Nearby Paris in the historic town of Meudon lives someone really fascinating.
He has met a lot of people.
A legend is connected to him.
The legend to be able to transmit good energy
to those that take some time to look at him.
But who could be this mysterious personality
that has already fascinated Empress Eugénie and Queen Victoria ?
When the two monarchs wer young women
they went to see him back in 1855.
Staying at the château de Saint Cloud he was only a 15 min trip away.
They hugged him and but their arms around him
so that he should give them good energy.
But who is this Meudonnais
(French of inhabitant of the city of Meudon near Paris)
that would have such an impact on both
the Empress of the French and the Queen of England ?
Victoria is the 2 x great grandmother of Queen Elisabeth II
that - 2021 march 10 the moment the mysterious "Meudonnais" appears
on the cover of the Phone Book of the World -
has to face quite some turbulances caused
by one of her grandsons after a TV interview.
Who knows maybe the Queen that is quite "tech-savvy"
uses our Phone Book of the World
to get information
and she might already have seen the "Meudonnais"
as many many people now do from all around the World.
Anyways 2021 march 13 another descendant of Queen Victoria
sends a Message to the Phone Book of the World.
The grand niece of Queen Elisabeth II,
Duchess Rixa von Oldenburg has seen the article.
Rixa lives in Germany.
Sometimes you can meet her if you visit the castle
illustrating the homepage of the German White Pages (Whitepages.de).
Rixa who is tall like a James Bond girl
was always interested in the "crazy and funny" stories
about her 3 x great grandmother Queen Victoria.
There are lots of crazy stories about Victoria ...
but the flirt between the Queen
and this handsome "Meudonnais"
was her favorite one.
"I am so happy to discover these pictures.
I had never seen how he looks like.
He must be quite old now but he is just awsome.
I can't wait for this Corona crisis to be over so that I can travel to Paris
where I studied fashion.
Now that I know his address,
11 rue de la République 92190 Meudon
I'll go to see him"
To reduce the time-gap between the young Rixa von Oldenburg
and Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901)
a little bit of genealogy ...
Queen Victoria's grand daughter Victoria Melitta Romanov / Sachsen Coburg (1876 - 1936)
is the great grandmother of Rixa
(Victoria Melitta is a great aunt of both Queen Elisabeth II
and her husband Philipp Mountbatten-Windsor (1921 - 2021).
She is also a cousin of Alix Romanov / Hessen, the last Tsarina of Russia (1872 - 1918)
that will appear a little later in this article).
After the Revolution the couple returned to France settling in Saint Briac, Brittany
and frequently visiting Meudon near Paris.
Victoria Mellita knew the "mysterious Meudonnais" very well.
When visiting Paris she stayed in Meudon Bellevue
at the Chateau Sans Souci, the house of her husbands younger brother Boris Romanov ...
thus contributing to transmit the legends to people living today.
Also called Victoria Fedorovna she and her husband
were considered to be the heirs of the Throne of Russia
thus making Saint Briac and Meudon unique places in the history of Russia.
But who is this "Meudonnais"
that has resisted to so many changes in time ?
that has met Joséphine and Napoléon I
Eugénie and Napoléon III
The General de Gaulle must have known him
as the "Mysterios Meudonnais" was a symbol of French Resistance.
1943 during occupation some "resistances"
briefly changed the signs of his street,
"Rue de la Republique"
to "Rue Charles de Gaulle".
Did you know that de Gaulles personal secretary also lived in Meudon ?
Coco Chanel went to see him
most of the times accompanied by her beautiful friend Aiméee de Heeren,
not realising the beautiful young woman from Brazil
was a WW2 secret service agent who turned into an international resistante.
What about Danielle Mitterrand ?
Does anybody know ?
And Chi Chi, the still much loved Président Jacques Chirac
A month earlier the editor of this website
saw his wife and his daughter sitting on a bank of the Quai Voltaire just above the Seine.
Next time he will stop his scooter and ask them.
The "mysterious Meudonnais"
is not a man,
he is not a woman
he is not an animal
he is not a statue,
no he is alive ...
He is a magical tree
Le Cèdre Impérial,
the Imperial Cedar ...
A little about the Cedars history
First French Empire
Josephine de Beauharnais
the wife of Napoléon I
is fascinated by Cedar Trees
1799 after buying the Château de Malmaison
Joséphine de Beauharnais (1763 - 1814)
the young wife of Napoléon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821)
wants to turn the parc
into a unique Botanic garden with an impact on all of Europe.
Rare plants come from ever corner of the globe.
Joséphine requensts the fauna and the flore from the most remote places.
She has a particular passion for one plant.
