Category Archives: Paris

Rembrandt Flash Mob in Amsterdam Mall, 1642-NightWatch

Outrageous marketing by a MUSEUM!

They brought to life Rembrandt’s Nightwatch,
extraordinary and genius.

There are just flash mobs and
Brilliant flash mobs like this one of
” La Ronde de nuit , 1642 ”
by Rembrant performed at a
Shopping Centre in Amsterdam a few months ago…
simply awesome..
Just a thought, what could you do to bring
attention to your book, website, business or blog?

GOAT

Chevres en equilibre- Goats Balancing on a Steel Ribbon.

Chevres en equilibre- Goats Balancing on a Steel Ribbon.

It never ceases to amaze me and millions
of others to watch animals or people
doing goofy things.
These goats in France were balancing
on an undulating piece of sheet metal
that you could probably watch on loop.
Like any great viral movement,
it is hard to describe or why we enjoy it.

These three goats enjoying their version of king-of-the-hill.

The video was posted this week and has already
spiked at over 6 million viewers.

“Dimanche, vers l’heure du déjeuner, la petite famille découvert un nouveau jeu : Cette tôle ^^. J’ai filmé mes chèvres (dont le nom restera secret par respect pour leur vie privée :) ) se balançant. Dans la soirée, j’ai voulu l’envoyer à un ami puis tout s’est enchaîné très vite. Je ne pense pas qu’elles se rendent vraiment compte de ce qui leur arrive : elle continuent à ruminer comme si de rien n’était…
Qui s’amuse le plus ? je l’ignore.”

This description, in his native French, roughly translates to:

Sunday, around lunch time, the little family discovered a new game. This sheet. I filmed my goats (whose names will remain secret out of respect for their privacy:) ) balancing. In the evening, I wanted to send it to one friend then everything followed very quickly. I don’t think they [the goats] realize what’s happening. They still ruminate over it as if nothing had happened…
Whose having the most fun? Not sure at all.

Chevres en equilibre- Goats Balancing on a Steel Ribbon.

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Paris Apartment Time Forgot

The Paris Time Capsule Apartment

Fascinating hidden tidbits, stories from around the world.
One of my fav bloggers-MessyNessyChic, has me as a big fan.
I love the hidden stories behind people, things, locations.
Enjoy another bit I borrowed for your enjoyment.
Karen

May 9, 2012 ‘Nostalgia”Paris’.

A Parisian apartment left untouched for over 70 years was discovered in the quartier of Pigalle a few summers ago and I’ve been meaning to share the pictures with you. Time to unlock the vault …

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The owner of this apartment, Mrs. De Florian left Paris just before the rumblings of World War II broke out in Europe. She closed up her shutters and left for the South of France, never to return to the city again. Seven decades later she passed away at the age of 91. It was only when her heirs enlisted professionals to make an inventory of the Parisian apartment she left behind, that this time capsule was finally unlocked.

The team that had the honor of opening what must have been a very stiff old lock for the first time in 70 years, likened the experience to ‘stumbling into the castle of sleeping beauty’. The smell of dust, the cobwebs, the silence, was overwhelming; a once in a lifetime experience.

There is a further twist to the story. In the apartment a painting of familiar style was discovered of a beautiful woman in pink. One of the inventory team members suspected this might be a very important piece of treasure. Along with the painting, they also found stacks of old love letters tied with colored ribbon.

With some expert historical opinion, the ribbon-bound love letters were quickly recognized as the calling card of none other than Giovanni Boldini, one of Paris’ most important painters of the Belle Époque. The painting was his. The beautiful woman pictured in the painting was Mrs. de Florian’s grand-mother, Marthe de Florian, a beautiful French actress and socialite of the Belle Époque. She was Boldini’s muse. And, despite him being a married man, she was also his lover. The art world went a bit nutty for the whole story and the painting was later sold for $3 million at auction.

What I find so intriguing about this story is not so much the discovered painting and the revelation of a love affair between a great Italian painter and the beautiful actress in an enchanting era, but more the story of Mrs. de Florian and why she stayed away from Paris for so long.

What kept her away even after the war? Was she running away from someone or something other than the Nazis? For all those decades, her rent on the elegant apartment in a flourishing city had been faithfully paid, but it was left to freeze in time. It all sounds like the perfect mystery…

via The Telegraph, photos by GETTY

Coco Chanel Was Definitely a Nazi

COCO CHANEL WAS DEFINITELY A NAZI

 April 3, 2012 – a Fascinating read.

