Grand Tour – Day 3: Aix-en-Provence – Beaune
The Patrouille de France celebrates La Marque
The day started early. In the morning, the Bugatti 110 years convoy went to the military air base 701, training center for the Patrouille de France. The participants were welcomed with a breakfast and had the opportunity to meet the pilots after witnessing one of their impressive training sessions. Airfields are no uncharted territory for Bugatti. In fact, Ettore conceptualized several airplanes, the Bugatti 100P in 1938 amongst others, which was meant to become the fastest plane in the world.
After a dynamic visit of the Patrouille de France hangars, the Bugatti cars went back on the road, going through Salon-de-Provence before arriving in the Rhône region and having lunch at the Château la Gallée. It was a typical menu from Provence with a unique view on the vineyards.
The following stage took place on the roads of the Côte d’Or region in Bourgogne before arriving in Beaune. Dinner was served in the famous Hospices of Beaune, known for its typical burgundy architecture and its exceptional wines, amongst the best of the region. Ettore would have loved to drive through Provence and Bourgogne since he knew how to appreciate all the products that a cultural region could offer. And in the same way, the participants were able to taste variety of food and wines from Provence and Bourgogne.