Lebanon Cedars, known for their extreme longvity
beeing able to reach 500 years or more.
1800 Joséphine has a cedar planted facing her Château de Malmaison.
The tree is called "le Cèdre de Marengo"
Fascinated by Cedars Joséphine also likes to offer them to her friends.
On 5 rue du Cèdre
on the border of the towns of Meudon and Clamart
lives the "Cèdre Redouté".
The wife of Napoléon 1er has offerent it to her drawing teacher,
the peinter and rose expert Pierre Joseph Redouté.
She wanted to thank Redouté for his help creating the Roseraie of Mailmaison.
Cèdre Impérial / Imperial Cedar rue Napoleon in Meudon
Facing the hill of the Cedre Redouté, in the heart of Meudon Centre
lives the "Cèdre Impérial"
The moment the article is written Phone Book of the World ignors
if this tree has also been a present of Empress Joséphine ??
Some think it was planted around the year 1800.
Others think the tree is even older.
Thanks to the comité de Sauvegarde des Monuments Meudonnais
Phone Book of the World discovered an image of Rue Napoléon dating around 1815.
You can recognise the still exisiting wall seperating
the property of the Général Jacqueminot from the road.
The Cedre was planted on a property facing the current No 8 and No 6.
The name of the street changed with the political situation in France.
1815 a year after the death of Napoléon 1
"Rue Napoléon" is renamed "Rue des Princes".
1883 a decade after the end of the Second Empire
the street becomes "Rue de la République".
3m13 Video about Napoléon I by Château de Versailles (fr)
Second French Empire
A mythem raises around the Cèdre Impérial
How does it come the trée is surrounded by legends and fairytales ?
One rason might be that the tree might be a present of Empress Joséphine.
But for which reason might she have made the present ?
Another reason is
the precise geographic location where the tree has been planted:
geographic point 48.81038 - 2.236599
Général Jean François Jaqueminot (1787 - 1865)
and his family
lived right opposite the relatively young Cèdre Impérial / Imperial Cedar.
Jacqueminot has a magical parc where he cultivated roses.
Le Second Empire arrives
1848 Louis Napoléon Bonaparte (1808 - 1873),
nephew of Napoléon 1er becomes the Président of the 2nd République
replacing the Monarchy of July with under King Louis Philippe
1852 Napoléon Bonaparte becomes Emperor Napoléon III
1853 january 29 Eugenie de Montijo (1826 - 1920)
marries Napoléon III and becomes the Empress of the French.
52min04 Video sur la vie de Napoléon III by Adyl Abdelhafidi
Empress Eugénie had never met Empress Josephine nor Napoléon 1st
She is interested by them and needs someone outside the family
to educated her on the history of the First Empire,
in particular the private life of the oncle and the aount of her husband.
The General Jacqueminot is a retired compagnon of Napoléon I lives in Meudon.
Eugénie visits the General to talk about Napoléon I ...
Joséphine's passion for botanic plants and Cedar Trees captivate Empress Eugénie.
This is how she discovers the Cèdre Impérial / Imperial Cedar
facing the Jacqueminot property.
The Jacqueminot family has an admiration for this tree.
Sophie Angelique Jacqueminot (1792 - 1864) told the Empress
about the tree's magical power to transmit good energy and longevity
to people that liked him.
Eugénie that was very spirital starts to get attached to the tree.
She starts to visit him to meditate when she lives in the nearby Château de Saint Cloud.
Sometimes she also visits the magical cedar from the Palais des Tuileries,
her Paris residence.
Eugénie shows the tree to some of her confidentes,
but of course she could not tell the general public
that she cummunicated with a tree.
Imagine a President of France having a strong relation
with a tree or even with a bird or a cat,
he would not talk about this in public.
13min50 Video sur la Reine Victoria by Lindsay Holiday (en)
1855 Queen Victoria (1819 - 1901) is in France
and stays with Eugénie at the Château de Saint Cloud
Queen Victoria and Empress Eugenie are rivals
but at the same time they have a mutual fascination.
One evening Eugénie showed her friend Victoria the Cedar.
The two Ladys put their arms around him
and meditate to absorb it's energy.
Did you know that the project of the famous Pavillons Baltard in the center of Paris
were completely changed because Victoria had shown Eugénie
a new construction in London made with never before seen glass walls,
the Crystal Palace.
Napoléon III, the Baron Haussmman and Victor Baltard
that worked on renewing the Paris Les Halles foodmarket
had aldready constructed a first Pavillon built all in stone.
When Eugenie saw it she mad everybody change their mind
and the Pavillons Baltard were completely reimagined
by the same architecty .... all in steel and glass.