That’s quite a statement isn’t it?

You may have heard rumblings about this back in August 2011 when author Hal Vaughan released his book Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War. 

But I don’t think we’ve really heard enough about it. I don’t really think we got a firm grip on the fact that today’s most coveted handbags, perfumes and tweed jackets are the creations of  a confirmed Nazi spy who cavorted with SS officers at the Hotel Ritz throughout the war and became the richest woman in the world thanks to the Nazi seizure of all Jewish-owned property and business enterprises.

At the time of the release of Hal Vaughan’s book, CHANEL® dismissed the claims about its founder saying this,

“More than 57 books have been written about Gabrielle [Coco] Chanel. To decide for yourself, we would encourage you to consult some of the more serious ones.”

So apparently Mr. Vaughan is not a serious book-writer, a ‘trash novelist’ shall we say. Let’s just be sure and check what Wikipedia has to say about the author:

“American author based in Paris, France. He has held several posts as a US Foreign Service officer before becoming a journalist on assignments in Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. He has also served in the United States Military in both World War II and Korea, and was involved in a number of covert intelligence activities as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer at Karachi and Geneva during the Cold War. His French-born wife, now deceased, worked with the U.S. intelligence community in Geneva. Vaughan has intimate knowledge of clandestine, international operations.”

Hmm. Seems pretty serious to me. So I think I might to stick with the guy who has ‘intimate knowledge of clandestine, international operations’, over Chanel’s PR team on this one.

Author Hal Vaughan

Chanel’s PR team also said this in retaliation to some of the book’s claims:

“We know that she and [Winston] Churchill [British PrimeMinister during WWII] were close friends for a long time. She apparently approached him about acting as an intermediary between the Allies and the Germans for a peace settlement known as Operation Modelhut. No one knows for sure exactly what happened or what her role was to be. There are several different versions and it will no doubt always remain a mystery.”

Well let’s look into this “Operation Modelhut” and the events leading up to it and see if we can’t get a clearer image of Coco’s activity during the war that Chanel’s PR team today finds so blurry and mysterious.

A quick Google later ….

One doesn’t have to stray further than our old friend Wikipedia, which claims:

Archival documents verify that Chanel herself was a Nazi spy, committing herself to the German cause as early as 1941, when she became a paid agent of General Walter Schellenberg, chief of SS intelligence.

But why would Coco Chanel have sympathized with the Nazis?

There are reports about Coco’s ‘violent loathing of Jews‘. When the war began, Chanel was already in a romantic relationship with German aristocrat, Gunther von Dincklage, who “reported directly to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, right hand of Hitler¹.

Chanel’s PR team tried to squirm their way out of this one too, stating,

“The timing of this romance with a German was unfortunate even if Baron Von Dincklage’s mother was English and their relationship started before the war.”

Combine this with the knowledge that Chanel’s early life was spent holed up in strict  convents demanding the ‘rigorous indoctrination of the Catholic faith’, and you start to get an idea of where she might have taken a wrong turn.

As soon as war broke out in Europe, Coco closed her shops causing three thousand women to lose their jobs at a time when they needed them the most. She stated that this was ‘not a time for fashion’. It is speculated this was a spiteful move against her workforce who had forced Chanel to close several years earlier during a general labor rights strike in France.

With her business operation now closed, Chanel had time to fully dedicate herself to a political cause. It just so happened to be the enemy’s cause.

While most of Paris was being booted out of their own homes during the German occupation, Chanel was living in luxury at the hotel Ritz throughout most of the war– thanks to her relationship with with her German Aristocrat and Nazi propaganda officer.

Of course her neighbors also taking residence at the hotel were none other than Nazi general officers, agents, and spies, including Hermann Goering and Joseph Goebbels.

Coco Chanel standing on her balcony of her suite at the Ritz Hotel

Amongst her circle of friends, Coco allegedly made no secret of her conviction that Jews were a ‘Bolshevik threat to Europe’.

In documents unearthed by author Hal Vaughan, it was revealed that Chanel used her ‘Aryan rights’ to take full advantage of the Nazi seizure of all Jewish-owned property and businesses.

