former Cremeries of the Halles de Paris foodmarket
Cremerie N°1 opened in 1869 at the corner
of the historic rue des Déchargeurs and the “brand new”
rue des Halles, like the pavillons Baltard
it a project that fascinated Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III.
The Cremerie spreads over two buildings.
One was construted in 1868 at the same
The second one exisits since 1370, reconstructed in 1640.
It is full of legends and fairytales and was un “haut lieu”
in the Kingdom of France. Owned for 300 years by the Villeroy family,
ministers of the Royaume de France. It was also a pied à terre for the Bourbons,
the Kings of France, in particular Henry IV and his grandson Louis XIV.
Louis XIV spend parts of his childhood at our place as in 1646
Nicolas V de Villeroy became his tutor.
The “Roi Soleil” was a childhood friend of the Villeroy children
François and Catherine. Later they all lived together
at the Chateau de Versailles.
Sometimes our mansion was just refered to as “VB”
Before moving to Versailles the Villeroys sold the building
and a new Telecom adventure started. It was acquired january 1671
by Louis Pajot and his business partner Leon Rouillé.
They stated a Telecom company called “La Poste”.
Their children got married.
At the tims of their grandson
Louis Leon Pajot horses carried mail to 900 Pajot & Rouillé
and over 1000 Thurn & Taxis post relais.
Traces of the Pajot & Rouillé family dissapeared with the French Revolution,
but the spirit of Telecom stayed in the walls of our historic mansion
and in the memory of the Thurn & Taxis family. With help of a Thurn & Taxis
opened in 1986 a small Sony telephone Boutique on 11 rue des Halles.
1993 it was possible to buy Cremerie de Paris N°1 which turned
into the first Internet Cafe in France. The only visitors of the cafe
were American travellors, as in France Internet was not yet in use.
Thanks to their influence we were able to register iconic domain names
and invent the Phone Book of the World.
A little jewel left by the fashion designer Coco Chanel
is also part of our history.
Chanel loved the magic of our building.
She knew it through our great uncle
Dmitri Romanov who had survived the Russian Revolution.
He was one of her boyfriends and helped her to invent N°5.
Unfortunately Dmitri died long time before we were born.
The other one was a friend we had in common.
Extremely beautiful she fascinated Chanel.
She was s Secret Service agent and much much older than we ever imagined
connection us with stories from the past
barriers of time would normally not allow us to know.
All this had an impact to tranfor the former milkstores
into a Pop Up Store Location.
We have the chance to have been adopted by any famous brands
more about our story on
Cremerie de Paris.com
or Phone Book of the World.com