A hundred years later, 1971 august,
they were declared "dangerous"
so they could be demolished,
and scrupolous real estate developpers
were able to build the much larger Forum des Halles.
The shopping complex that was so ugly it was demolished 2015
to be replaced by a new shopping center
now called Westin (Forum les Halles).
The Imperial Cedar of Meudon also has this extraordinary shape
that in it's glamour and style
has something in common with the Pavillons Baltard.
French elegance admired all over the world.
But will the Imperial Cedar be able to resist Real Estate promotion ???
Eugenie and Victoria stayed friends all her life.
When France was attacked by Bismark in 1870
and the Second Empire fell,
Eugénies was granted exile in the United Kingdom
where she lived until her death in 1921.
In the UK she would meet a little girl
that transmitted her crazy and funny stories
to the next generation
thus coming to the ears of the editor of this article.
20min31 the life of Eugénie told by Jean des Cars (in French)
The Général Jacqueminot has left his name to a rose,
called "Rosa General Jacqueminot"
and to an avenue in Meudon which goes along his former property.
After his death of Jacqueminot his propery was split into smaller grounds.
The houses that were build there are extremly beautiful and are sourrounded by
the Avenue Jacqueminot, the Rue de la Republique (once the Rue Napoléon)
the rue du Général Gouraud which was a private path inside the property
and the rue du Docteur Babie.
Form most of the houses
the magical Cedre Imperial can bee seen
The long wall that goes from the Lycée Institut Notre Dame
to the place du Rabelais, facing the cedar, is still there.
France becomes a Republic
The legends of the Cèdre Impérial / Imperial Cedar
are forgotten in France
but they are remembered
in the United Kingdom and in Russia
1870 Le Second Empire is gone,
1873 january 9 Napoléon III dies
1879 june 1 death of the Prince Impérial,
Louis Napléon, Eugénies only child.
Eugénie has lost her family but she continues to live for a long long time
Living in the United Kingdom
the exiled Empress of the French tells her souvenirs to children.
One is the granddaughter of her friend Queen Victoria.
Alix Hessen (1872 - 1918)
had lost her own mother Alice of the United Kingdom (1843-1878)
The little girl gets close to Eugénie that has more time than Victoria, her grandmother.
Alix is captivated by all the beautiful stories from France.
The most beautiful ones go around
Cremerie de Paris / Hotel de Villeroy Bourbon
a place where Louis XIV had spend parts of his childhood.
After the construction of the chateau de Versailles
Cremerie de Paris turned into
an avant-garde Telecommunications company,
La Poste Royale
from where was later invented the Phone Book of the World.
The Cédre Impérial de Meudon
with it's magical power to be able to communicate
with humans was also part of Eugénies stories.
You can see the Cèdre Impérial
in the background of this photo taken around 1900.
While the tree in the front does no longer exist
you can also see the still exisiting wall of the Jacqueminot property.
The beautiful iron gate on the 15 rue de la République (ex rue Napoléon) side
was taken down in the 1960s
but a long part of the gate still exists on 11 rue de la République,
tight next the the magical tree.
There are some wonderful books about Meudon.
In case you should be in the Paris area
you might be able to see them at the Librairie Anagramme
160 rue de Paris 92190 Meudon.
Really beautiful the book by Jean Menard.
The Romanov children
love the stories
about the Cèdre Impérial
Дети Романовых люблю истории о Cedre Imperial
In the meatime Alix Hessen has married Nicolas II of Russia.
She repeats Eugenie's fairy tale stories about the Imperial Ceder
to her own children.
All the Romanov children want to travel to France
so that they would see the famous les Halles Centrales foddmarket,
Cremerie de Paris, les Pavillons Baltard
and they wanted to be able to hugh the magical Cèdre Impérial in Meudon.
You might know some of the movies made about Anastasia Romanov
But did you know that the little girl always wanted
to be able to hug the magical tree ?
The five Romanov children Olga (1895 - 1918), Tatiana (1897 - 1918),
Maria (1899 - 1918), Anastasia (1901 - 1918) and Alexei (1904 - 1918)
did not survive the Russian Revolution,
but some of the children from the inner circle of the Romanovs escaped.
The oldest among them, Dmitri (1891 - 1942) would fall in love with Coco Chanel
and help her to create N°5.
The youngest Carl (1903 - 2004) and Friederike (1905 - 1993)
a cousin and a cousine of the five children also survived.
Carl impressed Alexei because he was very good at sports.
Friederike and Anastasia copies each others hair style.
Half a century later they were
the baby sitters of the editor of this article
repeating the magical stories from France
to their great-nephew.