Adolf Hitler posing for a photo in front of the Eiffel Tower

Indeed, her most profitable product, a little perfume called Chanel No. 5, had been fully financed by a Jewish family, the Wertheimers.

On May 5, 1941, Coco Chanel wrote to the government department in charge of the handling of Jewish financial assets.

These are her words in the letter:

 “Parfums Chanel is still the property of Jews … and has been legally ‘abandoned’ by the owners. I have an indisputable right of priority. The profits that I have received from my creations since the foundation of this business…are disproportionate.”

Ultimately, Chanel was awarded the wartime profits from the sale of her perfume, including share of two percent of sales which amounted to the equivalent of $25 million a year in modern currency.  This made her the richest woman in the world at that time– thanks to the Nazis.

In an odd turn of events, she also managed to get Pierre Wertheimer to agree to pay all of her living expenses for the rest of her life. She later proclaimed that Pierre Wertheimer was “the bandit who screwed me”.

So far, Coco doesn’t sound like the type of woman you’d want to buy a handbag from. But it doesn’t end there. Let’s take a look at her activities as an actual Nazi spy.

At some point, Chanel ceased to be the glamorous Hotel Ritz entertainer of Nazi officers and profiter of Jewish suffering, and became a Nazi officer herself.

As the paid agent of General Walter Schellenberg, chief of SS intelligence, Chanel’s secret identity was Abwehr Agent 7124, code name “Westminster”, as discovered in the archive research for Vaughan’s book, Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War.

The richest man in Europe at the time, Duke of Westminster and Coco Chanel

Her code name “Westminister” was a tribute to her former lover of 10 years, the Duke of Westminster– the wealthy British royal who was openly anti-semitic and infamously named one of his dogs “Jew”. It was in this circle that Chanel had previously spent time with figures such as the soon-to-be Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

In 1943, two years before the war ended, Coco travelled with her Nazi lover and German aristocrat to Berlin for “Operation Modellhut,” which if you’ll recall from the Chanel’s PR statement, was intended to be a “peace settlement” between the Allies and the Germans.

This isn’t technically too far from the truth, however should it have succeeded, this would have been a very different kind of “peace settlement”– perhaps the kind that would have resulted in most of Europe speaking in German today.

Chanel met with Heinrich Himmler, one of the persons most directly responsible for the Holocaust, in 1943

Coco’s  “Operation Modellhut” trip to Berlin in 1943 was for the purpose to meet and strategize with SS Reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, head of the Gestapi, one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany and ‘one of the persons most directly responsible for the Holocaust’ [wikipedia].

Together with Coco’s SS master, Schellenberg, they came up with a plan to pressure Britain to end hostilities with Germany by using an intermediary to deliver a letter from Chanel to Winston Churchill, via the British embassy in Madrid. It’s unclear why the Nazis thought a letter from Chanel could end their war with the British, but something tells me there was a much deeper and sinister plan in the works.

It’s also worth mentioning that records reveal an SS officer was ordered to “deliver a large sum of money to Chanel in Madrid.”  What exactly this money was intended for remains a mystery because the mission ultimately failed.

Lombardi denounced Chanel and others involved as Nazi spies in 1943

Chanel had duped an old friend, Vera Lombardi into being their intermediary. The British aristocrat had been convinced by Coco to come to Spain and explore the possibilities of establishing the Chanel couture in Madrid. Chanel had no such intentions.

But as British intelligence files reveal, the mission failed as soon Miss Lombardi figured out her real purpose in Spain. Upon arrival at the British embassy in Madrid, Lombardi denounced Chanel and others involved as Nazi spies.

If we have all this documentation, why was Chanel never prosecuted?

Funnily enough, none of the documentation was unveiled until author Hal Vaughan went sniffing around the British and American archives.

But of course, that’s no coincidence…

Chanel was in fact called in for interrogation, once by the Free French Purge Committee in 1944 and again to confront accusations brought against her during the war crime trial of Baron Louis de Vaufreland, a French aristocrat who had defected to the Nazi intelligence.

Nuremberg trial defendents

But both times, she was released and escaped from prosecution thanks to a lack of “documented evidence of her collaboration activity” and thanks to her friends in high places, allegedly including British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. According to Chanel’s grand-niece, Gabrielle, when Chanel returned home from the interrogations in 1944 she said, “Churchill had me freed”.

