right next to the gardens.

Louis XIV would have loved to join us,
travelling to the moon was something quite un thinkable at his time.
Now Buzz Aldrin is fascinated by the idea to travel to Mars.

The aura of Louis XIV is still there ...
The VB building still exists ....
371 years after Louis XVI first came to the house.

Cremerie de Paris - historic courtyardDavid Aron Benali, young Louis XIVDavid Aron Benali
In the above picture you see our house form 9 rue des Dechargeurs.

In between different Pop Up Stores Cremerie de Paris becomes a little Museum.
Our collection permanente shows the history of our house
which includes the most beautiful Pop Up Store Expos that take place in Paris.
2018 Above snapshot was taken october 15.
David Aron Benali editing videos of the Under Armour Pop Up.

2018 september Expo for Under Armour
organised by Fanny Michel and Alex Delatour from Savly.
You can see all our videos on
For those that are not familiar with Paris, 75001 is the zip code of the city center.

Memo von Sachsen GessapheLouis XIV childroyal staircase
2018 The following day, october 16 we had the honor of an unusual, royal visit.
Memo von Sachsen Gessaphe travelling to Paris every year for Fiac, an art event.
He helps Museums and Collectors to build up their collections.
Unbeleivable, but Memo's
great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather (11 generations earlier)
is part of the history of Cremerie de Paris.

1646 ....372 years ago
Philippe d'Orléans
was climbing the railings of the above staircase
with young François de Villeroy, Catherine de Villeroy
and his older brother King Louis XIV.
The Bourbon children have spend parts of their childhood in our house.

Memo von Sachsen Gessaphe
Next time Memo will be in Paris
we will try to make a video explaining more about his family and the Cremerie de Paris history.

A little bit of history
Family links between different generations
of Cremerie de Paris Visitors

Memo von Sachsen Gesaphe
going from one generation to another
from Marguerite de Navarre
her great-great-grandsons Louis XIV and Philippe d'Orleans
to our recent Royal Visitor Memo von Sachsen Gessaphe

Marguerite de Navarre
Marguerite de Navarre (1492 - 1549)
Princess of France, sister of King Queen of Navarre, writer
married to Henry II of Navarre (1503 - 1555)
went to Cremerie de Paris for litterary meetings

Cremerie de Paris, place Marguerite de NavarreCremerie de Paris, place Marguerite de Navarre
1985 Marguerites name was given
to the place Marguerite de Navarre
connection rue des Halles, rue de la Ferronnerie
and rue St Honoré .
2017 mai 5 opened one of the world's largest subway exit
right in front of our different Cremeries de Paris.
(see video for Cremerie N°1)

Ben SolmsDavid Aron Benali, Nathalia Brodskaya
Marguerite de Navarre subway exit
under construction 2012 - 2018

pictures from 2016 show the editor of this article
presenting the future staircase
and David Aron Benali standing in front
of the future exit with Nathalia Brodskaya,
historian from the Hermitage Museum

Not everybody knows that Margarite de Navarre
has already been to her square .. over 500 years earlier.
At the times it was the jonction of
rue St Honore and rue de la Ferronnerie.
Rue des Halles, (imagined 1860 by Empress Eugénie)
did not yet exist.
Marguerite liked to meet Nicolas II de Villeroy
(grandfather of Nicolas IV de Villeroy)

And not everybody knows many of the Bourbons
have been / are in connection with the Cremeries.

next generation
Jehanne Albret
Jeanne d'Albret / Jehanne III (1528 - 1572)
married to Antoine de Bourbon, King of Navarre.

The painting is in the Gallery des portraits
du Chateau de Beauregard.

next generation
Henry IV
Henry IV (1553 - 1610)
first Bourbon King of France
married to Marie de Medici (1575 - 1642)

had a pied-a-terre at the Cremerie de Paris
employed Nicolas IV de Villeroy
as minister and advisor
Died on rue de la Ferronnerie.

next generation
Louis XIII
Louis XIII (1601 - 1643)
second Bourbon King of France
married to Anne of Autriche (1601 - 1666)

Gaston of Orléans (1608 - 1660)
called Grand Monsieur
brother of Louis XIII
uncle of Louis XIV and Philippe

next generation
Louis XIV child
- Louis XIV / Sun King (1638 - 1715)
third Bourbon King of France
oldest child of Louis XIII
played at the Cremerie de Paris as a child
Nicolas V de Villeroy owner of the Cremerie (VB mansion) was his tutor

lived at the Chateau de Versailles
married to Maria Theresia of Spain (1638-1683)
married to Francois d'Aubiné / Madame de Maintenon (1635 - 1719)

Philippe d'Orleans child
- Philippe I of Orleans / Monsieur (1640 - 1701)
duke of Orléans
second child of Louis XIII
only brother of Louis XIV
played at the Cremerie de Paris as a child

video about Philippe d'Orleans
represented by the actor Sinan Bertrand

lived at the Chateau de St Cloud
married to Henrietta of England
married to Elisabeth Charlotte of Bavaria (la Palatine)

next generation
Louis XV as a child
Philippe II of Orléans (1674 - 1723)
Regent of France from 1715-1723
during the minority of his great-nephew
Louix XV
nephew of Louis XIV
ancestor of Memo von Sachsen

next generation
Louis d Orléans
Louis (1703 - 1752)
Duke of Orléans
married to Johanna of Baden-Baden (1704–1726)

next generation
Louis Philippe I of Orleans II
Louis Philippe I (1725 - 1785)
Duke of Orléans

married to Louise Henriette de Bourbon

next generation
Louis Philippe of Orleans II
Louis Philippe II (1747 - 1793)
did not like Marie Antoinette married to his cousin Louis XVI
during French Revolution
adhered to the principles of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
was also killed in the French Revolution

married to Louise Marie de Bourbon

next generation

Liuis Philippe King of the French
Louis Philippe (1773 - 1850)
King of the French from 1830 - 1848
transformed the chateau de Versailles into a Museum
redesigned place de la Concorde setting the 3000 year old Luxor Obelisk in the center
created a liberal constitutional monarchy know as Monarchie de Juillet

married to Maria Amalia of Naples and Sicily

1848 replaced by Napoléon III,
first President, then Emperor of France.
nephew of Napoléon Bonaparte
His wife Empress Eugenie played an important
role in the history of Cremerie de Paris.