As a child (in the picture above) he had the chance to be around
a great-aunt and a great-uncle that had met Rasputine
and that were sometimes around
when the Tsarina (Alix Hessen)
told the children
Eugénie's magical stories from France,
At the time he did not realise
who was Rasputine and he did not imagine
he would need one day to write an article
to try to help save a tree that was
a fairy tale for some children in Russia,
just like the home of Santa Claus
is a fairy tale for other children.
With the only exception
that the Imperial Cedar of Meudon
2003 Carl was the last of the interior cercle
of the Romanov children to leave this world,
only the Imperial Cedar is still there.
The Cèdre Impérial of Meudon
is not only a fairy tale linked to Joséphine and Eugénie
but also to Eugénie, Queen Victoria
and the Romanovs.
1min09 video walking through the streets of Meudon
You see the Imperial Cedar at min 0:31
The legends return to France
Influence of the Cèdre Impérial
on Coco Chanel
Did you know that Coco Chanel (1883 - 1971)
was one of the admirers of the Cèdre Impérial ?
She knew the tree through her
glamorous boyfriend Dmitri Romanov (1891 - 1942)
Dmitri was the oldest one from the inner cerle
of the Romanov children
and later helped Chanel to invent N°5.
Dmitri has had the chance to escape the Bolchevik masacre of his family
and stranded in Boulogne sur Seine.
Exept some jewels he had nothing left.
Nothing exept glamour ...
(one of the jewels, a lttle broach given to Chanel
would 70 years later help the editor of this article to reopen Cremerie de Paris
where the Phone Book of the World, publishing this article,
has been invented)
Dmitri was so good looking
Coco Chanel fell in love the moment she met him.
Their encounter which must have happened
1921 january 22 janvier
resulted in a next day order at the Rolls Royce company.
Gabrielle want to give her new friend a "little surprise"
so he would drive her
around the beautiful surroundings of Paris ....
One of their destinations was Meudon
not very far from Chanel and Dmitri's home
la Villa Bel Respiro 24 avenue Alphonse de Neuville in 92380 Garches
on the other side of the Parc de Saint Cloud
Meudon, 11 rue de la République is the home of a magical tree.
According to stories Dmitri Romanov has heard as a child
the tree had the power to transmit energy.
Dmitri Romanov connected her to Ernest Beaux
a perfumer from St Petersburg that escaped to Grasse.
It's also him that designed the first perfume bottle.
Maybe a bit of the energy from the tree
has helped Coco Chanel to make N°5 a success story.
Unfortunately their Love Affair did not last,
but they stayed friends
and all the long of her life Coco Chanel returned
to Meudon to see the Imperial Cedar.
1953 When Chanel wanted to relaunch her fashion house
she was already 70 years old.
Again she needed a lot of energy to be able
to restart everything.
The French Press ridiculed her
for beeing too old.
So Chanel was looking for thoses that
could giver her the energy she needed:
the centuries old staircase of Cremerie de Paris
with a N°5 engraved into it's railings,
the magical Cèdre Impérial of Meudon
and her wonderful friend Aimée Sotto Mayor (1903 -2006)
1938 Aimée had been send from Brazil as a Secret Service agent.
With what she found out she turned into an international resistance fighter
keeping her country out of an alliance with the Axis powers
and trying to influence the Roosevelt administation in the US.
In the 1960s the two Ladys took the habit
to go the heights of Meudon
to visit the magical tree.
The editor of this article is too young
to have known the famous designer
but at age 20 he had the change to run into
her friend Aimée, now called Aimée de Heeren.
Half a century seperate the two images.
When Aimée was in Paris (she lived in several places)
she would asked her young friend,
later editor of the Phone Book of the World
"what do you think of driving with me to Meudon ?"
so that she could visit the cedar.
Once Ted was in her company,
Ted Kennedy was the younger brother of JFK
and of Aimée's former boyfriend Joseph Kennedy Jr.
All kinds of people that should have signed un "livre d'or"
which would now be able protect the tree.
None of its visitors would ever have imagined
the magical Cèdre Impérial could
one day be threatened by a real estate project.
For a few a minutes Aimées young friend
was not allowed to talk.
She but her arms around the trunk of the tree
as she had used to do with Chanel
so that she could meditate and get good energy from the Cedar.
For someone in his early 20s
this seamed a little bizarre
but when you get older and more mature you understand.
Anyways if Coco Chanel
would hear about the real estate projects
that circulate in Meudon
she would visit Denis Laghero
and tell him some of the magical energy of the tree
that have helped her to become a sucess story for France.
