This notebook is part of the range of products designed in connection with the National Equestrian Academy of the Estate of Versailles.
Everything on the cover of this notebook evokes peace and harmony. The park of Versailles is an ideal place for horse riding, an alternative way of travelling across this symbolic historical location. The Academy’s equerries prefer to go on their daily rides during the early hours of the morning, an event immortalised here by Agathe Poupeney.
Here, the riders appear to be steering their mounts toward the South Parterre. Previously called the Flower Parterre or the Parterre of Love, it is situated above the Orangery built by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and can be accessed by a series of steps framed by two of the oldest sculptures in the park: The Children of the Sphinx. In the 17th century, during the reign of Louis XIV, brightly coloured flowers were planted and continually renewed here, including gillyflowers, hyacinths, jasmines, tulips, narcissuses, lilies, rose campions, sweet Williams and daffodils.