next generation
Clementine of Orleans
Clementine of Orleans (1817-1907)
married August of Saxe Coburg and Gotha

Clementine overlooks place de la Concorde
next to the Tuileries Garden in Paris.
She is the model for the city of Lille,
one of 8 French city statues of the famous square.

Clementine of OrleansClementine of Orleans
Place de la Concorde is 2 km walking distance
from the Cremeries de Paris,
so many times we have been driving by the statue
without realising that both Clementine's
ancesters and descendents
were connected to our history.

Does anybody know if Clementine
has been to the Cremeries herself ?

next generation

Clothilde of Saxe Coburg and Gotha (1846 - 1927)
married Joseph Karl of Austria

next generation

Margarethe of Austria (1870 - 1955)
married Albert I von Thurn & Taxis (1870 - 1952)
(nephew of Sissi of Austria)
knew the Cremerie in relation it's Postal history
They had 6 sons and one exceptionally beautiful daughter.

Pearl Tiara of Empress Eugenie
for their wedding Albert bought the famous Tiara, crown jewel of France
The perl tiara was ordered by Napoléon III for his wedding with Eugenie de Montijo
The 212 pearls and 1998 diamonds come from old old jewels of the Bourbons.
The tiara can be seen in multiple historic paintings
including those of Franz Xavier Winterhalter.

Next to the crown of the Queen of England
or the tiara of the Tsarina
it is today the World's most valuable jewel.

The tiara is based at the Louvre, appartements Napoléon
800 m walking distance from Cremerie de Paris
Sometimes the tiara travels for expos.

next generation
Elisabeth Helene von Thurn und Taxis
Elisabeth Helene von Thurn und Taxis (1903 - 1976)
married Margrave Friedrich Christian von Meissen (1893 - 1968)
(son of the last King of Saxony, Frederick Augustus III)
They had 6 children.

next generation
The editor of this article had the priviledge
to be a friend of the youngest
daughter who studied medecin in Vienna
with his mother Milicent.

Mathilde von Sachsen Coburg
- Mathilde von Sachsen Coburg (1936 - 2018)
5th and youngest child of Elisabeth Helene Thurn und Taxis
doctor for children in Innsbruck
friend of Cremerie de Paris
was watching every Cremerie Pop Up Store from Austria

Mathilde had one only child
Johannes Albert (1969-1987)
who played with the editor of this article when they were small.
Johannes Albert died in an accident at age 17.

- Maria Emmanuel von Sachsen (1926 - 2012)
oldest child, very original

Maria Anna von Sachsen Gesapphe
- Maria Anna von Sachsen (1929 - 2012)
3rd child
married Roberto of Gessaphe
3 children including Memo

- cousin Johannes von Thurn & Taxis (1926 - 1990)

next generation

Friedrich Wilhelm von Sachsen Gesappe
Memo von Sachsen Gessaphe
interior architect, art collector and consultant
nephew of Mathilde, son of Anna von Sachsen
great-great-... grandson of Philippe d'Orleans

Memo met Cremerie de Paris through his aunt Mathilde
and helps us to understand more about our history.

Memo's older brother Alexander
is the head of the former ruling House of Wettin,
which governed Saxony from 1089 to 1918.
Saxony (Sachsen) is one of the 16 States (Bundeslaender) of Germany

more on the Royal family of Sachsen

Interesting Genealogy Video

When you are in Paris take the subway to Chatelet Les Halles
exit N°1 Marguerite de Navarre (Louis XIV's great-great-grand-mother)
walk 80 m to Cremerie de Paris N°1
and have a view trough the window on 9 rue des Déchargeurs.
You are right in the heart of the history of France.

Meeting Place of the World's most famous Brands
2011 Cremerie de Paris has become a Expo location.
Today the magic of Louis XIV attracts some of the World's most famous brands
to organise Pop Up Stores.
One Pop Up Expo is more beautiful than the other.
Young Louis XIV that was very artistic would have loved to watch
all the
Pop Ups getting designed, constructed and operating.
Sometimes famous actors participate in the events.

Fascinated by beautiful woman Louis XIV would have been thrilled
to see glamorous Myriam Maxo, Ramona Pasca or Marina Murashkina-Damée
occasionally appear at the Cremerie for fashion events.
Poor Maria Theresia would have had even more competition !!

While writing this article the next major Pop Up is already on it's way ...
2018 nov 24 Cremerie de Paris will become the home of Santa Claus.
Very artisitc ladies are currently reinventing the Cremeries as his house.
The brand organising the event is just another increadible company.
But for the moment everything is still a secret and we cannot give more details ...

Can you imagine how much young Louis XIV, his little brother Philippe and the Villeroy children
would have loved to be there watch all this happen ...

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