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.