But isn’t it funny how all this documented evidence is available to us now, when less is at stake for the parties involved.

What parties involved you ask?

Is Coco Chanel’s Nazi cover up a conspiracy to protect the past reputation of the Royal family?

When the true extent of the horror of the holocaust began to unravel at the end of the war, Chanel’s numerous close relations with anti-semitic and Nazi-sympathizing British  officials, aristocrats and members of the royal family became a big threat. Remember the Duke of Westminster and his dog named “Jew”? Yeah.

The Duke and Duchess of Westminster greeted by Hitler

Allegedly Winston Churchill had the British ambassador in Paris ensure the ‘protection’ of Chanel.

There were a lot of people that wanted to keep things under the carpet and if Coco Chanel testified at trial, some devastating truths were likely to be exposed.

And so Chanel was never prosecuted as a traitor or a Nazi spy and went on to own the most successful fashion house in the world, now coincidentally run by a German as head designer.

While French women in post-war France accused of sleeping with German soldiers were dragged into town squares, stripped and shaved, their breasts marked with swastikas while mobs of men stood and laughed– Chanel continued to thrive with her fashion house, fully financed by the Wertheimers, the same Jewish family she had tried to ruin during the war.

And while the Parisians were hesitant to buy her creations in the years following the war, her couture come-back was unsurprisingly applauded and well-received by the British, followed by the Americans.

Chanel was also kind enough to continue supporting her Nazi SS friends even after the war too. In 1946, her SS master Schellenberg was sentenced at Nuremberg for war crimes but was later released when he was diagnosed with liver disease. Chanel paid for his medical care and living expenses with his family in Italy until he died.

Chanel’s friend and biographer Marcel Haedrich once said,

“If one took seriously the few disclosures that Mademoiselle Chanel allowed herself to make about those black years of the occupation, one’s teeth would be set on edge.”

Still lusting after that Chanel handbag?

Hal Vaughan’s book Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel, Nazi Agent is available on Amazon now.

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Shark Week Watch ‘Shark Cat’ Clean Up !

Hysterical footage..
Funny thing..
we all stare
and
stare..
Had to laugh at myself,
but I do find this almost like watching a fish tank…
only more fun!

Reality tv show just launched last night..
see if you like it as much as the CAT!
Tough call!
LOL

HAPPY FRIDAY folks! Blurred Lines Robin Thicke Joins with Jimmy Fallon for Remake- FAMILY FRIENDLY

Blurred Lines  Robin Thicke joins with Jimmy Fallon and his house band Roots
to make a Family Friendly version of the hit song.

If you’re wondering how this ensemble handles the tune’s
infamously un-kid-friendly line — you know
what I’m talking about; “you’re the hottest (bleep) in the place” —I won’t spoil the surprise.
I’ll just assure you it’s funny and comedy gold, so make sure to watch for it.

Fallon is using kid music toys to make a niche for himself.. another successful niche!

Hope you enjoyed this version, even kids will love it!

Have a Successful and Great weekend!
Karen Ellis
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First Video, Vlogging for business!

Here we go. My mentor, Ben urged me to get a video up and running.
Vlogging for Business

I do know intellectually and from social proof,
videos and images really do show people that you
are real and not a bot.
People relate to other people.
Some say, ‘gee if she can do it, LOL, so can I”
or, ‘hmmm, I like what she has to say and I believe her’
or ‘let me watch and see how she improves, maybe I will join her’.

It is an interesting thing, we humans.
Lots of us have tried numerous things to get our point across.
With technology and super small phones with great cameras/videos
in them, we can get footage from anywhere and anytime.
Today, I did one while I was going through an automatic car wash!
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Kind of goofy, so I didn’t upload it here.
LOL, I felt like I was in an ‘I LOVE LUCY’ episode…Which I can’t
locate the clip right now.
Anyway, I got several short videos and one of the key elements to a good video is
one that engages others, you have a good message,
speak from the heart, and keep it relatively short.
2 out of 3 is not bad for a beginner VLOGGER.
This one will be the first of many videos to share life, business and fun.
Vlogging for business

Let me know what you think. I promise I will keep working on my video technique and message!

To Our Success!
Karen
PS. IF you have any good ideas/tips on how to make fun and engaging short videos, please comment
below. I would love to hear your suggestions, good ones!