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27 May - Dinner at Comfort Inn

Le 1900 was closed, as are many places because it's both Sunday evening and Pentecost, so we headed for the highly recommended restaurant listed in the Michelin, La Tourville, in the town La Tourville sur la Riviere. Sadly, when we tried calling we had the wrong number; the folks we reached said they'd gotten multiple calls from people with the Michelin guidebook. When we got to the restaurant's address, there were signs for a hotel and a restaurant, but the gates were closed. If this restaurant was there, it's closed tonight.

Buffet dinner at the Comfort Inn!On the way back to Elbeuf, we saw a sign for a Comfort Inn hotel with a restaurant, and decided to take a chance. What a great find! Not so different from a typical hotel restaurant (though a consumer-level hotel in the U.S. rarely has more than a breakfast room), with a big appetizer buffet and dessert buffet, and a menu with a variety of northern French specialties. There was lots of seafood on the buffet, including large peel-and-eat shrimp that I skipped. I think nothing of looking at and eating around a fish's head, but for some reason I don't feel like ripping a shrimp's head off with its shell.

Anyway, for 20€ each person gets unlimited cold appetizer buffet or one of the appetizers from the menu, a main dish from the menu or the daily special, a cheese plate, and a dessert from the menu or the dessert buffet. Delicious, fresh food and plenty of it. The buffet included a wonderful coarse country paté, several kinds of seafood salad, and lots of veggie salads, rice salad, etc., much as you might find on a thorough salad bar. Everything but actual salad... which came with the cheese. Certainly nothing fancy, but after literally five nights in a row of fancy dinners, that was OK by me. I still ate well.

Aha! I just realized from looking at the hotel's brochure, which I took along, that the restaurant used to be called Primevére, which was one of the ones the TomTom thought was near there. It's now Le Seino-Marin. The hotel, should you want to find it, is the Comfort Inn Rouen-Sud Cléon, 15 rue Charles Perrault, in Cléon. Right off the A13 between Paris and Rouen.

We're probably going back there for their breakfast buffet, and to enjoy a little of their complimentary wireless. The hostess (the desk is for the hotel as well as the restaurant) showed us a couple of the guestrooms after dinner. They're certainly no-frills motel rooms with small TVs and little extra, but they'd be perfectly serviceable as a place to sleep between sightseeing jaunts around Normandy, which is the point. It was 53€ a room for one or two people, 8€ more for a third person. (Not sure where you'd put a third person.)

Canal 1 seems to be showing "Titanic." Fun. David Warner is chasing Jack and Rose through the bowels of the ship... in French. Perfect dubbing voice choices! Youthful and sweet. Woo! As I finish filling in bits of the above, the ship has just hit the iceberg. This isn't a huge TV, but even from across the room I can tell how much better-looking French analog TV is than American. And hey, Sidney Bristow's dad from "Alias" is the ship's designer! I'd never made the connection.

55 miles since Tuesday morning.
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