She would ask her friends Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
and Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989) to represent the cedar in a painting,
her friend Igor Stravinsky (1882 - 1971) to compose a music in his honor.
Le Cedre de Meudon in the history Chanel by VB.com
Influence of the Cèdre Impérial
on the Phone Book of the World
So far this article has mentioned the impact
of the tree on people from the past.
Getting older the tree
also had an impact of the Phone Book of ther World.
Remembering the stories
about how the tree has helped Coco Chanel
to get good energy
people form the team
of the Phone Book of the World
went to see the Cedar.
Phone Book of the World.com
is a global Directory.
With the help of Google
all of the World's Telecom databases are interconnected
so you can find people around the globe.
The directory was invented
in an old Telecommunication Building VB
which had once been the home
of the Royal French Postal Services
for King Louis XIV.
The history of the place had fascinated Empress Eugenie
who saved it from beeing torn down by the Baron Haussmann.
Upon her request Haussmann had to change the axis
of the future Rue des Halles
so that the mansion could stay in place.
Just like the Cèdre Impérial
the old Telecom Mansion
the former Hotel de Villeroy Bourbon (VB.com)
was part of sthe stories from France
Eugénie told children
resulting for them to came to Russia.
1986 Cremerie de Paris reopened as a repair shop
for Sony Telephones.
A little jewel left by Coco Chanel helped to expand
resulting in the 1995 first Internet Cafe in France
where 1999 was invented the Phone Book of the World.
2021 March 5 rumors
of the Imperial Cedar to be cut down
for the construcion of a new building
came to the attention of the Phone Book of the World.
editor of this article.
The time has come to bring some souvenirs to paper.
2021 March 11 the Imperial Ceder moves
right to the cover of the Phone Book of the World.
Influence of the Cèdre Impérial
on the White Pages
This article mentioned the positive energy
coming form the Imperial Cedar.
Please let us share another story.
Have you ever used the "White Pages",
in French they are called "Pages Blanches"
The english expression "White Pages"
is an international standard
used throughout the world
to designate Téléphone Directories listing Residential People.
White Pages are the counter part of the Yellow Pages
Phone Book of the World edits these directories
for many countries. 2004 Above mentioned Aimée de Heeren,
the friend of Coco Chanel initiated the project.
2015 mai, one evening walking around the Imperial Cedar
the editor of the White Pages Project
run into a Lady walking her dog.
The Lady that has become a know artist on her own
is also related to Gustave Eiffel
the man who constructed the famous Tower in 1887 - 1889.
The encounter resulted in a change of the
the Eiffel Tower replacing two letters.
The symbol of French technology
is now part of the White Pages of many countries.
The little man in the logo is also part of the history of France.
He is a Postmaster that used to ride to Paris from Brussels and Francfort
but this was back in th 1730s even before the times of the Imperial Cedar.
Visit the Cedar
Cèdre Impérial / Imperial Cedar
11 rue de la République
Remarquable Trees around Paris (Ile de France)
height: 37 m
circumference: 4,81 m
wingspan: 22 m
tabular form: exceptional
age: around 220 years
life expectancy: opinions vary
most people: between 30 and 200 years
some real estate developers: none ... the tree "very very dangerous"
it must be cut down
so that some time later a building can sit on the former grounds of the tree
state of health: vigorous,
some care required like for all living creatures of a certain age.
the day a real danger of falling branches appears,
shrouding can be practised
so the tree does not need to be cut.
owner: the city of Meudon
Major Denis Larghero
The whitepages show
on their homepage
museums brands or symbols of the respective country
The Imperial Cedar of Meudon
is on the list for France
Geo Point: 48.81038 - 2.236599
public transport from Paris
RER C to Versailles Chateau - station Meudon Val Fleury
"Create your own link with this exceptional tree,
visit the Cedar when you come to France,
Meudon is in the west of Paris
half way between the heart of the city
Touch the trunk ot the tree, meditate a little
hugh the cedar as Eugénie and Victoria
have done 166 years ago
or a century later Coco Chanel ...
Touching the tree, admiring it
the cedar migh be able to transmit
good energy to you
as he has done so many times with our
Phone Book of the World .... "
Before leaving Meudon
take some time to discover
the lovely cafés and restaurants of the city.
And when you leave the beautiful little town
you might realise
"Oups, that is a little unexpected
I now have a friend in common
with Napoléon, Joséphine
Eugénie, Queen Victoria
Anastasia Romanov or Coco Chanel"
as if you had been able
to bypass the barriers of time ....
Sadly currently some people around
the major of the city of Meudon
want to sacrify the cedar
for Real Estate Promotion
Please sign a Petition
to save the tree