Eugénie lived for a long time
and she continued to transmit the legends about
Cremeries de Paris and the les Halles foodmarket to children.
Travelling through Pars she lived at the Hotel Continental
(today the Westin Paris ex Intercontinental).
She always went by her Pavillons Baltard,
her rue des Halles and her Cremerie de Paris.
She came by incognito and nobody imagined that the old Lady
observing the locations with nostalgie
was the one that had orchestered their construction.
The picture taken in 1897 show the Pavillons near Cremerie de Paris N°9.
The Love of Eugenie for les Halles continued to be alive in Russia
around the children of her friend Alix Hessen, that had become the wife of Nicolas II.
The children and their cousins (great-aunts and uncles of the editor of this article)
all wanted to come to Paris to see the magnificient foodmarket and the Cremeries de Paris.
The beauty and the legends of les Halles fascinated the Romanov children.
Alix Hessen, the mother of the children got some maps
so she could better explain the food market.
Eugenie lived in Farnborough in the Hampshire, United Kingdom.
She also had the villa Cyrnos n the côte d'Azur, Cap Martin.
Sissi of Austria was one of her guests.
1918 Eugiene was devastated to hear about the assasination of her friend Alix Hessen,
killed by the Bolcheviks with her five children and Nicolas II.
1919 december Eugénie came to Paris for the last time,
A plate is still located on the facade of the former Hotel Continental.
1920 july 11 Eugénie died in Madrid at the age of 94.
A special train broght her back to England
where she is burried in Farnborough in the Saint Michel Abbaye.
She lies next to Napoléon III and her son Louis Napoleon.
The jewels of the Empress
Empress Eugenie and Queen Victoria had the most important jewelery collection of her times.
At the fall of the Second Empire part of the jewels remained in Paris
others followed her to London.
1872 june 24 hundred-twenty-three jewels were sold
by the former Empress through Christies London.
Eugenie needed money to keep up her livestyle.
1887 Most of the jewels left in France were sold.
The sale was poorly organised by the French Republic.
President Jules Grévy did not want to keep any souvenirs of French Royalty
and liquidated a national treasure.
The sale made the fortune of professional jewelers like Charles Tiffany.
From time to time Eugenie continued to sell other jewels.
The jewels with the Thurn & Taxis
1890 Some jewels, in particular Eugénies Diadème
designed by Gabriel Lemmonier
were bought by Albert von Thurn & Taxis.
1952 Albert left the Crown Jewels to his grandson Johannes ...
The first picture shows Albert Thurn & Taxis with his grandson Johannes,
the second Johannes Thurn & Taxis with Aimée de Heeren and the editor of this article.
more coming soon
The jewels with Aimée de Heeren
1939 to 1953 the 2nd Duke of Westminster
developped a passion for buying French Crown jewels
in order to offer them to
Aimée de Sotto Maior / Aimée de Heeren.
He had met Aimée in 1939 through Coco Chanel.
Based in Paris and later New York and Palm Beach
Aimée was a Brazilian Secret Service agent
who fascinated the Duke.
His nickname was Bendor, "Or" is the French word for Gold.
Bendor who was immensly wealthy
hired a private detectives to find out
where the jewels of the "Couronne de France"
could be and tried to buy them from the owners.
Many jewels were at that time located in London.
Even though Aimee was the girlfriend of Patrick Joseph Kennedy Jr
she could impossibly refuse the presents
as Bendor was collecting them for her
like a child collecting beautiful shelves on a beach.
Aimée kept the jewels like a tresure.
She liked to carry some of them during receptions.
The jewels were based in Biarritz, those that were allowed to travel with her
were hidden in the uggliest of her numerous suitcases
always kept by her maid Lydia.
The editor of this article in the above picture with Aimée
has uncountable crazy and funny souvenirs about them ...
1986 he was invited to accompany Aimée for a week-end in Normandy
at the house of Edouard de Lobkowicz and Françoise de Bourbon Parme.
Suddenly Aimée thought it was dangerous to leave the jewels
in her Paris appartment, avenue d'Iena.
So it was decided to take the suitecase with the jewels to Normandy.
On the way back to idea came up to visit the Cathedral of Rouen.
Parking the car near the church right next to a beautiful BMW series 6,
Aimée thought it was not a good idea to leave the jewels in the car,
so the editor of this article carried the heavy, heavy little suitcase through the Cathedral,
not realising that he was holding in his hand many of the "French Crown Jewels".
From time to time people from Sothebys and Christies
to make her sell some of her jewels.
The answer was always no,
she would never ever sell any of these treasures
as she had in her mind
to leave a Museum for the Crown Jewels
with her Biarritz Villa La Roseraie
so that future generations should have
a souvenir of Eugénie and herself.
A story that returns
Une histoire qui est revenue
The stories about the Cremerie and the Halles Centrales foodmarket
were so fascinating - twenty years later -
Alix Hessen took them to St Petersburg
and told them to her own children and their cousins,
Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, Alexei
and their cousins Dmitri Romanov, Philipp Solms, Carl Solms and Friederike Solms
... resulting in the reopening of the Cremeries de Paris,
116 year after Eugenie's departure from France
and 16 years after the end of the foodmarket.
As if it was destiny, the above mentioned Aimée de Heeren
assisted the reopening of the Cremeries.
First a store for Sony phones
followed by a the first Internetcafe in Paris
where the Phonebook of the World,
and VB.com were invented.
Eugenie might be amused that her beloved Cremerie de Paris
reopened and turned into a Museum
unfortunately not for her jewels
but for another interesting topic ...
Companies that present their latest products and inventions
through iconic Pop Up Store using some
of the best event designers like Julie Joie or Francois Linh Hoang.
Thanks to the magic of the past
and the fact that Eugenie kept transmitting the Cremerie's history to children
the guest list has adapted to modern times
and is turning
"Meeting Place of the World's most famous Brands".
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