I recently came back from two weeks in the Dordogne, which is now my favorite area of France. By far the highlight of my time there was the cave of Peche Merle which, happily, is also one of the only prehistoric caves tickets for which can be reserved on the internet. The cave is not as lavishly decorated as Lascaux (now visible only as a replica). However, it is every bit as moving, with its 25,000 year old child's footprints and tracings of hands. I'm still thinking about it a month later. WELL worth the extra effort to get there!! One caveat: if you're headed back to Sarlat and planning a quick stop at Rocamadour on the way back, you should know that what looks like a short distance on the map is a long, long drive. Moreover, you'll find a number of confusing direction signs (unusual for France), including signs that indicate that the distance from Rocamadour is actually increasing as you drive!!
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