Louis XIV (1638 - 1715)
Louis XIV was the 3rd Bourbon King of France.
He was the grandson of Henri IV the 1rst Bourg-bon 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.
Louis XIV was born in Saint Germain en Laye au 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.
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.
1646 Nicolas V de Villeroy is choosen to be the governor of the young king.
Villeroy and his family live on rue des Déchargeurs / rue des Bourdonnais
at the Hotel de Villeroy / Cremerie de Paris.
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)
Villeroy's children François and Catherine become life-time friends with Louis XIV.
Louis XIV is particulary attached to François (1644-1730) who has only two years
when the Hotel de Villeroy become a secondary residence for the young king.
Hotel de Villeroy is 10 minutes walking distance from the Palais Royal
The engraving from 1649 shows Louis XIV and his brother with Nicolas V de Villeroy.
Louis XIV in 1654, 16 years old performing a theater play.
1671 Nicolas V de Villeroy sells the VB mansion
to the postal entrepreneurs Louis Rouillé et Leon Pajot.
Spirit of Telecommunications remains in the mansion.
The Villeroys moove into a new Hotel de Villeroy in St Germain en Laye.
1682 his son François and his daughter Catherine settle
with Louis XIV at the brand new Versailles Palace.
1789 with the French Revolution a lot of documents are lost.
Louis XVI and the Villeroys are killed.
1852 almost two hundred years later, Napoleon III and his wife Eugénie
have the project to renovate the centuries old foodmarket.
They plan to build a new avenue, rue des Halles
connecting the foodmarket with the newly erected rue de Rivoli
and the Boulevard de Sebastopol.
Eugénie 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.
1880 Exiled in the United Kingdom
Eugénie transmits the fairytales of the VB mansion and les Halles
to a young girl, Alix Hessen.
1910 it's was turn of the "young girl's" children and their cousins
to listen to the Cremerie de Paris 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 of the current Cremerie de Paris.
1993 during the early years of the internet
the same place became a Sony Boutique and
the first Internet cafe that existed in France.
The magic linked to the childhood spend at the Hotel de Villeroy
by the young Bourbon King
might have helped to get one of the World's shortest web domains,
you can instantly see it on your computer keyboard.
... "B" for Bourbon
The gate of the VB building still exists ....
371 years after Louis XVI came to the house.
When you are in Paris take the subway to Chatelet Les Halles
exit N°1 Margueritte 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 center of the history of France.
Also there is always something going on ....
Cremerie de Paris N°1 is most probably occupied
by a Pop Up Store by one the World's most iconic brands.
And sometimes - in between Pop Ups -
you have the "expo permanente"
where Cremerie de Paris turns into a Museum
showing a retroperspective of the brands and people that came by
during the last 700 years.
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