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Navigating Perigueux Roads

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My husband and I plan on renting a car in Perigueux for a day trip to Sarlat and Beynac. The posts I've read on the subject have me worried about navigating roads in and out of Perigueux. I speak French and spent several months in Perigueux,(30 years ago) but have never driven in France and am now more nervous than I already was. I am really stepping outside my comfort zone to even consider renting a car and exploring, but I know a car is necessary to see the Dordogne river valley.

I guess I'm looking for reassurance. I looked up the trip from Perigueux to Sarlat on a route finder, and the directions were horrific! Is there no easy way out of town to explore the region?

A second question is whether it will be easy to get a taxi to take us from the Perigueux train station to a hotel near the city center around 5 or 6 at night.

I've chosen Perigueux as a two-night base for four reasons: 1) It's relatively easy to get there by train from Paris (we are flying in to CDG) 2) We need to head to La Rochelle after our quick visit to the Dordogne and Perigueux is more direct by train than Brive or other towns in the area 3) I lived there and want to visit some people and see old haunting grounds 4) I want to catch the Wednesday morning market before boarding the train to La Rochelle the same day.

We took a trip to France a year and a half ago, and the Fodors folks were extremely helpful. Merci!

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