Back from France, after a cross country drive through some beautiful countryside, and an overnight stop in the small town of Brou. The hotel we spent the night at , the Plat d'Etain, was very comfortable, with pretty bedrooms and dining room and excellent food. It's mentioned in the Routard guide, which used to be published in English, but no longer, but is still available in France. It's a useful guide, as it lists hotels in places not always mentioned in the Michelin guide. The hotel was easy to find, being on the main town square. Petrol was easier to find, as the blockages of the refineries ceased over a week ago. However, there was a protest meeting in Le Havre as we were heading for the ferry.